Roy Williams coming to you folks once again on the Internets. Ya’ll like my catch to end the ballgame against the Rams this past week? Yeah, so what if I was out of bounds? It was a hail mary at the end of a loss, you’re lucky Roy gave a damn enough to catch that ball. My recollection of that moment in 10 years will be of the catch, who cares about the scoreboard?
Now, sitting here watching this playoff contest between the Dodgers and the Mets, I’m reminded of a playoff moment from the 1980s. It was the ’88 World Series. A’s and the Dodgers. Do you remember Kirk Gibson? Well, I do. He had injured his leg in the previous series, but was ready to go in Game One of this game. He came up with the Dodgers down 4-3 and a runner on first base against Dennis Eckersley in the bottom of the 9th, two outs. Everyone lives to be in a situation like this…Gibson even worked a 3-2 count, and then, it happened, the moment Roy will never forget…
Gibson swings on a backdoor slider…connects…High fly ball into right field…and a lazy can of corn into the glove of the rightfielder. Great moment, he just couldn’t produce, but, to Dennis Eckersley, a job well done and I’m sure he was celebrating.
Until next time, remember, I’m Roy Williams…Hey, in Roy’s world, the score doesn’t matter, baby. And when the score don’t matter, we have to look at the moments that could have mattered.
Since this was just a short take, feel free to check out my longer look at last year’s USC Trojans Rose Bowl Victory.