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Buckner returns to Shea, site of memorable Series moment

Bill Buckner sounded perfectly content to be back at Shea Stadium.

Sitting in a field box behind home plate as a guest of New York manager Bobby Valentine, Buckner said he was getting a nice greeting from Mets fans Friday night.

"They're good," he said. "Some of them look at me like, "You're not really him, are you?' "

In a career that spanned 1969-90 and included 2,715 hits, Buckner's infamous moment came at Shea.

In Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, the Red Sox first baseman misplayed Mookie Wilson's two-out grounder in the bottom of the 10th inning and Ray Knight raced home to cap a three-run rally and give the Mets a 6-5 win. Boston lost the Series in Game 7.

"A lot of memories," Buckner said.

Buckner played with Valentine on the Dodgers and they remained friends. He saw plenty of familiar faces as the Mets beat Cincinnati 3-2. Wilson is a coach for New York and Knight coaches for the Reds.

Earlier, Buckner and Wilson did a card show together, the Mets said.

This visit was believed to be Buckner's first to Shea since the Red Sox played the Mets in a charity game on May 7, 1987.

Before that game, Buckner jokingly told Wilson, "Mookie, what do you say you hit me some grounders?" In pregame introductions, Buckner drew a standing ovation.

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