In our latest edition of “The Cardinals aren’t in the playoffs so we have to get our baseball kicks elsewhere,” we look back to Game 6 of the 1985 NLCS, in which Jack Clark hammered the Dodgers’ playoff coffin shut with one swing.
And while classic Cardinals moments like these are often made better with Jack Buck’s classic calls, this clip benefits instead from Vin Scully’s splendid verbal paintbrush in what was his club’s final game of that particular season:
A great moment for many reasons…It’s almost like the West Coast sequel to Ozzie Smith’s “Go Grazy, Folks” homer at Busch Stadium, which Scully references by pointing out the Cards’ moving from Clark’s path to make sure he touches the plate.
You also have a perfect example of a legendary skipper second guessing himself, with Tommy Lasorda visually debating whether to pitch to Clark or walk him to get to Andy Van Slyke, who had had a much worse series at the dish than did Clark. One swing made it the wrong move and an apt illustration of how every decision is put under the microscope tenfold in October.
Even without the Cardinals present, we hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s postseason thus far. Stay tuned to 101ESPN for all your MLB playoff broadcasts and analysis.