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bobafrett
02-28-2004, 12:34 AM
I tried to find the 2004 Baseball thread that was started a few weeks ago.
Nothing came up under my search, so I assume it was deleted or merged.
Anyway, for those of you who don't know it by now, the infamous "Bartman"
ball was destroyed yesterday. Read the story below. It looked much better
when watching it on TV!



Infamous Foul Ball Gets Explosive Send-off in Chicago


Feb 27, 3:36 AM (ET)

BY ANNA JOHNSON


CHICAGO (AP) - Die-hard Chicago Cubs fan Dave Kunicki watched as the
baseball many blame for the team's playoff failure last year was reduced to
a pile of thread.

He wasn't impressed.

"To be honest, we were a little underwhelmed," Kunicki said. "It was a
little overhyped. But only in Chicago would fans care enough about their
team for this to happen."

The ball was blown up Thursday night by a Hollywood special effects expert
in a flash of light and sparks inside a bulletproof tank. The stunt was
broadcast live on television from inside a tent at Harry Caray's Restaurant,
but some fans who gathered on the street outside didn't have much of a view.

"All of a sudden it was bang, bang and it was over. But it's still exciting
to be here," said Kim Hoffman of Hinkley.

To celebrate the ball's destruction, some fans wore replicas of the thick,
black-framed glasses worn by Caray, the famous Cubs' broadcaster. Most held
up a beer to toast Caray, who died in 1998, and sang "Take Me Out to the
Ball Game" just before the ball was obliterated.

Kathy Kemulcahy of Glendale Heights said now that the ball is gone and its
curse is lifted, it's time to talk about the upcoming season.

"I'm very relieved," Kemulcahy said. "It's done, and now we're going to the
World Series."

Ward Tannerhauser, who stood above the crowd on stilts dressed as Wrigley
Field's ivy outfield, also was optimistic about the season. He hopes he can
paint his green leafy costume red in the fall if the Cubs make it to the
World Series.

"It's going to be a great year for the Cubs. They have the best pitching,"
Tannerhauser said. "And I'm hoping that in the fall, I change to red to
match the (ivy) wall as it turns colors. Red means World Series."

The Cubs almost got there last year.

With Chicago leading the Florida Marlins 3-0 on Oct. 14 and just five outs
from their first World Series appearance since 1945, Cubs fan Steve Bartman
reached for the ball hit toward his front-row seat at Wrigley Field,
knocking it away from left fielder Moises Alou. The Cubs then gave up eight
runs to the Marlins, and squandered another lead in Game 7 the next night.

Bartman, who has made no public statements since issuing an apology in
October, didn't plan to attend Thursday's event, a family friend said.

In its final hours, the ball was put on display, given a massage and treated
to a "last meal" of steak and lobster, or at least the aroma.

Grant DePorter, who helped buy the ball at an auction for $113,824 on behalf
of Harry Caray's Restaurant Group, lined up hours of music, comedy and
celebrity appearances for Thursday's event.

DePorter also teamed up with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and
made the event a fund-raiser, which was expected to raise $1 million.

"This is the kind of thing that makes dads sleep better," said Ron Rhode, a
foundation board member, whose 10-year-old daughter has diabetes. "We're one
step closer to a cure now and all this is over a little ball."

[DSS]Pedr0
02-28-2004, 11:35 AM
I tried to find the 2004 Baseball thread that was started a few weeks ago.
Nothing came up under my search, so I assume it was deleted or merged.
Anyway, for those of you who don't know it by now, the infamous "Bartman"
ball was destroyed yesterday. Read the story below. It looked much better
when watching it on TV!
Only on the North Side will you find freaks who liked that they did this to the "cursed" ball. :rolleyes: Wasnt the ball or him that did it, it was the Choking of the team that did them in!! Out.

bobafrett
02-29-2004, 01:03 AM
Pedr0']Only on the North Side will you find freaks who liked that they did this to the "cursed" ball. :rolleyes: Wasnt the ball or him that did it, it was the Choking of the team that did them in!! Out.

Hey, I don't blame the guy at all. There were a lot of other people with there hands out reaching for this ball. You are right, I was out on Waveland while this game was going on, and there were a lot of messed up plays on the Cubs part, and we can't change any of it now, we can just look ahead. The ball being destroyed is supposed to bring in a lot of money for charity though. From what I heard, they are going to mix some of the remains of the ball into a fabric, and make shirts out of it to sell with the proceeds going toward charity.

Jedi_Master_Guyute
02-29-2004, 01:15 AM
Pedr0']Only on the North Side will you find freaks who liked that they did this to the "cursed" ball. :rolleyes: Wasnt the ball or him that did it, it was the Choking of the team that did them in!! Out.

Man, Pedro, from the looks of your location and your attitude towards the Cubbies, i'm guessing there is a possibility that you're a Sox fan? I remember when the Sox were doing fabulous and were in 1st for a while and then lost it. Kind of like the Cubbies....but to a lesser degree. :)

I think they raised a few million for juvenile diabetes or something. My brother said the Harry Carray impersonations were beyond hysterical too. All we need now is to get a goat into the bleachers and our Cubbies will rule the league and win the series! :D

2-1B
02-29-2004, 03:00 AM
Was Will Ferrel there to honor Harry Carray ? :)

Frankly I'm torn.
On one hand I'm glad that the Cubs choked last year and I hope they don't even make the playoffs this year. Yet I'm also bothered at the way the Cubs fans like to label themselves as "cursed" or whatever . . . so I'm not sure how to root for their demise this year. :crazed:

Kidhuman
02-29-2004, 12:03 PM
It was hilarious. I saw it on SportsCenter. The impersonations were even better.

scruffziller
03-01-2004, 10:36 AM
I bet the Simpsons will spoof this soon.:D