Thursday, July 30, 2009

ESPN to do Bartman documentary

Phil Rosenthal reports in today's Chicago Tribune that ESPN has ordered a documentary about Steve Bartman.

Here's a portion of Phil's report...

"Steve Bartman, an accidental icon of Chicago Cubs futility, is getting thrust into the spotlight once more.

ESPN announced Wednesday that it has commissioned a one-hour documentary on Bartman, the Cubs fan whose attempt to catch a foul ball late in Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship series was cast as some kind of catalyst in the long-hamstrung team's eventual collapse that year.

The revisiting of the Bartman incident and a look at its ugly legacy by Alex Gibney, writer-director of the Oscar-nominated "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" and the Academy Award-winning "Taxi to the Dark Side," will be part of ESPN's "30 for 30" series.

According to ESPN, Gibney will attempt to answer the question: Can Bartman ever forgive Chicago?"

I'd love to know if Bartman has actually agreed to participate. If so, that will be a heavily watched show. If not, it's just picking off an old scab.

I have never blamed Bartman. Even that night. And I wouldn't blame him if he has a chip on his shoulder. I think his story is a tragedy.