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Scioscia says ‘88 World Series team was special — and so are these Dodgers - LA Times

The 1988 Dodgers shocked the world. Nobody will be shocked to see this year’s Dodgers team win.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2017 at 08:40 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 23, 2017 at 11:52 AM (#5560345)
I'd appreciate it if Mike Scioscia would shut up about 1988.

Kaythanksbye.
   2. Bote Man Posted: October 23, 2017 at 12:02 PM (#5560358)
Mike Scioscia throws out the first pitch, who says no??
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 23, 2017 at 12:02 PM (#5560359)
Kirk Gibson maybe?
   4. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 23, 2017 at 12:16 PM (#5560370)
Other than the Gibson home run, that was about as forgettable a Series as 1989 would've been without the earthquake. In terms of overall drama their LCS win over the Mets easily topped it.
   5. I Am Not a Number Posted: October 23, 2017 at 12:18 PM (#5560371)
Just how hackneyed is the term "special" when describing a player or a team? Or almost anything in fact?
   6. bunyon Posted: October 23, 2017 at 12:21 PM (#5560376)
Winning is special. Does anyone who has won a championship ever say something like: "We won the Series in 19xx but, meh, it was just another year really. What was really special was 19xy when we had really good chemistry and an excellent post-game spread. Man, that team was special. It's a shame we lost 90 games."
   7. Batman Posted: October 23, 2017 at 12:40 PM (#5560388)
Other than the Gibson home run, that was about as forgettable a Series as 1989 would've been without the earthquake. In terms of overall drama their LCS win over the Mets easily topped it.
The losing teams won a total of one game in the three Series the A's played in between 1988 and 1990. That's probably why baseball enacted the rule that Oakland's #### won't work in the playoffs.
   8. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: October 23, 2017 at 12:53 PM (#5560393)
I've always thought of the '88 series, like the '54 series. We can't stop talking about what happened in Game 1, thus there's a perception it was a memorable series.
   9. Ray (CTL) Posted: October 23, 2017 at 12:55 PM (#5560396)
Kirk Gibson maybe?


The message delivered to Lasorda by the coach dispatched to the clubhouse to check on how Gibson's preparation for a possible PA was going, as reported by Bob Costas:

"He thinks he has one swing in him."
   10. SoSH U at work Posted: October 23, 2017 at 01:01 PM (#5560403)
Other than the Gibson home run, that was about as forgettable a Series as 1989 would've been without the earthquake.


You also had Orel completing in the postseason one of the most dominant stretches of pitching in baseball history.
   11. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: October 23, 2017 at 01:06 PM (#5560408)
In discussing the upcoming WS, my Mom and I were just talking about how omnipresent Orel became after the '88 season. He was endorsing all kinds of stuff and you couldn't escape him. I think that's when I started hating Pizza Hut. I knew I had good judgment as a kid.
   12. BDC Posted: October 23, 2017 at 01:16 PM (#5560425)
You also had Orel

Yes. Forgotten in the seemingly-dominant result was Hershiser getting out of the eighth inning in Game Five. A run had come in already; the A's had runners on first and second with two outs; Hershiser threw a wild pitch to put them on second and third, Dave Parker as the tying run at the plate. Hershiser struck out Parker, and I remember the TV camera catching just a faint smile and a little shake of the head as he walked off the mound. A wonderful moment.

Game Three, the one that Mark McGwire won with a walkoff home run, was also pretty good.

I mean, sure, it wasn't 2001 or 2016, but if porous-headed me remembers those games 29 years later, it must have been intriguing at the time :-D
   13. Rally Posted: October 23, 2017 at 01:51 PM (#5560445)
"He thinks he has one swing in him."

Good thing he actually had 5. He fouled the first four strikes off before going deep.
   14. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 23, 2017 at 03:10 PM (#5560488)
"He thinks he has one swing in him."

Good thing he actually had 5. He fouled the first four strikes off before going deep.

Heh. I would bet a fair amount of money that the "one good swing" thing never actually happened.
   15. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: October 23, 2017 at 03:38 PM (#5560506)
We won the Series in 19xx but, meh, it was just another year really. What was really special was 19xy when we had really good chemistry and an excellent post-game spread. Man, that team was special. It's a shame we lost 90 games.


The most fun softball team I ever played on was 2-18, until we won the last 2 games. I took over coaching that team mid-season and was 0-11 as a manager until the end. There weren't enough places to hide guys who couldn't play. We had no power to speak of, no speed, only a couple of good arms. But the post games? They were the greatest.
   16. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 23, 2017 at 03:53 PM (#5560522)
15

We won the Series in 19xx but, meh, it was just another year really. What was really special was 19xy when we had really good chemistry and an excellent post-game spread. Man, that team was special. It's a shame we lost 90 games.


The most fun softball team I ever played on was 2-18, until we won the last 2 games. I took over coaching that team mid-season and was 0-11 as a manager until the end. There weren't enough places to hide guys who couldn't play. We had no power to speak of, no speed, only a couple of good arms. But the post games? They were the greatest.



In all seriousness, as a Met fan, 1986 was great and all -- 108 wins, spread-eagling the division, an epic post-season -- but the 98 win 1985 was a lot more fun. Division race -- without the anti-climactic cushion of a guaranteed Wild Card berth -- came down to the last week of the season (Mets 1 game out with 4 to play...and they lost 3 of them.)
   17. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 23, 2017 at 05:49 PM (#5560640)
1988: You didn't like Hershiser getting three hits in Game Two, while pitching a three-hitter? In World Series history, only two starting pitchers have matched the opposing team in hits.
   18. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 23, 2017 at 05:53 PM (#5560646)
I thought the Orioles topped that in 1966, when they scored more runs in the top of the first inning of the first game than the Dodgers scored in the entire World Series.
   19. Jess Franco Posted: October 23, 2017 at 06:01 PM (#5560652)
Yes. Forgotten in the seemingly-dominant result was Hershiser getting out of the eighth inning in Game Five. A run had come in already; the A's had runners on first and second with two outs; Hershiser threw a wild pitch to put them on second and third, Dave Parker as the tying run at the plate. Hershiser 7struck out Parker, and I remember the TV camera catching just a faint smile and a little shake of the head as he walked off the mound. A wonderful moment.

I loved that Series first to last. Game 5 was interesting because I was in an office pool where you were randomly assigned final scores/results. So I need the A's to score one run and no more.

Won fifty bucks.
   20. Alex meets the threshold for granular review Posted: October 23, 2017 at 06:16 PM (#5560667)
1988: You didn't like Hershiser getting three hits in Game Two, while pitching a three-hitter? In World Series history, only two starting pitchers have matched the opposing team in hits.


Assuming the other is Larsen?
   21. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 23, 2017 at 06:34 PM (#5560674)
Indeed.
   22. Tin Angel Posted: October 23, 2017 at 08:28 PM (#5560695)
What about Steve Sax? He seemed pretty cool.

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