- Don Denkinger
- Bill Buckner
- Steve Bartmann
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.