Saturday, January 5, 2013
Reliving the '92 World Series
First post of 2013....WOOT! WOOT!
Over the holidays the broadcaster of the Blue Jays replayed the 1992 World Series in it's entirety. No fast forwarding innings or anything lame like that. Just the straight goods, games one through six. I have to say it was really interesting to watch & to compare what actually happened to what my memory & perception had been all these years.
Pat Borders is fondly remembered by Blue Jays fans everywhere. He's put on somewhat of a pedestal despite his pedestrian .255/.288/.375 career line. Of course, one great week of baseball in the Post Season will do that. In a World Series where pitching dominated, Pat Borders really did pick a great time to get hot.
Knowing the struggles that Reardon would face in his personal life, post-retirement...I really felt badly for him in this series.
Mark Lemke. The David Eckstein of the 90's? Fair or too reductive to say that?
As great as it was for Key & Henke, I was a little saddened when the camera would catch Dave Stieb in the dugout. Stieb was in uniform but couldn't take part due to injury.
-Deion Sanders was every bit as annoying as I'd recalled.
-Tim McCarver was every bit as annoying as he is today.
-Sid Bream's moustache was every bit as powerful as I'd recalled.
-The Flag Flap. Still amazing that the U.S. Marines managed to display the Canadian flag upside down. I guess accidents happen?
-Cito Gaston really did make some curious decisions. Jimmy Key hitting for himself in the 10th inning of Game 6? With John Olerud & others available on the bench? Yikes.
-David Wells & Todd Stottlemyre were always warming up in the bullpen. There was never not a moment when they weren't warming up.
-Charlie Leibrant was always warming up in the bullpen. There was never not a moment where he wasn't warming up.
-David Justice had a pretty awful World Series. Apparently he & Sanders were at odds throughout the Series after Sanders had sprayed Justice's fiancee (Halle Berry!) with champagne after the NLCS.
-The Tomahawk Chop. Ugh.
Hopefully next Christmas we'll see the '93 Series replayed in it's entirety.
Hopefully after this year, we won't need to go back 20 freaking years to experience Championship Glory!