Luckily, there were members of Red Sox Nation who felt that the first pitch ceremony was just as overblown. Over at The Joy of Sox, Redsock correctly notes that Buckner received a warm welcome in 1987 and a "similar reception" to Tuesday's when he returned to play for the team in 1990. Later, the site was updated to include a great link to Peter Gammons' Sports Illustrated article on Buckner for the "victory" parade that occurred in Boston four days after the '86 Series.
Guess what? They cheered Buckner there, too.
I don't begrudge the Red Sox from celebrating their past at an Opening Day party or Buckner enjoying the fans' applause after spending exile time in Idaho. But at the same time, let's not pretend like Buckner risked being shot by sniper fire if he ever decided to ride the T on a routine day in 1996. The Boston Herald's headline of "All Is Forgiven" was accurate ... but it was also accurate a long time before Tuesday afternoon rolled around.
In progress ...
Angels 9, Indians 5 (8th) — Four HRs so far for the Halos.
D'Backs 4, Dodgers 3 (6th) — James Loney goes deep for the first time this season.
Tonight's starters (All times EST)
Cubs (R. Dempster) at Pittsburgh (Z. Duke) 7:05
Phillies (K. Kendrick) at Mets (M. Pelfrey) 7:10
Marlins (S. Olsen) at Nationals (J. Bergmann) 7:10
Reds (J. Fogg) at Brewers (D. Bush) 8:05
Cardinals (B. Looper) at Astros (C. Sampson) 8:05
Braves (C. James) at Rockies (M. Redman) 8:35
Padres (J. Germano) at Giants (J. Sanchez) 10:15
Tigers (J. Bonderman) at Red Sox (J. Lester) 7:05
Athletics (L. DiNardo) at Blue Jays (D. McGowan) 7:07
Mariners (J. Washburn) at Rays (A. Sonnanstine) 7:10
Orioles (S. Trachsel) at Rangers (K. Gabbard) 8:05
Yankees (I. Kennedy) at Royals (Z. Greinke) 8:10
Twins (S. Baker) at White Sox (J. Danks) 8:11
- Bill Buckner