2003 NLCS Didn’t Change Cubs, It Changed Cubs Fans

Tuesday’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) Unless you were, I don’t know, wearing headphones all day, there was no missing the news on Monday that it was the 10th anniversary of the Chicago Cubs’ so-called “Bartman Game.” And to mark the occasion, the headline above Rick Morrissey’s column in the Sun-Times read, “Cubs changed forever by Game 6 in 2003.”

“It has been 10 years since the sky fell on the Cubs,” Morrissey wrote, recalling that fateful October evening when unfortunate fan Steve Bartman’s palms met both horsehide and infamy. “If you think that’s overstating things, then you weren’t at Wrigley Field the night everything fell apart.

“That was the night the Cubs were five outs away from going to the World Series. It was the night they found out how far away they really were.”

I was there at Wrigley on that night, and I don’t think that Morrissey was overstating anything about the impact of Game 6. But I do believe that he perhaps did misstate things. Because, I don’t think the Cubs were changed by that epic NLCS collapse anywhere as much as Cubs fans were.

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