The sudden passing of Boston Red Sox legend Bill Buckner caused a bunch of people to take to social media to react with complete sadness and give their condolences to his family. Then, there was how Darren Rovell decided to handle the unfortunate news.
The sports business analyst who works for The Action Network expressed his sympathies to Buckner’s passing, but followed that up by bringing up the legendary ground ball he misplayed in the 1986 World Series that allowed him to witness the only world championship his favorite teams ever won.
Bill Buckner’s death comes with unexpected guilt. The guilt of 8-year-old me, who thanks in part to his error (it’s Calvin Schiraldi & Bob Stanley too) got his only major sports championship (Mets, Jets, Nets, Islanders). Rest In Peace, Bill. I’m sorry my joy came with your pain.
Social media ripped him a new one:
I think social media handled that correctly.
Buckner’s unfortunate error sadly overshadowed his great career, but he would soon be welcomed back to the same city that shunned him for years when he got the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the 2008 home opener, following the Red Sox 2007 World Series Championship.