***THIS WAS AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE***
April 1st, 2010
Last week the Chicago Tribune reported that the Chicago Cubs star 1st Basemen had injured himself when a deck chair collapsed.
From the Chicago Tribune:
“He was eating before the game and the chair just collapsed on him,” Piniella said. “That’s why we got him out of there after three innings.”
Piniella said Lee was fine and would be back in the starting lineup Friday.
Being of a larger build myself, I have also seen this misfortune in those weaker, less dependable lawn chairs so I chuckled as I saw the picture of the deck chair in question.
Then I noticed something on the back of the chair. Small letters on the back rail. I zoomed in and saw a web address. Ok, I had a boring afternoon and I looked it up and it turns out to be the website of a company located in Wisconsin that manufactures outdoor furniture. Ok, makes sense. I looked through the site and saw something that stopped me in my tracks. I got to the “About us” page and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
“Steve Bartman moved to Wisconsin and opened SB Furniture in the spring of 2004.”
I thought this was a coincidence so I called the contact number on the website and a woman named Julia answered. When I asked if their Steve Bartman was THE Steve Bartman she paused and quickly said, “No, It’s not him! Don’t call here!” and hung up.
For those of you who forgot, Steve Bartman was the fan who interfered with a foul ball that appeared was about to be caught by Moises Alou and would have given the Cubs a better chance of getting to the World Series. After this play the Cubs collapsed and Florida went on to win the World Series.
As I was writing this post I went back to the website and got a “This website does not exist” error message.
Could it be? Could he have inadvertantly struck again?