Anthony Rizzo catch brings back memories of Bartman

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OK, so the stakes were a little higher and the outcome was different, but who didn’t think of Steve Bartman as Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went into the stands to steal a souvenir from the crowd?

Moments after Rizzo tightroped the tarp to make his amazing snag, Twitter lit up with Bartman comparisons.

The comparisons are not lost on the sports books, either.


Fans interfering with games has had a long history in Major League Baseball where the players and their fans are so closely situated – see Jeffrey Maier and Steve Bartman as prime examples. This past weekend fan interference took center stage as a fan hit Brett Gardner on the head with a thrown ball from the stands and a fan pushed through Mark Teixeira to get a foul ball. With baseball coming down the homestretch and playoff races heating up, fans across the country are wondering where the next Bartman will come from. listed odds for the team likeliest to have fans “detrimentally affect their team next.” Not surprisingly, the Cubs are the favorite at 10-1, followed by the Red Sox (15-1), Marlins and Mets (both 18-1).

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