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Now that we've had time to revel in the magicof Justin Turner's NLCS walkoff homercoming on the anniversary of Kirk Gibson's famous World Series dinger, it's time to remember a le serbut low-key fantastic anniversary of another memorable playoff dinger in Chavez Ravine.But be warned, Dodgers fans you'll want to avert your eyes for this one.It was on this day in 1985 that the Cal Ripken Jr. 1988 Practice Orange Jersey Cardinals' Jack Clark crushed the Dodgers' dreams with a go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth inning of Game Cal Ripken Jr. Cool Base Orange Jersey 6 of the NLCS off reliever Tom Niedenfuer to send St. Louis to the World Series. What makes Clark's homer so great? Have a look, listentoVin Scully call the action, then we'll discu s. MORE: Every MLB team's worst postseason memory, revisitedBeyond the dramatics of the situation Game 6, trailing in the ninth inning with two outs Clark's subdued troll job is something to behold. In the days before bat flips became all the rage, the slow trot was some players' preferred method to mock theirenemies.Watch the whole thing again:As soon as Clarkmakes contact, he knows it's gone. It was a monster bomb, after all.But he doesn't bat flip,he doesn't fist-pump, andhe doesn't give a Dave Henderson-esque leap of Jackie Robinson Jersey joy (though that actually hadn't happened yet). No, Clark just drops the bat, chews his gumand starts his trot with body language that says, "I knew that Baltimore Orioles Alternate Jerseys was going to happen andI can't believe you didn't see it coming."Not just that, but notice how long it takes Clark to get around the bases. It's like hewanted everyone in Dodger Stadium to watch so he couldbask in their pain. From Clark's contact with the ball to his contact with home plate was just shy of 30 seconds.MORE: Three takeaways from Dodgers' Game 2 winThe big blast capped a bad few days forNiedenfuer, who also gave up Ozzie Smith's "Go crazy, folks!" walkoff homer in Game 5.The blown save not only turned a 5-4 Dodgers lead into a 7-5 Cardinals win, it gave the Dodgers four straight lo ses after winning the first two games of the series the only time that's happened since Manny Machado Run Derby Navy Jersey the NLCS went to a best-of-seven format.With the 2017 Dodgers also enjoying a 2-0 series lead, a trip back to LA for Game 6 is probably something they'd like to avoid.


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