A man serving as a spokesman for Steve Bartman says the infamous Chicago Cubs fan did not express relief after the team beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 to win the World Series when he spoke to Bartman on the phone.
“He was just overjoyed that the Cubs won, as all the Cubs fans are,’’ Frank Murtha, a lawyer who has served as Bartman’s spokesman, told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday.
But Bartman, blamed for contributing to the Cubs’ 108-year drought since their last World Series title after he interfered with a foul ball during the 2003 National League Championship Series — when the Cubs failed again to reach the World Series — isn’t about to make any public appearances.
“We don’t intend to crash the parade,’’ Murtha said. “The one thing that Steve and I did talk about was if the Cubs were to win, he did not want to be a distraction to the accomplishments of the players and the organization.’’
Bartman has not granted any interviews since the 2003 incident but has continued to live and work in the Chicago area, Murtha said.