This is just incredible.
Way to go, Billy B.
So, would they have been so “forgiving” if the Sox hadn’t just won two World Series?
Perhaps not. The once “tortured” Boston fan is difficult to predict. I’m thinking, though, that time would have made this possible either way.
In a way, I suppose you could read this as much an apology by the fans as a granting of “forgiveness.” The jokes and barbs had long ceased to be funny, and Buckner was surely a much better player than that one error.
The real question is, if John McNamara (the ’86 Sox Manager) had been there to throw out the first pitch, would he have gotten the same reaction?
Two words: Steve Bartman
The fact that this was such a big deal proves again that his error was blown way out of proportion—as though he needs to be forgiven 20-plus years later. Poor guy.
That said, it was a cool moment. I even had something in my eye, and I hate the Sox. Nobody looked happier about it than Schilling.
Well, Ben, Boston isn’t Chicago, and Bartman wasn’t a player that made many positive contributions.
Look at it this way- how many plays did Brett Farve make that likely cost his team games? Scottie Pippen will still be loved in Chicago, regardless of his behavior in the 1994 playoffs. Why wouldn’t Buckner have been appreciated for something other than one botched play- even, as some will remember, his playoff heroics?
So did any bosox fan ever consider what would have happened if Schiraldi, and Stanley hadn’t helped fill the bases?
All true Greg, but how many times did you, as a Sox fan in Sox country, hear Buckner’s name mentioned between ’86 and ’04 (or whatever year it was) without reference to that play? That’s all I’m sayin’.
When I was a boy growing up in SoCal, I went to Dodger games as part of the Dodger Pepsi Fan Club and sat in the left field pavilion. Bill Buckner played left field for the Dodgers in those days and he really made an impression on me. He was easily my favorite player during those pre-teen years. I remember my brother and I trying to imitate his knack for diving for balls in the outfield. He was great.
I think the link has changed. What was the video?
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