Game three of the 1989 World Series occurred on October 17th. The Oakland A’s had won the two previous outings but the Say-Hey-Kids of the City knew better than to count themselves out. Then it happened. At 5:04 p.m. Candlestick shook under the wagging finger of a 6.9 jolt. And it was all caught on live T.V., a first. Al Michaels cut in on Tim McCarver’s highlights to say, “You know what, we’re having an earth…” and the feed went dead.
There was a loud rumble as the bleachers in right field swayed, fans dashing toward the exits during those frantic fifteen seconds. A worker on a light tower could be seen holding on, his body slapping in the wind like a rag doll. One fan yelled, “Yeah, rock the Bay!” and a rally cry was born. Players milled around the infield with their young ones hiked upon their shoulders. Twenty minutes passed and everyone knew that the game was in jeopardy. (more…)