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The thrill of victory...the agony of defeat

Posted 04-11-2009 at 04:26 PM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)
Updated 04-12-2009 at 10:56 AM by TommyJohn

The crowd erupted into a deafening roar as the ball hit the ground. Gwynn raced to get it, but he never had a chance. He picked up the ball, turned around and watched helplessly as Lee raced across the plate with the winning run. The crowd roared and fireworks exploded as the Knights team joyously pummeled each other in celebration. The roar continued on loudly and the players jumped around for several minutes while the Dodgers walked off the field, their dreams of pulling off the miracle comeback...
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1988 Knights

Posted 04-11-2009 at 04:22 PM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)
Updated 04-12-2009 at 10:57 AM by TommyJohn

The Knights, for once, refused to die:
The first batter of the inning, leadoff man Dave Hawkins, stepped up to the plate to polite applause. The crowd went silent as he took the first pitch and popped out to Gibson, who pumped his fist after catching it. The fans were all but ready to give up. Most were already talking about what chances the Knights had against the Dodgers’ scheduled pitcher for Sunday’s game. Bill Daley broke the silence with a sharp base hit. The crowd responded politely,...
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1988 Knights

Posted 04-11-2009 at 04:14 PM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)
Updated 04-12-2009 at 10:57 AM by TommyJohn

The next night, Orel Hershiser and Tom Schmidt battled to a 10 inning, 0-0 standstill. The game was knotted at that score in the top of the 16th:

The top of the 16th began with the Knights fourth pitcher of the night, spot closer Dick Dralle, taking the mound. It was now very close to midnight, but a huge crowd still remained, still aching to see the historic clincher that was so far failing to happen.

Dralle started the inning by inducing pinch hitter Mickey Hatcher...
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1988 Knights

Posted 04-11-2009 at 04:08 PM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)
Updated 04-23-2009 at 09:44 PM by TommyJohn

The Knights had a chance to clinch in the first game of the final series with the Dodgers, BUT:

New Orleans threatened in the 9th against Jay Howell. The score stood 5-4 and the fans were in “Here we go again” mode. Howell let the first man on, then a base hit put men on first and second. The fans started up again when number two hitter Daley stepped up. Howell fooled him on a changeup, though, inducing him to foul out to catcher Mike Scioscia. David Lee strode to the plate as the...
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1988 Knights

Posted 04-11-2009 at 04:04 PM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)
Updated 04-12-2009 at 10:58 AM by TommyJohn

Still, Knight fans turned out in droves. The team hit the 2 million mark for the 4th time in the past five seasons. Several times the Superdome was packed to the rafters, with fans making so much noise it seemed to threaten to blow the roof off of the joint.

The final weekend series saw the Knights with a record of 94-65 going into the three game set with the Dodgers. L.A. was sitting in second at 92-67, two games off the pace. Knight fans’ cuticles were chewed down to the core as...
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