Just some thoughts:
Bill Buckner died today Monday May 27, 2019.
Buckner was a star baseball player who became known for a fielding error he once made. He failed to field a ground ball in a baseball game. A little ground ball in the 1986 World Series his team the Boston Red Sox’s was playing. Sadly and unfairly forever it changed his legacy.
Mookie Wilson a player for the New York Mets hit what looked like a very routine ground ball toward Buckner at first base. The little tickler rolled through Buckner’s legs and the error allowed the Mets to score the winning run. This was in game six and the following day the Sox’s lost game seven and the series.
Buckner became a target for Boston’s near-miss and a bigger target of hate for some fans. Buckner’s life was even threatened and for the rest of his life he was tagged with this mistake.
Forget that Buckner has previously won a batting title, was an All-Star player playing twenty-two years in the major leagues with 2,715 hits. Forget that and sadly too many and the press certainly did. He was the goat. Many blamed him for the failure of the Sox’s to be World Champions. How unfair it is to label someone for something that happened as it did in this situation.
But people do such. I once heard an adult fan in anger blame a sixteen year old high school kid for a loss. “He had the free-throw to win the game and he blew it, he choked.” Interesting the team had missed fourteen previous free-throws during the game but this “one cost them the game.” Get real. A free-throw is one point regardless of when it is scored. If the team had hit some previous free-throws they would not even been in that situation. But that takes some thinking. It’s just easier to blame someone.
We often see the same thing in life. Something happens in the life of a person and depending on the timing the circumstance and forever that person gets a “Label.” Labeling people is most often just plan not right, unfair.
Not many people do something that “loses the game” as is often claimed.
Bill Buckner did not cost the Boston Red Sox’s the World Series.
May 27, 2019
Posted June 18, 2019