Bill Buckner's Error
I was watching ESPN Original Documentaries the other night and came across the heart wrenching story of former Boston Red Sox, Bill Buckner.
It took the Boston Red Sox around twenty years to finally make him agree to return to Fenway Park.
Buckner will always be remembered in Red Sox Nation for a fielding error that the fans, until this very day, believe eventually cost the Boston Red Sox a World Series. Boston did win two World Titles after, but Red Sox fans never fully forgave him for that fielding error.
I just hate to think how Red Sox Nation would still be treating the man they associate with the Curse of the Bambino, if they had not won those two World Series.
Buckner cried as he walked to the pitching mound in 2008 to a thunderous standing ovation and threw the ceremonial first pitch, and he cried once again during the post game press conference. Time and a couple of world championships seemed to have heal some old wounds, but even after the former Red Sox first baseman said, “It doesn’t hurt,”…he had the look of man that had just come out of witness protection. You could still hear and feel the hurt in his voice, and how did that one single moment forever changed his life.
“…life is not all good good things. You’ve got to rebound”, Buckner continues “…enjoy the good when you got it”.
He spoke like a man very much still bother by the faithful fielding error which has made him the all-time scapegoat in baseball history and volunteered that he does not enjoy watching replays of the error on television.
We can only imagine how brutal his life has been all these years and all of the nightmares he has endured. No matter what he says, you just can’t make settlements with that kind of pain.