CHICAGO (AP) Cubs fans are packing downtown Chicago to celebrate the team’s first World Series title in 108 years, but one infamous fan won’t be among them.
Steve Bartman has confirmed through a spokesman that he won’t be at the victory parade or rally.
Watch the parade at CSNChicago.com
Frank Murtha tells USA Today that Bartman “was overjoyed that the Cubs won” on Wednesday night to clinch the Series, but that he doesn’t “want to be a distraction” to the team’s accomplishments.
Bartman vanished from public view after interfering with a foul ball during the National League Championship Series in 2003.
The Cubs were five outs away from reaching the World Series at the time. Bartman became a pariah in Chicago after the Cubs went on to lose the game and the series to the Marlins.
SAN DIEGO — The Cleveland Guardians and slugging first baseman Josh Bell have agreed to a two-year, $33 million contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a review of medical records.
Bell played for Washington and San Diego last season, batting .266 with 17 homers and 71 RBIs in 156 games.
Cleveland is coming off a surprising 2022 season, going 92-70 and winning the AL Central for the first time since 2018. The addition of Bell gives the Guardians more power for their lineup after they hit just 127 homers this year – the second-lowest total in the majors.
The 30-year-old Bell is a .262 hitter with 130 homers and 468 RBIs over seven seasons with three big league teams. He had his best year with Pittsburgh in 2019, making the NL All-Star team while batting .277 with 37 homers and 116 RBIs in 143 games.
The switch-hitting Bell also is expected to benefit from restrictions on defensive positioning coming to the game next year.