I've never believed Roger's version, so I'm not surprised to hear Mac stick to his, but this is the first I can recall hearing this much about the reason for leaving Buckner in ... or about Oil Can.
Don't try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.
“First sinker I ever threw was to Jason Varitek in my first start in the big leagues. … He said, ‘Here, throw a two-seam.’ I guess he thought I threw one. So I just gripped it and threw it,” Buchholz recalled. “I wasn’t going to tell Jason Varitek I didn’t throw a two-seam fastball. It was pretty funny.”