"The Culprits of 1986-ON & OFF THE FIELD"
Bill Buckner was NOT, repeat, NOT "The Culprit of The 1986 World Series";
"The Culprit", ON THE FIELD, for the Boston Red Sox, pitched in 3 Games;
He ONLY pitched 4, repeat, 4 Innings;
His 1986 World Series ERA, was really a "Duece" @ 13.50, in 4 Innings of Arson, allowing 6 earned runs in those 4 innings; Yet, in regular season relief, he was 4-2 with ERA of 1.41(Thanks, Jere for that remark-click on ARSFIPT Link on my "Lots of Links"[Credit To Kristen from Red Sox Diehard-The Ultimate Site]);
Yet, against The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, or were they the California Angels, or the Anaheim Angels, "The Culprit" had a 1.50 ERA, in the 1986 ALCS, which, mercifully was NOT on FOX;
If you guessed that "The Culprit On The Field" was Calvin Schiraldi, I owe you a 'Gansett;
His ERA in 1985, was 8.41; He couldn't handle National League Hitters to save his life, as NL Hitters usually looked for Fast Balls to jack out of the park;
Enter Frank Cashen, Architect of The Orioles Great Teams & Mets GM, & One-Time Mets Farm Operations, Lou Gorman, who did a great job of stocking the Mets Farm System;
It was a 6 Player Deal, but the Key was Pitcher Bob Ojeda & Pitcher Calvin Schiraldi;
Cashen knew what he was getting in Ojeda, but did Gorman have a clue about Calvin Schiraldi;
The two leagues under MLB, had 2 different styles, but now those differences have been blurred, in the last 10 years or so;
In short, Schiraldi couldn't handle National League Hitters, to save his life; No wonder the Mets made that deal, or else they weren't going to Post-Season;
OK, Lou; you're "The Culprit Off The Field" as you didn't see what Calvin did vs THE NL;
I ask Mets Fans to stop joking about Bill Buckner, as, hey, he played 23 Seasons & that without the trade of Calvin Schiraldi for Bob Ojeda, there might NOT have been as powerful a season, as 1986;
I ask Red Sox Nation, wherever you are in this world, including All of New England & The 5 Boroughs, to truly consider the real culprits of The 1986 World Series;
Other Candidates for "1986 Culprits" include Johnny McNamara, Mgr, for keeping an Injured Buckner on the field; Al Nipper for his 7.11 ERA in 2 Games(1 Started & 6 1/3 Innings & will remember him when ordering Coffee @ the 7-11 on Woodhaven Blvd in Rego Park) in the '86 World Series(Dave Wallace can't come back, soon enough, this season) & Rich Gedman, The Catcher in that Infamous 10th Inning(It was a Passed Ball In the replays & Bob Stanley got a bad rap for this), & last but not least, Roger Clemens, who in Game 6, suddenly had a blister(Sure, Roger-Methinks that you knew that you were losing it), who started the World Series Celebration a bit too early.
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