The Dodgers Need Gibson
One of my favorite headlines ever was when The Dodgers bolstered their bench at the 1998 trade deadline with veteran Robin Ventura. The LA Times Sports Section headline read “The Dodgers Needed Batman; They Got Robin.”
Eight games back of first place, they could use a miracle of Kirk Gibson proportions about now. I toured Dodger Stadium earlier this summer on a day when The Dodgers were away at a day game in San Francisco. On the tour, we saw a lot of Dodger memorabilia, the Dodger Godfather himself, Tommy Lasorda, and many things that would make a baseball stoic gush.
The picture here was a particular treat in person. This is a warm-up tee, and is just a narrow-hallway from the rear steps of the dugout. This is the same tee where Kurt Gibson warmed his hobbled frame up just before he hit his legendary home run in game one of the World Series.
It seems less dramatic on the surface that this grand occurrence happened in the first game, but it wasn’t then. The Dodgers were huge dogs that year. The A’s were formidable, and had the likes of “The Bash Brothers” Mark Maguire and Jose Canseco in their lineup. Granted, both were more juiced than Hawaiian Punch, but we didn’t care about those esoteric game-ruining things back then.
What made me think of this? For one, the Dodgers are going to need a miracle this year. Another reason is that I downloaded an iStortytimeapplication for Jack called ”Gibby’s Homer.” If you have kids (and an iPhone), it’s a great application. The books have the option to read to the kids directly. There are plenty titles to choose from. If you tune into my OCFamily Page, you can win 10 books for your iPhone courtesy of the iStorytime founder. Hurry, contest ends Thursday, August 5 at midnight.
In the meantime, I’ll be hoping for another Dodger miracle.