30 years after giving up one of the most iconic home runs in baseball history, it's fair to say former A's closer Dennis Eckersley doesn't have any hard feelings.
Eckersley, wearing a white, No. 43 A's jersey, threw out the first pitch to Kirk Gibson ahead of Game 4 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Saturday. A hobbled Gibson famously hit a walk-off home run off of Eckersley to win Game 1 of the 1988 World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Gibson, clad in his No. 23 Dodgers jersey, initially took the mound to throw out the first pitch. But, a late call to the bullpen allowed Eckersley to take his place.
Gibson teased his and Eckerley's involvement in a tweet hours before first pitch. He shared a photo of a ball that appeared to bear the signatures of both players.
Make sure not to miss the first pitch tonight... pic.twitter.com/umTVSazgaj— Kirk Gibson (@23KGibby) October 27, 2018
Earlier Saturday, Gibson also shared a photo of him and Eckersley out at dinner the previous night, paying tribute to former A's prospect Max Muncy clubbing a walk-off in the 18th inning of Game 3.
Eckersley still has good reason to root against Gibson, as he currently works as a Boston Red Sox analyst for NESN. The Red Sox, of course, are the Dodgers' opponent in the Fall Classic.
But Eckersley seemingly bears no ill will towards his former foe. In addition to sitting in the stands with Gibson during Game 4 on Saturday, Eckersley tweeted congratulations to him on the 30th anniversary of the home run.
Happy 30th Anniversary @23KGibby! Great moment for you and baseball.— Dennis Eckersley (@Eck43) October 15, 2018
We have a feeling A's fans may not be as forgiving.