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GuessWho
02-04-04, 10:28 AM
from the Chicago Sun Times

Thanks to WMAQ-Channel 5 and MSNBC, Harry Caray's Restaurant will get more than its money's worth in free publicity for the $113,824 it paid for the infamous "Bartman Ball."

On Feb. 26, the MSNBC cable network will air live coverage of the destruction of the foul ball deflected by hapless fan Steve Bartman during the sixth game of the Cubs' playoff series with Florida.

The media event at Harry Caray's will coincide with the sixth annual "Toast to Harry" in bars and nightclubs around the world in memory of the late Hall of Fame announcer.

Harry Caray's Restaurant Group acquired the ball at auction last December and has been keeping it in a "high-security display cabinet" beneath Caray's trademark glasses ever since.

In addition to "bringing an end to the infamous [Cubs] curse," the event is intended to raise more than $1 million for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in honor of Ron Santo.

kantonburg
02-04-04, 11:46 AM
I believe this was posted awhile back but nevertheless it's still a cool way to destroy the curse....yea right ;)

PixyJunket
02-04-04, 12:32 PM
Someone care to explain why it's infamous?

Dave99
02-04-04, 12:57 PM
It was a fly ball going foul on the 3rd base line. The cubs left fielder was running over to grab it, and appeared to have a pretty good chance to catch it just over the wall in the stands. A cubs fan (steve bartman) sitting there reached up to try and grab it, and prevented the cubs from catching it. They were leading at the time, in I think the 8th inning (also leading the series 3-2, if they won they were in the world series.) They seemed to fall apart after that play, and lost the game, and then the series. thats the summary version.

dave

jayson1017
02-04-04, 02:38 PM
Go Cubs!

weargle
02-04-04, 04:45 PM
Buy Muh-Muh-Muh-Mookie's ball from Charlie Sheen and kill that curse too (You really can't call it Buckner's ball now can you?)

POWERBOMB
02-04-04, 08:46 PM
The only way to break the curse is too have those recently affected by it to destroy his ball, namely Steve Bartman and the Cubs player.

the aftermath
02-04-04, 09:57 PM
You have to kill the person who made the ball infamous in the first place for the curse to be broken.

R.I.P Steve Bartman

jayson1017
02-05-04, 12:14 PM
Originally posted by POWERBOMB
The only way to break the curse is too have those recently affected by it to destroy his ball, namely Steve Bartman and the Cubs player.

No you don't.

jayson1017
02-05-04, 12:14 PM
Originally posted by the aftermath
You have to kill the person who made the ball infamous in the first place for the curse to be broken.

R.I.P Steve Bartman

No.

Dave99
02-05-04, 12:30 PM
Didn't someone remove the sense of humor from this thread?
:hscratch:

dave

~~ PAL ~~
02-05-04, 01:35 PM
Just a bunch of lousy PR stunts that will do nothing to affect the Cubs' fortunes next year... -ohbfrank-

wm lopez
02-05-04, 03:55 PM
Cub fans otta burn a stack of Chicago Tribune newspapers instead of picking on Steve Bartman.
The Tribune's ownership is the sole reason this team hasn't won.
Instead of just signing Greg Maddox, they are playing hardball with him.
What did the Yankees do when they came close to winning the World Series, they signed Jason Giambi.
What does Cubs ownership do with 5 outs from going to the World Series, they nickle & dime a pitcher who's a hall of famer.

POWERBOMB
02-05-04, 05:33 PM
They should package the ball and send it to the Red Sox.

MJKTool
02-05-04, 06:09 PM
Wow thats ultra lame. :lol:

the aftermath
02-05-04, 06:18 PM
Originally posted by jayson1017
No.
Yeh, you're right.

The curse will never be broken.

POWERBOMB
02-05-04, 10:37 PM
Maybe it's destruction should be a topic of conversation at the next Democratic debate?

jayson1017
02-05-04, 10:43 PM
Originally posted by the aftermath
Yeh, you're right.

The curse will never be broken.

I'm right, but you're wrong. The curse will be broken, but not by doing anything to Steve Bartman.

wm lopez
02-06-04, 05:59 PM
Did you know the Cubs & Red Sox are the only 2 baseball teams that attribute their not winning a championship due to a curse?
Why do fans get upset when a player thanks God for his fortune, but it's o.k. to believe in curses?

chrisih8u
02-06-04, 06:07 PM
Originally posted by wm lopez
Did you know the Cubs & Red Sox are the only 2 baseball teams that attribute their not winning a championship due to a curse?
Why do fans get upset when a player thanks God for his fortune, but it's o.k. to believe in curses?


