December 1, 2011

Is Bill Buckner Headed Back to Boston?

More intriguing than the lack of creativity behind the numerous headlines proclaiming Thursday "Valentine's Day" is the possibility Bobby Valentine is open to bringing Bill Buckner in as his hitting coach.

"I respect his every opinion, in baseball and worldy matters," the new Boston skipper said of the former Red Sox first baseman.

But if Valentine and Buckner happen to be paired up in the Red Sox dugout, it won't be the first time they've occupied the same space.  The two were college roomates and fraternity brothers while at the University of Southern California as well as teammates in the Dominican Republic and with the Ogden Dodgers in 1968.

Of course, Valentine also told reporters at Thursday's press conference that if he hired Buckner, it wouldn't be about their nearly lifelong friendship...it would be about "who's best for the job".

And qualified Buckner is.

In his 22-year big league career, the mustached one collected 2715 hits, a .289 batting average and never struck out more than 39 times in a season.

Oh, he's also the current manager of the Brockton Rox of the Cam-Am League.

And like that...an entire post about Bill Buckner without once mentioning the 1986 World Series.

Shit.

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