Steve Bartman, wherever he may be, probably let out a smile and a sigh of relief if he was watching the New York Yankees-Baltimore Orioles game on Wednesday night. One extremely lucky Yankee fan may have avoided the fate that changed Bartman's life forever.
While it was easy to chastise Bartman for his interference with a foul ball at Wrigley Field during Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, we also can't forget that almost anyone in his position would have done exactly the same thing. In fact, if Bartman didn't touch the ball, there were several other people around him who might have grabbed it.
One Yankee fan nearly fell into the same trap as Bartman during Game 3 of the ALDS. It was the top of the seventh inning and New York was trailing Baltimore, 2-1. Manny Machado popped a foul ball up beyond the third base line. Eric Chavez raced to the railing to attempt to make the play, and he basically had to box out a fan in order to bring down the ball. Chavez made the out and a few minutes later the Yankees were back in the dugout.
As you can see from this guy's reaction (around the one-minute mark he sinks all the way into his chair), he knows he may have dodged destiny.
The only difference between this guy and Bartman? Even if he had interfered and New York went on to lose, the Yankees have won 27 World Series since the Cubs last won one.
(H/T to Sports Grid)