Bill Buckner hopes the Boston Red Sox's first championship in 86 years ends the animosity aimed at him ever since his blunder in the 1986 World Series.
"They're a fun team to watch and a good bunch of guys, and they certainly deserved to win the World Series this year," Buckner told Sporting News Radio on Thursday from Chicago.
Fans blamed Buckner for ruining Boston's previous chance at a World Series title, in 1986 against the New York Mets. Buckner's error on Mookie Wilson's grounder down the first-base line, which gave the Mets a victory in Game Six, became a symbol of the team's postseason failures.
"Personally, on my end of it, I'm just a little disappointed with the whole thing. This whole thing about being forgiven and clearing my name, you know, I mean . . . cleared from what? What did I do wrong? It's almost like being in prison for 30 years and then they come up with a DNA test to prove that you weren't guilty.
"I've gone through a lot of, what I feel, undeserved bad situations for myself and my family over a long period of time, and for someone to come up to me and say, 'Hey, you're forgiven,' I mean, it just kind of brings a really bad taste in my mouth."
Any chance of Buckner showing up for this weekend's victory parade in Boston?
"Not a chance," he said. "Like I said, I don't want to take anything away from this team. This is their championship, this is what they did and I'm happy for them."
Boston's 3-0 World Series championship-clinching victory over St. Louis on Wednesday received a 18.2 rating and 28 share, the highest for Game Four of a Series since 1995.
The average audience of 28.8 million was the largest for a Game Four since 1991, when Minnesota and Atlanta went seven games in one of the most exciting series.
The Red Sox's sweep of St. Louis got a 15. 8/2 5 rating overall, 23 percent higher than the Florida Marlins' six-game win over New York last year and the highest rated Series since the Yankees swept Atlanta in 1999 on NBC.
Postseason ratings were down six percent from last year.
Boston's two largest newspapers rolled out extra editions after the Red Sox swept the Cardinals.
The Herald published three editions with a press run of 750,000, compared with the usual 300,000.
The Globe ran just over 1 million copies, compared with a run of about 525,000. By Thursday afternoon, copies of the Globe were selling on eBay for $8.99. The paper sells for 50 cents.