Bill Buckner's appearance on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Sunday night is drawing rave reviews, but it wasn't a culmination of a lifelong dream.
In fact, Larry David -- the producer and star of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm', and also one of the driving forces behind 'Seinfeld' -- had to talk him into coming on the show.
"Larry called me," the ex-Red Sox first baseman said Wednesday in an appearance on 'The Dan Patrick Show'. "To be honest, I wasn't a big 'Seinfeld' fan, or 'Curb Your Enthusiasm', so I didn't know that much about it. But I talked to him on the phone for quite a while one day, and he sent me kind of a script. And I said, 'Let me think about it, call me back.'
"I talked to my wife about it, and seemed like it was something that might be positive."
The show was, of course, a takeoff on Buckner's error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. But it was done gently, and it put Buckner in a good light.
"I thought it was fun," he said. "Most people that I know who watched it thought . . . it was hilarious. It was a good experience."
And in the end, he was the hero of the episode by making a leaping catch of a baby who was dropped from the window of a burning building.
"That took 10 hours to do that scene," he said. "About six hours of dropping that baby to get it to land in the right spot."
Buckner is currently finishing his first season as manager of the independent Brockton Rox, and hopes to land a job in organized baseball next year.
"I'm going to try to see if I can manage in the Cubs' organization next year," he told Patrick. "They have a team in Boise (Buckner lives in Idaho) . . . I've had preliminary conversations with the Cubs."