Today is the 30th anniversary of Kirk Gibson’s memorable, no-legged home run in the first game of the 1988 World Series.
What seems forgotten in all of his heroics, however, is a very simple lesson, taught with extreme prejudice by the Baseball Gods that night: don’t EVER walk a .199 hitter with two outs, no one on in the 9th inning of a game you’re winning by one run.
Mike Davis never took many walks. Dennis Eckersley was pretty good about not walking guys at all. But that night, on that stage, he put a guy with a .530 OPS on base in front of Gibson, and the rest is “I don’t believe what I just saw!” magic.