Updated 03:33 PM EDT, Fri, Oct 22, 2021

Steve Bartman Will Not Attend Chicago Cubs' First Playoff Game Despite Funds Campaign

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Infamous Chicago Cubs fan Steve Bartman, who became well-known for an October 2003 baseball incident, will not attend the team's first playoff game in seven years despite a fundraising campaign to have him there.

ESPN said the GoFundMe page dedicated for Bartman has brought in more than $3,600 to cover for his ticket and hotel room but this did not encourage the fan to attend the wild card game of the team versus the Pittsburgh Pirates next week.

The GoFundMe site said that Bartman would want to make amends for what happened 12 years ago.

"First we need to find him to get him to the big game. If anyone knows where he is at, tell him we are looking for him. The money would pay for his expenses including his ticket, hotel room, flights and a little spending money," added the page.

"It's nice of these people to think of Steve, but he won't be taking advantage of the offer. He's perfectly capable of attending the game on his own, though he has no intention of being at the wild-card game," said Bartman's spokesperson Frank Murtha.

In this case, the GoFundMe site said that if Bartman will not attend, proceeds of the campaign will go to the Alzheimer's Association.

It can be remembered that Bartman was a noted personality during the 2003 game of the Cubs versus the Miami Marlins.

"With the Cubs leading the Marlins 3-0 in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the NL Championship Series, Bartman was vilified for putting his hands on a foul ball that appeared to be a potential catch by Cubs left fielder Moises Alou," added ESPN noting that the Cubs ended up losing the game and has not won a postseaon match since then.

According to USA Today, Bartman has remained a Cubs fan but has declined to give any comment on the incident since it happened.

When the Cubs meets the Pirates in the wild card game, Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta said his team will work hard to prepare for the upcoming match.

"Enjoy the win tonight and start getting ready for Pittsburgh on Wednesday," he added in a Fox Sports report.

MLB.com said Arrieta was instrumental in the Cubs' 6-1 win versus the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. He reportedly finished the regular season with a 0.75 ERA, the lowest one on the second half of MLB history.

"If that did not clinch his [Cy Young] Award, I don't know what would. That had to be the clincher. Another quality start, a dominating performance. For me, that should put the icing on the cake right there," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Arrieta.

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