September 20, 2003
Another Shot Heard 'Round the World?
Let's not forget that it was a previous meeting between these two teams (when both were based in New York) that resulted in "the shot heard 'round the world," Bobby Thomson's homerun during the National League penant in 1951. Thomson's homerun figures prominently in Don DeLillo's Underworld -- a fictionalized account of the game serves as the book's prologue, and several characters in the book are obsessed with the homerun ball. Will DeLillo add an epilogue to new editions of Underworld taking this shooting incident into account? Don probably wouldn't believe it if someone told him this story.
But, like they say in Magnolia, these things happen.
Update: Here's a more fully reported LA Times story.