'Catching Hell': The Cubs, the curse and the foul ball that changed Steve Bartman's life

September 27, 2011

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'Catching Hell' revisits the incident that threw Cubs fan Steve Bartman into the eye of a media firestorm.

Few things in life are as powerful as a curse--at least when it came to the Chicago Cubs. The North Siders haven’t won a World Series in over 100 years - though they came pretty close in 2003. Things fell apart for the lovable losers in Game 6 of the National League pennant race against the Florida Marlins. Left fielder Moises Alou and Cubs fan Steve Bartman went for the same foul ball; only one of them caught hell for it. A new documentary detailing the incident airs on ESPN Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.. So Eight Forty-Eight asked around to see what people remembered about that night, including WBEZ's own Paul Friedman who was the Cubs PA announcer at the time.

Catching Hell airs Tuesday on ESPN at 7:00 p.m.

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