We all remember the celebration in 2004 after the Red Sox won the World Series. The glorification of Curt Schilling and his bloody sock. Johnny Damon and the “Idiots”. Cowboying up. Something about Babe Ruth and curses. And then of course there was Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore celebrating on the field.
Or the 1996 Yankees. Derek Jeter introducing himself to the world (and the gift-basket business). Wade Boggs riding around Yankee Stadium on a horse. Mariano Rivera being Mariano Rivera for 107 innings (107!). I’m sure George Steinbrenner said something entertaining as well.
What if I told you they never happened?
In 1988, the long-running television hospital drama “St. Elsewhere” ended its run with a curious twist. In the series’ final scene, it was revealed that the entire show, all 137 episodes, took place inside the mind of an autistic boy named Tommy Westphall. Any quarrels the cast may have had, deaths they suffered, joys they experienced, minutia they waded through—it was all a part of young Tommy’s mind.
Closing the Curtain
There you have it. Irrefutable proof that some of the biggest baseball moments of your life never actually happened. It’s shocking, I know, but the “Tommy Westphall Universe” is unassailable. Even more, the five moments described here come from only 13 shows in the “Tommy-verse”; there are nearly 200 other shows out there still to be explored for key baseball events (and that’s not counting the shows I threw out for reasons described above). Did the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that the Tanner family from “Full House” experience also affect the World Series like we remember it? Was Gilligan able to hear the Miracle Mets on his coconut radio? Was it Willie Mays’ warlock powers that helped him make The Catch? Did Archie Bunker ever trade barbs with Joe Morgan or Dick Allen? Was Ralph Kramden’s driving the final straw that convinced Walter O’Malley to move the Dodgers to California?
Posted: August 24, 2012 at 10:49 AM | 10 comment(s)
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