Between the Legs: The Bill Buckner Story

Hey everyone! It’s Jack, here to add a fresh perspective to all things nostalgia.

I don’t know about you all, but I have been glued to my TV during the World Series this year. Specifically, I have enjoyed back-and-forth nature, with the L.A. Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays taking turns bringing home the W, in this best of 7 series.

Although I have no dog in this fight (being the loyal Brewers fan that I am), I still felt bad for the Rays ultimate defeat. It must sting to know that, despite their best efforts, they still came up short. But I believe they can rest a little easier at knowing that at least they’re not this guy:

For those of you who don’t know, that is Bill Buckner, first baseman for the Boston Red Sox, and the error happened during game six of the 1986 World Series against the New York Mets. Because of the error, the Mets were able to score another run, securing their victory, and forcing a tiebreaking seventh game (which the Red Sox also lost, adding credibility to the long-held belief that the Red Sox were cursed).

Predictably, the error was met with an avalanche of criticism, which Bill Buckner gracefully took in stride. Listen to what he has to say about the play almost three decades later:

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