Originally written on Fox Sports West
By MICHAEL MARTINEZ  |  Last updated 10/2/13
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I saw Kirk Gibson's home run. Then again, I missed it. Here's the truth: I was there, assigned to cover the game for the New York Times, but at the moment Gibson crushed his pinch-hit home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, I had abandoned my spot in the Dodger Stadium press box. I admit this a bit sheepishly. Like a lot of other reporters who were working frantically on deadline, I had rushed downstairs to wait outside the Oakland A's clubhouse. They had a one-run lead, and with Dennis Eckersley coming into the game, many of us decided to head downstairs so we could be first inside the winning team's locker room. Except it didn't happen that way. We were bunched together in a waiting area between the two teams' clubhouses, with a small color TV turned on above us. That's where several dozen of us, mouths agape, saw Gibson's home run. We heard the crowd erupt -- it was a sound that could be heard in Glendale, and the stadium literally rocked -- but we never witnessed it l...
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