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Catching Hell (2011)

After the Chicago Cubs blow an opportunity to reach the World Series in 2003, Cubs fans blame the team's misfortune on fellow fan Steve Bartman, who interfered with a foul ball and prevented Moises Alou from making a catch.

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When Chicagoan Steve Bartman fatefully deflected a foul ball in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, the city's long-suffering Cubs fans found someone new to blame for their cursed century without a World Series title. Director Alex Gibney explores the psychology of die-hard sports fans, the frightening phenomenon of scapegoating, and the hysteria that turned mild-mannered Bartman into the most hated man in Chicago. Written by Tribeca Film Festival

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Mike Lowell: In the dugout we saw, you know, obviously the Bartman thing and I remember Mark Redman, one of our pitchers, said 'Let's make him famous.'
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You gotta feel sorry for these folks.
13 November 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I am not exactly the sort of guy to watch a documentary from ESPN. I am not a sports fan any more--and a bit of it relates to the subject of this film. The notion of scapegoating folks for losses in the World Series has always baffled me. While I noticed that the film only focused on recent scapegoats, I was very interested in seeing how the film dealt with Bill Buckner and Steve Bartman--two guys who took a lot of heat from unreasonable fans who got angrier at these guys than the average American felt towards Hitler during WWII!! Talk about needing to get a little perspective!

As far as the film goes, it's about as good as any you can find on the topic. And, once again, it makes you feel terrible for these guys. In the case of Buckner, a couple bad games seemed to have undone an excellent major league career. And with Bartman, it was amazing how folks literally talked of killing a guy just because he reached out to grab a foul ball! Well worth seeing--and hopefully films like this will get folks to stop and think a bit.


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