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Some negative comments by NBC sportscaster Bob Costas proved po

October 20, 1988

OAKLAND, Calif (AP) _ Some negative comments by NBC sportscaster Bob Costas proved positive for the Los Angeles Dodgers in their 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics in Wednesday night’s Game 4 of the World Series.

″Right before the game began, in the clubhouse, the guys heard them say during the pregame show that this may be the worst team ever put on on the field to play in the fall classic,″ Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda said. ″Then they started screaming ‘We’ll show them. We’ll show them,’ and a few of them started saying ‘Kill Costas’ or something like that.″

Instead, the Dodgers took out their anger on the Athletics, prompting Oakland manager Tony La Russa to question whether more than the Dodgers were working against his American League champions.

″I’m a little aggravated right now because I heard this comment that one of the broadcasters said on the air that the Dodgers were the worst hitting club in the majors and that they used that in their meeting,″ La Russa said. ″It’s no big deal, but I’d like to know how they knew about that and how they used it in the meeting.

″I know they were out there working, not watching TV.″

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