On Tuesday a Chicago Cubs fan attempted to catch a foul ball, costing the Cubs a key out and triggering a Florida Marlins rally that led to a Cubs loss in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.
On Wednesday, as the Cubs lost Game 7, ending their hopes for their first World Series appearance in 58 years, Revolution Studios gloved “Fan Interference,” a comic pitch inspired by Tuesday’s foul ball mishap.
“King of Queens” star Kevin James is attached to star in the film and is looking to make it when he’s on hiatus from his hit CBS show. He’ll play a man who screws up an easy out, and then has to deal with the ramifications.
The deal came together as repercussions were hitting the Cubs fan, a lug named Steve Bartman who instantly became the most hated man in Chicago. He was named in Windy City reports that detailed the extreme measures Chicago cops had to take just to protect the hapless man from angry fans. Bartman issued a profuse apology and said that his heart was broken along with the rest of the city, which has long believed the Cubs are cursed.
The team has toiled in futility since its last World Series appearance in 1945 when, as legend has it, a fan named Billy Sianis thought his pet goat enjoyed baseball so much that the goat should attend all the games during the season. But P.K. Wrigley did not want the animal in the park.
If you believe the yarn, Sianis got mad and said something to the effect of “No billy goat in the Friendly Confines, then there will never be a World Series played at Wrigley Field again.”
The Cubs previously won the World Series in 1908.
James pitched the project Wednesday and Endeavor made his deal with Revolution partner Todd Garner. An A-list scribe will be hired immediately.
(Wire services contributed to this report.)