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Que Historia! - 40th Anniversary

 
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dodgerblue6



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PostPosted: Thu 4/8/21 11:01 am    Post subject: Que Historia! - 40th Anniversary Reply with quote

Every time this rolls around, I get goosebumps thinking back to the 1981 season. One of the benefits of being an "older" fan is having experienced different eras of baseball in their fullness, and this is a very good example.

Will be posting more about this while noting that the Dodgers play their home opener tomorrow, four decades to the precise day after Fernando was a last minute substitution for scheduled Opening Day 1981 pitcher, Jerry Reuss, who'd been injured. It was also the Dodgers' home opener. In Reuss' place, the 20-year-old pitched a complete game and shut out the Astros, causing Vin to exclaim, "And a little child shall lead them." Despite the strike-shortened season stealing some games from his rookie season, once teams returned to play, Fernando continued to lead the Dodgers to the postseason...and then to the elusive world championship against the Yankees, the same team they'd lost to in back-to-back World Series (1977-7Cool.

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PostPosted: Thu 4/8/21 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If any player was a folk hero that was him.
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PostPosted: Sat 4/10/21 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This isn't going unnoticed outside of Socal, either.
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PostPosted: Wed 4/21/21 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MLB has been updating a lot about the 40th anniversary.
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PostPosted: Wed 4/21/21 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was too young to appreciate what was going on then but I knew all the buzz and how excited everyone was. Not just a Latin thing either, just how he was kind of a mythical figure for all fans. I enjoyed reading about his impact on his teammates.
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PostPosted: Thu 5/20/21 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So many memories. I was just reminded that 40 years ago this week, Fernando notched another win and an 8-0 record to begin the 1981 season. not only were all eight starts complete games, but five of them were shutouts!

A few days later, he suffered his first loss at the hands of the Phillies.

But the buzz at Chavez Ravine was something never before seen.
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PostPosted: Fri 5/21/21 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone had posted on another page about how Jack Flaherty is 8-0 now and he is the only Cardinal pitcher to go up 8-0 other than Bob Gibson. You know nobody could match today what Fernando did then, though!
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