I would like to talk about Steve Bartman, the infamous Chicago Cubs fan. For those living in caves, he was the one who may or may not have messed up a pop fly catch that may or may not have cost the Cubs going to the World Series.
Personally, I think the poor man was in the wrong place at the wrong time. If I was there, I may have done the same thing, having a couple of 10 dollar beers in me, with my radio on and the excitement of being in the crowd.
That being said, I am a great believer in personal privacy. I wonder who was the first to say this guy’s name to the media? I would not have given my name obviously. I think it took a lot of guts to go later and apologize to the Cubs team and fans, I would not have done this. I would not have said anything, to protect my personal privacy.
THE QUESTION BEING IS, if I was him, I would go to great lengths that no one knew my name. This would be difficult because a co-worker or family member would rat my name out to the press. First, I would sue that “rat” for violating my privacy. Then I would sue the papers and sports outlets that mention my name, thus depriving me of, yet again privacy. Bartman committed no crime, nor he is a public figure.
Where can privacy lines be drawn so this does not happen again?