Meant to post this earlier. Just saw the clip again of Bill Buckner throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway. Loved that he came back and the ovation he deserved for being such a good player and a stand-up guy.
Of course, the cynic in me says it never would have happened had the Red Sox not finally won a World Series. I don’t particularly embrace the notion Red Sox Nation forgave Buckner. Red Sox Nation is the one who should ask for forgiveness from Buckner for the crappy way they treated him. I’ve been in Fenway enough times and heard from enough people how “Buckner blew that series.”
What nonsense. How about Calvin Schiraldi? Bill Stanley? Don’t forget the Sox lead 3-0 in Game 7. Speaking of guys who should step up for that loss, where’s Roger?
Buckner didn’t deserve the scorn, but then again neither does any athlete who oesn’t make the play. I never understood the contempt some people have for players who fall short as long as they bust their butt.
I feel bad for Jackie Smith dropping that pass in the Super Bowl. I wouldn’t give Leon Lett a second thought for his fumble. They call them goats, but that might not be fair.
Who are others you remember history frowning on? Whom do you especially feel for?