The Business Drill: How MLB Network marks 30 years since Kirk Gibson’s World Series HR and Rob Reiner getting past third base

By Tom Hoffarth
Now it can be told even if we’re not sure we want to know all the details:
When Rob Reiner met Michele Singer, it was as he was making the film “When Harry Met Sally.”
On a fateful Saturday night in mid-October 1988, the Hollywood writer, director and producer invited the photographer to his home in L.A. to watch NBC’s coverage of Game 1 of the World Series, which happened to feature his David-esque Dodgers against the heavily favored Goliath Oakland A’s.

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Rob Reiner from “Only In Hollywood.” (Credit: MLB Network)

It couldn’t have been scripted much better.
Kirk Gibson hobbles up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning and, in a Roy Hobbs, too-good-to-be-true swing of the bat, change the course of events in several ways.
“He hits this home run, and it’s somewhat of an aphrodisiac for me,” Reiner admits at a critical point of an MLB Network doc titled “Only In Hollywood,” which looks back 30 years ago at that Dodgers’ improbable season.“We were going to meet Bruno Kirby and Billy Crystal to go see a documentary. And let’s put it this way: We didn’t make it to the movie theater. That’s all I’m gonna say.”
Sooooooo.
Our piece on this MLB Net event, which debuts Sunday at 5, 7, and 9 p.m., is here in The Hollywood Reporter.
We should also note: It reairs on Sunday at midnight, Tuesday at 10 a.m., Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Saturday July 21 at 2 p.m. Hopefully more in October.
And here’s a clip of it.
And we also have media notes on Fox’s MLB All-Star Game coverage and more for this week at this link.
Other than that, that’s all we’re gonna say.

HE LIVES AMONG YOU: A BLOKE SHOWS HOW TO SNEAK INTO DODGER STADIUM

The video has 1.3K likes. It should have more than about a 100 thumbs down.
This UK lad who goes by Simon Wilson seems to be bored enough that instead of buying a ticket into an otherwise non-descript Monday, May 28 Dodgers-Phillies game, he finds it more of a fun challenge to talk his way in by confusing a bunch of green-jacketed ticket-scanners at the top of the park.
Bravo. Read more

L.A. SPORTS HISTORY: Wonder what a Dodgers game at the Coliseum looked like?

We stumbled across this YouTube clip of a Dodgers-Cardinals game from the L.A. Coliseum in 1959.
The importance? None, really. The Cardinals’ 4-2 win in 10 innings on July 25, ’59 based on this Retrosheet.org box score and play-by-play description shows nothing really remarkable happened.
It’s just a cool way to step back in time — nearly 60 years — to see what a TV broadcast looked like, as well as a Coliseum experience. Read more

THE VODCAST: RED ALERT — HOW’S YOUR LEBRON FATIGUE?

The latest nothingness about LeBron James news is nothing that a stiff cup of Carson-based truckers’ high-octane coffee can’t cure. Tom Hoffarth, Steve Lowery, Jon McKelvy, plus interns Elizabeth and Nicole, try to make sense of how journalists try to stay journalistic in the wake of rumor mongering about the NBA free-agent period, plus an extended “Two Minute Business Drill” that covers how LeBron will make his decision, the Disney-Fox merger details, and what makes a Hall of Fame selection.
Running time: 38 minutes Read more

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