On Tuesday, we sadly learned of the passing of Bob Welch at the age of 57. While Welch is broadly remembered for his Cy Young season in 1990, his most memorable "moment" as a pitcher probably came in Game 2 of the 1978 World Series. It was then that Welch squared off against the great Reggie Jackson in a high-stakes encouter.
With one out and runners on first and second in the top of the ninth and the Dodgers clinging to a 4-3 lead over the Yankees, L.A. manager Tommy Lasorda summoned Welch, then a 21-year-old rookie fire-baller, to save the game.
Welch retired Thurman Munson on a fly-out to right, and then Jackson -- at the time an eight-time All-star and author of 340 career homers -- stepped in. Please enjoy and appreciate the nine-pitch struggle that followed ...
That still stands as one of the greatest battles in World Series history.
Rest in peace, Mr. Welch.