The best evaluators in the game aren’t at Comerica Park.
They’re in Arizona.
They weren’t at Game 4 of the best-of-seven American League Championship Series, which the Detroit Tigers tried to even Wednesday night.
So, it came to pass that a wealth of experience was together as the Salt River Rafters hosted their heated rivals, the Surprise Saguaros, in Arizona Fall League play Tuesday night.
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers, his manager Kirk Gibson, and Blue Jays scout Mel Didier were together.
Gibson and Didier.
Linked together forever.
Especially in October.
It was 25 years ago this week that a one-legged Gibson came off the bench to slug a pinch-hit, two-run homer off Dennis Eckersley, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-4 win over the Oakland A’s in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
Gibson had special knowledge provided by Didier, a Dodgers scout at the time.