That's right, gang, the "Bartman Incident" is, officially, eight years old.
So, I got to thinking...how would Major League Baseball's premier ballhawks (author Zack Hample and Camden Yards fixture Tim Anderson) handle the situation if they swapped places with the Chicago Cubs scapegoat.
HOVG: You've seen the Steve Bartman clip a thousand times since it intially played out. What was the fatal flaw in him (or the people around him) NOT getting that foul ball?
HAMPLE: He should've been wearing a glove. It's THAT simple.
HOVG: How would you have handled it?
ANDERSON: I’d have handled it the same exact way. I do not blame Bartman or the people around him for going after that ball. When the ball is coming towards you, you forget there is a baseball game going on. You are worried about being hit in the face with the ball, not if Moises Alou is going to have a play on it.
HAMPLE: If I were a diehard Cubs fan, I would've held back and not reached for the ball so that Moises Alou would've had a better shot. If I were there as myself (without any allegiance to any team), I would've caught the damn thing.
HOVG: A couple of months after the missed catch, the ball sold for close to $115,000...only to be blown up? If you had the ball...what would you have done with it?
HAMPLE: For that much money, I would've sold it. That's what I refer to as "life-changing" money.
HOVG: You're both known primarily for catching home run balls...is there one that you wished you would had snagged? This could be any ball from the history of the game.
HAMPLE: I was right there for (Jeter’s) previous at-bat, then had to move when the seats filled in. But still, I could've gone back for Jeter's next at-bat because I know the security guard out there. I just didn't make the effort because I assumed that it wasn't going to be a home run. If I'd gone back, I would've been with three feet of the ball, and there's a 50-50 chance that I would've caught it. I'll truly never forgive myself or get over the heartbreak of that moment.
Zack Hample has snagged 5788 baseballs at 48 different major league stadiums since 1990. You can check out his website (The Baseball Collector) or follow him on Twitter at @zack_hample.
When Tim Anderson is not at Camden Yards, he is online contributing to both Sports Nickel and Baseball and That Other Good Stuff. You can find "Mr. Shagtastic" on Twitter at @sportsnickelTim.