Cub Fans Share the Love!

Here’s a sampling of Cub fan reaction to the "fouled ball," from the Oct. 15 Sun-Times, in brief:

BY GREG COUCH Staff Reporter

Five outs from the World Series, and Florida’s Luis Castillo hit a fly ball that went to Cubs left fielder Moises Alou. He drifted over toward the stands and jumped for the ball, but then a young man in the crowd in a dark shirt, Cubs cap and headphones reached over with both hands looking for a souvenir and knocked the ball away.

The play was ruined, and Alou jumped out of control in anger, reportedly yelling an obscenity at the fan. A few minutes later, the man cried while holding a sweater over his face as three security guards escorted him in safety out of the stands.

Later, they gave the man, maybe 25 years old and 5-7, a tan jacket as a disguise so he could leave the stadium safely.

Cubs security wouldn’t release the man’s name, saying they worried for his safety.

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"Did you see the replay? Did he interfere?” asked fan Paul Springer, who was sitting two rows behind the unnamed man.

"Then they should kill him.”

Afterward, the man just sat there. Sat there listening to his headphones as if he had no idea of what the heck he had done to the Cubs, the fans, the city. History.

And that seemed to gall the fans near him. They threw beer at him, screamed "Thanks a lot, [expletive].”

"He had those headphones on and wasn’t paying attention,” Springer said. "He was just sitting there in the whole maelstrom.”

The maelstrom included the fans chanting an obscenity. Outside the stadium, people looked for the man, figuring he had been thrown out.

Some fans in the stands ran down from nearby to yell at the guy or worse. Security escorted several people out of Wrigley Field.

Cubs manager Dusty Baker, who has spent the season shooting down the idea of curses, telling fans to forget about the past, was still able to keep cool afterward.

"It had nothing to do with the curse,” he said. "It has to do with the fan interference, the very uncharacteristic error by Gonzo, because he doesn’t miss anything. And then they just started hitting.”

Alou had calmed down afterward, too, saying, "I had a 100 percent chance to catch it. [But] any fan in any ballpark would go for the ball.”

But other Cubs fans weren’t so willing to absolve. A man named Matt, who wouldn’t give his last name, sat nearby.

"It’s a good thing they got him out of there,” Matt said. "They were going to beat the hell out of the guy. He was going to die.”

Cubs fans: hapless, hopeless, homicidal.

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