Aaron Boone still makes me quiverAlthough the Red Sox have won multiple World Series since 1986 i'm still not over Buckner (even though the Sox already blew that lead and the game was tied at the time of the grounder). I still turn the channel when the replay comes on tv.
I am also a firm believer that for any die hard Red Sox fan (and not the new pink hat fans), coming back from the 0-3 deficit vs the Yankees was bigger than them going on to eventually win the World Series. Times have changed since then but a Red Sox/Yankees match up was as big as any rivalry ever. It dominated the news and newspapers for the week leading up to and dissected for weeks after. Arod almost became a member of the Red Sox that off season before eventually being traded to the Yankees. There was a bench clearing brawl between the 2 teams earlier in th season when Aron was hit by a pitch leading to the famous photograph of Varitek filling Arod's face with his catchers mitt.
Let's not forget that the Red Sox and Yankees met the previous year in the ALCS that went 7 games before Aaron Boone broke the hearts of every Red Sox fan yet again (and grew our hatred for the Yankees)! Going down 3-0 (including a 19-8 drubbing in Game 3) most of the country thought this one was over...except for us diehard Red Sox fans!
Game 4 featured "The Steal"...Dave Roberts stealing 2nd after being inserted as a pinch runner. Bill Mueller followed with a single scoring Roberts to tie the game. 2 innings later David Ortiz blasts a 2 run game ending HR.
Game 5 was a 14 inning nail biting marathon that was finally won with a David Ortiz (11 pitch at bat) single up the middle.
Game 6 featured Curt Schilling and the "bloody sock" and a gutsy 7 inning pitching performance. It was also highlighted by public enemy #1 Alex Rodriguez attempting to knock the baseball out of Bronson Arroyo's arm as he ran toward s first base (and was ultimately ruled out). In the 9th inning after a close play at first went against the Yankees the fans showed their obvious displeasure by filling the field with debris. It was so bad that the umpire had a meeting the the NY mayor, the Director of MLB security, and local NYPD members. Police officers were summoned onto the field in full riot gear and remained there for the top 9th inning. The Yankees went quietly in the bottom of the 9th ans onto Game 7
For Game 7 the Yankees trotted out Bucky Dent to throw out the ceremonial 1st pitch. For those who don't know it was Dent back in 1978 who crushed Red Sox fans once again with his HR in the 1 game playoff to decide the AL East Champion. It was all for naught. After the grueling 3 games the Yankees were done. The Sox went on to roll in this one and take it 10-3 finishing off one of the best 7 game series in all of sports history.
After coming back and beating the Yankees there was no way the Cardinals stood a chance in the World Series and were swept by the Sox in 4 games.
I know this was a thread about last years Superbowl but the mention of Buckner and the Red Sox got me nostalgic!