Things have come full circle in the world of the Chicago Cubs as this feel-good story will illustrate.
The Cubs announced Monday they will give the infamous Steve Bartman, widely blamed by Cubs fans who believe he cost the Cubs a World Series, a 2016 championship ring as a gift from the franchise and the Ricketts family.
“On behalf of the entire Chicago Cubs organization, we are honored to present a 2016 World Series Championship Ring to Mr. Steve Bartman,” the Cubs told Julie Unruh of WGN in an official statement.
“We hope this provides closure on an unfortunate chapter of the story that has perpetuated throughout our quest to win a long-awaited World Series.
“While no gesture can fully lift the public burden he has endured for more than a decade, we felt it was important Steve knows he has been and continues to be fully embraced by this organization. After all he has sacrificed, we are proud to recognize Steve Bartman with this gift today.”
Bartman has been brutally exiled by Cubs fans for more than a decade, a target of fan’s ire, hatred and frustration.
The issuing of a World Series Championship ring to Bartman is a gesture by an organization that clearly wants to help both Bartman and Cubs fans put the incident officially behind them.