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The Human Being Who Made a Stupid Mistake
2003-10-15 09:50
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

The Chicago Sun-Times has identified the fan as Steve Bartman.

"... he is not coming to work today because of the incident," Suzanne Zagata-Meraz, a spokeswoman ... said this morning. "That was a decision that Steve and [Human Resources] made together. We have been in contact with Steve."

The paper also writes:

A man who answered the door at the Northbrook home where friends and a neighbor said Bartman grew up defended him, saying he only did what came naturally when a foul ball came his way.

"He's a huge Cubs fan," said the man, who responded to "Mr. Bartman." "I'm sure I taught him well. I taught him to catch foul balls when they come near him."

And:

The home where Bartman grew up backs up to a baseball field where his dad would hit pop-ups for him and his friends to catch, said Ron Cohen's son, Gary Cohen, 34. He said Bartman's favorite player growing up was Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg.

I almost feel like I'm passing along the name of Kobe Bryant's accuser here, but that's silly, right? Not the same thing.

And, I know that my audience knows how to handle this information responsibly and understands why I'm presenting it - to show that this fan, whatever mistake he made, is a person.

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