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jongolden

Moises Alou was the instigator of the Bartman Inquisition. And those at Fox, etc..., would have contributed to his death had anything tragic actually happened. They were so irresponsible to broadcast his name. And to those who actually identified him for the press, they ought to be ashamed of themselves.

Chuck

I watched the ESPN film "Catching Hell" which was all about Bartman. It made me angry to see fans blaming Bartman for ruining the game and the series - to the extent that they threw beer, tried to pick a fight, or even threatened his life. They didn't consider Alex Gonzales' costly error, or Mark Prior giving up hits as causes of the collapse. I'm a big sports fan, but it's sad when adults put their zeal for professional sports ahead of their common sense.

Tom B.

I agree, Alou threw down his hands and stomped the ground like a 6 year-old, not a professional baseball player. I saw the game live. The Cubs choked, plain and simple, had Alou caught that ball they would have choked against the Yankees in the Series. Bartman simply looked weak and the crowd pounced, chanting 'A--hole! A--hole!' over & over, people throwing things at him, yelling & threatening him. Unbelievable that grown adults would behave this way, and now this guy's life is forever changed. They should still be ashamed. It's just a game people.

Mike

I always pulled for the Cubs until that incident. I decided then that such a vile fan base did not deseve a winner. I take great pleasure each year when they are eliminated from contention which most years is fairly early. The Goat Curse is alive and well.

Eneira

Hi Rick,I also find myself podirenng the messages we give our children.I think we all (secretly or openly) want to feel significant in the world. And we live in a society that has some pretty warped examples of what that means movie stars, sports stars, super models, billionaire businessmen, etc Or violence as a means to be significant (putting a gun in someone's makes you immediately significant, for sure!) But we often lack healthy ways of feeling personally significant and knowing that we are, indeed, good enough When we tell our children that they are geniuses or amazing or everything they do is the best I think it's our own fear and desire to be accepted and loved in this world that we're acting out. And you hit it dead on we are imperfect. It's our striving to be (or be seen) as anything other than ourselves that creates our suffering.Not only are we not all geniuses, we are also not failures! We're certainly each unique and happiest when we can learn to embrace all aspects of ourselves with compassion and acceptance. Only then do I find that I'm my best self. Not best but best self important distinction.Every time I hear my kids (or myself) comparing themselves to each other or to some external standard I challenge them. Are you better? Better than what? Why does it matter where you rank in your class or in the world? Did you do YOUR best? Did you strive to be better than you were yesterday? Are you making a difference in the world (no matter how small or large)?And every time I hear them beating themselves up for failing I connect, I reflect back to them their WHOLE selves, I remind them why I love them and why they can love themselves (flaws and all). Yes, you messed up, you feel lousy AND I see you (As an aside, I also don't make a big deal about their report cards or marks. For the same reasons. I have an ongoing conversation with my kids about their effort, their attitude, about doing their best and growing/learning everyday. Letter grades on a report card don't measure that at best, they provide a snapshot to reflect upon.)I believe both the genius and failure paradigms need to disappear from our stories about ourselves and each other. Both are symptoms of our amazingly universal fear, at a core level, that we're not quite good enough. I wonder what would happen if we did everything with a goal of helping everyone feel that they are, indeed, good enough. What would our classrooms and education system look like?It would start with connection

Jesten

The Marlins were the better team peroid look at the line-up they had: Pierre, Castillo, Pudge, Miguel Cabrerra (before the DUI's) Derrick Lee, Mike Lowell. Alou was such a jerk-off ( '97ex-marlin) and couldn't focus at the BIG picture. So what bartman dropped the ball, it was one out in the 8th inning. If the Cubs NEVER lost focus of the game, they should have one. But they are the Sorry Sad Excuse of a team know for choking ('84 NLCS) etc.etc. The Cubs are the only team to consistently choke

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