Puig mad dash reminds long time fans of Kirk Gibson’s mad dash home in 88

As Puig belly-flopped across home plate with the winning run last night, long time fans couldn’t help but harken back to a pivotal game in 1988, when Kirk Gibson scored from second on a passed ball to score the winning run.

Ross Newhan of the LA Times recounts the action:

The count then was 1-and-1 on John Shelby when Gibson stole second. Hesketh’s next pitch was in the dirt and skipped past catcher Nelson Santovenia to the backstop screen.

Gibson raced to third, took a brief look and sped home, sliding in ahead of Santovenia’s wide throw to Hesketh, who was covering the plate and failed to make a tag as the ball popped out of his glove.

The best part of the LA Times link was that Ross used a word that would become synonymous with the 1988 World Champion Dodgers and Kirk Gibson in particular.

He singled to score the tying run in the ninth inning, then stole second base and scored all the way from second on the ensuing wild pitch to lift the Dodgers to an improbable 4-3 victory over the Montreal Expos before a crowd of 46,743 at Dodger Stadium.

 

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