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It Hurts, It Hurts
2008-08-12 13:23
by Alex Belth
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

Jonah Keri reminds us of a painful moment in baseball history.  (Thanks to Repoz for the link.) How about a pouring vinegar on a paper cut while you are it, bro? 

Ah, late summer, '94.  I had just been kicked out of my dad's apartment--or was just about to be kicked-out--and my one-year stint as a waiter was about to begin.  I had spent the first six months of the year working on Ken Burns' "Baseball" series (my first post-college job) which was the only thing about baseball that kept me going that summer--that, and oh yeah, a pretty swell season by our New York Yankees.  

It was a drag for Yankee fans, yet the start of beautiful things to come.  The Expos on the other hand...the vinegar still stings... 

Comments
2008-08-12 13:35:47
1.   Shaun P
I still know a couple of guys who, after that thing, swore off pro baseball - and have stayed away from the game they once loved.

I will always believe that the Yanks would have won the Serious that year, and I was always be bitter than Mattingly didn't get his ring. And that the Expos would have lived, if there had just been a postseason for them to get to.

2008-08-12 13:48:03
2.   Raf
The way MLB treated the Expos was disgusting. I don't care what anyone says, if baseball can survive in Cleveland and Atlanta, then it could survive in Montreal. It's not like they didn't draw when they were competitive. They were in the race in '93, led the division in 94, stumbled in 95, and had the original divisional setup been retained, they would've battled the Cards to the wire in 96 (of course scheduling would probably have been different, but this is my fantasy :p).
2008-08-12 14:14:44
3.   Schteeve
Jonah Keri rocks.
2008-08-12 14:23:10
4.   Just fair
If I wasn't gettng ready for my Sophmore year of college, trying to make the baseball team, and courting my present wife, that 94 season would have been more of a kick in the pants. Probably a blessing I wasn't as invested then. If it happened again anytime soon, though, I would be one lost puppy. It's nice to know there are still Expos fans out
there. : )
2008-08-12 14:23:26
5.   Schteeve
And I have to say, I can't belive we are all somewhat happy to see Damon playing CF again. I mean, good lord.
2008-08-12 14:36:10
6.   cult of basebaal
5 huh? his range and his arm balance out, he's somewhere around average ... and with his bat, he's one of the most valuable CFs around ... he's not bobby "the worst OF in the league" abreu out there.

it might be a risk over the long run, but there isn't a long run anymore, just the dash to the finish line ... it's a good thing and it's about time.

2008-08-12 14:40:48
7.   Just fair
6 It's the singles in the gaps that go for doubles that are tough to stomach.
2008-08-12 14:40:48
8.   OldYanksFan
PeteAbe is pretty funny. He says:
"The worst road trip since the Joad family went to California has two games left."
Think anyone at Lohud will get it?
2008-08-12 14:44:25
9.   jonahkeri
Shaun P, I was one of those people who (briefly) quit following baseball after the '94 strike. I couldn't take what they did to my beloved Expos, or to the game as a whole.

What brought me back into following the game was my then-GF/now-wife buying me a Felipe Alou rookie card that year. It was just such an awesome gesture, she knew how important baseball, and especially the Expos, were to me. In retrospect I could've saved myself a decade of suffering had the Alou card gesture not brought me back. But I also would've missed out on a lot more good stuff if I went that way.

2008-08-12 15:38:22
10.   OldYanksFan
http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/08/12/mike-mussina-future-hall-of-famer/

"If I'm physically O.K., then I can keep pitching," he said. "It's a question of physically can I do it and mentally, do I want to keep going through this? When you're 15-7, it's always fun. The question you've got to ask yourself is, 'Can you deal with it when it's not fun, when it's hard?'

One thing Mussina will not do is hang around to try to win 300 games if he feels he cannot pitch to his standards. He does not understand the wisdom of judging a pitcher based on career stats, if some of those numbers were compiled when the pitcher was no longer elite.

2008-08-12 16:08:17
11.   Jon Weisman
Baseball strike begins on August 12. Girlfriend dumps me on August 20.

Not a good summer.

2008-08-12 19:23:39
12.   Shaun P
9 Jonah, I think I speak for many of us who are quite grateful your wife brought you back into the game, otherwise we would have been deprived of your fine writing over the years.

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