Bill Buckner Seeks Redemption on "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

Bill Buckner Seeks Redemption on “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

Curb Your Enthusiasm is a show that has built a strong following during its eight-year run on HBO. Star Larry David has shown that he can carry the humor that made him famous during his days as a writer and producer for Seinfeld. The most recent episode, "Mister Softee," is roped into the world of sports collectibles with an appearance by 1986 World Series goat Bill Buckner.

Without getting into the plot of the episode, Larry (David as an obnoxious persona of himself) runs across Buckner at a baseball collectibles show and is able to acquire a Mookie Wilson autographed baseball as a gift for his manager, Jeff Greene (played by Jeff Garlin). Hijinks ensue and Larry and Buckner find friendship.

Other recent comedies to dip into the hobby include Mike and Molly, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Franklin & Bash, which stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar (aka Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell).

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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  1. I’m sick of hearing about Bill Buckner as a World Series “Goat”, the game was tied, why was it tied, oh yeah Bob Stanley threw a wild pitch to let the tying run home. 2 outs, bottom of the 10th a 2 run lead and the Soxxx blew it, it wasnt all Buckners fault.

  2. Tom Disbrow (ID 25532) ยป But the term ‘goat’ implies that he’s the scapegoat – the person people assign blame to. Of course there were a string of other reasons. But I’d argue that Buckner is also embracing his role as the goat, appearing on TV revolving around such a plot line. I believe he’s doing or has done shows with Mookie Wilson. It was an embarrassing moment, for certain, but I’m guessing profitable too.

  3. Mookie Wilson was in this episode of Curb. Buckner gets the autograph for Larry David in person from Wilson, who is seated next to him at the collectibles show, and even says something like, “He owes me one,” as he skips the line to get it.

    Later on, the show even puts Buckner in a scenario where he is trying to catch a baseball and misses it.

    For good or bad, it defines him even if he is not truly deserving of all the blame. Scott Norwood knows about that as well.

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