The Fiery Fireballer
Oct. 9, 1988 -- Dennis Eckersley was named MVP of the ALCS after earning the save in a 4-1 victory over the Red Sox in Game 4 in Oakland. Eckersley, running on fumes, set a record with his fourth save in the series. He retired Todd Benzinger, Rich Gedman and Jody Reed in succession after walking leadoff hitter Spike Owen.
"It's a matter of not being afraid of the hitters," Eckersley said. "A lot of guys have good control, but they're afraid to go after guys. You can't be afraid of getting hit."
Leading 2-1, Oakland scored two runs with Eckersley warming in the bullpen in the eighth.
"Those two runs were about as big as they could be," Oakland manager Tony La Russa said. "I didn't know how [tired] Eckersley would be. I decided to send him out because he's Eck and I knew he would figure something out."
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