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Bill Buckner could join Bobby Valentine’s staff in Boston

Dec 2, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

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The Red Sox have several coaches still on staff from Terry Francona’s tenure: hitting coach Dave Magadan, bench coach DeMarlo Hale, third base coach Tim Bogar and bullpen coach Gary Tuck.  Bobby Valentine could get rid of some of them. And there are a couple of other openings.  And one of the potential candidates to fill that opening is someone with some Red Sox experience:

One name that surfaced as a potential candidate was that of former Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner, who managed the Brockton Rox of the independent Can-Am League last season. “He’s been a friend for years,” Valentine said. “We played together with the Dodgers. We played together in the Dominican Republic. I’ve watched his kids grow up and I respect his every opinion in baseball and in worldly matters.”

Worth noting that friendship and “opinions in baseball and in worldly matters” is pretty much the job description for a bench coach.

I’m guessing if Buckner gets hired it will set off all kinds of “Buckner returns!” headlines and talk about Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.  But if it does, it’s phony and ignorant.  There have been no less than two and possibly many more instances of Buckner “returning to Boston” since then. He actually came  back to play his final 22 games in Boston in 1990.  He’s been a guest since then, throwing out first pitches and stuff. Every time it happens, someone pumps it up as Buckner’s “redemption” or a fan “reproachment” or something. I suppose after 50 times it may stop being news.

  1. bozosforall - Dec 2, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Just when we think this joke of a franchise can’t get any more dysfunctional, they do. LMAO

    Only Calcaterra’s lame defense of the Red Sux rates as more idiotic.

    • baseballisboring - Dec 2, 2011 at 2:25 PM

      I love when people say mean things for the sake of saying mean things, but don’t make sense or back up what they’re saying.

      • Ralphie - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:12 PM

        Bozo can’t help himself. 17 years of having to take the short yellow bus to school has left him bitter and depressed. Only the 4 hours a day he gets to troll chat boards at the public library bring him joy.

      • bozosforall - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:48 PM

        Ralphie…as usual, you are lamer than lame. Sounds like you have the short bus to the library routine down pat though. It’s as if you are merely borrowing from your own miserable life.

      • bozosforall - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:51 PM

        Gotta laugh at someone who calls herself “baseballisboring” posting on a baseball message board. If you think it’s boring, change the channel, idiot.

      • Ralphie - Dec 2, 2011 at 5:25 PM

        Bozo, you’re totally unoriginal, but you can take pride in knowing that your douchebaggery is unquestionably beyond reproach.

      • baseballisboring - Dec 2, 2011 at 5:28 PM

        That’s the second time in two days I’ve been called out for my user name. You’re right…why WOULD I be here if I didn’t like baseball? Hmm, something to ponder…ya dipshit. And I’m not a her.

      • bozosforall - Dec 2, 2011 at 6:11 PM

        Sure thing, Ms. baseballisboring.

      • bozosforall - Dec 2, 2011 at 6:13 PM

        @Ralphie,

        More original than a putz like you will ever be. And coming from someone who is a member of the biggest douchebag collection of fans ever assembled, the New England sports fan base, your commentary towards me is laughable.

    • aceshigh11 - Dec 2, 2011 at 2:32 PM

      You’re an idiot. Craig very rare defends the Red Sox. Bashing the Yankees, Sox and Phillies is a past-time of his.

      The only reason he’s defending of them in this instance is because there’s absolutely nothing objectionable to report on here.

      • bozosforall - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:49 PM

        He bashes the Yankees with the fervor of a Red Sux fan.

      • aceshigh11 - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:56 PM

        No, he bashes the Yankees because they’re a wealthy, winning ball club with an arrogant fanbase.

        He bashes the Red Sox and the Phillies for the same reasons.

        Stop being paranoid. He’s not out to get you.

    • cur68 - Dec 2, 2011 at 2:57 PM

      Once again, it’s bozo being bozo…what a douche.

