1988 Dodgers: Where are they now?
Kirk Gibson, left field
1988 stats: .290, 25 HRs, 76 RBIs (named NL MVP)
Where is he now? Gibson is the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
What is your most memorable moment from that season. “When we won the World Series, celebrating in that small Oakland locker room and on the plane back to L.A. Because when you do that, along the way, I dont know who picked us that year. Probably nobody. So we always felt like we were against the odds. Then you get closer and closer and closer and youre scared things are going to turn on you the wrong way and they never did. Just getting that last out right there, knowing that it was real.”
What went through your mind when you hit that Game 1 homer? “First of all, it was like almost some kind of a foolish thing to really go up there and hit just because of the shape I was in. Just really sitting there in the clubhouse and almost dreaming about doing it, then to go up there and do it, it was like ‘Can you believe it?' I remember when I was rounding the bases, my parents went through my mind. Throughout my career, there were a lot of doubters, a lot of people who directed a lot of criticism at me. People would say things to my dad, and initially, early in my career, they had to defend me. I told them, ‘You guys dont have to defend me. I'm going to bust it and I'm going to fail sometimes. But we'll have a laugh some day that it will all be worth it.' When I did it, I thought, 'This is the moment.’ Literally as I was rounding the bases, past second base. When I got to home plate I remember thinking, You guys don't jump on me, because I was hurting. I was like, 'no, no,' but it didnt matter. Then right at the end of the game when I went in, I think it was Bob Costas, he wanted me to go right on TV. I said, No, because I wanted to go in and celebrate with my teammates. I walked in and everybody waited. Then jumped around. Then I went back out and did the interview with Bob Costas, I believe. It was on the scoreboard. I went out there five to 10 minutes later and nobody had left.
Do you ever wear your World Series ring? “I've worn it probably less than five times. I keep it in a safe place; it's secure. It's in a safe. I don't wear jewelry. I cant even think of the last time I had it on. It's a keepsake. They're all too big. When someone shakes your hand it almost breaks your finger.” (Rusty Kennedy / AP)
Orel Hershiser, starting pitcher
1988 stats: 23-8, 2.26 ERA (Won NL CY Young Award)
Where is he now? Hershiser is in his fourth season as a television analyst on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.
What is your most memorable moment from that season. “The last out of the World Series, Tony Phillips striking out on a fastball in. Its like having your first child. Its like walking down the aisle. Its the happiest feeling you can have in your life. You see your mom and dad in the stands and think, ‘This is something you gave me the opportunity to do.’
What went through your mind when Kirk Gibson hit that Game 1 homer? “I was jumping up and down, but as I was celebrating, I was thinking, ‘Ive got to pitch Game 2.’
Do you wear your World Series ring? “I've only worn it to special occasions. I don't do that very often because I live in Las Vegas and it's in storage in Texas.” (Lori Shepler / LAT)
1988 stats: 3-2, 2.72 ERA, 9 saves
Orosco coaches pitching at the San Diego branch of the Frozen Ropes baseball training centers. (George Wilhelm / LAT)