A "curse" is a good story for the media to run with. Incompetant management isnt as exciting.

the aftermath
02-06-04, 06:25 PM
Originally posted by jayson1017
I'm right, but you're wrong. The curse will be broken, but not by doing anything to Steve Bartman.
No.

Just give it up already.

MJKTool
02-06-04, 07:29 PM
Originally posted by wm lopez
Did you know the Cubs & Red Sox are the only 2 baseball teams that attribute their not winning a championship due to a curse?

Of course & I have always thought that was super lame as well.

ChiTownAbs, Inc
02-06-04, 08:47 PM
I'd never heard of the goat curse until this past season.

Then again, this is the furthest the Cubs have gone in a LONG time ...

jayson1017
02-09-04, 09:10 AM
Originally posted by the aftermath
No.

Just give it up already.

No.

You give up first.

vaporware
02-09-04, 12:40 PM
Originally posted by jayson1017
No.

You give up first.

Admit it, you're Steve Bartman.

POWERBOMB
02-10-04, 07:27 PM
It doesn't matter who is Steve Bartman!!! The curse will never be broken now.

ChiTownAbs, Inc
02-15-05, 08:37 PM
The "infamous ball" back in the news


<font size=5><b>Harry Caray's to offer taste of Bartman ball</b></font>
The Associated Press
Published February 15, 2005, 2:50 PM CST


Blowing the "Bartman ball" to smithereens last year didn't help the Cubs win a World Series. Maybe eating the smithereens will.

Harry Caray's Restaurant has cooked up a new promotional scheme involving what's left of the infamous foul ball that deflected off Cubs fan Steve Bartman during Game 6 of the National League Championship Series in 2003. The Cubs lost a sure out and their cool from the play, subsequently giving up eight runs and the lead as they blew a chance to reach the World Series for the first time since 1945.

A year ago, after buying the ball at auction for $113,824, Harry Caray's had a Hollywood special-effects expert detonate it on live TV.

In the marketing sequel, Harry Caray's said Tuesday it intends to soak the ball's remnants in Budweiser and combine them with other ingredients into a "curse-ending sauce." The sauce will be poured over spaghetti and served to willing Cubs fans next week at its locations in Chicago and Rosemont.

"At the urging of faithful Cubs fans, Harry Caray's will try once again to use the power of the ball to generate positive energy for the Cubs," said Grant DePorter, managing partner of Harry Caray's Restaurant group.

He said the stunt was inspired by two separate fan suggestions a year ago when the restaurant received 20,000 letters from people with ideas on how to destroy the ball.

The sauce will be served for four days ending Feb. 24 when the restaurant stages its annual worldwide toast to Caray, the longtime Cubs broadcaster who died Feb. 18, 1998.

Proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in honor of ex-Cubs great Ron Santo.

namrfumot
02-17-05, 11:10 AM
Are they actually going to eat the ball? Or just the sauce the ball has been soaking in?

ChiTownAbs, Inc
02-18-05, 10:03 AM
Seems like the Department of Health wants it's say...


<font size=4><b>Recipe for disaster? Health dept. has its say</font></b>

David Haugh
Published February 18, 2005


In cooking up a recipe for sauce flavored with the blown-up Steve Bartman baseball, Harry Caray's restaurant has taken every measure to stay out of hot water with the city's department of public health. The two sides stayed in constant communication Thursday as the restaurant's team of experts considered ways to incorporate remnants of the infamous ball in conjunction with health-code standards. Chicago municipal code 4-8-010 states that food cannot be served if it "consists in whole or in part of any filthy, putrid, decomposed substance, or if it is otherwise unfit for human consumption." A baseball blown up a year ago fits in that category, according to Tim Hadac, spokesman for the health department. But Grant DePorter, managing partner of Harry Caray's, has enlisted a team of dietitians and chemists to maximize flavor and minimize health risks. The ball itself will not be part of the sauce. "They're going to capture the steam that rises off the ball and put it into the sauce," Hadac said. "And if they do that, it will not violate any public health regulations."