The argument I HATE, with a passion, is when certain Cub fans come up to me and say Steve Bartman blew the Cubs chances in 2003. As a studying economist and sabermetrician hobbyist, I know this isn't correct. But I need proof. Data. Analysis. Hard numbers. Ron Santo's hair piece.
So I embarked on a journey through the inter-web, trying to find some statistical measurements about that fateful October night and low and behold, I found it courtesy of Tom Tango from the Hardball Times. He had this to say about the Cubs collapse.
Basically, the Bartman incident only decreased the Cubs chances of winning by 3%. The odds were still HEAVILY in their favor with a whopping 92% at that point.
There we have it. Finally. Some sense to this nonsensical argument.
So please, Cubs fans that blame Bartman for 2003, Brangelina, Miley Cyrus, and the bailout, stop embarrassing yourselves and the rest of Cubs nation and LET IT GO.
Besides, you know you would've reached for that ball as well.
1)ESPN is doing a documentary on Steve Bartman for their "30 for 30" series titled "Catching Hell".
2)In July of 2005, Wayne Drehs of ESPN wrote an excellent piece about finding Steve Bartman...you can read it here.
3)And if you still aren't sold on this, allow me to tug on your heart strings; imagine your last game at Wrigley Field to watch your beloved Cubbies play ended like this.