The Top 10 Biggest Sports #Fails of All Time
For athletes on the world stage, nothing is worse than choking under pressure. Here are the 10 most memorable transgressors
- By Jim Morrison
- Smithsonian.com, June 28, 2012
(Stan Grossfeld / The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
The plot: Boston's fatalistic fans dared to hope as the Sox were leading 5-3 in the bottom of the tenth inning, with the bases empty and one out away from their first World Series title in 68 years.
The choke: Ray Knight singled on a two-strike pitch to score Gary Carter and put the Mets down one run. Bob Stanley's 2-2 pitch to Mookie Wilson was too far inside, escaping the grasp of catcher Rich Gedman to allow Kevin Mitchell to score the tying run. Wilson, facing a full count, fouled off a couple of pitches before hitting a slow roller that went through the legs of first baseman Bill Buckner, allowing a jubilant Knight to score the winning run. The Mets, after trailing 3-0, scored eight times in the late innings to win the seventh game.