Kirk Gibson and Dennis Eckersley teamed up for a ceremonial first pitch before Game 4 of the World Series
Before Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night in Los Angeles, two participants in one of the most legendary moments in baseball history shared a ceremonial first pitch for the ages.
Dennis Eckersley and Kirk Gibson teamed up on the field at Dodger Stadium for a tandem pitch that was a sight to behold, Eckersley firing a strike to Gibson at home plate:
Eck and Kirk reunite 30 years later.- MLB (@MLB) October 28, 2018
This came mere hours after the pair of baseball icons watched Game 3 together on Friday night. They're basically best friends!
If you had a time machine, could you imagine going back and telling somebody in October 1988 that this would be a thing happening 30 years later? It'd probably blow their mind, and rightly so.
But after all, Eckersley and Gibson are inexorably linked forever, so why not lean into it for a great moment? Hopefully this allows still-suffering A's fans to move past their rough memories, too.
This pairing came after Eckersley honored the actual anniversary of their iconic moment on Oct. 15:
Happy 30th Anniversary @23KGibby! Great moment for you and baseball.- Dennis Eckersley (@Eck43) October 15, 2018
Well done, everybody.
As expected, the Dodgers' pregame ceremony featured lots of celebrity flash. Former Lakers star Kobe Bryant, donning a Manny Machado jersey, announced the Dodgers lineup:
After meeting with Machado himself for a photo-op:
The national anthem was performed by Ryan Tedder, songwriter, Grammy-winning record producer and front man of the Grammy-nominated group OneRepublic.
The stars definitely came out for this one ...