Oct. 13, 1988

After being swept by Oakland in the American League Championship Series, the Red Sox wasted no time hustling to the airport to begin their long flight home … and unlimited shots and beers.

Alcohol has never been in short supply in and around any big-league ballclub. That isn’t to suggest that big leaguers are a collection of degenerative sots. It is relevant here because Bruce Hurst did not partake and hopped off the Red Sox chartered flight as his teammates drowned their sorrows.

And that was relevant as Hurst went into the off-season and his negotiations with management for a new contract, 

Hurst was one of the premier free agents on the market. Left-handed starters are always popular on the free-agent market. He went 18-6 in 1988, for which he was paid $900,000.

Ultimately, Hurst hooked on with the San Diego Padres. He also pointedly insisted that the walk off the team plane that night in Oakland had nothing to do with it.