Picks and Pans Review: The Official 1988 World Series Video
It's obvious NBC is better at producing baseball highlights than it is at the Olympics highlights. This tape not only captures every run and turning point in the five-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics, but it catches the emotion as well. In the first game, there's Jose Canseco's second inning grand slam, followed by the hobbled Kirk Gibson's improbable, game-winning two-run homer with two out and two strikes against him in the bottom of the ninth. There's Mark McGwire's ninth-inning, third-game homer that gave the A's their only victory. Then there's Mickey Hatcher's two-run homer at the outset of Game 5 that all but sealed the Dodgers' vengeance for their 1974 World Series loss to the A's (which is also briefly recapped on this tape). And looming throughout is Orel Hershiser. The tape's 60 minutes also include a lot of behind-the-scenes details not shown in the broadcasts, such as the ROY HOBBS sign above Gibson's locker after Game 1 and Hershiser's "cheat sheet" on the A's hitters, which he would refer to while on the mound. There are also interviews with players, and the two managers talk about what was going through their minds as a play unfolds. The videotape quality is excellent, and host Bob Costas' delivery is almost as smooth as Hershiser's. With all the underdog heroics nicely captured, this tape does justice to a series worth reliving. (CBS/Fox, $19.98; 800-635-4438)
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