for his mustache is legendary.
for his mustache is legendary.
I always wonder how he would have done in the NFL. I'm not old enough to remember him as a player, but it's not hard to imagine him going over the middle on 3rd and 8.
I can't wait until he gets one of the blown calls that seem to be plaguing the Tigers this year. He'll make all other managers look like quaint gentlemen while he brings the pain and thunder down from above on the poor umpire who dares miss a call.
Despite being a Tiger for almost 3/4 of his career, I will never picture him in any other moment than the homer with the Dodgers. Just part of only being 9 when he retired, and him being in a totally different sports market.
That World Series was something special. And it came during a season where UM dropped its first two games (by a total of three pts), and roared back to go 7-0-1 in the conference (with a win at tOSU). Then start 1989 with a Rose Bowl win over USC (Leroy Hoard!), and a B-Ball National Championship in April, 1989. Best six month of sports, ever.
He left the Tigers after the '87 season. The '88 Tigers had good pitching but didn't have the offense they had in previous years, and finished a game out of first. I do wonder if having Gibson for another year would have put them over the edge and into the playoffs and the World Series.
I think that might've been the only time I ever pulled for the Dodgers in my life. I hated those A's teams. Losing two of three WS to what seemed like inferior teams (the Reds, especially) was a lot of fun.
Gibson's home run was just epic.
José Canseco and Mark McGwire were expected to live up to nicknames as the Bash Brothers. On the strength of Canseco's grand slam in Game 1, the A's took a 4-3 lead going to the bottom of the 9th; they had their ace closer, Dennis Eckersley, on the mound. But Gibby hit the game-winning HR (the term walk-off homer was at least a decade in the future) and the Dodgers went on to win in five games.
I loved Gibson growing up, however, I hope he is not coaching the outfield on how to catch a fly ball. It was never his biggest strength.
When they brought out Eck, I turned the game off and went to bed. I got up the next morning and my dad was reading the paper and said, "Can't believe the Dodgers won that game, can you?"
I'm a big Gibby fan, and it will always be "Goose Busters", that is my strongest Gibson memory.
When Gibson was in the Detroit media before joining Trammell on the Tiger Staff, he made many a snide and negative remark concerning Phil Garner and Garner did not think too kindly towards Gibson. I hope Gibson learned from the Garner experience and is able to balance being demanding, with managing personalities in a locker room.
Being the bench coach for those dreadful Tiger teams, as Gibson was, would humble just about anyone. I don't think Gibson would have been nearly as critical of Garner, had Gibby coached those crap Tiger teams before Garner instead of vice versa
Another odd example for me, was Gibby's outspoken hostility towards Wade Boggs, basically calling Boggs a loser on repeated occasions.