Is there a particular year in MLB that you’ve identified as your favorite? Mine is 1989, not because it was a good year for baseball, but because of the variety of stories that unfolded that year: the Pete Rose vs. Bart Giamatti struggle highlighting the several scandals of ’89, which included Wade Boggs’ sex scandals and Steve Garvey’s sex scandals. Donnie Moore’s mid-summer suicide minutes after nearly killing his wife and the Loma Prieta earthquake overshadowed those scandals with their raw, life-and-death violence. Jim Abbott and Dave Dravecky were two memorably inspiring figures that year, Bo Jackson and Kevin Mitchell did remarkable things, Rickey Henderson led the A’s into an ultimately melancholy cross-Bay World Series with the Giants.
Rather than give more details, I’ll quote Samuel Johnson: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” This quote applies very well to MLB in 1989: it was not “fun,” but it was memorably diverse, giving fans all that baseball can afford.