Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Vilified for No Good Reason

What do these three men have in common?
  • Don Denkinger
  • Bill Buckner
  • Steve Bartmann
All three men have been vilified for mistakes that were made in important series that cost one team the game. During the ninth inning of the '85 World Series between the Cardinals and the Royals (Cardinals were up 3 games to 2), Denkinger made the wrong call of a play at first and called Jorge Orta safe when the replays clearly showed he was out. The Royals rallied from behind and won the game which would have clinched the Series for the Cardinals had they kept their lead. The Royals went on to win the Series the next night.
With his Boston Red Sox up 3 games to 2, Buckner allowed a ground ball go between his legs in '86 which allowed the Mets to score the winning run in the 10th inning of game six of the World Series. The Mets went on to win the Series the next night.
Steve Bartmann reached for a foul ball in the eighth inning of game 6 of the NLCS that Moises Alou appeared to have been ready to catch. The Cubs had been leading the game at the time but went on to give up 8 runs in that inning and lost the game and eventually losing the series the next night (after having a 3-2 lead in the series).
What do all three have in common? These men have been blamed for costing teams there championships (or in the Cubs instance their chance at going to the World Series). They are infamous figures in St. Louis, Boston and Chicago. Their blunders took place in Game 6. Get that? Their blunders took place in Game 6! Each team had an opportunity to win their series the next night! It has driven me crazy that all of the fan bases of these teams have blamed these men when their teams could have overcome these issues and won their series merely by taking care of business. It seems as if Buckner (the most notorious of the three) had a homecoming yesterday and threw out the first pitch and got a standing ovation. So, they may be over it. I guess it is up to St. Louis and Chicago. I'm a big Cardinal fan and I am more disappointed in the showing of game 7 in KC than I am in Denkinger's call.


The MAN Fan Club said...

These are remembered because their team lost a series that they were in control of. Can you come up with any situations like this where teams came back and WON game 7, therefore letting a scapegoat off the hook? Research it....

billy v said...

great question