??Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of Kirk Gibson’s famous pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth at Dodger Stadium, giving Los Angeles a 5-4 win over Oakland in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
??Hall of Fame Manager Tom Lasorda, who at 86 is special adviser to the team chairman, tossed out a first pitch from midway between the mound and home plate that missed the target. Mattingly, who was catching, gave him a mulligan. Lasorda managed that 1988 team, the Dodgers’ last appearance in the World Series.
??With the government partially shut down, there was a pregame flyover of vintage aircraft by a non-profit organization founded by a group of World War II fighter pilots.
??Among the famous faces in the crowd were Tom Cruise and Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad.