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southsidepolish
02-04-2006, 01:31 PM
I always remember the video of the celebrating Sox at home after what I think was a Ventura game winning grand slam. Thomas bear hugs a home plate bound Ventura and starts thrusting him up and down on his shoulder. I think it was sometime between 91-93. Does anyone remember the game, how much the sox were down or who they were playing, and any other piece of information? When I think back to those early nineties teams I always think of that moment.

Patrick134
02-04-2006, 01:33 PM
I think that was Ventura's huge grand slam off of Gossage to win a game on the last day of july. I remember raines taking a huge base on balls before that slam.

dickallen15
02-04-2006, 01:34 PM
It was 1991, and they were playing the Texas Rangers. Goose Gossage was on the mound for Texas, and the Boy Wonder took him deep for a grand slam to win the game for the Sox in the bottom of the ninth. I will always remember that game. I was deathly ill for almost 2 weeks, and that homer got my adrenaline flowing, so I felt great for about 5 minutes.

Lip Man 1
02-04-2006, 02:20 PM
The above posters are correct. Thomas hugged Ventura as the players and fans went nuts. Ventura then gave a curtain call before staying in the dugout to be interviewed by Dan Jiggetts.

The blast capped off a huge month that saw the Sox go 19-8 and cut the twins divisional lead down to three games.

Lip

soxinem1
02-04-2006, 02:23 PM
I remember that game real well. I sat behind the plate and remember the GS. Melido Perez struck out a ton of Rangers in relief but was in line for the loss. The place went mad as soon as he connected.

LongLiveFisk
02-04-2006, 02:45 PM
I just remember Robin's quote in the paper the day after, talking about Frank lifting him up and shaking him up and down at home plate. Robin said, "I don't know what Frank was doing. I think he was burping me." :D:

ChiSoxGirl
02-04-2006, 02:54 PM
I just remember Robin's quote in the paper the day after, talking about Frank lifting him up and shaking him up and down at home plate. Robin said, "I don't know what Frank was doing. I think he was burping me." :D:

:roflmao: :rolling: That quote is exactly why I LOVE ROBIN! That dry sense of humor was so memorable and is one of his greatest qualities.

Meixner007
02-04-2006, 03:33 PM
I was at that game. To this day the greatest game I've ever had the pleasure of being a apart of. I was 9 at the time so my memory is a little fuzzy, but wasn't that Robin's second home run of the night?

doublem23
02-04-2006, 03:37 PM
Correct.

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B07310CHA1991.htm

Hitmen77
02-04-2006, 03:37 PM
Yep, it was July 1991. I can't believe it's been almost 15 years already. It still feels like a "recent" Sox season to me.

Huisj
02-04-2006, 03:56 PM
Was this the homer that was used in a Sox ad on WGN for a while where they said "it ain't over 'til it's over"?

kingpin_rcs
02-04-2006, 04:08 PM
This is also one of me favroite games. I was listening to it on the Radio and I will never forget Ronney's call. In fact when I heard he was leaving, I sent him an email (via Brooks). That call is one of the ones I mentioned as one of my most memorable.

That pitch he hit was 0-2 with two outs. Amazing.

kingpin_rcs
02-04-2006, 04:09 PM
Was this the homer that was used in a Sox ad on WGN for a while where they said "it ain't over 'til it's over"?

Yes, they did use that homer. They also used music from "The Natural"

SOXSINCE'70
02-04-2006, 04:19 PM
I was deathly ill for almost 2 weeks, and that homer got my adrenaline flowing, so I felt great for about 5 minutes.

I remember watching that game on Sportschannel.
It pumped me up so much,I didn't go to bed until 1:00.
The game ended near 10:30.and I had to wake up for work at 5:30.
Needless to say,I was a zombie at work the next day.:redface:

Previous to Podsednik's game ending HR in game 2 of the WS,
this was my favorite all time White Sox moment.

Brian26
02-04-2006, 05:28 PM
That pitch he hit was 0-2 with two outs. Amazing.

Actually it was a 2-0 pitch. That's probably the reason Gossage threw it right down the middle. The bases were loaded with two outs, and Robin destroyed a 2-0 fastball to end the game.

Brian26
02-04-2006, 06:47 PM
I don't have any screen capture software, but I still have the tape...

chisoxfanatic
02-04-2006, 06:49 PM
It was 1991, and they were playing the Texas Rangers. Goose Gossage was on the mound for Texas, and the Boy Wonder took him deep for a grand slam to win the game for the Sox in the bottom of the ninth. I will always remember that game. I was deathly ill for almost 2 weeks, and that homer got my adrenaline flowing, so I felt great for about 5 minutes.

Is it just me, or did Ventura seem to manhandle the Rangers the most? I seem to recall a game back in 95, IIRC, where he hit grand slams in back-to-back innings against the Rangers. It seemed whenever we were playing the Rangers, Ventura had a big game. Not that I had any problem with that; just an observation of mine!

Brian26
02-04-2006, 07:09 PM
Is it just me, or did Ventura seem to manhandle the Rangers

It's just you. Sometimes they manhandled him.

32nd&Wallace
02-04-2006, 08:41 PM
I also believe Bill Murray was at this game

chisoxfanatic
02-04-2006, 09:58 PM
It's just you. Sometimes they manhandled him.

That photo has nothing to do with his performance against the Rangers.

doublem23
02-04-2006, 10:15 PM
That photo has nothing to do with his performance against the Rangers.

Sure it does. Robin can't get out of a headlock. :cool:

Must have either been the oldest sibling or an only child.

jamokes
02-04-2006, 10:29 PM
I was at the game also sitting 6 rows behind the Rangers dugout. I watched Goose walking all the way to the dugout. Robin was in his prime and Goose was collecting a paycheck.

kingpin_rcs
02-05-2006, 12:37 AM
Actually it was a 2-0 pitch. That's probably the reason Gossage threw it right down the middle. The bases were loaded with two outs, and Robin destroyed a 2-0 fastball to end the game.
My memory might not be what it used to be but I seem to remember talking to my friend the next day about that at bat and how it was 0-2. Perhaps I have two different games mixed up.

Hey, Brian26, since you still have the tape can you confirm what the count was when Robin hit the slam?

BTW: I found this interesting article about Robin and his penchant for hitting grand slams http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/submit/Brolin_Jonathan2.stm

gaelhound
02-05-2006, 09:00 AM
I always remember the video of the celebrating Sox at home after what I think was a Ventura game winning grand slam. Thomas bear hugs a home plate bound Ventura and starts thrusting him up and down on his shoulder. I think it was sometime between 91-93. Does anyone remember the game, how much the sox were down or who they were playing, and any other piece of information? When I think back to those early nineties teams I always think of that moment.
A buddy of mine and I split a Weekend plan that season. My friend switched his tickets with me because he had a hot date and wanted to show her a Major Leauge Experrience. Rob Hiner's favorite player was Ventura. Rob Hiner left the game early. Rob Hiner heard the roar as he escorted his date to his car. Rob Hiner made the mistake of admitting all this to me. I was not there but it is also a great memory!

Brian26
02-05-2006, 10:53 AM
Ventura then gave a curtain call before staying in the dugout to be interviewed by Dan Jiggetts.

Robin and Jiggetts in the dugout:

Brian26
02-05-2006, 10:55 AM
I also believe Bill Murray was at this game

Yes, the Cubs must not have been in town that day:

Brian26
02-05-2006, 11:00 AM
Here's a shot right before the homer, so Robin ended up going 4 for 6, with 2 homers, 2 singles, and 5 rbi.

Fake Chet Lemon
02-05-2006, 12:16 PM
I swear this is all 100% the truth, no embellishing.

I was at that game and I left early. Needless to say, I flew back to my parents house in Frankin Park. No more than 20 minutes to get home while doing 90 on the IKE. I walked into the house about three seconds after the HR. I hear my dad screaming and run into the living room and I see what just happened. He looked at me ALL CONFUSED because he knew I went to the game. It took him a few seconds to process. Then I saw the light go off in his head, he figured out I let my temper get the better of me and I left early. He just looked at me and said "you dumb ass", and he went upstairs to bed.

I NEVER leave early anymore.

salty99
02-05-2006, 12:33 PM
Brian you have got to lend me that tape sometime.

bigdommer
02-05-2006, 01:02 PM
Correct.

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B07310CHA1991.htm

Nice to see the "Pope" Don Pall getting the win.

I was only 11 at the time, but I remember being at this game with my dad and my sister. We were in the outfield and tons of people were leaving. My father was disgusted, saying that he would never leave early after paying for a ticket with his own money. We managed to get down to the first row to witness Robin's blast. I have tried to explain to my wife that this game is the reason that I do not leave games early.

NorCalSoxFan
02-06-2006, 02:38 AM
In 1991, July 31 was of the Perfect Attendence/Straight A games. I remember choosing that game in April or May because I wanted to see Nolan Ryan. That game made a lot of kids Sox fans for life. I remember coming down the UD ramp and EVERYBODY was chanting 'Robin! Robin!' It was deafening.

DumpJerry
02-06-2006, 07:34 AM
My memory might not be what it used to be but I seem to remember talking to my friend the next day about that at bat and how it was 0-2. Perhaps I have two different games mixed up
It was 7-31-91, I was there. It was my number one game until Pods connected off of Lidge. The count was 2-0, Goose threw him two breaking balls low. We (40,000+) were on our feet screaming because Frank was on deck and both he a Robin had gone yard already that night, so walking Robin was fine with us. The third pitch was a letter-high fastball, outside edge and GONE! I was in a daze as the ball drifted higher and higher and deeper and deeper as I could not believe it as I saw it disappear in the Center-Right stands.

Earlier in the night, it was announced that Robin was named player of the month for July-he had 10 dingers going into the game.

A Cub fan actually took me to the game (her boyfriend had an extra ticket). She was green with envy as I asked her if "this ever happens up north?" She told me that "you guys are the team to beat, you've turned the corner." The blast pulled us within one game of First place. The Cubs were not on the radar that year (surprise!)

Chuckster49
02-06-2006, 11:03 PM
This is also one of me favroite games. I was listening to it on the Radio and I will never forget Ronney's call. In fact when I heard he was leaving, I sent him an email (via Brooks). That call is one of the ones I mentioned as one of my most memorable.

That pitch he hit was 0-2 with two outs. Amazing.

I remember the TV call for this one! Hawk, after the slam, said something like, "Robin just cinched up that belt and let those gonads hang out." I still think of that line after a big chi-sox hit.

kingpin_rcs
02-09-2006, 02:24 AM
I finally got my "Sox Pride" DVD. I watched the player intro video in the bonus materials and during the montage you can see Frank "burping" Robin.

Classic.

You have to watch carefully, it goes by quick.