Steve Bartman helped extend Luis Castillo's at-bat and the Cubs' history of postseason misery.
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LCS Game 6

Oct. 14, 2003 -- Marlins 8, Cubs 3: It's amazing Cubs fans blamed Steve Bartman for this loss. The Cubs blew a 3-0 lead when they were just five outs from their first World Series since 1945 and yet it's Bartman's fault for trying to catch a foul ball that Moises Alou wasn't going to catch anyway? Shortstop Alex Gonzalez botched what should have been an inning-ending double-play grounder, and it's Bartman's fault? Dusty Baker left Mark Prior in to throw 119 pitches, and it's Bartman's fault? The Cubs allowed eight runs in the eighth, and it's Bartman's fault? Ridiculous. Everyone knows none of this was Bartman's fault.

It was that damn goat from 1945.
-- Jim Caple