Friday, April 11, 2008

The Buckner Call, by Jack Buck and Sparky Anderson

A long time ago, we transcribed this and set it into verse for a book project that never saw the light of day. Now that Boston's into forgiving and forgetting, how about a trip into the memory hole?

From CBS Radio, Oct. 26, 1986
Boston at NY Mets, World Series Game Six
Bob Stanley pitching to Mookie Wilson
Bottom of the 10th, Red Sox lead 5-4,


Tomorrow, They'll Be on Stilts

By Jack Buck and Sparky Anderson

Jack: This thing-
This game,
Has been at the finish line three or four times.
Five-four Boston,
Top-
Bottom of the tenth inning.
Five-four, first and third, two out.
AND A FOUUUUUL-
PUTS BOSTON WITHIN A STRIKE OF THE TITLE,
Again.
It evens the count to Mookie Wilson,
That ball in on him.
Two-and-two!

Sparky: Don't be surprised
If you see his palm ball right here.

Jack: First and third.
Tying run at third.
Winning run at first.
The PIIIIIIIIIIITCH-
A SWING AND A FOUL TIP!
He just got a piece of it.
And that's how close Boston was
To nailing it down!

A foul by Mookie Wilson keeps him up there.
Two on, two out, two balls, two strikes.
The Mets have scored here in the tenth.
And they trail five to four.
Here's the pitch!
SWINNNNG-
And a foul back and out of play!
And Wilson hammered at one outside.
In the strike zone, I think.
It stays two and two!
Mitchell...
The tying run at third.
A base hit ties it for New York!
A long one could win it!
A home run would win it!
The PIIIIIIIITCH-
Ball thr-WILD PITCH!
WE'RE GONNA BE TIED!
THE BALL WENT OFF THE GLOVE OF THE CATCHER!
WE'RE FIVE-FIVE
IN THE BOTTOM OF THE TENTH!
UNBELIEVEABLE!
IT'S FIVE-FIVE
AND NOW THE WINNING RUN'S AT SECOND
WITH TWO OUT!
A breaking ball handcuffed Gedman.
A breaking ball handcuffed the catcher.
And Mitchell raced home with the tying run!
And Mookie Wilson could win it here.
They have first base open.
And Howard Johnson up next.
That run charged to Schiraldi.
The three-two pitch on the way.
SWIIIIIIIIING-
And a high pop FOUUUUUUL-
Going out of play.
And it gives everybody a chance to collect,
Their collective breath.
As the Mets have scored two here in the tenth.
After scoring a run in the eighth.
To pull it out of the bag again.

Sparky: If this don't remind you
Of that California-Boston situation,
Nothin' will.

Jack: And a full count on Mookie Wilson.
He can win it with a hit.
Ray Knight's at second base!
HEEEERE'S THE PITCH-
SWINNNNNG-
And a foul out of play!
And I'll tell you, folks,
If the Mets win tonight ,
Man, there'll be no holding them tomorrow.
Dennis Boyd or no Dennis Boyd.

Sparky: They'll be comin' out there
Lookin' like they're on stilts.

Jack: It stays three-and-two.
Let's look ahead to the Boston 11th inning.
Evans will lead it off.
Isn't this unbelieveable?
A couple of times
Boston was a strike away from winning!
Remember that little foul tip?
Just before...
What did they call that?
A wild pitch or a passed ball?

Sparky: I think they called it a-

Jack: A wild pitch.
HERE'S THE PITCH TO MOOKIE WILSON!
WINNING RUN AT SECOND!
Ground ball to first...
It is a-
Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh-
RUN!
AN ERROR!
AN ERROR BY BUCKNER!
THE WINNING RUN SCORES!
THE METS WIN IT SIX TO FIVE
WITH THREE IN THE TENTH!
THE BALL WENT RIGHT THROUGH
THE LEGS OF BUCKNER!
And the Mets
With two men out and nobody on
Have scored three times
To bring about a seventh game.
It will be played here tomorrow night.
Folks,
It was UNBELIEVEABLE!

3 comments:

Rockin' Rich said...

You ought to do an eBook of out-takes as a promo thing, Kemosabe.

Fonzy Buckner said...

Thanks for the journey back along good memory lane.

Feels like we haven't had any comparable good news against Boston since then.

Most of our lives ended when Yanks blew 3-0 lead and Boston won their first you know what, a few years back.

Now they always beat up on us and we always fail. I am not looking forward to this weekend.

Thank goodness for the hot hitting of our new SS.

And maybe joba will doink Big Pappy.

Ember Nickel said...

Just ran across this. Very nice, and fun how the parallel structures ("A long ball could"/"A home run would", "A breaking ball handcuffed"...) turned up.