The Return of Bill Buckner
Sure, it wasn’t as emotional as last time, but I don’t think it’s getting old either. It was a great moment when Bill Buckner came on to the field to throw out the first pitch. I’ve always thought that Buckner was never a big goat here in Boston. It’s always been a myth perpetuated by the national media that Buckner was some scorned figure in Boston.
That has quite simply never been the case. The big culprits in the minds of Red Sox followers were John McNamara, Calvin Schiraldi and Bob Stanley. Buckner? The game was all but lost by the time he made the error. If anything, he was just a symbol of the type of collapse it was.
Once the game started, Dice-K went to work. He looked very impressive. He fired 6 2/3 innings of shutout baseball and left to a big ovation. Delcarmen pitched a clean eighth, which was a good sign.
In musical news, Aerosmith legend Steven Tyler sang God Bless America in the bottom of the seventh. Then, in the bottom of the eighth, Neil Diamond sang Sweet Caroline on the jumbotron screen. No, he was not live and in the flesh. But Neil did announce that he will be playing live at Fenway on Aug. 23 as part of his 2008 World Tour.