Mike Scioscia, catcher 1988 stats: .257, 3 HRs, 35 RBIs Scioscia has been the manager of the Angels since the 2000 season, winning the World Series in 2002. What is your most memorable moment from 1988? "There wasn't really one moment, it was almost like a rolling thunder momentum thing through whole season. We only had two big named players (Gibson, Hershiser) and there were some personal accomplishments there with Kirk getting the MVP and Orel going 59 scoreless innings, but just the feeling that a team was in sync, there guys who would platoon, there were guys who played every day, there were matchups that were used in given situations, our bullpen was by committee, don't think there was one moment where you went, WOW, until you clinched. What went through your mind when Kirk Gibson hit that Game 1 homer? "It was funny, but it was surreal the way that situation unraveled, it was just like the poem, Casey at the Bat, that's something that never happens, you never have the hometown slugger come up in a situation like that and hit the home run, I can't ever remember that happening. Other guys have hit home runs, but it's not usually the hometown slugger. It was surreal the way he was able to play, the whole setting, everything from the scouting report about the back-door slider, a lot of things went through my head at the time he was up to the bat, when the count got there, it was unbelievable the way everything came together." Do you ever wear your World Series ring? "It's a memento, but I can't wear it because I'm too fat, my fingers got too fat."
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