Whether you’re a Chicago Cubs fan or not, there are a few people that you directly blame for the team not having won the World Series since 1908 and not even reaching the Fall Classic since 1945.
One of the most hated on that list is Steve Bartman, who reached out for a foul ball during Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS against the Florida Marlins, which prevented then Cubbies left fielder Moises Alou from (possibly) making the catch. After that, well, things went to shit for the Cubs and Bartman was escorted out of Wrigley Field for his own safety.
With the team back in the playoffs for the first time since 2008, it seems that a few Cubs fans have forgiven and forgotten Bartman after 12, long years, as a GoFundMe campaign was created to try and raise $5,000 to cover the guy’s flight, hotel room, and ticket for the team’s Wild Card game.
Of course, that’s no easy task—seeing as how most people don’t have a fucking clue of where Steve Bartman actually is, which is referenced in the description of the GoFundMe page:
First we need to find him to get him to the big game. If anyone knows where he is at, tell him we are looking for him. The money would pay for his expenses including his ticket, hotel room, flights and a little spending money.
If he cannot be found by time of the big game all the proceeds raised will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Kudos to the select Cubs fans who actually care about having Bartman close the door on the demons that forever changed his life and, should he not get tracked down, giving the money raised to charity.
Who knows, maybe Bartman attending the game is the reverse psychology that the Cubs need to break their 107-year title curse? Hey, at this point, it’s worth a shot to try.