Mookie Wilson + Bill Buckner = BFFs. And I Love It

Posted: March 6, 2014 in Baseball, Sports, Uncategorized
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CBS New York- Bill Buckner became the punching bag for Red Sox Nation after botching that little roller up along first in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. But believe it or not, now he’s best friends with the man on the better end of that play. “Bill and I have become very, very close,” Mets fan favorite Mookie Wilson told WIP radio in Philadelphia on Wednesday. “We’re really the best of friends. As good a friend as you can have. … I think I’ve learned more about Bill since both of us have gotten out of the game (than any) ball player I ever played with.” …The Mets, of course, went on to win the World Series in seven games after Wilson’s ground ball bounced through Buckner’s legs to cap off a legendary rally with New York facing elimination in Game 6. Wilson and Buckner, improbable BFFs, will appear together Saturday for an autograph session at the 94WIP Philly Sports Expo. “He is a great, great person,” Wilson said. “We enjoyeach other’s company and we have a lot in common, a lot more than you would think. And it’s just been great.”

This story is fantastic because the thought of Mookie and Buckner just shooting the shit all day long cracks me up.  Actually, if instead of promoting an autograph show they were promoting a reality TV show, I would set the DVR immediately.  Imagine Mookie and Buckner trying to reconcile broken relationships in the sports world?  Tonya/Nancy, Kobe/Shaq, hell even Manning/Vanderjagt would all be able to follow the example of Billy Bucks and The Mookster.  I always thought Buckner  got kind of a raw deal because there were about 1 million things that went wrong for the Sox in Game 6, but his E-3 will be the thing that lives in infamy.  He was banged up, probably shouldn’t have been in the game, and likely wouldn’t have beat Mookie to first base even if he fielded it cleanly.  But he was a gamer who laid it all out there for the team and never made any excuses.  When a fanbase is as tortured as the Red Sox fans were, everything gets magnified.  It’s nice to see that the Boston fans lightened up on Buckner after winning a few World Series, but that doesn’t mean those 18 years in between weren’t pure Hell for him.  I don’t know where I would place him on the “Hated Infamous Sports Goat” scale, but he was definitely at the top with Steve Bartman and Scott Norwood.  Anyway, I’m still holding out hope that this kicks off talks for a Mookie/Buckner reality show.

PS- Buckner’s Curb episode was golden.  Dude has acting chops as strong as his stache.

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