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Filling the Void: Nos Amours en Français

This game has everything: Tommy LaSorda, extreme extra-Innings, and a mascot ejection.

1986 Stade Olympique by Claude Brochu is licensed under CC BY SA-3.0

Filling the Void: Nos Amours en Français

Estimated Reading Time: 4 Minutes

We’re several weeks into our worldwide attempt to “flatten the curve” and have been offering daily escapes into the sporting events of yesteryear through our “Filling The Void” series. We’ve looked back on the inspiring, mind-boggling and remarkable events as well as the ordinary, daily games we’ve been missing in our lives. We here at The Turf Sports sincerely hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and being safe through these trying days. We’d also like to take a moment to send out a huge THANK YOU to all of those front-line folks keeping society going – from the medical community to those stocking grocery store shelves, delivering supplies around the country or helping us all fight this virus together in some other essential, invaluable way. You are all heroes.

Today: The Expos and Dodgers play twenty-two innings, and they do it in French.

Aujourd’hui: les Expos et Dodgers jouent vingt-deux manches et ils le font en français.

August 23rd, 1989, was a normal day in Montreal, and as the Montreal faithful filed into Olympic Stadium, this game also seemed destined to be normal. The Expos were on a downward slide as they slumped into September. After beginning the month sitting two games on top of the National League, the Expos have gone 7-14 in August, and now sit outside of a playoff spot.

The Dodgers, on the other hand, have nothing to gain from this series. Sitting 13 games out of a playoff spot, these hapless 1989 Dodgers are just trying to finish out this season without getting anyone hurt. They’ll be in for a tough October, as they’ll be forced to watch the Oakland Athletics take on the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.

This game goes the full distance, and then the full distance again, and then finally in the 22nd inning, the Dodgers score a run.

That’s right. This game goes 22 innings, and the Expos fail to cross the plate.

This broadcast is also in French, an experience I doubt many of you have had.

Even stranger? The Dodger pitcher who gets the win in this game? John Wetteland, who’ll be a part of the famously stacked 1994 Montreal Expos, as a closer.

Even weirder than that? During the 11th inning, Tommy Lasorda, the Dodger manager, and a grown adult man, got Youppi!, the Expos mascot, ejected.

“Youppi! took a running leap,” the mascot’s Wikipedia explains, “landing hard and noisily on [Dodger dugout] roof, and then sneaked into a front row seat. Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda complained to the umpires[3] and Youppi! was ejected by Bob Davidson,[4] though he later returned, confined to the home team’s dugout roof.”

You can even see LaSorda call Youppi! a “son of a bitch” at one point. Amazing.

You’re welcome, world.

See You Tomorrow. Stay Safe. Stay Smart. Wash Your Hands.

And now, an unchecked Google Translate of the article above, from English to French.

Le 23 août 1989 était une journée normale à Montréal, et alors que les fidèles montréalais entraient dans le Stade olympique, ce match semblait également destiné à être normal. Les Expos étaient sur une pente descendante alors qu’ils s’effondraient en septembre. Après avoir commencé le mois à jouer deux matchs au sommet de la Ligue nationale, les Expos sont allés de 7 à 14 en août et sont maintenant assis à l’extérieur des éliminatoires.

Les Dodgers, en revanche, n’ont rien à gagner de cette série. Assis 13 matchs hors des séries éliminatoires, ces malheureux Dodgers de 1989 essaient juste de terminer cette saison sans blesser personne. Ils seront dans un mois d’octobre difficile, car ils seront obligés de regarder l’Oakland Athletics affronter les Giants de San Francisco en World Series.

Ce match fait toute la distance, puis à nouveau toute la distance, puis finalement à la 22e manche, les Dodgers marquent un point.

C’est vrai. Ce match dure 22 manches et les Expos ne parviennent pas à franchir le marbre. Cette émission est également en français, une expérience que je doute que beaucoup d’entre vous aient vécue.  

Encore plus étrange? Le lanceur Dodger qui obtient la victoire dans ce match? John Wetteland, qui fera partie des célèbres Expos de Montréal de 1994, en tant que plus proche.

Encore plus bizarre que ça? Au cours de la 11e manche, Tommy Lasorda, le manager de Dodger et un homme adulte, ont éjecté Youppi !, la mascotte des Expos.

“Youppi! A fait un bond en avant”, explique la mascotte Wikipédia, “atterrissant dur et bruyamment sur le toit [pirogue Dodger], puis s’est faufilé dans un siège au premier rang. Le manager des Dodgers de Los Angeles Tommy Lasorda; s’est plaint aux arbitres et Youppi! Était expulsé par Bob Davidson bien qu’il soit revenu plus tard, confiné au toit de l’abri de l’équipe locale. ”

Vous pouvez même voir LaSorda appeler Youppi! un “fils de pute” à un moment donné. Incroyable.

Vous êtes les bienvenus, monde.

À demain. Restez en sécurité. Restez intelligent. Lavez-vous les mains.

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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