Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 10/5/13
On the 10th anniversary of the 2003 Chicago Cubs season-ending defeat to the Florida Marlins in Game 7 of the NLCS, Comcast SportsNet wil air a documentary about that memorable season highlighted by the Steve Bartman game. It’s entitled “5 Outs” and has a running time of 90-minutes. “Catching Hell” by ESPN films was excellent. It focused on Bartman, and his whole backstory. It was such an excellent film that CSN’s offering has a lot to live up to. 5 Outs will prominently feature the Bartman game, but will focus more on the Cubs team than Steve Bartman. With 88 wins that year, the Cubs edged out the Houston Astros by one game to win the NL Central, which was the team’s first division title in 14 years (1989). They then faced an Atlanta Braves team that had the best record in all of the NL (101-61) in the NLDS…the Cubs were a long shot at best to beat them, but they did. The Braves are traditionally even bigger chokers than the Cubs, if that’s possible. Beating the Braves was the franchise’s first postseason series victory since 1908. That set the stage for the National League Championship Series vs. Florida, a series that will forever be remembered for the Bartman game, and this is where 5 Outs conveys it’s meat and potatoes. Moises Alou on booking his flight home after Game 6 of the NLCS: “I didn’t really like our chances after what happened (in Game 6)…I had a gut feeling or a weird feeling…they kept coming back…even in that game and the game before….series was 3-1 and tied up 3-3. I have the same feeling…I had a feeling they would win. I told Aramis (Ramirez) we should book a flight in case we left tomorrow (after Game 7) and we did and we left the next morning. I don’t want to sound like a negative player or person, but we did it just in case we had to leave…and it happened…we had that gut feeling.” The Comcast SportsNet Original Production is narrated by William Petersen. 5 Outs premieres Tuesday, October 15 at 9:00 PM CDT on Comcast SportsNet. CSN will also re-air this documentary special on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 PM and on Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan and 1620 The Zone, he also writes for Chicago Now. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) and Facebook,subscribe to his RSS feed here The post New CSN Documentary focuses on 2003 Cubs, Bartman Game appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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