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“I’ve gone through a lot of what I feel [were] bad, undeserved situations for myself and my family over a long period of time, and for someone to come up and say, ‘Hey, you’re forgiven,’ it just kind of brings a really bad taste in my mouth. What did I do wrong?”

Mostly, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time with the notoriously wrong result. But surely the blame was not his alone. History also should point a finger at McNamara, who inexplicably failed to replace Buckner, and at Stanley, whose wild pitch enabled the Mets to tie the game.

But, no, it’s neater and more convenient to have a single scapegoat. And in that regard, Bill Buckner unfortunately was one for the ages.