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[Seth Swirsky] will fly here with the "[Mookie Wilson] ball" for the 1986 Mets reunion Saturday. He and Wilson have exchanged letters and they met in a radio studio in 2003. Swirsky met [Bill Buckner] for only the first time about two weeks ago at Wrigley Field, but didn't mention the baseball that has haunted the former player. "I just couldn't bring it up to him," Swirsky said.
Could there be some New York magic left in the ball? Swirsky thinks so. In the 2003 ALCS, when the Yankees were down 4-0 in Game 7 and on the brink of playoff elimination by the Red Sox, he and his son were watching the broadcast. The youngster had counted the Yankees out. "I went downstairs and brought out the 'Mookie ball' and another signed by Babe Ruth and three members of the Yankees' Murderers' Row in 1927 and put them next to the TV," Swirsky said. "The game starts to turn a little, and then up comes Aaron Boone and we all know what happened. I'm saying this with a wink, but I'm convinced that it was kind of a Red Sox 'curse' moment."