Roll it: Buckner snares Nike spot

March 04, 1995|By Newsday

Bill Buckner, blamed by Boston for the loss of a World Series, is back in the limelight: Buckner, who missed a crucial ground ball in Game 6, enabling the New York Mets to win, 6-5, is featured in a new Nike commercial.

In the spot, filmmaker Spike Lee finds Michael Jordan playing minor-league baseball and points out that he is not a baseball star. Willie Mays, Stan Musial and Ken Griffey defend Jordan, saying, "He's trying."

Then it's Buckner's turn. "Michael's no Bill Buckner," Lee says as a grounder shoots between Jordan's legs. "But he's trying," Buckner says.

Of the commercial, Buckner said: "I have no time to worry about something that happened long ago in the World Series. It doesn't bother me. If it bothers someone else now, that's their problem."

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