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Fan says he didn't see Alou

10/16/2003

CHICAGO -- Statement released Wednesday by Cubs fan Steve Bartman, who
deflected a foul ball in Game 6 of the National League Championship
Series:

"There are few words to describe how awful I feel and what I
have experienced within these last 24 hours.

I've been a Cub fan all my life and fully understand the
relationship between my actions and the outcome of the game. I had
my eyes glued on the approaching ball the entire time and was so
caught up in the moment that I did not even see Moises Alou, much
less that he may have had a play.

Had I thought for one second that the ball was playable or had I
seen Alou approaching I would have done whatever I could to get out
of the way and give Alou a chance to make the catch.

To Moises Alou, the Chicago Cubs organization, Ron Santo, Ernie Banks, and Cub fans everywhere I am so truly sorry from the bottom
of this Cubs fan's broken heart.

I ask that Cub fans everywhere redirect the negative energy that
has been vented towards my family, my friends, and myself into the
usual positive support for our beloved team on their way to being
National League champs."