As with so many instances in so many sports and games, I remember watching Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS and having mixed emotions. As an Angels fan, I was ecstatic about Bobby Grich‘s homer, but at the same moment felt awful that Dave Henderson‘s glove helped the ball leave the park.
But then Henderson’s ninth-inning, storybook homer off Donnie Moore erased both the ecstasy and the sympathy.
Of course, I felt relieved for Henderson having erased his gaffe but then felt even worse for Moore, who never recovered from his.
I grew to like Henderson from that point, and he was a favorite of mine on those late ’80s, early ’90s Oakland teams. I have no recollection of him finishing his career with the Royals. Chances are I’m not alone.
Check out Christina Karl’s excellent piece about Henderson on ESPN.com last week.