Re: Disappointment that hurts the most...
posted at 1/26/2011 1:37 PM EST
In Response to Re: Disappointment that hurts the most...
[QUOTE]I would have to say the 1986 World Series loss to the Mets. After flashing on the TV screen about how the sox havn't won since 1918 and were only 2 outs away, then to see the ball go through Bill Buckner's legs, .......Just a minor correction, the Sox weren't 2 outs away, they were one strike away on two occasions in that fateful 10th inning.
"In the top of the tenth inning, Dave Henderson homered to give the Sox a lead, and Barrett singled in Wade Boggs to make it 5–3.
When Wally Backman and Keith Hernandez were retired to start the bottom of the tenth, the Red Sox were one out away from the series victory. The scoreboard in right-center field actually had flashed, briefly, "Congratulations, Boston Red Sox, 1986 World Champions."
After being down to a final strike, Carter singled to left field. Darryl Strawberry's spot would have come up next, however Mets manager Davey Johnson had removed the slugger earlier in the game through a double switch. With pitcher Rick Aguilera due up, Johnson sent Kevin Mitchell to the plate to pinch hit.
Mitchell singled to center field and Carter advanced to second. Mitchell was followed by Knight, who also was down to a final strike that would've won the Red Sox the game and the series. On an 0–2 pitch from Calvin Schiraldi, Knight hit the next pitch into center field for a single that scored Carter and advanced Mitchell to third base, bringing the score to 5–4 and leaving the tying run only 90 feet (27 m) away.
Red Sox manager John McNamara had seen enough, and with left fielder Mookie Wilson coming to the plate he removed Schiraldi in favor of Bob Stanley. On the seventh pitch of the at bat, with a 2–2 count, Stanley's pitch was too far inside and slipped past catcher Rich Gedman for a wild pitch, sending Wilson to the ground and allowing Mitchell to score from third base with the tying run. Knight moved up to second base on the wild pitch.
With the count 3–2, Wilson fouled off the eighth and ninth pitches from Stanley. Meanwhile, Ray Knight was straying far from second base when Boston shortstop Spike Owen sneaked in behind him. Had Stanley glanced back at second, he would have easily picked Knight off.
With Shea Stadium literally rocking, Wilson stepped back in with a full count and the winning run in scoring position. On the tenth pitch of the at-bat, Wilson hit a slow ground ball up the first base line that appeared to be an easy play for Boston first baseman Bill Buckner. As the speedy Wilson busted out of the box, the ball snuck between the legs of Buckner who was playing on two bad ankles. The ball slipped under his glove, and rolled slowly into right field.
The irony is that, throughout the playoffs, whenever the Red Sox had a late inning lead, Buckner was usually pulled for Dave Stapleton for defensive purposes. This time, Red Sox manager John McNamara left Buckner in the game so he could be on the field for the final out if the Red Sox won."
Yup, you're right, that's still very painful, and may very well supercede the PATS recent loss. Check back with me in 25 years for a better take on the 'loss/hurt scale'. :)