Hard to believe Kirk Gibson’s legendary, series-changing home run in Game 1 if the 1988 World Series was 20 years ago today. I remember it well: I was 18 and on a college tour with my parents somewhere on the East Coast. At that moment, I was watching the game with my mom and explaining the improbability of the Dodgers winning the series without Gibson in the game. It ranks as my favorite Dodgers moment of all time, and I can still hear Vin Scully in my head saying incredulously, “The impossible has happened!” How can that not give you chills? Hard to believe that was the first come from behind, walk-off HR in World Series history.
I wish I could pull the clip from Ken Burns’ “Baseball” documentary, as he put together a great piece on “the moment,” interviewing everyone associated with this game, but instead I found the clip on YouTube. Rather than rehashing a moment we all know so well, I thought I would share other’s takes on the home run from the Detroit Free-Press (this is great) and the Los Angeles Times.
So where you, Dodger fans? Let’s hear your stories! And Gibby, dust off those cleats and meet us out at the Ravine…we need you for Game 5!