LOS ANGELES -- With the 25th anniversary of his legendary home run for the Dodgers in the 1988 World Series just over a month away, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson met with the media at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday to discuss it.
The walk-off homer in Game 1 off A's closer Dennis Eckersley that helped the undermanned Dodgers go on to beat the A's in five games has earned a prominent place in both Dodgers history and that of Major League Baseball.
"For me, what I do now as a manager of the Diamondbacks, my motivation is to get back to that moment for somebody and to have them prepared for that moment and to be able to find their place in baseball history," Gibson said.
Gibson was decked out in a D-backs hat and warmup jacket while sitting front of a Dodgers backdrop. He was asked if he will always consider himself in some way a Dodger.
It was an intriguing question, given the bad blood between the two teams this year, which culminated with a nasty benches-clearing incident in June.
"Sure, have to be," Gibson said. "I mean, I don't think I'm very well liked right now by the team, but I understand that. We respect each other. It's competitive respect. They're fighting to beat us, we're fighting to beat them and that's the way it should be. You should have aggression towards each other, but yet in a competitive and respectful way."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.