Mighty Gibson? Kirk Gibson? Did the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder have his moment "at the bat" just like The Mighty Casey ? Enjoy for a moment this wonderfully written paradoy — Mighty Gibson at the Bat, by David Hench.
"In a season of the improbable the impossible has happened." - Vin Scully (Radio Broadcast, Game 1, 1988 World Series)
Copyright © 2019 by David Hench
The outlook wasn't brilliant in Chavez Ravine that night
The score stood four to three, the Dodger side was light
was dealing on the mound — one out more was left
And all the Dodger faithful's hearts would soonly be bereft
On the Dodger dugout steps appeared number twenty-three
Quite an opening act in this World Series, intoned Vin Scully
rolled the dice with the season on the brink
On this move, in the bottom of the ninth, would fate kindly wink?
"Strike one!" cried the ump, as
took a painful flail
Two more stikes and the Dodger comeback would be to no avail
Another windup, another swing — fouled again into the seats
There's never been poetic justice like this since the master Keats
Down 0-2, one strike from beaten,
works the count
The patrons in a frenzy — no one wants a price discount
Fifty-thousand voices in blue cheer their slugger on
The MVP that Dodger Blue has depended so upon
For the last time on this fateful eve the ball came hurtling toward the plate
The last time the leather spheroid would be pitched on this fine date
Oh somewhere in some foreign land this pitch will be forgot
But of those in Chavez Ravine it most certainly will not
threw the barrel and a mighty "Crack" rang out
And when the right fielder looked up helplessly — there was little doubt
is no Casey — let the baseball records show
In Dodger Land for a thousand years they won't forget his blow
Hip, hip hooray! — a jolly good fellow — is the Dodger captain
"In a season of the improbable the impossible has happened."
Walt Weiss said, "When he ( Kirk Gibson ) hit that ball (during 1988 World Series ), it was almost surreal. As devastating a blow as it was, I remember running off the field and saying, 'Man, that was unbelievable.'"