The Kirk Gibson HR–1988 WS

Here’s something a friend sent me this afternoon.

I just finished watching "Beyond the Glory" on Kirk Gibson’s homerun.  It was pretty good stuff.  First off, that Gibson was okay.  They brought him to L.A. to regulate on the sissies that were a bunch of losers.  His whole philosophy was to play as hard as possible until your body broke, then get fixed and commence to breaking it again [kind of like the ‘Lather, Rinse, Repeat’ approach to baseball].  The most interesting aspect, however, involved the role scouting played in that most dramatic homerun.  A Dodger scout had watched Eckersley and realized that when he would get to a full count against a left handed hitter, he favored going to a backdoor slider.  When the count went to full, Gibson called time, stepped out, and smiled.  He was sitting on that pitch.  A fastball would have struck him out easily.  I just found it very ironic that the work of a scout proved so pivotal in that moment — and that it came against the Oakland A’s.  I’m not saying that an iBook wouldn’t have revealed that, but it does seem to be a powerful argument for the presence of scouting.




    That friend of yours sure sounds smart. And ruggedly good-looking. I do wonder what he is doing watching FSN in the middle of day, though. Doesn’t that guy work?


    I was in college when this historic home run took place, ironically in Los Angeles. I remember watching the game with my friends thinking that the game is over. Eckersley was pretty much lights out when the A’s had a lead in the 9th and Gibson had been hit or miss pretty much all season long. When it got to a full count, my friend said to me “He’s going to hit it out” as the TV cameras panned to the Dodger stadium parking lot showing fans walking to their cars and the lines of cars already heading home. It was a pretty remarkable feeling watching it. Almost as good as when my dad came home in 1978 with world series tickets for me and my brothers. He spent $300 bucks for 4 seats on the third base side – seats today which would probably go for $1000 a piece easy. We watched Reggie Jackson hit a home run to beat the Dodgers. I was also at Chavez Ravine in 1999 when Fernando Tatis, then of the Cardinals, hit TWO grand slams in the same inning off of Chan Ho Park. I have to admit that I was pretty drunk sitting about 10 rows up on the 1st base side after scalping the tickets for $25 a piece – this was also very hard to do because this was when they started watering down the beer at stadiums. I’m still a Dodger fan today although we have not had much to cheer about lately … except of course Manny!


    The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That’s the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead.
    – Air Jordan

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