Steve Bartman to receive World Series ring

The Steve Bartman incident will go down in history as one of the most infamous foul ball catches of all time. Now, 14 years later, after the Cubs finally won the World Series and broke the curse, Steve Bartman can move on. 

The Ricketts family and Cubs organization has gifted Steve Bartman an official Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Championship ring. 

"On behalf of the entire Chicago Cubs organization, we are honored to  present a 2016 World Series Championship Ring to Mr. Steve Bartman,"  the Cubs told WGN in a statement. "We hope this provides closure on an  unfortunate chapter of the story that has perpetuated throughout our  quest to win a long-awaited World Series. While no gesture can fully  lift the public burden he has endured for more than a decade, we felt it  was important Steve knows he has been and continues to be fully  embraced by this organization. After all he has sacrificed, we are proud  to recognize Steve Bartman with this gift today."

Steve Bartman issued the following statement

“Although I do not consider myself worthy of such an  honor, I am deeply moved and sincerely grateful to receive an official  Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Championship ring. I am fully aware of  the historical significance and appreciate the symbolism the ring  represents on multiple levels. My family and I will cherish it for  generations. Most meaningful is the genuine outreach from the Ricketts  family, on behalf of the Cubs organization and fans, signifying to me  that I am welcomed back into the Cubs family and have their support  going forward. I am relieved and hopeful that the saga of the 2003 foul  ball incident surrounding my family and me is finally over.

I humbly receive the ring not only as a symbol of one of the most  historic achievements in sports, but as an important reminder for how we  should treat each other in today’s society. My hope is that we all can  learn from my experience to view sports as entertainment and prevent  harsh scapegoating, and to challenge the media and opportunistic  profiteers to conduct business ethically by respecting personal privacy  rights and not exploit any individual to advance their own self-interest  or economic gain.

Moreover, I am hopeful this ring gesture will be the start of an  important healing and reconciliation process for all involved. To that  end, I request the media please respect my privacy, and the privacy of  my family. I will not participate in interviews or further public  statements at this time.

Words alone cannot express my heartfelt thanks to the Ricketts family, Crane Kenney, Theo Epstein, and the entire Cubs organization for this extraordinary gift, and for providing the City of Chicago and Cubs fans everywhere an unforgettable World Championship in 2016. I am happy to be reunited with the Cubs family and positively moving forward with my life."



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