Steve Bartman Night: Hockey team honors baseball infamy

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There's a lot to love about the CHL's Dayton Gems.

For starters, they hosted a Jerry "The King" Lawler Night in February, honoring Andy Kaufman's arch nemesis and wrestling legend.

Then, in May -- inspired by our post -- they announced a "Beer League Hockey Night" where the team will wear the jersey of San Antonio, Texas recreational team "Rut Hockey" during a CHL match on Jan. 7.

Oh, and they're also doing an Angry Birds Night for all you smartphone addicts out there.

So as you can see, the Gems get what minor league sports are all about and are quick to jump on top of something that's hot in the mainstream.

With that, after ESPN broadcast their long-awaited "30 for 30" documentary on Steve Bartman, the Chicago Cubs fan who interfered with a foul ball during the 2003 National League Championship Series, the Gems decided to honor the much-reviled fan from The Windy City.

On Oct. 14, the eighth anniversary of the incident at Wrigley Field, the Gems will host "Salute to Steve Bartman Night" during their only preseason game before the 2011-12 campaign kicks off

As part of the "salute", the Gems will leave a ticket for Bartman at the box office should he choose to show up and be honored. Fans who show up in a Cubs hat, green turtleneck and wearing headphones will receive a free ticket to the game against the Fort Wayne Komets.

Baseball and Bartman-themed contests and promotions will be held during the game and even the Gems' staff will be dressed up.

Of course, the team urges fans to not pursue an airborne puck near the glass like Bartman did eight years ago.

How long until ESPN makes a documentary about the Philadelphia penalty box invader who inspired the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 2-1 win that night in 2001?

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