Friday, June 18, 2010
Acid Flashback Friday: Roberto Alomar's Home Run Off Dennis Eckersley
By Ian Hunter
For this week's Acid Flashback Friday, we take a look back at Roberto Alomar's infamous home run off Dennis Eckersley in Game Four of the 1992 ALCS.
Let's set up the situation: it's the top of the ninth inning and the Blue Jays are trailing the Oakland A's by two runs. Oakland A's manager Tony Larussa opts to leave the reigning American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner Dennis Eckersley.
In the regular season, Dennis Eckersley was practically untouchable, converting 51 of 54 save attempts. However, Eckersley's biggest test stood before him in Game Four of the 1992 ALCS.
Eckersley retired the three outs in the eighth inning, but not before giving up back to back first pitch singles to John Olerud and Candy Maldonado which scored two runs.
The following inning, only one thing stood between Dennis Eckersley and a win in Game Four for the Oakland Athletics - and that was the top of the Blue Jays lineup.
Devon White got things started in the top of the ninth with a leadoff single. Devo quickly advanced to third base thanks to a throwing error from Rickey Henderson. Representing the tying run, Roberto Alomar approached the plate.
With nobody out and a 2-2 count, Roberto Alomar made history. He took the 2-2 pitch from Eckersley and clobbered it into stands at in the Coliseum, tying the game at 6-6.
Before Alomar stepped out of the batter's box, he celebrated by pointing his fingers in the air in the iconic pose that still stands in Blue Jays history to this date.
The timing for this could not be more perfect as Alomar will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame tomorrow in St. Marys.
The above image of Alomar is so iconic that he wisely decided to use it as his official logo for his Second 2 None clothing line. If that's not a swift kick in the nuts to Dennis Eckersley, I don't know what is.