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Fall Classic: Champ Boone Talks About Winning, '86 ALCS
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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October 23, 2018

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It’s World Series time.
The Red Sox take on the Dodgers in a battle of baseball’s jewel franchises.
One person who knows what it feels like is Bob Boone, the seven-time Gold Glove winner and 1980 World Series champion with the Phillies.
Boone, now the assistant general manager with Washington, was in Fresno recently when the Grizzlies announced their affiliation with the Nationals.

Take 5

Take 5 spoke with him about what it’s like to play in the Fall Classic. He talked about:
— The pressure of playing in the World Series
— The heartbreak of the 1986 ALCS, where Boone’s Angels lost a 3-1 series lead, including Game 5 thanks to an epic home run by Dave Henderson.
— Boone talks about that Henderson at-bat and an interesting conversation he had afterward with manager Gene Mauch.
— Boone talks about the best pitcher he ever caught, Hall of Fame southpaw Steve Carlton.
— Boone, who once held the record for games caught, talks about who he thinks is the best defensive catcher today.
(Click on the video above to watch Boone’s answers.)

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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