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0 Subject: Daily Blurb - August 18, 2010

Posted by: Guru
- [330592710] Wed, Aug 18, 2010, 10:48

Quote of the day
"The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!" -- Famous radio call by broadcaster Russ Hodges when Bobby Thompson’s walk off home run clinched the 1951 National league pennant for the New York Giants – arguably the most famous home run in MLB history. Thompson died yesterday at age 86.

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Was Bobby Thompson’s home run the “most famous” in baseball history? It’s certainly in the conversation, and probably helped by being associated with Russ Hodges’ radio call. What other home runs would be in the running? Babe Ruth’s called shot is classic baseball lore, but didn’t really have any particular relevance in the standings. Bill Mazeroski’s walk-off HR to end the 1960 World Series? Hank Aaron’s 715th, perhaps? Kirk Gibson’s game ending HR off of Eckersley in the 1988 World Series is one that I’ll always remember, given that he could barely walk to the plate. Number 62 for Mark McGwire in 1998 was certainly memorable, although McGwire’s subsequent substance subterfuge might submerge that one from the top of the subject list. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) Other memorable shots for me include Bucky F-in’ Dent in the 1978 playoff game at Fenway, Carlton Fisk’s body-English shot down the left field line in the 1975 World Series, Reggie Jackson’s mammoth blast off the light tower on the Tiger Stadium roof in the 1971 All Star Game, or perhaps his 3-HR game in the 1977 World Series. What others have I forgotten?

Sometimes, when I mention a player in a blurb, I seem to cast a hex on their next outing. Not so with Clay Buchholz, though. After noting his league-leading ERA in my blurb on August 12, he proceeded to go out and throw seven shutout innings last night against the Angels.

The Wyndham Championship tees off tomorrow morning. This is the final event in the GuruGolf “Dog Days Contest” (which started with the Canadian Open). Best ball competition is very tight, so I expect someone will be able to knock off the chump who currently stands at the top.

1Mike D
      ID: 447451216
      Wed, Aug 18, 2010, 10:55
It pains me to say it, but, Joe F-in' Carter's 1993 HR off Mitch Williams in the WS, to win it over Philly. Still mad about that one.

Other than that, Fisk is my most memorable, followed by Bucky F-in' Dent.
2Kyle
      Sustainer
      ID: 052753312
      Wed, Aug 18, 2010, 11:29
I know it's really recent, but Aaron Boone's HR to win the 2003 ALCS was extremely memorable. I'm pretty sure in New England he's known as Aaron f'n Boone.

I'm not old enough to have seen Kirk Gibson's home run, but the replays have made it as an permanent image in my mine. McGwire's 62nd is also planted in my memory more so for the fact that as soon as it cleared the fence Sosa ran from right to hug him, and now that's forever tainted in my mind. Does anyone even recall Bond's 70th or 73rd? I don't even remember seeing replays of it.
3RecycledSpinalFluid
      Dude
      ID: 204401122
      Wed, Aug 18, 2010, 11:45
Not really as much the homer as the aftermath...George Brett and the Pine tar bat Homer. And yeah, the yankees suck!
4Farn
      Leader
      ID: 451044109
      Wed, Aug 18, 2010, 11:50
I still get chills when I see the Gibson home run. That would probably rank #1 for me.
5WTC Building 7
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      ID: 171572711
      Wed, Aug 18, 2010, 13:15
Chris Burke walkoff homerun in the 18th to send the Astros to victory in the greatest game ever played. Mainly because I was there and I'm an Astros fan.
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