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In honor of actor Andy Garcia and his (unintentionally) hilarious reaction to Sofia (Mary Corleone) Coppola's death scene in "The Godfather, Part III."
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1988 Knights

Posted 04-11-2009 at 04:08 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 04-23-2009 at 09:44 PM by TommyJohn

The Knights had a chance to clinch in the first game of the final series with the Dodgers, BUT:

New Orleans threatened in the 9th against Jay Howell. The score stood 5-4 and the fans were in “Here we go again” mode. Howell let the first man on, then a base hit put men on first and second. The fans started up again when number two hitter Daley stepped up. Howell fooled him on a changeup, though, inducing him to foul out to catcher Mike Scioscia. David Lee strode to the plate as the Knights’ last hope. The fans got on their feet. The roar was deafening. Tommy Lasorda nervously sat in the visitors’ dugout.

The situation seemed to be out of a movie. David Lee, the hometown kid and Knight fan from birth, was poised to deliver the hit that would send the Knights into the postseason for the first time in 30 years. It seemed too good to be true.

Lee stepped into the first pitch and cracked a sinking line drive toward left field. The runners, with two out, were off with the crack of the bat. On came Kirk Gibson full throttle. Gibson charged and made a desperate lunge, letting out a loud scream as he gloved the ball and crashed to the turf. He held it aloft in his glove and grabbed his thigh with his free hand. The umpire watching the play threw his fist up. Lee was out, the game was over, and the Dodgers were still alive.

The Superdome was as quiet as a library as the Dodgers raced out to embrace Gibson for his game-saving catch. The left fielder held up the ball and screamed and celebrated with his teammates. The Knight fans sat glumly while the Dodger team slapped each other around and congratulated Gibson.

The Dodger clubhouse was a scene of celebration. Lasorda embraced the intense, happy Gibson. “My boy. Dish ish my boy!” he yelled with his pronounced lisp. “I’ll tell ya’s what!” shouted Lasorda. “We’re gonna win da nechst two to take the division, and this catch made by Gibson is gonna go down in hish-tory! Hish-tory, do ya’s hear me?”
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