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... and the fans at Wrigley poured out of the stands onto the field ...
... and Steinbrenner reached for the red phone, the hotline to the Yankees dugout, and screamed at Torre, "You're fired!" ("Hey, I like the sound of that," said his guest Donald Trump) ...
... and Lofton settled under the ball ...
... and suddenly a rumble was heard overhead, a sound deeper and louder than any clap of thunder anyone had ever heard ...
... and a flash brighter than a dozen suns lit up the night as a bolt of lightning tore out of the sky, striking the turf inches from where Lofton stood and sending the centerfielder flying as the ball dropped to the ground ...
... and as Ventura crossed the plate with the Yankees' winning run, a voice powerful enough to shake the foundations of the stadium, a voice beyond anything mortal yet with a timbre strikingly similar to that of Yankees announcer Bob Sheppard's, said:
"There are some things I do not leave to fate."
Jeff Greenfield is a senior political correspondent for CBS News. His latest book is Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan (Putnam).