I am no baseball historian, or a historian at all (I hate history,) but I am familiar with the name Bill Buckner. He was a very solid hitter throughout most of his 21 year career, amassing an impressive 2715 total hits and a 289 batting average. Unfortuantely for Billy, he is best remembered as the bafoon who let a routine ground ball slip by his glove in game 6 of the World Series as a member of the then leading Boston Red Sox. His error allowed the Mets to win the game, and eventually defeat the red Sox in the seventh game of the series, too. Here is a clip of the infamous play:
Red Sox fans eventually forgave Buckner and welcomed him back to the club in 1990, where he would retire with the organization. But to me he never truly achieved the proper level of forgiveness until his appearance on one of my favourite television shows: Curb Your Enthusiasm. Check this out:
How’s THAT for redemption? Awesome. So for all you ball droppers out there maybe Larry David can assist in redeeming you by writing a storyline for you in the next season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
P.S. Bill Buckner rules.