Kirk Gibson out as manager … Smart move or sweet revenge?

Me and Stew!!
Me and Stew!!

Former Major League pitcher, assistant general manager, coach and player representative Dave Stewart was announced as the Arizona Diamondback’s new general manager Friday morning. Not long after noon, Diamondback’s manager Kirk Gibson was fired, along with bench coach Alan Trammell.

Many of you may not get the ultimate irony (and satisfaction) of this situation for people like myself who were old enough to remember the 1988 World Series between the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Not to mention to really understand the irony of the situation you’d probably need to be a fan of either one of the two teams.

Many of you may not get the ultimate irony (and satisfaction) of this situation for people like myself who were old enough to remember the 1988 World Series between the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Not to mention to really understand the irony of the situation you’d probably need to be a fan of either one of the two teams.

Lucky (or not) for me I am an A’s fan, I was seven years old, it has been 26 years and I remember it clearly. It’s game one of the World Series and the A’s are considered to be the heavy favorites.

Me and Tony La Russa
Me and Tony La Russa

I’ll take you here as far as game one of the series, bottom of the ninth, two out and an 0-2 count on Gibson from the great Dennis Eckersley … surely even you youngin’s know what happens next right? Little ironic that Tony La Russa and the pitcher that started that very game are now working together right? And first order of business is to fire Kirk Gibson …. oh the sweet, sweet, irony! 

Anyways, to hear (and see) the rest of the Kirk Gibson/Dennis Eckersley showdown from game one of the 1988 World Series AND hear about why Gibson was actually fired … you’ll have to check out my story on Call to the Pen!

Gibson out as manager … Smart move or sweet revenge?

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  • Raul Mateo

    Wow. I didn’t even notice that. That’s pretty funny if it was revenge. I really thought Arizona would have a decent season. Oh well.

  • Raul Mateo

    Btw, awesome pictures!

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