Shades of Steve Bartman? Fan interferes with Anthony Rizzo in crucial moment, but Cubs win anyway


Oh man. Here we go again...

As the Cubs were trying to put the finishing touches on a much-needed victory over the Pirates Wednesday night at Wrigley Field, a regular Cubbie Occurence took place.

With one out and a runner on first base, Cub Killer Francisco Cervelli popped one foul down the first base line. 

Anthony Rizzo ranged near the stands and attempted to make a tough play, but a fan got in the way and the ball fell harmlessly into the front row. Rizzo initially thought he caught the ball, but when he looked in his glove and didn't see it there, he let out a scream and pounded his fist into his glove.

"I thought I caught it," he said. "It's just one of those weird plays."

When asked if he felt like the fan took the ball out of his glove, Rizzo brought the topic back to his team's 7-6 victory:

"It was a big win for us," he said. "That's all I'm really worried about is us getting the win and coming back after giving up the lead there."

Worth noting: The play was not actually fan interference since the ball was in the stands and Rizzo was reaching out of play to try to make the catch.

Obviously it reminded everybody of a particular infamous moment in Cubs history:

Two pitches later, Cervelli lined a double off the right-field wall (inches from a home run) to put runners on second and third with one out. Two batters after that, Starling Marte lined one off Rizzo's glove and into shallow right field to tie the game with two outs.

The Cubs won the game in the bottom of the 10th when Albert Almora Jr. knocked in Terrance Gore with a two-out single. 

The Cubs remain a half-game up on the Brewers in the NL Central heading into action Thursday.

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