Remember 1988 Bob?
Before Game 4 of the 1988 World Series I got the news that Mike Marshall couldn?t play because of a headache. I couldn?t believe my ears. This guy wasn?t going to play in the biggest game of his life because of a headache?
I decided at that point that we had to have a team meeting and get few things straightened out. I was gathering my players together and I don?t know what possessed me to do it but I turned on the TV while I was waiting for the players.
The pre game show was on, and when the players got together I really gave them a good ripping, and Mike Marshall was sitting in the middle of the circle.
I said, ?How can you tell me you can?t play in the World Series because of a headache?!?
I decided that I had to reinforce that we are going to win as a team no matter who played. I said, ?The fate of our ball club does not depend on one man. We are going to win with or without Mike Marshall.?
Just at that point a couple players interrupted me and pointed to the TV. It was Bob Costas standing on the field talking about us. Bob said that we were fielding the worst lineup in World Series history!
All I said was, ?Can you guys believe that??
I continued, ?Are you going to let him say that about you? What are you going to do about it??
That was all the motivation we needed. As my guys ran out of the locker room and on to the field they passed Bob and were hollering all sorts of curses.
Tim Belcher won that game 4-3 and we went on to win the series.
Tonight Bob is interviewing me at 92nd Street Y, which is a world renowned cultural center that holds numerous lectures of people who shape the world. I am honored to be invited.
Tomorrow I go to our Nation?s capitol. I speak at the Smithsonian at 7 p.m.