      • paperlions - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:02 PM

        Bozo is as Bozo does.

      • bozosforall - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:50 PM

        Gotta laugh all the regulars here…ye doth protest too much.

      • Old Gator - Dec 2, 2011 at 5:05 PM

        Bozo is sorta like a cup0pizza who can spell and punctuate. I didn’t think such a thing was possible. Nature is wonderful.

      • bozosforall - Dec 2, 2011 at 6:14 PM

        Better than being what the contents of the 1 cup represent in 2girls1cup, like you are.

      • cur68 - Dec 2, 2011 at 9:33 PM

        Jeez. This is why I miss ‘biceps. He wasn’t a day in, day out assbag like bozo here. He had his issues but he didn’t go around saying nasty shit just to be saying nasty shit. He had a certain charm and he loved him some baseball. Wasn’t afraid to refer to himself as an internet tough guy or laugh at himself either even if he did stick to his guns about some pretty dense stuff. This assbag bozo here is so certain that he’s The-Man-&-you-better-believe-it, you gotta know he’s a powerless little dweeb in real life, insufferable jackass that he is.

      • randygnyc - Dec 3, 2011 at 12:32 AM

        What happened to hollidaybicepts?

      • cur68 - Dec 3, 2011 at 12:42 AM

        Committed comment’s suicide: deleted his word press account, twitter account and had Craig ban him (by request). Check out the Wilson Ramos kidnap posts for what got him so riled. He had his moments but that certainly wasn’t one of them. From the sounds of things he was on the edge of Craig just banning him anyways. FYI: claiming kidnapping is a cultural phenomenon particular to Venezuelans will start a freaking argument with few people supporting you.

    • bobwsc - Dec 4, 2011 at 7:41 PM

      keyboard tough-guy, clap clap clap-clap-clap!

  2. baseballisboring - Dec 2, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    It’s funny…I remember Buckner had a big “fan reproachment” after the Sox won in ’04. Like, an “it’s finally time to forgive him” type of thing. Apparently it had happened many times before…I don’t know, before I became a serious baseball fan I guess.

    • 18thstreet - Dec 2, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      He was brought back as a free agent — maybe in 1990? Got a standing ovation on opening day.

  3. aceshigh11 - Dec 2, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    “Little roller up along first…BEHIND THE BAG! IT GETS THROUGH BUCKNER! ROUNDING THIRD IS KNIGHT, AND THE METS WIN IT!”

    — Vin Scully, 1986

    I’m sure Buckner would be a fine coach…talk about a bunch of unnecessary drama. The Sox had lost Game 6 before the Buckner bungle. John McNamara, Calvin Schiraldi and Bob Stanley are more responsible for that loss than Buckner.

    • tuloisgod - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:29 PM

      Well, I’ve heard those excuses before about how the Sawks had lost the game otherwise, but — as someone who doesn’t have a dog in this fight — I’d observe that if Buckner fields that routine grounder and trots over to first base like he should have, the Curse would have been broken then. Say what you will, but Buckner rightfully is the goat there for not making a very simple play.

      • aceshigh11 - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:54 PM

        The game was already tied at that point. Had Buckner fielded the ball and made the out, the game would have gone into extra innings.

        Yeah, he clearly botched a routine play, but they would not have won the game.

      • 18thstreet - Dec 2, 2011 at 4:03 PM

        Ain’t no way he beats Mookie Wilson to the bag. None.

      • bozosforall - Dec 2, 2011 at 6:17 PM

        The best thing is that no matter what, the Red Sox lost when it was all said and done. LMAO

        And no matter what, the Red Sux fans should be ashamed of themselves for making Buckner the scapegoat, when the truth of the matter was that their team was destined to loses because they sucked.

      • skeleteeth - Dec 2, 2011 at 7:44 PM

        There never was a curse.

        http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/playoffs2004/news/story?page=Curse041005

      • aceshigh11 - Dec 2, 2011 at 9:17 PM

        Laugh it up, bozo.

