Steve Bartman is one of the most compelling figures in the history of sports.
That's not hyperbole.
Driving the compellingness -- or maybe even compounding it -- is Bartman's disciplined silence since the night it happened.
Maybe it's principled. Or stubborn. I think it's an easy case to make that, more than anything in this era of cheap celebrity, it is admirable.
I wonder if Bartman will eventually need the money and come forward to get paid in the ways we know he would -- for an on-camera interview, for a book, for his life rights to be made into a movie, for marketing endorsements or reality-show appearances.
There are very few things that remain pure in sports -- Bartman's reticence is one of them. It should be celebrated.
The ESPN documentary on Bartman is on tonight. In the meantime, Wayne Drehs has a terrific ESPN.com story on the guy right next to Bartman. Well worth your time to read.