Boston Red Sox end of the line players
By Rick McNair
Bad karma brought back
The close out is Buckner, who returned to Boston in 1990 in a move that made no sense. The bitterness of 1986 still lingered strongly and Buckner – through no fault of his own – would be a constant reminder of that miserable moment. Thankfully, Buckner was greeted with a standing ovation for his first Boston game.
Buckner hit only .186 but did manage an inside the park home run – his only home run of the season. I was at that game and had tickets in Section Ten in right field and that homer deserves an asterisk. The right fielder fell into the grandstand in front of us and by the time he’d recovered Buckner – gimpy wheels and all – had his home run.
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There are some others who returned but didn’t play such as Nomar Garciaparra, who signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Red Sox. Nomar – like Pedro Martinez – left Boston with a certain degree of negativity on the part of player and management, but as time passes on the negativity is reduced and the positive accentuated.