baseball is back and the world is right again

08 Apr

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.

Buckner now owns a successful Dodge dealership in Idaho.  Bush now owns an approval rating of 31%.


Posted by on April 8, 2008 in boston rock city, history, nostalgia, politics


3 responses to “baseball is back and the world is right again

  1. ChrisClark

    April 8, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    I heard a couple of really loud cheers as I walked around the park this afternoon. I think I may have missed the Buckner one, though. Oh well. Someone will have highlights laters.

  2. wickedlittlething

    April 9, 2008 at 10:40 am

    hey it’s mikey! i have broken down and got a blog for my poetry. be kind….

  3. Bill D.

    April 9, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    I thought Buckner’s reception was pretty classy on the part of the city of Boston, and you can tell he was touched, as he had to stop and wipe his eyes several times on the way to the mound (unless he was just having problems with his contacts, but I prefer to think more positively). And it didn’t hurt that, unlike most ceremonial first pitchers, he actually threw a strike.


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