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Back to you, Hendu

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  October 19, 2008 11:15 AM

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As for today's Completely Random Baseball Card:

"Everybody talks about the pressure on me for that at-bat [the legendary ninth-inning home run in Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS], but there was no pressure. Defensive replacements aren't supposed to hit closers. Gene Mauch caught a lot of flak for changing pitchers, but any manager would take that matchup one-hundred percent of the time. Donnie Moore against a defensive replacement who had five at-bats in two weeks? You gotta go with those odds. They're in the Angels' favor. Basically I was looking for a way to get back to our dugout after striking out." - Dave Henderson, postgame interview, Oct. 12, 1986.

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