LOU PINIELLA: I
didn't want the ball hit to me. It was a nightmare out there in the sun. I kept
telling Blair in center to help me. When Remy hit it, I saw it for a second and
then lost it. I knew it would bounce, so I moved back three steps to prevent it
from bouncing over me to the wall. I moved to my left a piece. I decoyed
Burleson. I didn't want him to know I couldn't see it. If Burleson had tried
for third, he would have been out. There's no doubt about it. My throw was
accurate and, for me, it had good stuff on it.
JERRY REMY: I
think Burleson did 100% the right thing. It would have been very close at
third. He had to play it safe. I knew I had a hit, but Rick had to hold up for
just a moment between first and second. So why gamble?
I knelt on the
roof. I thought, is this actually happening? First and second, one out, last of
the ninth. And Rice and Yaz. Is this actually happening?
GOOSE GOSSAGE: I
tried to calm myself down by thinking of the mountains of Colorado, the
mountains that I love. I thought that the worst thing that could happen to me
was that I'd be in those mountains tomorrow. I had once hiked to a lake in the
mountains. It was really quiet. I had pictured seats on the mountainsides.
Thousands and thousands of seats looking down on a ball field next to the lake.
I imagined myself pitching in front of all those people in the mountains.
I didn't think
Yastrzemski had a chance. I thought about it being late in the day, about his
being fatigued, about how he wouldn't get around on Gossage's fastball. My
hopes rode with Rice.
LOU PINIELLA: I
played Rice in right center, not deep. It cut the angle of the sun. I saw the
ball clean. I caught it maybe 25 feet from the fence.
When I was warming up before I came in in the seventh, I imagined myself
pitching to Yaz with two outs in the ninth. The Red Sox would have a couple
guys on base, and it would be Yaz and me. When it turned out that way, I
thought, here it is. It was ESP. Really, I'm not kidding.
I screamed at Yaz
from the leftfield roof, "Bunt, goddam it!" I even waved my arms,
thinking that I might catch his eye. He'd call time out and wander out to
left-field. "What did you say?" he'd shout up at me. "Bunt!"
I'd yell back. "Interesting," he'd say.
Then Yaz would
lay down a beauty.
Burleson, who had
taken third after Rice's fly ball, would easily score the tying run.