I received the following e-mail from Chris Sauer, a BCB reader who's also a Reds fan:
As mentioned, I follow another team (I'm an Ohio guy who grew up in the 70's and thusly BleedCincyRed), but I am very curious about Cubs fans.
Now don't jump down my throat here, this is a legitimate inquiry. The whole Bartman thing, now that we are removed from it a little bit. Does it still eat away? Or rather, is there a part of Cub-fan that says that fans will go for balls when they are hit in their area? Or even, that there was still another chance to win the next game and we didn't? Or lastly, we love 'em, but they are the lovable losers?
Again, I emphasize that this is not rubbing salt in a wound. I as a lifelong baseball fan, ex-player, and ex-high school coach, I love it all, and need to know things like this.
So, I've created a poll to vote on this. Take it in the spirit in which it's created.
To view and vote in this poll, click here.
The Bartman Poll
Can Bartman pitch? We need some bullpen help. (22 votes)
It still eats at me. It will always eat at me. (33 votes)
It's not his fault -- talk to Alex Gonzalez about "fault". (146 votes)
Bartman? He hasn't been vaporized yet? (7 votes)
What does a Reds fan care? (9 votes)
I don't want to be a "lovable loser" any more. (25 votes)
Foul ball? I'll grab at one any time. (8 votes)
250 total votes