Story Document The man blamed by many Chicago Cubs fans for preventing the team from getting to the 2003 World Series is getting a very special gift. The Cubs owners, the Ricketts family, announced they are giving Steve Bartman a 2016 World Series Championship ring. Bartman infamously interfered with a foul ball in Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series, causing most fans to blame him for the Cubs' eventual series loss. In a statement out today, the Cubs said, "We hope this provides closure on an unfortunate chapter of the story that has perpetuated throughout our quest to win a long-awaited World Series. We felt it was important Steve knows he has been and continues to be fully embraced by this organization." Bartman soon released his own statement thanking the Cubs, adding that -- quote -- "I am hopeful this ring gesture will be the start of an important healing and reconciliation process for all involved."