Once viewed as the scapegoat for the Red Sox infamous 1986 World Series loss, Bill Buckner ultimately passed away on Monday as a legend in the eyes of the team and the fanbase. Now, some of the old footage of his most famous moments with the team are being revisited.
One video that has been going viral on Monday is Buckner's return to Fenway Park on Opening Day in 2008 following Boston's World Series win the previous year. The team was celebrating their second title in four years after going the previous 85 years without a title.
Buckner threw out the first pitch to former Red Sox teammate Dwight Evans, while taking part in a raucous standing ovation. The cheering from the crowd clocked in at around two whole minutes.
You can watch the chilling video here:
The fallout from Buckner's infamous misplayed ground ball was enormous, and left a massive rift between Buckner and the fans for years after he retired.
In addition to standard heckling during the 1987 season, he claimed to have received death threats as well. The Red Sox ultimately released Buckner in the middle of the season, and brought him back briefly in 1990.
After his return to Fenway in 2008, Buckner told the Boston Globethat he forgave everyone for the rift.
"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."
Of course, it's pretty easy to forgive someone who was a part of bad history when the team is immersed in trophies, as Boston was and now has been for the better part of 20 years now.