ESPN, the Cubs, and Steve Bartman - The Reluctant Psychoanalyst watches TV
In 2003, as a recovered Cubs fan in psychoanalytic training, I watched the fourth game of the National League Championship Series between Chicago and the upstart Florida Marlins (another National League expansion team that could get to the series before we could do it again (OK, I am not completely recovered)). I was feeling confident that we would make it. We were up three to nothing, we had Mark Pryor on the mound, and there was already one out in the top of the eighth inning. A Marlin hit a high foul ball down the left field line and it drifted towards the stands where a bunch of fans reached for it and it bounced around among them. No big deal. Except that Moises Alou, the left fielder of considerable skill who came from a family that produced many major leaguers, did the unthinkable: He had a conniption. He jumped up and down, throwing a tantrum and pointing at the fans, exclaiming that they had interfered with a ball that he could have caught.
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