On a day when there isn't much to speak of we are given some news that I'm sure doesn't surprise anyone. This afternoon the Diamondbacks officially fired manager Kirk Gibson.
This has caused a rather vociferous response from the Dodger faithful, and to be frank I don't like it at all.
I get that he was an opposing manager of a burgeoning rival... I get that he's been blamed for the HBP parade that became endemic of the DBack's pitching staff... I get that some Dodger Blue fans may hold a grudge against him as a result... But, come on now. Kirk Gibson is one of the Dodgers greatest heroes and regardless of that recent past he should always be given a measure of respect.
Furthermore, I get that much of what you see on social media is pure schadenfreude and should not be taken seriously. Still, I find the lulz bandwagon found on my timeline to be immensely annoying. (I guess you can say the trolls have beat me.)
From where I stand, Kirk Gibson will always be a Dodger. I will always see him as that hobbling linebacker-looking slugger who was the inspiration, if not the reason, we won the World Series in 1988. And for that, for that single season of Dodger Blue greatness, I will always tip my hat to Kirk Gibson. Like I said before, he deserve that level of respect - especially from Dodger fans.
Pic above grabbed from Hardball Talk.
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