In what could be considered one of the most awkward dinner parties in history, fans will get a chance to bid for a chance to break bread and watch a World Series game with Mookie Wilson and Bill Buckner-- 25 years after the former New York Met's ground ball rolled through the legs of the self-exiled Boston Red Sox first baseman.
Buckner's improbable error of Wilson's 10th-inning dribbler down the first base line in the 1986 Fall Classic led to a Mets comeback victory and eventual world title. The moment will forever link the two players in baseball lore.
Hopefully, Buckner cuts his food into little pieces so he doesn't... too easy.
The auction begins today for the Oct. 24 dinner at Mickey Mantle's restaurant in Manhattan with an opening bid of $5,000.
Buckner's legendary fail helped the Mets win the World Championship and sent the Boston star into hiding. It took the Red Sox another 18 years before they exorcised the "Curse of the Bambino" by finally winning a championship in 2004 after a long drought.
Over the years, the moment has been broken down in too many articles and documentaries to forget.
Buckner, 61, the one-time pariah has put the monumental error behind him and has now turned a lemon into lemonade.
He appears at card shows with Wilson, 55, and even poked fun at himself in an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" by catching a baby dropped from a burning building.
Championships by the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007 have also helped damper the pain for the once championship-starved Sox fans who shunned Buckner.
The top bidder can invite three guests to sit down and rehash the infamous moment.
It will be interesting to see if a Mets or Sox fan makes the largest bid for the meal. There are a lot of questions to be plated.
For Mets fans, it''ll be an opportunity to stuff their faces with one of the brightest moments in their history and help erase memories of the last few dismal seasons.
Meanwhile, Red Sox fans, who just went through one of the great season-ending collapses, might not want any more leftover scraps of misery on their plates.
Bidding on the Dinner for Mucks runs through Oct. 19. The sitdown is scheduled for the eve of Oct. 25-- the 25th anniversary of the 1986 game.
Even if the final bid for this dinner ends up skyrocketing, it'll pale to the cost of the actual ball hit by Wilson. The ball's owner is asking $1 million at an auction set to end at the exact moment-- 25 years ago-- when Buckner bungled the routine play.
Let the Heimlich Maneuver jokes begin and pass the Tums.