Monday, July 28, 2008


1984 World Series... (taken from

The game and the series were coming apart in the eighth inning with the Padres trailing, 5-4, runners at second and third, two out and Gibson, who had already homered in the game, coming to the plate.

Williams wagged four fingers from the dugout toward catcher Terry Kennedy, signaling an intentional walk. Gossage balked.

"He doesn't want to do it," Kennedy barked to Williams, who immediately launched out of the dugout to the mound where a heated confrontation ensued.

"Dick, as you know, was a very tough guy," Gossage said. "And no nonsense. So Dick calls timeout, runs out to the mound and asks, 'What the heck is going on out here? You don't want to walk him? You want to go after him? Then go ahead and go after him.'"

"I saw Goose's reaction and I knew he didn't want to walk me," Gibson said. "I looked over at [manager] Sparky [Anderson] and I said, 'He ain't gonna walk me.' I motioned and said 10 bucks that I was gonna take him deep."

Williams had barely settled back in the dugout when two pitches later Gibson launched a three-run homer into the right-field upper deck in the old ballyard. Final score, 8-4.

Said Williams: "It wasn't a hard home run, it just broke three seats."

Gossage is one of only 5 relievers to make the Hall and did it putting up impressive numbers while oftentimes having to face a number of batters, something the 1 and 2 out specialists of today normally don't contend with. Next up for HOF... Alan Trammell.


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