On April 8, 2008, former Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner returned to Fenway Park for opening day and received a standing ovation. Buckner’s error in Game Six of the 1986 World Series, which helped lead to the Mets miraculous comeback, had been vilified by many, including the press. An emotional Buckner tossed out the first pitch after the Sox 2007 World Series flag was unfurled.