The Chicago Cubs are still trying to find the right design for their World Series rings. They are also planning on burying the hatchet with an infamous Cubs fans, Steve Bartman, who attempted to catch a foul ball but instead only caught hostility from many fans of the Cubs. Many blamed him for costing the Cubs that big game against the Florida Marlins in the 2003 National League Championship Series, contributing to the team’s historic losing streak. But now, the Cubs’ owner Tom Ricketts wants to reach out to Bartman and put that awful memory behind them.
“I’m sure we’ll reach out to him at the right time,’’ said Ricketts. “And I’m sure we’ll figure something out that provides closure for everybody. Hopefully, we can make it work.”
In regards to those World Series rings, Ricketts went to a Cubs board meeting to discuss the plans for the ring’s design. The Chicago Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908, so this discussion hasn’t occurred in a Chicago Cubs board meeting in over 100 years! “We haven’t figured out all of the symbolism yet,’’ says the Cubs owner, in his first in-depth interview since his team won the World Series championship, “but there will be plenty of it. We’ll have a lot of player input and let them decide what they want.’’
But for Tom Ricketts, “it was just so important” for him “to put this lovable loser crap to bed.” Ricketts added, “We had to get past that and put that in the history of the Cubs, and not the future. We changed that dialogue, and now, it’s all a thing in the past.’’
The Cubs appear ready to put their past behind them, even ready enough to turn the other cheek when it comes to Steve Bartman. He may have cost them the 2003 National League Championship, but the past is the past, and the Cubs are looking toward to the future. They are the current World Series Champions and are living high on their newfound success. They haven’t decided on the design for their new rings, but they have pretty much decided to forgive and welcome back Bartman! Seriously, welcome back, Bartman!