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01-04-2012, 12:09 PM
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The question I've always had was
why would Eckersley throw Gibson an off speed pitch
when the guy could barely walk to the plate? Throw him the heat! Has to go down as one of the dumbest calls in sports history. You clearly have a wounded opponent so you make it easy on him by throwing him something he can catch up to?
Because he had succeeded with that pitch all season...??
Dodger scouts knew it was coming and they had told Gibson, "if he gets you 3-2, look for the backdoor slider." If you watch the video again, look at Gibson as he steps out of the box after another foul ball, he smirks a little to himself, when he realizes what Eck will likely throw to him.
In 1988 (Geez, that's a LONG time ago) I was living in an apartment in Claremont, and when Gibson hit the homerun, you could hear yelling and cheering from the entire complex. It was awesome.
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