Cubs fans launched an unsuccessful campaign to send Steve Bartman to the NL Wild Card game
The 2015 Cubs have officially qualified for the postseason, earning the right to play the Pirates in the NL Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on Wednesday night at 8 ET on TBS.
Cubs fans have been waiting 12 years to see their team win another postseason game, but those 12 years have probably felt longer for Steve Bartman -- the Cubs fan who famously tried to catch a foul ball that Luis Castillo sent down the left-field line in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS.
Moises Alou thought he would have been able to catch it had it not been for Bartman's attempt to get a souvenir. Mark Prior walked Castillo and the Marlins rallied and won, 8-3. The Marlins then won Game 7, advanced to the World Series and beat the Yankees in six games
All these years later, though, fans on the North Side are just excited to be back in the postseason, and they're using it as an opportunity to make amends. Keque Escobedo even started a GoFundMe page to raise $5,000 to pay for Bartman's travel and lodging expenses -- and his game ticket -- so that he can be in the stands when the Cubbies officially return to the postseason.
Bartman certainly appreciated the effort, but he's opting to cheer on his Cubbies from outside the Friendly Confines:
"It's nice of these people to think of Steve, but he won't be taking advantage of the offer," Frank Murtha, a spokesman for Bartman, said. "Steve is glad the money will go to a good cause and will be cheering on the Cubs as always."