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Bartman Documentary To Debut At New York Film Fest

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NEW YORK (WBBM/CBS) – This year’s TriBeCa Film Festival in New York will include a documentary on Steve Bartman.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Lisa Fielding reports, “Catching Hell” is about the pop fly that will live in infamy.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Lisa Fielding reports

Written and directed by Alex Gibney, the film explores the psychology of diehard sports fans, the scapegoat phenomenon and the hysteria that turned Bartman into the most hated man in Chicago.

On Oct. 14, 2003, the Cubs were up 3-0 against the Florida Marlins in the eighth inning of Game 6 in the National League Championship Series, when Marlins second baseman Luis Castillo hit a foul ball. Bartman, a fan in the bleachers, tried to catch the ball before it entered the stands, infuriating outfielder Moises Alou who had hoped to make a catch. Afterward, the Marlins scored eight runs and won the game, and the Cubs also lost Game 7 the following night.

Bartman has stayed out of the public eye after apologizing the day after the incident, and the Cubs have repeatedly defended him over the years.

The documentary was supposed to be part of the “30 for 30” film series on ESPN, but wasn’t ready in time.

It will instead premiere next month at the TriBeCa Film Festival.

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