Is everyone unaware of Buckner's post-1986 history with Boston's fans? Would mentioning that 1987 reception ruin their storylines of redemption finally arriving in the wake of two World Series titles?
The Herald's Steve Buckley correctly stated that
there's some revisionist history going on with Buckner, that people around here never really hated him, and that, um, hello, he came back to play for the Red Sox in 1990 and got a standing ovation then.But Buckley fails to mention 1987.
Art Martone mentioned 1990's return -- "when the fans gave him an ovation similar to today's" -- but many writers didn't even bother mentioning that event.
Jeff Goldberg, Courant:
... one of the oldest wounds in Red Sox history was finally closed. ... For the first time in 11 years, Bill Buckner appeared at Fenway. For the first time in 22 years, Buckner found peace there. ... Buckner returned to the Red Sox in 1987 and 1990 as a player, but the constant reminders about Game 6 drove Buckner all the way to Idaho.Michael Silverman, Herald:
a welcome-home embrace of a too-long exiled Bill BucknerDan Ventura, Herald:
One of the symbols of Red Sox Nation's past frustrations was welcomed back with open arms yesterday.Mike Petraglia, MLB.com:
a sellout crowd welcomed Buckner back with a long and rousing standing ovation. ... Red Sox fans showed their appreciation after all these years, profoundly and loudly, with their unconditional applause ...Amalie Benjamin, Globe, mentioned that Buckner returned to the club in 1987, but did not mention his positive reception. She noted that, since Buckner's departure in 1990, "there has been healing in Red Sox Nation ... with two championships in the meantime, the hurt has subsided."
Dan Shaughnessy, who owes much of his bank account to his exploitation of Buckner's gaffe, noted that Buckner had been "long harpooned as the goat of the crushing 1986 World Series defeat". Yet CHB failed to mention this telling Buckner quote:
I really had to forgive, not the fans of Boston, per se, but I would have to say in my heart I had to forgive the media. For what they put me and my family through. So, you know, I've done that and I'm over that.The Red Sox's 1987 home opener was Friday, April 10; Bruce Hurst pitched a two-hit shutout of Toronto. I'd love to see some of the coverage from the Globe (CHB in particular) and the Herald in their April 11 editions.