Not that that the record-setting hit was the only highlight. Other things that kept me from flipping around:
- The game moved really fast. Tom Browning or Eric Show would pitch, the catcher would throw the ball back, the batter would maybe step one foot out of the box for a second, and then Browning and Show would set and deal again. Even the two biggest prima donnas on the field -- Dave Parker and Steve Garvey -- were back in the box and ready for the pitch with a quickness. Given that only two runs were scored in the whole game it would have been quick anyway, but this tilt came in at a crisp 2:17, which is far shorter than almost any game in the glove-adjusting, signal-repeating days in which we now live.
- Joe Morgan, in his first season in the booth following his retirement, was the color man. Despite the fact that he was doing a Reds game with former teammates Rose and Concepcion on the field in front of him, his Big Red Machine love was far more subdued than it is during any random A's-Mariners tilt he's assigned to today. He also sounded like he was enjoying himself a bit, which was quite shocking coming from him.
- The players' waistlines. In 1985, I distinctly remember watching Dave Parker, Buddy Bell, and Pete Rose and thinking that they were fat for ballplayers. Watching last night, they all looked surprisingly thin (Tony Gwynn in right field looked practically anorexic).
I have no doubt that this reassessment on my part is due to seeing so many beer league softball-sized players today.
In any event, it was a great thrill to see a game from the Golden Age (with the definition of Golden Age being whenever the viewer happened to be about 12 or 13 years-old). MLB TV is supposed to launch soon. Programmers: please run as many old games -- in their entirety -- as possible.