Saturday, April 11, 2009

Chute Shot

I recently caught a replay of Game 6 of the 1977 World Series on ESPN Classic.

It was the New York Yankees vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers and is best remembered for the 3 home runs Reggie Jackson hit in that game, becoming Mr. October.

The game could have been remembered for what happened after a different Reggie hit a Dodger home run.

Reggie Smith gave the Dodgers the lead after he hit a solo homer off of Mike Torrez in the 3rd inning.

On the home run replay I was stunned to hear Tom Seaver say that pitch was right down the ol' poop chute.

I watched the game live and didn't recall the statement then and couldn't find anything on the web, but they didn't bleep the comments then or nearly 32 years later.

ABC Broadcasting colleagues Howard Cosell and Keith Jackson were stunned too, because there was complete silence in the booth.

Rarely was Cosell ever at a loss for words and the scientific community is united in that fact, though it did happen in a Monday Night Football blowout.

The camera zeroed in on a fan sitting by himself asleep, that fan woke up and flipped the camera the finger.

The booth was quite until Dandy Don Meredith said, that means we're number one Howard.

Back to Game 6.

In later innings, when Mr. October parked one, Seaver cleaned it up with the pitch being down the chute.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently watched the 1977 game and heard the same thing. I too was watching it live (and I even taped it and played the game back in the lobby of my high school the next morning before school!) and don't remember the comment. This time I went back and listened to it and couldn't believe it.

9:00 AM

Blogger King of SNARK said...

It is a classic.

Thanks for reading and sharing your memories.

10:56 AM


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