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Dodgers President Stan Kasten is Just Happy to Be Able to Stop Talking About 1988

Stan is happy that we don’t have to keep watching Kirk Gibson highlights every night.



Before we start this thing off, let me just say that we still have every bit of respect for the Dodgers 1988 team. What they were able to accomplish in a year that featured a ragtag team of misfits was truly magical and unlike anything we’ve ever seen. 

With that being said, we’re so happy knowing that we won’t have to keep talking about that team that won 32 years ago. Dodgers President Stan Kasten is also ecstatic that he doesn’t have to keep watching the Kirk Gibson highlights at Chavez Ravine every night. Kasten made an appearance on MLB Network Radio to talk about the added benefit of winning the World Series in 2020. 

I told him [Vin Scully] that I’m happy for two groups of people. The first are writers who can stop talking about ’88 alright? We can stop talking about that every night. And the second group are those of us who are here at games every night because now we have another highlight clip to play instead of Kirk Gibson…to be able to change the script on those things is really important. 

We love Kirk Gibson, and that will always be a fan favorite in terms of Dodgers’ memories. But after 32 years of waiting, we finally have a World Series of our own to celebrate, and it feels so so good. It has to feel particularly good for Kasten who took over the organization with the change of ownership from the Frank McCourt era. What a wild ride it has been Stan, let’s win a few more this decade. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. I’ve always faulted Kasten, possibly because of his connection to Atlanta and the one ring despite 14 division championships. It didn’t help that every time he spoke to the press he managed to further step in the doggie doo. But I am happy for him that the narrative has changed and that he also doesn’t have to justify a TV contract that was alienating a generation of LA television viewers. Here’s to a new era!

  2. I can’t tell you how sick I am of seeing old players sitting around Jabba Lasorda talking about the 1988 team. Hopefully, this will put an end to that nonsense. I’ve been a Dodgers fan since 1958, but the Lasorda teams are my least favorite.

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