Today is the 25th anniversary of one of the most famous moments in World Series history.
|I obviously don't own this card (but I am a huge fan of the number).|
I hate Kirk Gibson but this actually has nothing to do with that. My eternal dislike of him began a week earlier and to tell the truth, I was never fond of his humorless rah-rah football mentality. And I am certainly not here to praise Mr. Gibson - nor am I here to bury him, sadly - but to praise the calls of this home run. I have never run a scientific poll on this blog so I figured now would be as good a time as any.
As baseball fans know, this homer spawned not one but two of the greatest calls of all time and I would like to find out which one you think is better.
Now, the one you seem to hear most often is the radio call of Jack Buck's succinct exclamation:
On the other hand, the TV call by Vin Scully is equally understated:
Note the very long pause to let the moment breathe and then the brilliant turn of phrase.
I have also added my own reaction to Gibson's lucky swing to the poll, located in the right margin of the blog. While that particular call only went out to an audience of 5 or 6 of my annoyed neighbors it is easily one of my personal best.