John Shelby, center field 1988 stats: .263, 10 HRs, 64 RBIs Where is he now? Shelby is currently a coach for the Milwaukee Brewers. What is your most memorable moment from that season? "Its really hard to pinpoint one thing. We were a very close-knit ballclub. We did the itty-bitty things. Like my walk and Scoscia coming up and getting the big two-run home run (in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the NLCS against the Mets). The Mets felt like they had that one put away. But after I drew the walk and Scoscia hit a two-run home run to tie it, that gave us a lot of momentum. We never gave up. Little things like my drawing the walk kept us in the ballgame and gave us a chance. We always felt like someone on the club was doing something. We even had pitchers come up and get hits for us." What went through your mind when Kirk Gibson hit that Game 1 homer? "Knowing his condition, realizing the way he fouled off a couple pitches, it didnt look pretty. But deep down inside, all we could do was hope. And he hit the home run. If he had hit anything but a home run, he probably wouldve been thrown out. When he hit the ball, everyone was wide-eyed. It wasnt hit real high. It was kind of on a line. It went back and back and all of a sudden, the whole place exploded. When it happens, your mind goes wild." Do you ever wear your World Series ring? "Its on my finger every day. Right hand, ring finger. In 88, nobody gave us a chance. Everything we got, we had to earn the hard way. People see it all the time. I get more of a thrill of people wanting to see it. They ask to take pictures with it. If I didn't wear it one day, I would feel lost."
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