The ball gets by Bill Buckner
In the days before the internet, there is one more moment I think could have created chaos and carnage. Fortunately, it was a good moment for those who bleed orange and blue. On Saturday, October 25, 1986, a little white baseball tricked through the legs of Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner. In doing so, the Mets were able to win the game and send the World Series to a Game 7.
You already know this story and more. It’s a classic baseball moment and unfortunately, a defining moment of Buckner’s otherwise great career.
Buckner suffered a lot after this play even if there were plenty of other moments leading up to it. With access to the internet these days, we can only cringe at the amount of toxicity he would have faced on social media.
From a Mets perspective, I imagine we would have seen a crying Michael Jordan squirt through Buckner’s legs. I know this doesn’t make sense considering Jordan wouldn’t shed those famous tears for many more years—but let’s just suspended our belief for a moment.
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Now that we do have access to the internet pretty much anywhere we want, every single sports moment has the potential to go viral. However, it’s these three famous Mets moments I think would have gotten the most attention.