And to think: All it took was two World Series titles.
When the Boston Red Sox had Bill Buckner throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park Tuesday, it was more than a nostalgic nod. It was an act of sporting absolution, a way for fans to finally forgive the former first baseman for his epochal flubbed grounder in the 1986 World Series.
It's also the sort of thing the sports world needs more of.
Bartman. Scott Norwood. Chris Webber. Pariahs all, goats forever, ...