WRIGLEYVILLE — Steve Bartman, the infamous Cubs fan blamed by some for the collapse of the team in the 2003 playoffs, got a 2016 World Series championship ring from the team.
WGN-TV first reported the gift from the team to Bartman, who had stayed behind the scenes since he deflected a foul ball away from Cubs outfielder Moises Alou in 2003, the first of a series of plays that led to the team collapsing and losing to the Florida Marlins that year.
A photo provided by the Cubs shows they had the ring personalized for Bartman — displaying his name on the side, just like the rings made for players and coaches.
The Cubs said they hope the ring provides closure to Bartman.
“On behalf of the entire Chicago Cubs organization, we are honored to present a 2016 World Series Championship Ring to Mr. Steve Bartman. We hope this provides closure on an unfortunate chapter …