Re: Don Buddin? Really?
posted at 9/14/2013 1:56 PM EDT
In response to dustcover's comment:
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In response to joel49's comment:
Joel, wasn't Buddin sort of the poster child for Red Sox ineptitude?
[/QI remember Buddin as the most booed ever in my Sawks lifetime.UOTE]
Don Buddin who I watched play, was not all that bad. Yes, he was prone to making errors. He could go to his left and he could go to his right, but had trouble with routine ground balls hit right to him. He was a better hitter than what most people gave him credit for.
But what ruined his career was not only the thrashing the media layed on him almost immediately upon his arrival, but the most outlandish treatment by the Fenway flock that to this day has not been matched. The fans would boo him relentlessly before he got half way from the dugout to the plate. On one occassion it was so overwhelming that he took his postion at the plate, dug into the batter's box and literally stood there and wept. Believe me when I tell you that no Sox player in my lifetime has ever been treated so harshly, so viciously, or so unmercifully.
This treatment has been documented by many in the media, as well as many of his former teammates, as having had a profound negative impact on his playing ability.
Playing in the minors with other notable shortstops such as Luis Aparicio, Buddin was considered a true rising star. But Pinky Higgins, the then manager of the Sox, witnessing how the fans were on Buddin from the git-go, handled the situation poorly. Instead of leaving the rookie on the bench for home games, and playing him in away games until Buddin could get his feet under him, Higgins sent him out daily to the wolves.
Buddin was haunted his whole career by this treatment.
Having personally met Don in 1959, I can tell you he was a very decent human being, and a nice guy of the first order. So to Don who passed away in 2011, you are remembered fondly by at least one fan. RIP.
Thanks for this great post, cover. He is remembered fondly by this fan, too.