Buck Yea!

Buck Yea!

Former Red Sox star Bill Buckner throws out the first pitch during a standing ovation.

(Boston Globe Staff Photos / Jim Davis, John Tlumacki)

'Behind the Bag' is Finally Behind Him
Why Was It Ever In Front of Him?

Buckner's Appearance Marks End of an Error
Video: Buckner's Ovation | Discuss: Your Thoughts on Buckner

Game 6 was gone before Buckner's blunder: "...the game was tied and essentially lost at that point. Blame Clemens, McNamara, deer-in-the-headlights Schiraldi, Gedman, or Stanley, but not Buckner, who if not for him, the Sox would not have even been there, he had a fabulous year in '86." -- July 2001, Boston Dirt Dogs

Buckner Aside, Rotten Roger Was the Real Game 6 Goat Anyway

Roger Clemens first pitch 10.25.86

(AP File Photo / Roger Clemens first pitch 10.25.86)

Maybe Rocket Needed Some B-12 to Finish Off the Mets in '86
Or Maybe McNamara Just Misremembers What Was Said ...

''Roger said he just had enough,'' Sox manager John McNamara on Oct. 25, 1986

Another story Clemens can't get straight: 1986 Clemens gave himself the hook in the game, telling manager John McNamara, “That’s all I can pitch.” Clemens later informs the press: “My blister was at a point where I couldn't finish off my slider. I didn't want to hang my slider and jeopardize the team. But I thought I did my job.” ... 1988 McNamara gets fired. Suddenly, Clemens reverses his story, throwing his old skipper under the bus and saying he never wanted to leave Game 6 after all. -- Esquire feature: The Wonderful, Despicable Life of Roger Clemens

Eric Wilbur: Buckner Was the Scapegoat... Not the Goat
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