        I’m happy to report that 1986 no longer has much of an effect on Red Sox fans after ’04 and ’07…but keep making yourself look foolish.

        It’s the only (and I mean ONLY) thing you excel at.

      • bozosforall - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:50 AM

        Better than YOU will ever be, ace is high.

  4. shaggylocks - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Funny, that quote is from the Boston Globe. I watched the press conference live yesterday, and I’m pretty sure Buckner’s name “surfaced” when the Globe reporter asked if there were any plans to bring him aboard.

    Crack reporting, Globe…

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Buckner never needed to be forgiven. He played the game as hard as he could, 100% of he time. Idiotic fans and media types needed to be forgiven by him.

  6. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Buckner’s a good guy, I’d love to see him in that dugout. He’d bring a very respectable, intelligent image to that team.

    • Old Gator - Dec 2, 2011 at 5:06 PM

      He would also bring a load of karma that could make a Bodhisattva suck his balls in.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 2, 2011 at 5:24 PM

        Excellent reference, Gator.

  7. dexterismyhero - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Whose next? Mookie Wilson?

    • cur68 - Dec 2, 2011 at 9:34 PM

      man that would be just swell.

  8. pisano - Dec 2, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    If Buckner comes on board I think it’s only fair that Bucky Dent and Aaron Boone also get a coaching job to add to this circus.

    • Ralphie - Dec 2, 2011 at 5:30 PM

      They gotta get in line behind Mookie.

      • Old Gator - Dec 3, 2011 at 12:31 AM

        Surely there’s room for an assistant bullpen coach named Calvin Schiraldi?

  9. bosoxfan1950 - Dec 2, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    I always liked Billy Buckner. Admired his talent, his pluck and ability to play hurt. Until that fateful night. My favorite jokes back then were: 1) what do Michael Jackson and Bill Buckner have in common? They both wear a glove on one hand for no apparent reason; 2) Bill Buckner tried to commit suicide this morning by jumping in front of an on-rushing school bus, but it went right through his legs. Sigh.
    25 years?
    Over those 25 years I have been called to task for my continued bitterness and anger toward Buckner as well as my inability to forgive him.
    Now that it appears likely that he will be a Coach for Valentine, I guess its time to do just that.
    Okay. From one “Billy B.” to another, consider it done.
    I know. who cares?

  10. joebuckiscreepy - Dec 2, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    The redemption of Bill Buckner has already occurred. Doesn’t anyone watch Curb Your Enthusiasm?

  11. mojosmagic - Dec 2, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    I love Curb and that was a great episode with Bill catching the kid at the end.

  12. randygnyc - Dec 3, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    I thought buckner’s repatriation had already been completed? Thought I saw a video clip of his being welcomed back, enthusiastically, by the fans. I think he was crying, but that could have been from wearing a thong.

  13. trbowman - Dec 3, 2011 at 2:06 AM

    Bill Buckner….isn’t that the name of the guy from Green Street Hooligans?

  14. bozosforall - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    cur68 – Dec 2, 2011 at 9:33 PM
    Jeez. This is why I miss ‘biceps. He wasn’t a day in, day out assbag like bozo here. He had his issues but he didn’t go around saying nasty shit just to be saying nasty shit. He had a certain charm and he loved him some baseball. Wasn’t afraid to refer to himself as an internet tough guy or laugh at himself either even if he did stick to his guns about some pretty dense stuff. This assbag bozo here is so certain that he’s The-Man-&-you-better-believe-it, you gotta know he’s a powerless little dweeb in real life, insufferable jackass that he is.


    “The-Man-&-you-better-believe-it,you gotta know he’s a powerless little dweeb in real life, insufferable jackass that he is”???

    Uh, that would much better describe you way-too-serious, overbearing douchebag regulars here. The joke is on you, moron.

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