Every dreamer out in Baseball Land dreams the same big dream
He's hurting in the dugout, when he's called to save his team
In the bottom of the ninth, two outs, the count 3-and-2
He'll step in and with one swing, the impossible he will do
'Twas the 1988 World Series, opening night
The L.A. Dodgers had a shot at global bragging rights
They faced Americaís greatest team, and her most athletic
Canseco and McGwire made their chances seem pathetic
Doubts grew with the great shadows cast by the broad Oakland Aís
Those left in the sad Dodgers camp found nothing to do but pray
Down 4-to-3 to Oakland in their last chance with the bats
Eckersleyís appearance on the mound surely meant "thatís that"
They scan the dugout for their hero, he who makes it happen
They see instead his teammatesí faces, drawn tightly ashen
They know after Scioscia comes a patsy then the pitcher
This pathetic line-up holds not one heroic hitter
Where was the man who saved them oh so many times before?
Vin Scully in the broadcast booth proclaims the hapless score
"The spearhead of the Dodger offense all throughout the year
Will see no action here tonight, because heís just not here"
Watching the game from the training room, legs encased in ice
He wants so badly to play, but the trainer says "no dice"
With a torn left hamstring, and a stretched right knee ligament
The Dodgers greatest slugger would be lucky he could limp
But hearing Vin Scullyís words, appearing to seal his fate
Kirk Gibson throws off his ice packs, hoping itís not too late
"Set up a batting tee, get Tommy Lasorda in here!"
He shouts with all bravadoóheroes like these show no fear
Gibson struggles to his feet as Scioscia pops to shortstop
The left leg goes from under him, he hears the right knee pop
Lasorda waddles up the tunnel, Kirk says "I can hit!"
"You serious?" "Dead serious" as he teeters a bit
"Making me sit out the game here is a fate worse than death"
Lasorda mumbles "God Almighty" under his short breath
"Donít you want me?" the great slugger cries, trusting all to fate
"Damn right I want you" he mutters "just make your entrance late!"
By now Hamilton has struck out, leaving them but once chance
The second worst hitter in the park sets into his stance
Our grievously wounded hero now gingerly takes strides
Down the lonely tunnel, his east-and-west limps hard to hide
In a rare moment of weakness, Eck gives Davis the walk
Down destinyís path our hero must stumble without balk
An impossible dream fills his mind, no bad thought enters in
Itís down to him and Eck, and the Dodgers are going to win!
The crowd goes stark raving mad, welcoming their hero in
Stadium dwellers stomp and shout, creating an earthquake din
Hereís the man, the only man, to save them from this peril
Even though he is stumbling in, like some drunken devil
His practice swings are herky, jerking his numb legs to life
To them it seems that each rotation stabs him like a knife
Their slugger has not faced a real pitcher in three whole days
But waves and waves of adulation wash his pains away
His teammates celebrate, knowing the power of this man
To fight against impossible odds and make things right again
But after suffering his first two wincing, fouling swings
They lament the 0-2 count, and face the sad state of things
Mike Davis steals second base, as was signaled by his coach
Lasordaís doubts that Gibson can do it prompt such a poach
Clearly he cannot come around on Eckís fast-pitched balls, and
A pained run down the line proves he cannot push off or land
"This is just where I want to be!" all baseball dreamers think
But when they consider reality, their vain hopes sink
Wannabe heroes in the stands put childish dreams aside
Itís on this broken-down warhorse all Dodger hopes now ride
Mighty Gibson, for his part, goes into survival mode
If he canít hit the fast ones, he will wait for something slow
Battling back with anything to avoid impending rout
With the count 3-and-2, from the batterís box he steps out
Amidst the pandemonium, the huzzahs, and the shouts
He remembers Mel Didierís words, that sage Dodger scout
"In this situation, when Eck's facing a left-hander
As sure as you're breathing, pardner, itíll be backdoor slider"
He steps back in on tenterhooks, guessing at the next pitch
Eck winds, curls, and releases the ball, all without a hitch
Gibbyís swing is something ugly, an army-wristy stab
His wrenching follow-through suggests he wonít survive the jab
Somewhere baseball fans groan, while tossing peanuts in their beer
Somewhere a managerís fired for flubbing a chance so dear
Somewhere red-lighted car-fulls are pleased they left so early
Somewhere else the loyal fans are rewarded with glory
"High fly ball into deep right fieldóshe is GONE!" Scully smiles
Then for a few eternities, the rabid fans go wild
As the Dodgers charge the field in jumping jubilation
Kirk hobbles round the bases, pumping fists in elation
Though the ball flew in the air three hundred and eighty feet
It could be said it rolled forever as the Aís it did beat
It paralyzed their big bats and demoralized the team
And all the dreamers in Baseball Land can now dream bigger dreams!