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.
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.”
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.