The Kirk Gibson home run turned 25 yesterday. I don’t have anything to add. Watch it for yourself.
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Fabulous event. Vin Scully shows his broadcasting chops. Says nothing for a minute. Then, "In a year that has been so improbable... the impossible has happened!" Pure brilliance.
And Jack Buck on the radio: "I don't believe what I just saw!" maybe HIS most memorable comment in another HOF broadcaster career.
Wonder what Sterling would have said: "A killer by Kirk"? "A gargantuan goner by Gibson!" Whatever he would have said, it would have been fatuous.
A Ribbie for Gibbie.
Garagiola is solid too. Talking about the walk and the way the 3-2 count changes things. How did Gibson get his timing right for the only breaking ball Eck threw all inning? I also never realized how far gone that ball was. The OF gave up on it almost instantly.
We were living in SF then and rooting for the A's. My wife who did not know fully the back story of Gibson's injuries hated his demonstrative trot around the bases. Fist pumps were not familiar at that time, and it was not proper decorum. She's hated the Dodgers ever since.
My favorite is seeing right after Gibson's shot, the the break lights on the cars in the parking lot from the one's who had to rush onto the freeway early. In their defense, you can be stuck in the parking lot for up to two hours at Dodger Stadium. But I bet these fans never left a ball game of significance early again.
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