Blast From The Past: Bo Jackson And The Shot That Still Rocks From ’89 All-Star Game
I was there and it remains one of those sports moments frozen in my mind. Just freaking awesome.
Anaheim. ’89 All-Star Game. Bo Jackson is the lead-off hitter for the AL. I’m standing in Aisle 10 (with no ticket of course) on the Terrace Level chatting with friends and bragging how I slipped in free, sucking a cold one and keeping an eye on Bo. Bo was one of those rare athletes you never took your eye off for long because you knew he could do something special in the blink of an eye. On this day, he cranked one of the most memorable home runs in All-Star history.
When he launched it, everything stopped. Mouths dropped.
Two things struck me: One was watching the height of the home run because it carried as high in the air as the distance it traveled to straight-away center. The second thing was the buzz of the crowd in Angel Stadium after it happened. And the buzz continued for a good inning or so.
If you were there, you knew you had just seen something incredibly special. But that was Bo. Special delivery.