TheFiance’s company took us out to Cubs box seats on Saturday. My eyes lit up when I saw my seat was on the railing overlooking left field. Sweet seats! “Congratulations you’ve got the Bartman seat,” the usher smiled. I noticed the section was not filled so I slid one seat over. TheFiance asked if I was in the right seat and I just told her to sit down and I’d explain later. I didn’t want to inherit any bad mojo!
The Bartman seat is where Steve Bartman, a long-time Cubs season ticket holder, leaned over the field and caught a ball that potentially would’ve put the Cubs only a few outs from going to the World Series back in 2003. He took so much harassment he eventually had to move from Chicago. People even gave him death threats over this! So much for Midwestern hospitality.
I did spend a couple innings in the seat once our section got crowded. Great seats because you have a great angle on the game, you have a good shot at foul (and fair) balls, and you can always watch the bullpen action if the game is stale. The sweltering heat forced fans including myself to keep a nonstop flow of Old Style brews to prevent over-heating.
I was wearing my CubanAndTheCubs.com t-shirt. If this shirt can break the Bartman seat hex, it will undoubtedly prove that Mark Cuban is destined to become the owner.