As the Dodgers face the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS. Dodger fans are reminded of the Kirk Gibson home run and our last World Series title in 1988. My memory of that moment was being 11 years old at my aunts house in EL Monte, Ca. Being in her front room with my cousin Adam. We jumped for joy when that home run was hit. My love for the Dodgers began that night. Well another nostalgia moment will be coming for us to partake in.
Walk-Off Stories: Improbably Gibson, debuts Sunday, Oct. 7 at 11:30 pm ET on FS1 following the MLB on FS1 postgame coverage. Directed by Mike Tollin and Jon Weinbach of Mandalay Sports Media, the film presents an entertaining and fresh retrospective of Gibson’s historic walk-off home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. It features unique footage and insightful interviews from players, coaches, broadcasters, and fans including Gibson, Dennis Eckersley, Orel Hershiser, Vin Scully, Dave Stewart, and more.
The Dodgers made me believe in miracles and underdogs that year. This Documentary will be different from other 1988 Dodger Documentaries that have come out recently because we can get to see interviews with fans which are hardly heard from in regards to this moment. I will be tuned in. Here’s to hoping for a Dodger World Series run.
Below is a link to the trailer.
3 thoughts on “IMPROBABLY GIBSON”
I happened to be at the Gibson game. Fans were filing out, as the Dodgers showed no life. I stayed. I was in the Loge level with my family, between the right field dugout, and home plate. Had clear view of Dodger dugout, and parking lot.
Unlike Field of Dreams, there was a line of tailights rather than headlights, as the unfaithful headed for the Harbor Freeway. Our family always stayed to the last out.
Out comes Gibson from the clubhouse with bat in hand, He hobbles to the plate. He smashes the ball, and we could see it was going out. We also saw the brake lights flash, as exiting fans screached to a stop, and probably said, “What just happened?”
Fans who left, rushed the gates to get back in. It was an unbelievable experience. One we will never forget.
I love Dodger baseball.
Watched at my girlfriends house. When Gibby hit the ball I knew it was gone. Generated probably two of the greatest calls in baseball, Vinny’s In the year of the improbable, the impossible has happened. And Jack Buck’s, I don’t believe what I just saw. Classic. Scared the bejesus out of my girlfriend because I let out a yell that could be heard all the way to Altadena. And we were in Hawaiian Gardens. Beating a team that was superior in every way on paper felt great, and in a way was some vindication and revenge for the loss in the 74 series. Gibson set the tone in spring training when they put the eye black in his cap that he was a no-nonsense kind of guy. Really shook up that clubhouse.
That was some year. I kept having these weird feelings, except I wasn’t old enough to gamble. I called the upset vs the Mets that year and predicted it would go 7. I predicted how many home runs Mike Davis would hit in the World Series. I predicted Dodgers would win 4-1 and the Lakers would go back to back. I wore all blue to school every day during the World Series – blue was not my school color and the other kids thought I was just some crazy Asian kid fresh off the boat with no sense of fashion. And I sat by myself at home the night of the Gibson home run, believing in miracles and watching it come tolife on the screen. God bless Vin Scully.
Whitney Houston’s “One Moment in Time”, played against a spliced version of the Gibson home run and scenes from The Natural … that was one of the best TV promos ever and it doesn’t get much better than that.