It was about 30 hours into the wee thirds of November 26, 1986, however the Boston Red Sox were one out away from winning the team’s first World Series since 1918 when they blew a several-run lead.
The game was tied when first baseman Bill Buckner committed perhaps the most infamous error in the history of the game, permitting an simple ground ball to pass under his glove that allowed the winning run to score. The Mets eventually won the series plus Bill Buckner’s name was permanently sealed into baseball plus Red Sox lore. While Buckner was largely “blamed” for the loss, other equally culpable mistakes were made leading up to the big moment. Why did the supervisor decide not to upgrade Buckner with a more able glove when they had a lead? Their pitching staff failed to hold a lead plus one pitcher threw a wild pitch allowing the baserunner to advance into scoring position. That game reminds me of when my family blamed me for our Heating plus A/C shutting down in the middle of a sizzling Summer afternoon, but just as in the game, previous mistakes led up to the event, and earlier, my husbandy forgot to call our Heating plus A/C repair company to schedule the typical repair plus cleaning that every Heating plus A/C plan needs at least twice a year. Then, my teenagers fought over the temperature settings causing a concern with the control unit. But I admit my error was the worst. I tried to make a few “adjustments” myself instead of calling the Heating plus A/C worker with the tools to do the job right. I’m thankful that only 3 pairs of eyes look at me with disdain. Buckner made his big error in front of 50,000 people plus a TV audience of millions.