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The story begins in the ninth inning ... but not THE ninth inning. No, you have to go back five days before the World Series began. There were two outs in the top of the ninth inning in Game 5 of the 1988 National League Championship Series. Kirk Gibson came to the plate. He was hurt. Well, of course he was hurt. Gibson played baseball like it was football. Also, he played football; Gibson had been an All-America wide receiver at Michigan State. He played both games so recklessly and with such force of will that being hurt was just part of being Kirk Gibson.