Steve Bartman gets World Series championship ring from Chicago Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) - Steve Bartman is getting a World Series championship ring from the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs announced Monday they were giving a ring to the fan remembered for deflecting a foul ball that appeared destined to land in left fielder Moises Alou's glove with Chicago five outs from the World Series in 2003.

Bartman was harassed after the incident and has avoided the spotlight since. Chicago beat Cleveland last fall for its first championship since 1908.

The Cubs say they "hope this provides closure on an unfortunate chapter" and Bartman "continues to be fully embraced by this organization."

"While no gesture can fully lift the public burden he has endured for more than a decade, we felt it was important Steve knows he has been and continues to be fully embraced by this organization," the team said. "After all he has sacrificed, we are proud to recognize Steve Bartman with this gift today."

Bartman says he is "deeply moved." He adds he hopes "we all can learn from my experience to view sports as entertainment and prevent harsh scapegoating."

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