Of all the and-then-there-was-the-times comprising the lore of Bo the Professional, his lead-off home run in the 1989 MLB All-Star Game is if not the most impressive, than arguably the most (distinctly) memorable (neck and neck with the ruination of Bosworth). It came at the apex of his monopoly on professional sports and helped seal his reputation as the sports icon of his too-short generation. Nike’s “Bo Knows” campaign? It actually started that night, not much later into the broadcast (the “Bo Knows What?” sign seen waving in the stands after the hit was either a clairvoyant fan or a Nike plant).
He was that year’s top vote-getter and was chosen to lead off for the American League.
Who was calling the game (or had at least joined Vin Scully in the broadcast booth)?
RONALD REAGAN, who would have turned 101 today.
He watches Bo destroy the second pitch. It’s a home run. And then the Great Communicator says: “I just don’t know if there’s ever been another one like him.” A couple of hours later, he goes down to the locker room to shake the MVP’s hand. And that’s how awesome 1989 was.
Photo via @si_vault.
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