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What if … Gibson had been unable to hit?

Updated: October 24, 2008, 8:57 PM ET
By Mark Simon | ESPN.com

GAME 1, 1988 WORLD SERIES

What really happened: NL MVP Kirk Gibson, hobbling around with two leg injuries, hit a pinch-hit, two-run, walk-off home run against Dennis Eckersley with two outs in the ninth inning, giving the Dodgers a stunning win. The Dodgers would shock the heavily favored Athletics in five games to win the World Series.

But what if … Gibson decided, upon leaving the dugout, that he was unable to hit?

The Dodgers would have won anyway. Because Rick ...

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