Twitter has a history of making bad things worse, but not today. Most baseball fans on the social media platform have been humble and respectful in the wake of the news of the death of Bill Buckner.
In 2008, Buckner returned to Fenway Park. He was received by a standing ovation. I wrote about that day and how ” … it appeared Red Sox Nation was ready to forgive Buckner. The team had snapped their near century long “curse” of failure, winning their second World Series ring in four years. The team decided it was time to bury the Buckner memory … Game 6 of the 1986 was now a moment in sports history. The tension lifted, the play forgiven and we all live happily ever after.”
“I really had to forgive — not the fans of Boston — but in my heart I had to forgive the media for what they put me and my family through.”
– Bill Buckner in 2008
— Capote Duncan (@thecapoteduncan) May 27, 2019
We should all move on. Like Mitch Williams or Joe Carter in ’93, Sid Bream in ’91, Bobby Thomson in ’51 or Aaron Boone in ’03, despite years of success, Buckner is tied to one game, one moment, one play.
If social media is any indication of the greater feeling, we took that first step today.
It’s terribly unfair, yet unavoidable, that Bill Buckner is remembered for one play, even though he isn’t to blame for the game in which it took place. And he still handled it better than anyone else probably could https://t.co/jpy12eGyBW
— Brian Wright (@BrianWright86) May 27, 2019
Nobody handled defeat as gracefully as Bill Buckner. From the end of the World Series though the last days of his life, he was at peace with E3. He was so much more than that one play. RIP to a class act. #BillBuckner
— Metstradamus (@Metstradamus) May 27, 2019
They say the mark of a man is how he handles adversity. I think everyone would agree nobody handled it with more class and dignity than Bill Buckner. RIP
— billmadden1954 (@bmadden1954) May 27, 2019
As I was growing up and learning the lore of the Red Sox, I learned about the Buckner play and how deeply it hurt fans to hear/see, but as I got older, I learned about Bill Buckner the player and Bill Buckner the man…a true gentleman and a great ballplayer.
— i’m baby (@moshxlyfe) May 27, 2019
RIP Bill Buckner … you were a consummate pro and man could you hit. WE SHOULD NOT LET ONE PLAY IN ONE GAME DIMINISH that fact. What a great baseball player you were. Please take comfort that you were great. 😢
— dcrow1951 (@dcrow1951) May 27, 2019