BBC NEWS | Americas | Baseball fan feels Chicago's fury: "Chicago hates him, Florida loves him and Alaska maybe awaits him - it has been a bad week for Chicago Cubs baseball fan Steve Bartman.
By trying to catch a ball in play from his seat in the stands, Mr Bartman denied his team the chance of a winning catch against the Florida Marlins.
The Cubs' dream of winning their first World Series since 1908 rapidly receded - and with it Mr Bartman.
He has been in hiding since Tuesday's match to escape his city's anger.
During that game, he stuck his hand out of the stands just as a Cubs fielder was poised to catch an out ball.
He blocked the catch, and the shaken Cubs proceeded to drop from a 3-0 lead to an 8-3 defeat - a bitter loss compounded at playoffs on Wednesday when the Marlins won 9-6 to win the series. "