2003 Cubs documentary airing on CSN Oct. 15

2003 Cubs documentary airing on CSN Oct. 15
October 3, 2013, 10:45 am
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Tony Andracki

Hard to believe it's been 10 years.

A decade since the Cubs came within five outs of their first World Series berth since 1945. A decade since the pain and heartache Cubs fans suffered at Wrigley Field.

Comcast SportsNet will air an unprecedented 90-minute documentary on the historic — and heartbreaking — 2003 Cubs season.

"5 Outs..." presented by Lexus, will air on CSN Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. CT, exactly 10 years after the Cubs' Game 7 loss to the Florida Marlins. Award-winning actor and Chicago native William Petersen acts as the narrator.

Among the documentary's interviewees are Dusty Baker (the 2003 Cubs manager), Kerry Wood and Mark Prior (Cubs co-aces that season), Moises Alou, Derrek Lee (who was on the Marlins in '03), Miguel Cabrera and Todd Hollandsworth (both Marlins outfielders at the time) and Ozzie Guillen, the Marlins' third-base coach before he became the manager of the White Sox.

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One of the hot topics among the former players and coaches was the Steve Bartman moment in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, which was one of the most controversial flubs in MLB history. Some blame the Cubs fan for interfering with Alou's chance to catch an eighth-inning fly ball down the left field line, while others believe Bartman was just an easy scapegoat.

"I have heard all the theories and whatever you want to call them," Prior says in the documentary. "I looked at the tapes. I thought it was fan interference and that is an honest opinion. 

"I don't think (Bartman) changed the course of the game, history or all the other things that have been blamed on this person. In my mind, Moises would have 100 percent got it, but that play doesn't define the series or what happened after the fact."

Of course, Bartman had no impact on Cubs shortstop Alex Gonzalez booting a routine, inning-ending double play or the Cubs' subsequent collapse, but no matter where the blame lies, the 2003 season ended in disappointing fashion for the franchise.

"We just blew it," Wood said. "We just completely fell apart. That was it. For me personally, I'm sitting there, obviously I pitched that game, so I'm putting a lot of it on myself. 

"The best sound I've ever heard was the three-run homer to tie it in that stadium, and the worst sound I've ever heard in baseball — period — was how quiet that stadium was.

"I could hear the Marlins guys talking and celebrating and what they were saying to each other. It was eerily quiet, and sitting in the dugout and listening to those jump around and celebrate like that was the worst moment."

Stay tuned to Comcast SportsNet and CSNChicago.com throughout the entire month of October for exclusive web videos and stories beyond the 90-minute documentary and be sure to tune in Oct. 15 at 9 p.m.