The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
 
Grady Little Moves Into Bill Buckner's Idaho Home
Originally posted 10/20/2003

Little, left, and Buckner
IDAHO - The Athletic Reporter has learned that Red Sox manager Grady Little, who many feel is responsible for the team's Game 7 loss to the New York Yankees Thursday night, has moved into former Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner's Idaho home.

Buckner, who made an error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series that allowed the New York Mets to complete a two-run, two-out, bottom of the tenth inning comeback, moved his family to Idaho years ago to escape the persecution and harassment of Red Sox fans, many of whom blame Buckner for the loss.

Little, who was widely criticized for leaving Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez in Game 7 long enough to blow a three-run, eighth inning lead, told the Athletic Reporter that "this is the only place for me now. Bill and I just want to be left alone.

"I'm happy to welcome Grady," said Buckner. "I can definitely appreciate what he's going through. I've got to admit, I'm pretty upset with him though. I was rooting for the Red Sox. It seemed obvious that Pedro needed to come out of that game. I would have taken him out."

"Oh yeah?" said Little. "Well, I would have caught that ground ball!"

The two then wrestled each other to the ground and began exchanging punches.

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