Harry Caray's has new plan for Bartman ball

Updated: February 16, 2005, 1:30 PM ET
Associated Press

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

A Chicago restaurant has cooked up a promotional scheme involving what's left of the infamous foul ball. It's the one that deflected off Cub fan Steve Bartman during Game 6 of the National League Championship Series in 2003, which the Cubs ultimately lost to the Florida Marlins.

A year ago -- after buying the ball at auction for more than $113,000 -- Harry Caray's Restaurant had a Hollywood special-effects expert detonate it on live TV.

Now, Harry Caray's plans to soak the ball's remnants in Budweiser and brew it up into a "curse-ending sauce" that will be served on spaghetti to willing Cub fans next week.

Proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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