The Groundhog Day syndrome is a happy one for Rockies manager Walt Weiss. Any day he relives the golden moment of Oct. 28, 1989 is a good one.
Two outs in the bottom of the ninth at Candlestick Park in Game 4 of one of the strangest World Series of all time... That Fall Classic had been delayed for 10 days because of the Bay Area Earthquake, which hit as the teams were preparing for Game 3. Weiss, who had homered off Giants starter Scott Garrelts in the opener, was at his customary shortstop position as A's closer Dennis Eckersley was putting the finishing touches on a championship.
Finally, the Giants' Brett Butler hit a hard two-hopper past diving first baseman Mark McGwire but into the glove of second baseman Tony Phillips, who flipped to a speeding Eckersley as he arrived at first base. The 9-6 victory gave the Athletics a sweep, and the title.
"The last out, I see over and over, because I've seen it so many times on the replay of that play, so it's etched in my mind," Weiss said. "That whole series was incredible. Ten days off between Game 2 and Game 3. Dave Stewart got two of the wins in a four-game sweep. I don't know if that had happened before. If it had, it had been a while.
"Crazy series, but great ending."
The glorious video showed Weiss in a crush of green and gold.
"I got there pretty quickly," Weiss said. "There was a scrum right around first base where Eckersley caught the last out. I remember being right next to McGwire in our scrum when we were going crazy.
"I remember it very well, like it was yesterday."
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