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Subject: An quite unfair fate was placed upon him .....

Ed Tracey
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Date Posted: Monday, May 27, 12:17:43pm
In reply to: Dies at 69 's message, "Former Boston Red Sox Player Bill Buckner" on Monday, May 27, 11:13:15am

... as a Mets fan, I was of course delighted that this happened ..... but this should be recalled:

1) If he had fielded the ball, the (heavy-set) pitcher Bob Stanley was not going to out-run the swift Mookie Wilson to the bag. That would have prolonged the inning, with left-handed Howard Johnson set to bat next, who could have gotten a game-winning hit.

2) But even if Howard Johnson had struck out or, somehow, Mookie had been retired ... the damage had been done. The Red Sox bullpen had blown a two-run lead with two out and the bases empty.

3) And the Sox bullpen blew a three-run lead in Game Seven.

It was the bullpen that lost that series, not Buckner.

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Sorry it really annoys me that all of the obit headlines call him a "Red Sox" icon or legend. He played 7 seasons for the Cubs winning a batting title, and 8 for the Dodgers. How do the Red Sox own him at 3+ seasons?RussTuesday, May 28, 03:45:53am
    Because the lasting (and unfair) image of him for committing that error in the 198 WSHe wasn;t the only screwup that inningTuesday, May 28, 11:19:29am
    You are correct (NT)Buckner's best years were with the CubsTuesday, May 28, 12:59:03pm

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