Tuesday, August 7, 2007

High fly ball into right field...

I remember it like it was, if not like yesterday, then like last week. Still pretty vivid (and I was only seven years old at the time.) Game One of the 1988 World Series (it would have been more dramatic if it was Game Seven...but still dramatic nonetheless). The Oakland A's versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers were down by two, with a runner on base. Kirk Gibson, plagued with leg injuries, was at bat. Two outs, three balls, and two strikes. Bottom of the ninth. The iconic voice of Vin Scully. The pitch, and the swing (all upper body strength due to injury).

"High fly ball into right field, she is gone!" See it again:

Kirk Gibson never played in a World Series game for the rest of his career, but this one act of athletic heroism has been ingrained in the memories of countless people. It's the equivalent of Babe Ruth's called shot, in my opinion, for my generation (technically the generation of grownups at the time but it's my memory too).

Now that's great storytelling.

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