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The 2003 Steve Bartman Incident

Steve Bartman incident

As a lifelong fan of the Milwaukee Brewers, the Steve Bartman incident from 2003 brought me tremendous joy back when I was a mere 18 years of age. I was fortunate enough to watch the entire game on TV live, and I made sure to re-live the moment many times over.

Here’s what you need to know about the play: In 2003, the Cubs had gone 95 years without winning a championship, and hadn’t even played in a World Series in 58 years. They had taken a 3 games to 2 lead in the National League Championship Series over the Florida Marlins, and led Game 6 by a score of 3-0 in the 8th inning, just 5 outs away from wrapping the series up.

With one out in the top of the 8th and a man on base, Luis Castillo had worked pitcher Mark Prior to a 3-2 count. Castillo kept the count full with several foul balls, one of which appeared to be catchable by left fielder Moises Alou. However, a Cubs fan, caught up in the moment, foolishly reached out and prevented Alou from being able to catch the ball:

The interference certainly appeared to prevent the Cubs from securing the second out of the inning, and Alou was adamant that he would have caught the ball. Instead, the Marlins immediately rallied – Castillo walked on the very next pitch. The next hitter, Ivan Rodriguez, roped a 0-2 base hit to left, scoring the Marlins’ first run. Miguel Cabrera and Derrek Lee both attacked the first pitches they saw, resulting in an Error and a Double, respectively, and just like that, the Cubs’ lead had evaporated.

Starting pitcher Mark Prior was pulled, but it only got worse. The Marlins would score 5 more runs in the inning, taking an 8-3 lead that they held until the end of the game. The Marlins made another comeback in Game 7, and what looked to be a World Series season for the Cubs ended in pain and suffering.

In retrospect, this event was heavily-coded by the numbers. Before we look at the numerology, I want to point out how the 1985 film Back to the Future showed the Cubs winning the World Series in 2015, just one year before they actually did.

In the movie, they defeat a team from Miami, even though there was no baseball team in Miami at the time. The Bartman game was against the Florida Marlins, who play their home games in Miami. They even changed their name to the Miami Marlins just in time for the 2015 season.


“13” Code

ChicagoChicago, Illinois, and Chicago Cubs all have 91 gematria.

"Chicago" = 91 (English Extended)

"Chicago, Illinois" = 91 (Single Reduction)

"Chicago Cubs" = 91 (English Ordinal)

91 is the 13th Triangular number. There are 91 days in 13 weeks. Illinois sums to 1313 in Square numbers.

"Illinois" = 1313 (Squares)

"Chicago, IL" = 130 (English Extended)

The intersection of the two Great American Total Solar Eclipses is in the state of Illinois:

The 13th Fibonacci number is 233

The two eclipses occur on the 233rd and 99th days of the year:

Illinois has matching 99 gematria with Thirteen in the base methods. The Cubs’ home field, Wrigley Field, shares some of these numbers too:

Notice the value of 45 in Reduction. Cubs sums to 45 in Ordinal. Prior to winning the 2016 Championship, the Cubs had not made the World Series since ’45.

"Cubs" = 45 (English Ordinal)

The game was a span of exactly 45 weeks after the most recent total solar eclipse:


The team’s official abbreciation, CHC sums to 13.

"CHC" = 13 (Reverse Reduction)

The Bartman incident was 13 years before the Cubs finally won the World Series. They would eventually lose the series against the Marlins.

"Marlins" = 103 (Reverse Ordinal)

The Marlins play their home games in Miami, which also has matching gematria with 13:

Miami and Thirteen both = 45 and 99

Wrigley Field is known as The Friendly Confines. Their drought was called the Curse of the Billy Goat. It ended in 2016 when the Cubs won 103 games during the regular season.

"The Friendly Confines" = 103 (Full Reduction)

Billy Goat = 103 and 140 Ordinal

Note the 140 value in Reverse. This is the Ordinal gematria of Steve Bartman.

Steve Bartman = 140 Ordinal and 41 Reduction

The total solar eclipse of 2003 was a span of 41 days after the game:

41 is the 13th Prime number

The winning pitcher for the Marlins, Chad Fox, was 41 days after his birthday and a span of 10 months, 3 weeks before his next:

"Chad Douglas Fox" = 140 (English Ordinal)

Ironically, Chad Fox would go on to finish his career with the Chicago Cubs.


13 × 2 = 26. Bartman was 26 years, 13 days old when he robbed Moises Alou of a catch:

In Reduction, Moises = 26, Alou = 13

Moises Alou was 103 days after his birthday:

The ball was hit by Luis Castillo, who was a span of 1 month, 3 days after his birthday:

The game was 13 years, 311 days before the first Great American Eclipse, and a span of exactly 13 years, 3 weeks before the Cubs won the World Series on 11/3.

13×13 = 169

The game fell a span of exactly 1069 weeks before the second Great American Eclipse:

Steve Bartman was in Seat 113. The Bartman ball was Mark Prior’s 113th pitch of the game.

Mark Prior ended up throwing six more pitches, bringing his total to 119 for the game before he was pulled.

Mark Prior = 119 Ordinal and 124 Reverse

"Steve Bartman incident" = 124 (Reverse Reduction)


Moon Riddle

13 is the primary number of The Moon. There are 13 lunar phases every couple of years. The word Moon begins with the 13th letter and ends with the 13th letter in Reverse.

"Thirteen" = 99 (English Ordinal)"The Moon" = 99 (Reverse Ordinal)

In Hebrew gematria, the word Moon sums to 218.

Moon = 218 in Hebrew

218 is also the Ordinal value of Steve Bartman incident.

Steve Bartman incident = 218 Ordinal, 322 Reverse, and 83 Reduction

The Cubs lost the game 8-3. Steve Bartman was exactly 322 lunar phases old:

322 is the inverse of 223
There are 223 lunar phases in the Saros cycle

The Moon sums to 223 in Hebrew Gematria:

"Curse of the Billy Goat" = 223 (English Ordinal)

The name Bartman sums to 223 using Prime numbers.

"Bartman" = 223 (Primes)

223 is the 48th Prime number
Bartman was in Aisle 4, Row 8

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