What if Buckner had fielded the ball cleanly?
GAME 6, 1986 WORLD SERIES
Your TurnIf Buckner had fielded the ball cleanly, how would things have turned out differently? Share your alternative ending.
Postscript: There's another, much less famous what-if that might have made all of the above irrelevant. In the top of the eighth inning in Game 6, the Red Sox loaded the bases with two outs. Davey Johnson summoned left-hander Jesse Orosco from the bullpen to face Buckner, due next. Orosco was incredibly tough against left-handed hitters like Buckner; by that point in Buckner's career, he was not effective against lefties. Meanwhile, McNamara had righty-hitting slugger Don Baylor on the bench. But McNamara, loyal to a fault, didn't even consider pinch-hitting Baylor for Buckner, who lifted Orosco's first pitch into center field for an easy out. Having thus missed a chance to blow the game open, McNamara would later compound his error by again refusing to remove Buckner from the game. So maybe the what-if should be: What if the Red Sox had valued winning above loyalty? -RN
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