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Much of the sting was removed from this photo for Chicago Cubs fans when their team finally won a World Series in 2016, but it's still one of the most infamous fan moments in sports history.

The Cubs were up three games to two over the Florida Marlins in the 2003 NLCS.

When they were up 3-0 in the eighth inning of Game 6, their spot in the 2003 World Series looked all but assured.

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Much of the sting was removed from this photo for Chicago Cubs fans when their team finally won a World Series in 2016, but it's still one of the most infamous fan moments in sports history.

The Cubs were up three games to two over the Florida Marlins in the 2003 NLCS.

When they were up 3-0 in the eighth inning of Game 6, their spot in the 2003 World Series looked all but assured.

But when Cubs left fielder Moises Alou attempted to catch a foul ball off the bat of Marlins second baseman Luis Castillo, numerous Chicago fans reached out from the elevated stands and attempted to do the same. 

A young man named Steve Bartman, who happened to be a diehard Cubs fan, was the one who contacted the ball.

Alou slammed his glove in frustration and yelled at Bartman for interfering with the play. The Marlins went on to score eight runs in the inning and win the series. 

Bartman's life became a living hell in Chicago, with him being blamed by many fans for costing the Cubs their season.

Over 13 years later, the Chicago Cubs awarded Bartman a 2016 World Series ring in an attempt to reconcile and bury the past.

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