Winning heals most wounds, including the giant hole Steve Bartman put in the Cubs' 2003 World Series chances.
Bartman, infamous for reaching into fair territory and tipping a ball that Moises Alou could've caught in Game 6 of the NLCS, is being forgiven in a big way.
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts announced Monday that the team is providing Bartman with a 2016 World Series ring.
“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 owner told WGN in a 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 released a statement saying he's "relieved and hopeful that the saga of the 2003 foul ball incident surrounding my family and me is finally over."
The Cubs were leading the Marlins 3-0 with one out in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the NLCS when the incident unfolded. Had Bartman not made contact with the ball, the Cubs might not have gone on to allow eight runs that inning, thus allowing the Marlins to win Game 6 and 7 en route to a trip to the World Series.
Here's the ring Bartman is receiving.