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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

20 years

New York Mets 6, Boston Red Sox 5.

METS 10TH: Red Sox lead, 5 to 3.

Backman made an out to left.
Red Sox lead, 5 to 3. One out.

Hernandez flied to center.
Red Sox lead, 5 to 3. Two outs.

Carter singled to left.
Red Sox lead, 5 to 3. Two outs.

Mitchell, batting for Aguilera, singled to center [Carter to second];
Red Sox lead, 5 to 3. Two outs.

Knight singled to center [Carter scored, Mitchell to third];
Red Sox lead, 5 to 4. Two outs.


Stanley threw a wild pitch [Mitchell scored, Knight to second];
Game tied, 5 to 5. Two outs.

Wilson reached on an error by Buckner [Knight scored (unearned)]
Mets win, 6 to 5.

Don't let anyone tell you that this game is Bill Buckner's fault. If he makes that play, he probably doesn't beat Wilson to the bag. If he does make the play and beats Wilson to the bag, then the game goes into the 11th inning.

And looking at that play-by-play, does anyone believe that Bob Stanley would have pitched lights-out in the 11th?

I'm no longer bitter about this as a Red Sox fan -- the play has lost all pain for me. I'm bitter about this as a baseball fan who resents the untrue story being told over and over and over again as if it were true, that the Red Sox lost the World Series because of Bill Buckner's error. It wasn't true 20 years ago, it wasn't true 2 years ago, and it's not true today.


  • It had never occured to me that Buckner wouldn't beat Wilson to first base. With your comment in mind, I paid careful attention when they showed the replay on yesterday's PTI. It's impossible to know for sure, I suppose, but it really looks like Buckner would have made the out (or flipped the ball to Stanley to make the out) if he had fielded it cleanly.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:30 AM  

  • Firsthand accounts agree with you, Josh. Mookie Wilson swears to this day that he would have beaten Buckner to the bag. There's something to that: Mookie could absolutely fly.

    And for whatever reason, I don't recall Stanley getting a real good jump toward first base, thus making it an open question as to whether he would have gotten there in time.

    By Blogger Phunwin, at 8:51 PM  

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