As the Dodgers and Cardinals are set to square off tonight in Game 4 of the NLCS, the baseball world has been reminiscing the home run hit by Kirk Gibson in the 1988 World Series 25 years ago today. Dodger fans hope the magic will carry over tonight as they try to even the series tonight at Dodger Stadium.
The man responsible for throwing that fateful pitch to Gibson had a message for the former Dodgers outfielder as Dennis Eckersley tweeted this from his Twitter account today:
— Dennis Eckersley (@Eck43) October 15, 2013
Eckersley was the closer for the Oakland Athletics in the late 1980s and into the 1990s after beginning his career as a starter for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs.
The home run he allowed to Gibson on a full count in the bottom of the ninth in Game 1 of the World Series didn’t define his career because he went on to save 390 games in his career and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2004.
After his playing career, Eckersley become a broadcaster and studio analyst for TBS and the Boston Red Sox’ New England Sports Network. Meanwhile, Gibson is the manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks and will be celebrated today by Dodger fans for his ninth inning heroics 25 years ago.
Amidst the celebration concerns in the current NLCS, it’s nice to see someone put away their pride and congratulate the victor.
In case you missed it, here’s more details about the RallyBear from Game 3 last night.