Thursday, August 25, 2011

By David Saltzer, Senior Writer

When created our list of the Top-50 Greatest Moments in Angels History, three homer uns stood out above all others. Coming in at #2 was Scott Spiezio’s blast to bring the team back from the edge in Game 6. Coming in at #7 was Tim Salmon’s shot to give the Angels their first ever World Series win.

Coming in at #8 was a grand slam by Dick Schofield on August 29th, 1986. He both started and finished the greatest 9th inning rally in Angels history. With the Angels trying to hold onto a 4.5 game lead over the Rangers, the Angels found themselves losing 12-5 in the 9th inning against the Tigers. What happened that night was history and cemented in the minds of all fans that the Angels were for real and could overcome any deficit. They became known as the “Comeback Kids” and were loved by the fans.

I was at that game against Detroit, and was one of the 500 or so left in the stadium to see what happened that night. It was truly magical. That was the year I became a life-long Angels fan.

Now the batting coach for the IE 66ers, I caught up with Schofield to find out more about the Minor Leaguers and his thoughts on being a batting coach and the game. Of course, I had to ask the man himself to walk us through that amazing inning.

Click below to see our interview with Dick Schofield. Interviews Former Angels Shortstop Dick Schofield from on Vimeo.

To read more about the #8 Greatest Moment in Angels History by, click here.
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