Last words from the Bartman ball

Page 2's Eric Neel and Jim Caple were there as the Bartman ball said goodbye at its press conference.

Updated: February 26, 2004, 5:04 PM ET
By Eric Neel and Jim Caple | Page 2 columnists

Just 48 hours shy of his planned public execution -- he will be blown up on Thursday night in Chicago in an effort to put an end to all Cubs' curses -- the famed Bartman Ball finally broke his silence and addressed the media for the first time since that fateful Wrigley evening last October. The following is a complete transcript of his statement, delivered in the Grand Ballroom at the Chicago Hilton and Towers:

[The ball is accompanied to the podium by the donut ring from Luis Castillo's ...

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