During today’s game between the Cubs and Braves at the Friendly Confines, the broadcast team captured something even more interesting than seagulls defecating on fans in the bleachers. Going into the seventh inning, cameras caught a fan actually following the action on the field.
“Hey Bob, wake up for a minute. Is that a … yes, it is! That fan with the glasses and ballcap in the fourth row of 218 is actually filling out a scorecard!” said Cubs play-by-play man Len Kasper when he saw the footage. “And he appears to be keeping up with Pat and Keith’s radio broadcast through those headphones he’s wearing.”
“Huh, what?” color commentator Bob Brenly responded. “Oh hey, you’re right, Len! And look, his phone is in his front pocket! He’s not checking into FourSquare or texting his friends about whether they want to meet at Murphy’s or the Sports Corner after the game. I have to say, he looks kind of familiar, but I can’t place him.”
The commentators spent several more minutes marveling at the young man’s focus and level of interest before realizing it was Steve Bartman.
By Brian Summerfield