Thoughts from a former Minor League broadcaster about baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Minors as well.
Why We Love Baseball
I know that if you asked 1,000 baseball fans you would get at least 100 different answers to the why we love the game of baseball.
I was reminded just a little while about one of my favorite reasons in watching the finish of Game
# 6 of the 1986 World Series. Yes Sox fans, it is the game that continued “The Curse” for another 18 years. The game in which many have said the Sox folded up quicker than an organ grinder’s accordian.
Bill Buckner took the brunt of it. “Steamer” Bob Stanley took some of the heat as well. Having had the chance to know Bob during my time in the Minor Leagues, he got a raw deal.
First, the “Wild Pitch” that allowed Kevin Mitchell to score wasn’t that wild. Rich Gedman had the ball go off his mitt. If he was a little more mobile (a refrigerator moved quicker), then he catches that pitch and Mitchell is still at 3rd Base.
And as you can plainly see from the above picture, Stanley is going to beat Mookie Wilson to 1st Base and end the game, end the curse and start one of the greatest celebrations a town would ever see.
My point here is that baseball is unpredictable. It always has been and always will be. Just when you think you have this game figured out, something new shows up. The old line “You go to the ballpark and your bound to see something you’ve never seen before” is so true. take it from someone who has seen in person over 2,000 games behind the microphone (both TV and radio).