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Dayton to salute Steve Bartman at K's exhibition

Dayton will be saluting Cubs fan Steve Bartman during its exhibition with the Komets Oct. 14, and the club is even leaving him a ticket at the box office.

In a statement, the Gems said they were "excited to announce" Salute to Steve Bartman Night for the 7 p.m. game on Cassano's Italian Ice at Hara Arena.

The date is the eighth anniversary of the famous Cubs-Marlins baseball playoff game at Wrigley Field in which Bartman, sitting in foul territory in left field, interfered with a foul ball. The Cubs lost the game and the series, and Bartman became part of baseball lore.

Any fans attending the exhibition dressed as Bartman -- Cubs hat, green turtleneck and wearing headphones -- will receive a free ticket, the Gems said.

"While our staff will be dressed like Steve, and there will be baseball and Bartman themed contests and promotions going on throughout the night, we would like to remind our fans to refrain from reaching over the glass for stray pucks," Gems president Joe Greene said in the statement.

The team plans to offer prizes and special recognition for the best-dressed Bartman lookalikes in attendance, the statement said. It said those "not wishing to tempt the curse of the billy goat" could purchase adult general admission tickets for $10; $8 for children 12 and younger.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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