Bill Buckner threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park today, and if you don’t know why that’s significant, you obviously ain’t from around here.
The man, previously the scapegoat for Boston’s improbable World Series loss to the 1986 New York Mets twenty-odd years ago, received a standing ovation in a town where his name was once mud. When you’ve won two world championships, the pain is numbed. Also, hindsight has told us that Buckner, with his bum knee, should have been taken off the field before that inning even started. Any manager worth his salary would have known that, and done that. Unfortunately, we had John McNamara instead.
Bill Buckner got a standing ovation in Boston. At Fenway Park. The universe is righting itself.
Need further proof? Look who got booed off the field a couple weeks ago.
Yeah. Things are looking up.