Here is a great at bat by Barry Larkin I remember watching on television in 1996.
Larkin barely avoids one to the head in the top of the 10th of a tie game. He looked angry to me, but mostly incredibly determined after that pitch. His focus was so apparent. He dug back in and I noticed him open up his stance a bit and scowl at the pitcher. Next pitch, a bomb to left field.
What an awesome baseball moment.
As the article from the Enquirer relates:
Larkin played the role of hero, homering off Toby Borland to open the 10th and break a 4-4 tie. The 1995 National League MVP has hit the Reds' only two homers in four games this year.
''People scoff when I talk about Barry being the best player in the game,'' said Reds manager Ray Knight. ''I've just seen him do whatever it takes time and time and time again. For my money, there's nobody I would pick before Barry Larkin to start a baseball team.''
...As for Larkin, he stood fast after Borland threw a 2-and-1 pitch that nearly beaned him.
''I didn't think he was trying to throw at me,'' Larkin said. ''I really thought the ball was going to hit me in the face. I refocused and regrouped because I said, 'Oh my gosh, I almost got hit in the face.' I didn't try to hit the ball any harder because of that.''
and from the Philadelphia Enquirer:
In the 10th, Toby Borland began his second inning of pitching. After scrambling out of the way of a high-and-tight fastball, Barry Larkin torched Borland with a smashing homer to left.