K. Hrbek and R. Gant Make Love, War Simultaneously

For those who were too young to watch — or just didn’t care about — Game 2 of the 1991 World Series, the abovely embedded image appears merely to be a depiction of the Kama Sutra maneuver known as the Melancholy Sea Captain.

Those familiar with the aforementioned game might be amused to discover that a bobblehead of the very famous Ron Gant/Kent Hrbek contretemps (pictured below) is being distributed as we speak to 10,000 friendly faced Minnesotans at Target Field.

Relive the excitement of the event via this low-resolution daguerreotype:

Historical event brought to author’s attention by THE Dan Lurie.




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  1. MNzach says:

    Ahh I remember staying up late to watch this series with me dear ol’ Ma.

    The still doesn’t show the total awesome of Hrby basically pulling Mr. Gant off the base and the subsequent sheepish grin as he basks in the adulation of the screaming masses, content with the heist he has just pulled off in front of millions. I loved every single second of this series and my throat was hoarse the day after game 7. Never will a moment in baseball capture my imagination as well.

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  2. glassSheets says:

    Quite possibly the best part of this came in Atlanta when Hrbek was introduced, thoroughly boo’d (or is it booed?), and then tips his hat as if it was a curtain call after a hit 3,000.

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  3. Chief Noc-a-homa says:

    The greatest World Series ever! Five games were decided by 1 run and each team won one blowout. Game 7 goes into extra innings where two masterful pitching performances were turned in by Smoltz and Morris. The Twins were crowned World Champions of Indoor Baseball and the Braves were crowned World Champions of Outdoor Baseball as each game was won by the home team. Unfortunately, Harry Wendelstedt didn’t get the Don Denkinger treatment for this gaffe.

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  4. Bronnt says:

    In the history of umpiring gaffes, this one goes under-reported. But it’s debatable whether expanding replay would fix something like-when it comes to clear black and white, which is the standard for NFL reviews, Gant’s foot clearly does come off the bag. It’s a judgment call whether Hrbek lifts Gant’s knee off the base, even though it appears obvious.

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