One has to remember that in 1988, the L.A. Dodgers were playing the powerhouse Oakland Athletics. This team had the bash brothers in Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco. In addition, they had perennial closer Dennis Eckersley. He had 45 saves that year and the A's were favored by many to take the Series. Gibson came up in the bottom of the ninth with one man on base and the Dodgers trailing 4-3. Gibson had not played in this game at all due to injuries and could barely walk to the plate. The runner on first stole second during the at bat and everyone would have been more than happy if Gibson could find a way to get a hit and tie the game.