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23 February 2009

There are no words for how much I enjoyed this post by blogger/comedian/TV producer/filmmaker Paul Francis Sullivan.

Over the past few weeks, Sullivan has banged out a series of long essays breaking down the all-time homegrown and acquired teams for each of MLB’s 30 franchises. I’m sure his posts on the Angels, Mets, Red Sox et. al. are perfectly nice. But none can touch the awesome, nostalgic magic that Sullivan spun in chronicling the Expos.

Some choice snippets:


In July of 1991, my mother, father and I visited my brother at USC. We decided to go to a game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday. In the Friday game, the day before our game, Mark Gardner threw 9 no hit innings but the game went scoreless in the 10th. Gardner pitched in the 10th but let up 2 hits and got a hard luck loss.

We saw the Saturday game, which was kind of an uneventful 7-0 complete game shutout by Bob Ojeda.

We listened to the Sunday afternoon game while taking a drive…

Ouch. Talk about lousy timing.

And then there’s this jaw-dropping gem–a 1979 post-game interview with the great Bill “Spaceman” Lee. We learn that Lee’s pre-game meals consist of beer and steak, that the only English spoken near the Big O was “rack ’em”, and that half of the world’s migratory birds lived in his Hall of Fame-caliber beard.

Again, go read this. Right now.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 23 February 2009 7:24 pm

    Now I know from whom Joaquin Phoenix has drawn his recent inspiration.

  2. Jonah permalink*
    23 February 2009 7:25 pm

    …and whence Ben Stiller derived his twice-removed, unfunny mimicry.

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