Video time capsule: Behind the scenes for the Padres' 1998 World Series run
Tony Gwynn and Ken Caminiti appear in the video, as well as a random Yankees fan who went on to have a job in Washington.
CBS 8 San Diego this week posted some fascinating and insightful behind-the-scenes video from the 1998 World Series showing the Padres preparing for the Fall Classic — and the crushing weight of defeat.
Tony Gwynn and Ken Caminiti are shown, along with Wally Joyner’s humor, and Dave Stewart’s laugh, and a random Yankees fan who went on to have a job in Washington.
"The tough part's over, I believe. Tough part's over,” Ken said before Game 1. “You come here and enjoy yourself, have fun, play baseball.”
But for Ken, the tough part was only beginning, and he didn’t enjoy himself during that series. Ken was struggling with physical ailments and personal turmoil. His play reflected that — he fell down while swinging and threw the ball away, including a Game 2 error that keyed a Yankees win.
But he was doing his best to grit it out and help his team.
The video segments also reflect a time when media scrums were more common — and when media members were freer to roam around.
And then there’s this fan:
It's a time capsule of an important moment for a special group of players.
Loved this dan. I miss those guys. In 98 I was at opening game. After 3 inning I told my friend the padres were going to world series. Something about the way they played together was Special. See caminitti made me smile. Thanks for shareing