A&E // 1986 // 210 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // August 28th, 2011
"A little roller up along first..."
Oh, the cruelty. Despite the 2004 and 2007 titles, Red Sox Nation no doubt would love to sandblast this infamous episode from their collective subconscious. In case you're unaware of the true breadth of the miracle on Baseball's Greatest Games: 1986 World Series 6:
It's Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. The bottom of the 10th inning. The Boston Red Sox have a two-run lead on the reeling New York Mets, who are down to the last out of their season. If the Sox can just get this one out they'll be celebrating their fist championship since 1918. Disaster strikes, the score is tied and then the legendary play that perfectly sums up the cosmic ineptitude of the Red Sox: Bill Buckner's nerfed play at first base. It would take nearly two more decades of assorted apathy and misery before this brutal soul pain would be dulled by the success of the 2004 club.
A&E has this entire game for your viewing pleasure so you can relive the delirious glory of that improbable comeback (if you're a Mets fan) or subject yourself to a digital flashback to unspeakable heartache (if you're a Sox fan). Watching the tenth inning is actually sort of fascinating, especially if your allegiance runs with the Red Sox. You know what's coming, the pain and despair that awaits but they only had to get one out and maybe it will be different this time!
Nope. Buckner still lets the ball roll through the wickets and forever engraves his name on the Chalice of Shame in the Pantheon of Boston Goats.
While it's interesting to have this game exhumed from the vault, I'm not entirely sure who's going to scoop this up. Certainly not Red Sox fans and I don't think neutral baseball connoisseurs will be eager to pony up the cash to purchase the DVD and sit through nine largely uneventful innings. Really, the craziness doesn't kick in until the very end; wouldn't most people just fast-forward to that part? As it stands, Game 6 is an interesting relic for collectors and not much else.
Bargain-basement DVD: full frame, 2.0 stereo, nothing else.
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 210 Minutes
Release Year: 1986
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Boston Red Sox
* New York Mets