Ron Darling, SNY.tv
That is the first thing I think of when I am asked about Game 1 of the 1986 World Series. In fact, I wore a "dickey" under my uniform (a fake turtleneck) to keep my neck warm. I had never worn one before.
The umpires informed us before first pitch that both Bruce Hurst and I would be allowed to blow on our hands during the game. This was rarely allowed.
We were catching a break right away because the DH, which had been used in even numbered years from 1976-1985, would only be allowed in the American League ballpark. In this case, Games 3, 4, and 5 at Fenway Park. This kept the dangerous Don Baylor on the bench.
I was extremely nervous before the first pitch but all those jitters went away when Bill Buckner hit into a double play in the first. I gave up an unearned run in the seventh and that was enough as the Mets' offense, which had struggled against the Astros, continued to scuffle in Game 1.
Rich Gedman hit the ground ball that went between Tim Teufel's legs that allowed Jim Rice to score. Gedman and I had gone to rival high schools in Worcester, Mass., and he had been a prolific schoolboy hitter. He was a fine catcher now and both of us were in the World Series. Quite remarkable.
The second thing I think of -- one could never be prouder of how Teufel conducted himself after the game. He had to be mortified, but he answered every question with honor and integrity. I will remember his performance after the game more than anything he ever did in the game. Tim has always been a class act. As you all know, things were just beginning in this series.
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