Sunday, October 2, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3711: Vin Scully calls Kirk Gibson's legendary walk-off homer during Game 1 of the 1988 World Series - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Today Vin Scully called his last game. "His 67 seasons with the Dodgers (1950–2016) is the longest time any broadcaster has been with a single team in professional sports history". Scully announced many an amazing baseball moment - and the Dodgers fans voted one in particular (included in the video above) as their collective favorite.

There were two outs in the bottom of the ninth in the first game of the 1988 World Series. The Los Angeles Dodgers were one run down against the Oakland A's. After Oakland pitcher Dennis Eckersley walked Mike Davis, the Dodgers' manager - Tommy Lasorda, put the injured Kirk Gibson (who had not been in the game or even been introduced at it's start) for Dave Anderson. Gibson took the count to 3-2 before knocking Ekersley's backdoor slider over the right field fence to win the game.

As with any scenario with high emotional content, there's many nonverbal moments worthy of dissection. One of the most striking in this video however, is seen at 9:24 in the above video, when Dennis Eckersley looks to the stands where Gibson blasted his pitch, with what in body language terminology is referred to as a "Thousand Yard Stare". Simultaneously, his mouth takes on a "Slack Jawed" configuration (Jaw is hanging with not tension, partially opened, with no teeth showing). These two nonverbal signals - especially when clustered together are indicative of Emotional Processing - a clear sign although his intellectual brain knows what's just happened - Eckersley's emotional brain has yet to come to terms with the consequences.

A moment later, during 9:27 - 9:28, Eckersley then rolls his eyes in a very conscious (and deliberate) display of self-disgust/self-contempt.

Thank you Vin Scully (and Kirk Gibson) - for this making this moment, and many, many more, so very memorable.

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