Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Monday, October 23, 2017

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
  Tags: dodgers, world series

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. There are no words... (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 (RDP) 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. There are no words... (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. dog poop god 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.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Martin Hemner
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogRosenthal roundtable: Five MLB players weigh in on the pace-of-play rules and the need for change – The Athletic
(146 - 5:50am, Jan 24)
Last: Sunday silence

NewsblogRyan Thibs has his HOF Ballot Tracker Up and Running!
(1653 - 5:31am, Jan 24)
Last: The Ghost of Logan Schafer

NewsblogBaseball Therapy: One Simple Anti-Tanking Solution - Baseball Prospectus
(56 - 5:29am, Jan 24)
Last: Omineca Greg

NewsblogOTP 22 January 2018: What the Baseball Hall of Fame can teach us about elections
(704 - 3:04am, Jan 24)
Last: Gonfalon Bubble

NewsblogOT - NBA 2017-2018 Tip-off Thread
(2872 - 12:24am, Jan 24)
Last: tshipman

NewsblogOT - 2017 NFL thread
(1595 - 11:48pm, Jan 23)
Last: Ray (RDP)

NewsblogGeorge Mitchell on the legacy of the Mitchell Report, PEDs and the Hall of Fame.
(25 - 11:22pm, Jan 23)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogFangraphs: Lars Anderson Discovers Australia
(7 - 10:03pm, Jan 23)
Last: Just drawing conclusions on the wall

NewsblogTop 100 MLB Prospects 2018 | BaseballAmerica.com
(40 - 9:32pm, Jan 23)
Last: Colin

NewsblogThe Mets Have Been Operating As A Small-Market Club For Almost A Decade
(24 - 9:12pm, Jan 23)
Last: J in the Slope

Gonfalon CubsStatus of the Roster mid-December
(108 - 8:28pm, Jan 23)
Last: Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington

NewsblogThe MLBPA Is Failing Its Players
(70 - 8:21pm, Jan 23)
Last: Zach

NewsblogIs Scott Boras Working on Another End-Around? | FanGraphs Baseball
(9 - 5:35pm, Jan 23)
Last: Nasty Nate

NewsblogTop 100 Prospects: Start Of A Ranking Revolution | BaseballAmerica.com
(8 - 4:49pm, Jan 23)
Last: GGC

NewsblogGrichuk to Jays for Leone
(15 - 4:27pm, Jan 23)
Last: Walt Davis

Page rendered in 0.3798 seconds
47 querie(s) executed