I Wish I Hadn’t Said That.
October 25, 1986 was the date of our supplemental NFL Fantasy Football Draft in which we were allowed to pick up players that had not been drafted at the beginning of the season. It was also the date of game six of the 1986 World Series between the New York Mets and the Boston Red Sox. We had all congregated at a friends house to make our picks, but there was one friend who was distracted in regards to the World Series. He was a Sox fan and the anticipation that Boston would finally win a World Series was too much. The Red Sox were up three games to two and needed one more win to sow it up.
It had been a back and forth match up. They had won the first two games at Shea stadium and New York won the next two at Fenway Park. The Red Sox broke through in game five and won a home game in their own park. This set up a historic game six and a sports memory for the ages.
We turned on the game and it was the top of the fifth inning. Jubilation! My friend did a fist pump as the score was Boston 2 and the Mets 0. His excitement was short lived. The Mets came up in the bottom of the fifth on a run scoring double play which tied the game at 2 to 2. The game of baseball is like that. One minute you are up and the next minute you are down. Well, in the top of the seventh he was up again. A Ray Knight error allowed Marty Barrett to score the go head run. Advantage Sox 3-2. My friend was cautiously optimistic. Good thing because the Mets tied it up in the bottom of the eighth with a Gary Carter sacrafice fly. My friend was getting frustrated. The Mets were like that pesky gnat that you can’t wave away from your face.
Both teams had opportunities to score but neither could capitalize. The game now went to extra innings and the historic tenth inning. We all remember Dave Henderson circling the bases after his solo shot in the tenth. They added another run to make the score 5-3 Red Sox. Now, we have all done this to our detriment; we get cocky. My friend did the unthinkable. Yes, he pronounced victory. Makes you cringe doesn’t it? The Mets come up in the bottom of the tenth the Red Sox get two outs and my friend is already celebrating. The curse of the Bambino is over!
I won’t go into specifics but suffice it to say that when Ray Knight scored the winning run my friend was no longer a Sox fan. He was done with them. They had done this to him for the last time, but Red Sox fans are a loyal bunch. Once in your blood you are a Sox fan for life. I have not seen this friend for years but I would have loved to see him in 2005 when they finally did win a World Series.
We file away our sports memories and access them at our leisure. What memories do you have? You can share your memory by leaving a comment. So until next time here’s to future memories and here’s to your sports memories.