GREAT BASEBALL MOMENTS- JACK THE RIPPER-1985 NLCS GAME 6

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Great Baseball Moments- Jack The Ripper- 1985 NLCS Game 6. Tommy Lasorda could be a stubborn guy and on October 16, 1985 a stubborn moment probably haunted him the rest of his life. The Cardinals vs the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. It was the top of the 9th inning, the Dodgers were up 5-4- two outs with runners on first and second. Lasorda elected to have Dodger relief pitcher Tom Niedenfuer pitch to Clark instead of walking him and facing a young Andy Van Slyke. Clark was the Cardinals slugger and the guy they would have certainly wanted up in this situation. He was having a big series- he hit .381. Van Slyke in the NLCS was hitting. 091. I can clearly remember watching this game and at least for me it wasn’t second guessing -it was first guessing. Before Niedenfuer pitched to Clark I was wondering why is Lasorda doing this? The first pitch to Clark was a fast ball right down the middle and Jack Clark crushed it. The Cardinals retired the stunned Dodgers in the bottom of the 9th. The Cardinals were going to the World Series and the Dodgers were going home for the winter.

4 responses to “GREAT BASEBALL MOMENTS- JACK THE RIPPER-1985 NLCS GAME 6

  1. Why the hell did he not walk Clark? I didn’t understand why then or now. That one hurt…and the one to Ozzie Smith. Niedenfuer could be great or he could groove one…and he grooved it.

    • it was one of those obvious ones- just watching the game it was – you’re kidding he’s going to pitch to Clark? Clark killed the Pirates on a regular basis.. you could just feel bad things happening with that decision.

    • I could feel it before it happened. I was with a cousin and we both knew. That was one of the biggest mistakes he made and it was a huge one.

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