Everyone would stand. Your voice grew hoarse with every pitch thrown. He'd whirl and spin his right leg around as if it were one of the bats that failed to connect. And if you were lucky you'd see a little hop after he released a pitch - that's when you knew he threw a good one.
Eric Gagne was a steamrolling locomotive - coming out of nowhere to capture the imaginations of every True Blue Dodger fan in the country. When he strolled to the mound you knew... just knew... something remarkable would happen. And oftentimes something incredible did happen.
For three seasons, from 2002 to 2005, he was the best closer the game had ever seen. He recorded 84 consecutive save opportunities and became the fastest pitcher to ever record 100 saves in his career. Eric Gagne was fantastic, and regardless of the stain PED's eventually put on him, I will always remember fondly what he accomplished in Blue.
Featured in this post is a collection of items coming directly from Eric Gagne that are currently available for sale through Paragon Auctions. Below is his game-worn glove that he wore for much of his save streak - from save #1 to 2004. Check out the auction item here.
It is sign and inscribed, as you can see below.
Also available are his three All-Star Rings that span from 2002 to 2004:
|(Auction Link: 2002)|
|(Auction Link: 2003)|
|(Auction Link: 2004)|
And since I'm in a nostalgic mood I found a fun video that memorializes his streak. Watch it below.
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