While Steve Bartman's spokesman said he has lived a normal life over the 10 years since touching the foul ball in Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series, the supporting cast in the Bartman saga hasn't fared quite so well.
Here's an update on some of the main characters:
Mark Prior: After falling apart on the mound after the foul ball was interfered with in the Marlins' decisive eight-run inning, Prior's career subsequently sputtered because of a series of arm injuries. In spring training of 2005, Prior was filmed joking about Bartman while golfing with broadcaster Dan Patrick in an ESPN interview. One week later, he was sidelined with elbow inflammation, and was out of the majors in less than two seasons. Several comeback attempts have failed.
Dusty Baker: The manager's popularity in Chicago eroded during the turbulent 2004 season when his team blew a wild-card playoff spot in the final week. Fired after a 96-loss season in 2006, the Reds later hired him and he guided them to three playoff appearances the last four years. He was fired again last week after the Reds lost their wild-card playoff game to the Pirates.
Moises Alou: He ended a successful 17-year career with a .303 lifetime average and went on to become a lauded Dominican League general manager, winning two Caribbean Series titles in four years and running the Dominican team that won the last World Baseball Classic. But Alou has had to suffer through the "curse of being asked about the foul ball every day the rest of your life."
Cubs: After the 2004 collapse, a lifeless season in '05 and a plunge to last-place in '06, the Cubs rebounded with back-to-back division titles under Lou Piniella in '07 and '08. But they failed to win a playoff game, going 0-6 against the Diamondbacks and Dodgers. The only top executive remaining from the 2003 season is business president Crane Kenney, who was widely ridiculed for getting a Greek Orthodox priest to sprinkle holy water in the dugout before the 2008 playoffs to remove the already oft-removed curse of the billy goat.
Rod Blagojevich: As Illinois governor and self-proclaimed Cubs fan, "Blago" fanned the flames of hatred toward Bartman, calling his actions "stupid" and saying "if he commits a crime, he won't get a pardon from this governor." Blagojevich later was sentenced to prison for 14 years after being found guilty on 18 corruption charges.
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