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The Clip That Has Everything

19 August 2010

What if I were to tell you there was a YouTube clip that included:

Jheri-curled Pascual Perez.
Jheri-curled Pascual Perez throwing an eephus pitch.
Jheri-curled Pascual Perez pissing off Reds manager Pete Rose with his eephus pitch.
Jheri-curled Pascual Perez prancing off the mound after a strikeout.
Eric Davis at the height if his powers.
A young Davey Martinez making a spectacular catch against the wall in dead center.
A flying Quebec Nordiques logo.
Vintage Rex Hudler hitting a three-run homer.
32-year-old Damaso Garcia, on his last legs, cracking a game-winning homer.
The entire highlight reel narrated by TWO guys named Francois.

Is that something you’d be interested in watching?

I thought so.

(h/t @PatHagan)

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  1. 20 August 2010 2:29 am

    Clip magnifique! The game was on Saturday, 7/22 that year, Montreal was down 5-1 going to the last of the 9th, and here’s yer box score:

    http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1989/B07220MON1989.htm

  2. ejb514416905 permalink
    20 August 2010 11:07 pm

    I remember that the ‘Spos collpased in August, as per usual when my family went on vacation in August.

    It was great to see a clip of Pasqual pitch and even more fun to see how excited our fans were.

    I even saw some sunlite at the Big O, imagine that.

  3. joeybesta permalink
    25 August 2010 1:38 am

    What made that game great was that it was broadcast on NBC and Costas had written off the Expos (reading off the credits) before the Expos demolished Franco in the 9th.
    I went to the game the night before…watched the Big O roof retract before game time and then saw Kevin Gross beat Tim Leary 3-1 on a beautiful, warm, starry night after having spent a beautiful summer day walking around in Montreal.
    It was the peak of the ’89 season. Langston was demolishing the league and the Expos were 3 games up, looking like they were headed for the playoffs.
    There was a lot of buzz in Montreal over the Expos at that time. Everyone was wearing “Don’t mess with the Expos” T-Shirts.
    Attendance was up, the roof worked and the Big O never looked better.
    That series was probably also my peak as an Expos (super) fan. I never followed the team quite the same way after the ’89 collapse.
    Watching this clip reminds me of what could have (should have) been. Sigh…

    • Jonah permalink*
      25 August 2010 8:59 am

      Thanks for sharing that, Joey.

      I spent that whole summer in Israel on a class trip. Family and buddies’ families sent us clippings from the Montreal Gazette to keep us updated on the race. The whole thing seemed surreal, following in bits and pieces from the other side of the world. Crazy summer in many ways.

  4. joeybesta permalink
    25 August 2010 3:36 pm

    In many ways the ’89 season felt like the ’94 season. It seemed inevitable in July that the Expos were finally going to make the playoffs and draw 2 million fans. It felt like the franchise finally turned the corner after the mass desertion following the 1983 season…then it all just evaporated.
    Bronfman put the team up for sale and the whole “Will this be the Expos final year in Montreal?” stuff started up.
    I feel like 1989 was the last year that the Expos were a true “big league” franchise.
    ’94 could have been another turning point but, of course, we’ll never know.

  5. mrokjazztokyo permalink
    29 August 2010 8:46 pm

    This may be the best clip I have seen..can’t understand a word of French but who cares! Pascual Perez needs a made-for-tv movie abotu him: “Lost at the Launching Pad: The Pascual Perez Story. The heartwarming tale of a young immigrant to the US who fights a drug addiction to become the master of the Eephus pitch..”

  6. gabefarkas permalink
    30 August 2010 12:35 pm

    The eephus pitch was the first one in the clip, right?

    Also, where was the ‘diques logo? I didn’t see it.

  7. Jonah permalink*
    30 August 2010 12:36 pm

    Nordiques logo came flying (briefly) through the screen during the “Sports Plus” intro, right at the beginning.

    And yes, that first pitch was the eephus, i.e. the big blooper pitch.

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