Thursday, October 31, 2013
Tonight would have been Game 7 of the World Series. I'm glad Boston won last night, but sad not to have one more game to watch. I don't watch much baseball during the long summer season. But I have been hooked on the World Series for many years. The first series I remember well was in 1975, Boston vs Cincinnati. I was pregnant. Game 4 was played on the day of one of my pre-natal checkups. I sat in my car in the parking lot at the obstetric clinic listening to Luis Tiant pitch for Boston and tie the series 2-2. It must have been an afternoon game. I was late for my appointment. I was lucky to be watching Game 1 in the 1988 World Series. The Oakland A's played the Los Angeles Dodgers. The A's led in the bottom of the 9th with the Dodgers at bat. Power-hitter Kirk Gibson was injured in both legs and had stomach flu. He was watching the game from the clubhouse. After the first out he called manager Tommy Lasorda and said that he was available to hit. With two outs and one man on base, Gibson limped to the plate. His home run is legendary, now considered one of the greatest hits in the history of the game. The Dodgers won that night, and went on to win the series. Watch the play tonight. It nicely fills the "no Game 7" hole.