Fan interference is one thing players do not have to worry about this season, even if Steve Bartman is in the stands.
During Sunday’s game between the Mariners and A’s at Seattle’s T-Mobile Park, cameras showed a cutout of the infamous Cubs fan who interfered with a foul ball with Moises Alou during Game 6 2003 NLCS.
The Bartman cutout was located in the front row down the third base – a similar spot to where he was sitting at Wrigley Field that fateful October night when he became a national pariah.
The A’s social media account even had a little fun with it by tweeting the screenshot with the caption, “Someone alert Moises Alou.”
Bartman, in case you forgot, reached for a foul ball in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the NLCS with the Cubs leading 3-0, preventing Alou to make a catch for the first out of the inning.
The Cubs then allowed eight runs that inning – which included a botched double play by Alex Gonzalez – but Bartman remained the scapegoat through the night with fans at Wrigley taunting him to the point where he had to leave the game with security.
Of course, all is forgiven between Chicago and Bartman since then.
After the Cubs won the 2016 World Series the team gave Bartman – who continues to live his private life -- a championship ring to commemorate the franchise’s first championship since 1908.