My opinion was that Stapleton was a utility infielder who was converted to be a defensive specialist at first and was the superior fielder to a broken down Buckner. I was 16 at the time, but that's my recollection. Does anyone think Mac's take is truthful or do you think he's still trying to defend his bad decision.
“The case is that Buckner was the best first baseman I had,” said McNamara. “And Dave Stapleton has taken enough shots at me since [then] that he didn’t get in that ball game, but Dave Stapleton’s nickname was ‘Shakey.’ And you know what that implies. I didn’t want him playing first base to end that game, and it was not any sentimental thing that I had for Billy Buck to leave him out there. He was the best first baseman I had.”.
Edited by Manny's PS2, 04 November 2011 - 08:28 AM.