Sunday, September 23, 2012

The modesty of Orel Hershiser

Of all the ex-Dodger stars around, I've always had a soft spot for Orel, because he's a pretty good analyst and because he put in a decent year in the Orange and Black in 1998. He just said on the ESPN Dodgers-Red game -- making the point that the best team doesn't always win the World Series -- that the 1988 Dodgers were nowhere as good as the 1995 and 1997 Cleveland Indians (which Orel also played for and were the last two Cleveland teams to get to the Series).   

Well, maybe so. I think that comment underrates what a force Orel was in 1988. Gibson's HR in game 1 of the series has clouded people's memories of that year; without Hershiser as an automatic winner down the stretch and into the postseason, there's no Dodger World Series vic. Hershiser was the World Series MVP in 1988 with 2 utterly dominating vics; I would bet that many people would automatically say it was Gibson.

And I really could not stand The "I'm So Intense" Gibson as a player. Interestingly, it looks like he's become a pretty decent manager with the Dbacks.


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