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10 years since ill-fated foul ball interference, Bartman remains out of view

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If you're a Cubs fan--or even a White Sox fan-- you probably remember exactly where you were a decade ago tonight. That's because October 14th marks the 10 year anniversary of the so-called "Bartman game."

Yet all this time later, the fan at the center of one of Chicago's greatest sports controversies remains a mystery: where is Steve Bartman today?

It's hard to believe in this age of digital media, a person can just disappear from public view. But that's what Steve Bartman has done successfully since that pivotal foul ball and his spokesman tells FOX 32 that he remains out of view for a reason.

Bartman may or may not have interfered with that foul ball, but what every Cubs fan agrees on is the team collapsed after the play, blowing a three run lead just five outs away from its first World Series since 1945.

Since that night, Bartman has never given an interview, never made a public appearance, and never cashed in on his name.

Bartman's spokesman, attorney Frank Murtha, says there's a reason for that: "we continue to have security concerns because invariably when a story or documentary comes along, threats will be posted on blogs or phoned in to his place of business. In spite of the difficulties this has presented, [Steve] has continued to flourish in his career and life... and tries the best he can to not let this distract or derail him from the things he believes are important."

Sportswriter and Cubs fan Lester Munson says instead of fading into a distant memory, the Bartman game has grown to become Chicago sports mythology.

"I cannot believe it's ten years. I remember it like yesterday," Munson says. "The whole thing was so unexpected, so unusual, so memorable and dramatic. Every Cubs fan, including me, we all knew that was it."

The Bartman ball, which was blown up just months after the game, remains on display at Harry Caray's restaurant, where it got special attention Monday.

"A lot of people want to come and look at it and remember and get those feelings again, because it brought back a lot of Cubs passion," says Grant DePorter.

They're feelings that some fans would rather forget.

Bartman's spokesman did not want to discuss any personal details about Bartman like whether he's married, has a family, or even still attends Cubs games, but he did say Bartman remains a Cubs fan.

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