This one is funny. When MVP candidate Cody Bellinger came up as a rookie, it was not long before we discovered that he had never seen or heard of the show Seinfeld. Now, rookie second baseman Gavin Lux is in the news for a similar thing. You be the judge which one is worse: Gavin Lux didn’t know which Hall of Famer Kirk Gibson hit his famous 1988 home run off of.
Gavin Lux just learned who Kirk Gibson hit a home run against in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series in the middle of a press conference.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) October 4, 2019
Of course, Gibby hit the legendary World Series homer off of Oakland A’s closer Dennis Eckersley on a 3-2 backdoor slider. But that was a long time ago.
Lux, 21, was born in 1997, nine years after the famous home run. Being from Kenosha, Wisconsin, he certainly was not a Dodger fan growing up and should not be expected to know the Dodgers’ history in in-depth fashion. However, the Gibson home run is one of the biggest moments in baseball in the past few decades. Everyone should know about it.
While we shouldn’t clown Lux for it, this is hilarious. He’s young, so he should get a pass. But now, he knows the footsteps he needs to follow in.
Gavin Lux hit his first career postseason home run in his first career postseason at-bat on Thursday and looks to provide some heroics of his own en route to a World Series title. At just 21 years old and his bright future with a team poised to contend for quite some time, this will not be his only rodeo.