POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- A hotel here has extended an invitation of
sorts to the fan who diverted that fateful foul ball before Chicago
Cubs left fielder Moises Alou could catch it during the National
League Championship sixth game and set in motion a meltdown that
helped the Florida Marlins ultimately beat the Cubs, gain the
division title and a ticket to baseball's World Series.
The Holiday Inn Oceanside Pompano Beach said the fan, since
identified as Steve Bartman, could take a free, three-month
vacation at the property.
"An oceanfront retreat in sunny South Florida is the least we
could do for the fan that saved our season," said Phil Goldfarb,
president of the Holiday Inn Pompano Beach. "As dedicated Marlins
fans, it is our honor to return the favor."
The vacation would include accommodations, free air fare via
Spirit Airlines, a dinner at Dan Marino's Restaurant, martinis at
the Martini Bar and a water taxi ride on the Fort Lauderdale
Intracoastal Waterway, Goldfarb said.
All the fan he has to do is call the hotel's public relations
firm, Malkus Communications Group, which is providing the air fare,
at (954) 523-4200. The offer is valid immediately, the hotel
"Certainly this is a tragic event for the Cubs fan and he
probably needs an escape, so our PR firm will pay his airline
ticket and most of his getaway to South Florida will be taken care
of by local businesses," said Chuck Malkus, CEO of Malkus
The Chicago Cubs, who have been shut out from the World Series
for 58 years, seemed to be within striking distance of beating the
Florida Marlins during game six of the National League Championship
in Chicago Oct. 14. Bartman, a Chicago Cubs fan tried to catch a
foul ball before Alou could get his glove around it.
It became the turning point that set in motion several mishaps
that helped the Marlins to win the game and force game 7, where the
Cubs, who were initially leading the series three games to one,
were defeated 9-6.
To contact reporter Michael Milligan, send e-mail to [email protected].
The Atlantic condo sweetens the pot
By Kimberly Scholz
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- In addition to the stay at the Holiday
Inn Oceanside Pompano Beach already offering a three-month stay to
Steve Bartman, the Chicago Cubs fan who attempted to catch a foul
ball during game six of the National League Championship Series,
offers continue to come in from other area businesses to sweeten
the pot for Bartman.
The Atlantic condominium complex, a five-star condo-hotel under
construction here, is offering Bartman the use of a $400,000 unit
for three months. The property is expected to be completed by
spring 2004. If Bartman can handle the stress until then, he can
string together a six-month vacation in South-Florida -- paid for
out of the pockets by Florida Marlins' fans.
While in town, Bartman also can enjoy a dinner at LuLu's Bait
Shack, martinis at the Martini Bar and a water taxi ride on the
Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal Waterway. Air fare is via Spirit
"I consider this guy a hero," said Daniel J. Melk, developer of
The Atlantic. "To show our appreciation, we'd like to extend his
visit to South Florida to include a three-month stay at a five-star
luxury condominium hotel where he can relax and escape the chills
But Marlins fans just might want to wait until the World Series
is over until Bartman makes his way down to Florida. Who knows? The
"Cubbies curse" might follow him down and jinx the Marlins,
To contact reporter Kimberly Scholz, send e-mail to [email protected].