Yesterday at Fenway Park, Bill Buckner returned to a rousing ovation by the Fenway faithful. It was Opening day at Fenway and the Red Sox had many old players return for the World Series celebration. Dwight Evans, Jim Rice, Yaz and Buckner were among the many old timers who returned.
Now for those of you who didn't know, Bill Buckner has long been hated by some Red Sox fans. Buckner made a very critical error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series vs. the Mets. Many of Red Sox Nation blamed Buckner for losing that World Series. I am not one of them. You win as a TEAM and you lose as a TEAM. Yes, Buckner's error was very costly but Bob Stanley could have done a better job on the mound too and we still had game 7 to come out and win the WS and break the curse.....but they lost. 86 years of futility ended in 2004 when the Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in 4 games to win the World Series. But many could not forgive Buckner even then. But after last years sweep of the Rockies, the Sox have now won 2 WS titles in 4 years. Many fans can now put that painful 86 World Series behind them and by the way yesterday went I think most all of Red Sox Nation has forgiven Buckner and welcomed him home to Boston. But most importantly Buckner has forgiven Red Sox Nation for the many years of anguish and heartache caused by many of them.
Welcome back Buckner!