Random Nonsense

Bill Buckner Meets His Waterloo In Game 6

Twenty five years ago today, the ball rolled “behind the bag” and Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner became a symbolic figure for big game futility.

Even causal baseball fans, have probably seen the play on countless occasions times and heard Vin Scully’s epic description of New York Met Mookie Wilson’s ground ball in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.

Over two decades later, it is still one of the most iconic scenes in sports history and led to the Mets winning the ’86 World Series two days later.

I love the play and will never forget it. Sadly, I was asleep as it happened. At seven years old, I conked out on my parents’ couch and wondered why Mets fans were going ballistic upon waking up.

When the Major League Baseball All-Star game hit Philadelphia in 1996, my brother and I headed to MLB FanFest and we visited a fantasy sports play-by-play booth that allowed fans to put their own voice to big moments in baseball history.

We chose the Buckner game and it turned out sounding like two guys who ate the microphone. Our final call of Buckner’s error resembled something like this:

ME: GROUND BALL TO BUCKNER….OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! IT’S GOES THROUGH HIS LEGS. KNIGHT SCORES…THE METS WIN!!!!!!!!!!!

BRO: AWWWWWWWWWWWWW…..TERRIBLE PLAY!! BILLY BUCKNER HAS GOT TO BE ABSOLUTELY SICK!!

Yep, Vin Scully always made it seem cooler.

Happy Bill Buckner Day!

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