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Kelly Downs of the San Franciso Giants carries his 11-year-old nephew, Billy Kehl, after the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake struck the Bay Area, postponing Game 3 of the World Series at Candlestick Park on Oct. 17, 1989.

GALLERY: The Day The World Series Stopped

Kelly Downs of the San Franciso Giants carries his 11-year-old nephew, Billy Kehl, after the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake struck the Bay Area, postponing Game 3 of the World Series at Candlestick Park on Oct. 17, 1989.
GALLERY: The Day The World Series Stopped

Travis Ishikawa is drenched with champagne in the Giants clubhouse after hitting the first homer to end an NL Championship Series, a three-run drive that sent San Francisco to a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 on Thursday night. (Brad Mangin/SI)

GALLERY: 2014 MLB Postseason Clubhouse Celebrations

Travis Ishikawa is drenched with champagne in the Giants clubhouse after hitting the first homer to end an NL Championship Series, a three-run drive that sent San Francisco to a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 on Thursday night. (Brad Mangin/SI)
GALLERY: 2014 MLB Postseason Clubhouse Celebrations

The Kansas City Royals celebrate after winning Game 7 of the 1985 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.  29 years later, the Royals have made it back to the World Series. (Rich Pilling/SI)

The Kansas City Royals celebrate after winning Game 7 of the 1985 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.  29 years later, the Royals have made it back to the World Series. (Rich Pilling/SI)

Oakland A’s Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, Terrence Long and Frank Menechino squeeze into a clubhouse hot tub on May 8, 2002 in Oakland, Calif. (Peter Read Miller/SI)

Oakland A’s Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, Terrence Long and Frank Menechino squeeze into a clubhouse hot tub on May 8, 2002 in Oakland, Calif. (Peter Read Miller/SI)

Zach Greinke, ladies and gentleman. 

(Photo: Robert Beck/SI)

Zach Greinke, ladies and gentleman. 
(Photo: Robert Beck/SI)

Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez play for the Homeboys and Awayboys, respectively, during MTV’s Rock N’ Jock Softball Challenge in Los Angeles in 1997. (V.J. Lovero/SI)

Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez play for the Homeboys and Awayboys, respectively, during MTV’s Rock N’ Jock Softball Challenge in Los Angeles in 1997. (V.J. Lovero/SI)

Madison Bumgarner was lights out last night in Pittsburgh!

Next stop for the Giants, Washington to face the Nationals in the NLDS. (Photo by Fred Vuich/SI) - http://on.si.com/1pHupMQ

Madison Bumgarner was lights out last night in Pittsburgh! Next stop for the Giants, Washington to face the Nationals in the NLDS. (Photo by Fred Vuich/SI) - http://on.si.com/1pHupMQ

On the cover this week: Hoping to avoid early playoff exits, fans of the Beltway teams pins its championship hopes on Orioles outfielder Adam Jones and Capitals center Alex Ovechkin.

On the cover this week: Hoping to avoid early playoff exits, fans of the Beltway teams pins its championship hopes on Orioles outfielder Adam Jones and Capitals center Alex Ovechkin.

Gary Carter celebrates with teammates Darryl Strawberry and Keith Hernandez after the New York Mets finished the 1986 season with a major-league best 108-54 record.  Carter, an 11-time All-Star and Hall of Fame catcher who died of brain cancer at age 57, would have turned 60 today. (John Iacono/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Gary Carter

Gary Carter celebrates with teammates Darryl Strawberry and Keith Hernandez after the New York Mets finished the 1986 season with a major-league best 108-54 record.  Carter, an 11-time All-Star and Hall of Fame catcher who died of brain cancer at age 57, would have turned 60 today. (John Iacono/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Gary Carter

On April 8, 1974, Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium was packed with a record 53,775 fans as Hank Aaron hit career home run No. 715 in the fourth inning off of Los Angeles pitcher Al Downing, surpassing Babe Ruth as the game’s all-time leader in home runs. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Hank Aaron Retrospective

On April 8, 1974, Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium was packed with a record 53,775 fans as Hank Aaron hit career home run No. 715 in the fourth inning off of Los Angeles pitcher Al Downing, surpassing Babe Ruth as the game’s all-time leader in home runs. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Hank Aaron Retrospective

President Barack Obama welcomed the Boston Red Sox to the White House today to honor their 2013 World Series championship. “Big Papi” David Ortiz even took a selfie photo with the president and wasted no time tweeting it. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

GALLERY: Athletes Visiting the White House

President Barack Obama welcomed the Boston Red Sox to the White House today to honor their 2013 World Series championship. “Big Papi” David Ortiz even took a selfie photo with the president and wasted no time tweeting it. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
GALLERY: Athletes Visiting the White House

The San Diego Padres opened their season on March 30 against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park (shot from the Goodyear blimp).  The Padres won 3-1. (Donald Miralle/SI)

GALLERY: Baseball’s 2014 Opening Day

GALLERY: Petco Park from the Goodyear Blimp

The San Diego Padres opened their season on March 30 against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park (shot from the Goodyear blimp).  The Padres won 3-1. (Donald Miralle/SI)
GALLERY: Baseball’s 2014 Opening Day
GALLERY: Petco Park from the Goodyear Blimp

A young Matt Harvey appears to be waiting for his chance to pitch.  The New York Mets’ pitcher, currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, turned 25 today.  (Courtesy of the Harvey Family)

GALLERY: Childhood Photos of Matt Harvey

A young Matt Harvey appears to be waiting for his chance to pitch.  The New York Mets’ pitcher, currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, turned 25 today.  (Courtesy of the Harvey Family)
GALLERY: Childhood Photos of Matt Harvey

Kirk Gibson is best remembered for belting one of the greatest home runs in World Series history, a pinch-hit, two-run blast with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning that gave the Dodgers a 5-4 victory over Oakland in Game 1. As a manager, the 1988 NL MVP has shown great potential, taking the Arizona Diamondbacks to the postseason in 2011 and leading the team to .500 records in both 2012 and 2013.  On Saturday at 4 AM, his D-backs will open their season against the Dodgers at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia, nearly 7,800 miles from Chase Field in Phoenix. (Rusty Kennedy/AP; Kevin French/Icon SMI)

GALLERY: When MLB Players Were Managers

Kirk Gibson is best remembered for belting one of the greatest home runs in World Series history, a pinch-hit, two-run blast with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning that gave the Dodgers a 5-4 victory over Oakland in Game 1. As a manager, the 1988 NL MVP has shown great potential, taking the Arizona Diamondbacks to the postseason in 2011 and leading the team to .500 records in both 2012 and 2013.  On Saturday at 4 AM, his D-backs will open their season against the Dodgers at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia, nearly 7,800 miles from Chase Field in Phoenix. (Rusty Kennedy/AP; Kevin French/Icon SMI)
GALLERY: When MLB Players Were Managers

New York Mets rookie Darryl Strawberry signs some autographs for fans at Shea Stadium before a game in July 1983.  The eight-time All-Star and 1983 NL Rookie of the Year won four World Series championships (1986, 1996, 1998, 1999).  He turns 52 today. (Manny Millan/SI)

GALLERY: Classic SI Photos of Darryl Strawberry

New York Mets rookie Darryl Strawberry signs some autographs for fans at Shea Stadium before a game in July 1983.  The eight-time All-Star and 1983 NL Rookie of the Year won four World Series championships (1986, 1996, 1998, 1999).  He turns 52 today. (Manny Millan/SI)
GALLERY: Classic SI Photos of Darryl Strawberry