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  • September, 1993 series vs. Phillies

    Does anyone else remember this series? It was a 3 game series at Olympic from Sept. 17-19. The Expos were on a month long tear, cutting a double digit deficit to 3 games on my 1st place Phillies. In the first game, the Expos came back from a 7-3 hole to win in 12 innings. I seem to recall Curtis Pride hitting a big double in that game. The Phils hung on to win the second game, nearly blowing a 5-1, late inning lead. In the rubber match, the Expos scored 2 runs in the 9th off Mitch Williams to win 6-5. Will Cordero hit the game winning, 2-run double down the left field line after umpire Charlie Williams called Delino DeShields safe when he was clearly out at first base.

    I bring this series up because some posters in other threads mention the August, 2003, 4 game series against the Phils as one of the most memorable series ever. While that was an exciting series, 3 of those contests were blowout Expo wins. The games in 1993 were all close to the very end. The 'O was packed and loud and every pitch had people on the edge of their seats, including myself in my living room. I didn't appreciate it at the time because the Phils lost 2 of 3, but that was some of the best baseball I ever saw.

  • #2
    I certainly do. I was at the Curtis Pride double game. One of my favorite moments ever.
    The Montreal Expos Forever!!

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    • #3
      The 2003 series was fun, as it got us dreaming of the wildcard for a few days. But it dosent compare to the 93 series. I remeber listening to the Cordero double on the radio, we were out in the country, along with many of my cousins, listening to the end of the game on a car radio, the doors opened so everyone could listen in. There was great excitment there. We basically just ran out of real estate that year, perhaps we could have had an Expos-Blue Jays World Series. It would have been a didaster for the ratings, but I don't believe people tought and talked so much about that kind of things back in those days.

      2003, as I said, was fun. But it wasn't as exciting, I don't believe the attendance ever got over 20 000 for a game (maybe a little bit over, but not much more). Can't compare the two I don't think. Except that the '03 series was perhaps the last joyous moment of the team's history.
      From now until the end of September, I'll be chronicling in real time on Twitter the 1946 season of the International league's Montréal Royals, when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in professional baseball. Check it out: https://twitter.com/Royals_46season

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      • #4
        Code:
        132 Mon, Aug 25 box MON  PHI  W  12-1       68-64    4    17.0  2:35 L Hernandez  R Wolf        30,501 ++
        133 Tue, Aug 26 box MON  PHI  W  14-10      69-64    4    16.0  3:18 J Eischen    M Williams    12,509 +++
        134 Wed, Aug 27 box MON  PHI  W   9-6       70-64    4    16.0  3:05 H Almonte    D Plesac      20,105 ++++
        135 Thu, Aug 28 box MON  PHI  W   4-0       71-64    2    15.0  2:22 J Vazquez    A Telemaco    20,030 +++++
        In game one of that 2003 series they broke 30,000. The comeback game was the lowest of the 4 game set with 12,501. Final to games saw crowds of 20, 000. Good memories.
        Montreal Expos 1969 - 2004

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        • #5
          I also remember very well the 1993 game where Cordero hit that game-winning double down the left field line. Wow I was about 9 years old and I still remember it like it was yesterday. I never heard Denis Casavant's voice like that ever after. Normally composed, Casavant was literally yelling, which prompted Brulotte to yell even harder "Cordero, Cordero, COR-DE-RO".

          Definitely one of the best game I've ever watched. I would kill to obtain the audio transcript of Denis Casavant's call that day.

          Ironically, I was at game 4 of the 2003 series against the Phillies (for my 18th birthday). The atmosphere was crazy, it was an afternoon game, my friends and I were sweeping the floor to illustrate the 4-game sweep. Then we went on to Montreal Casino and finished the day at "Chez Parée". Can't you ask for a better 18th birthday gift ?

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          • #6
            My 18th birthday was not nearly as good, I admit...

            Denis Casavant is such a good play by play man. Don't know about hockey, but baseball and football, he's the best we've had on the french side in a long long time.

            Would you believe me if I told you I've never been to Chez Parée? 31 years living in Montréal, never been there.
            From now until the end of September, I'll be chronicling in real time on Twitter the 1946 season of the International league's Montréal Royals, when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in professional baseball. Check it out: https://twitter.com/Royals_46season

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            • #7
              Wow
              Although in recent years Chez Parée has lost some of its touch, it is still somewhere you need to go, especially after a sports game.

              Denis Casavant is one of the best play-by-play guy I've ever heard. It's a pleasure to hear him at TEAM 990 every morning, he's as good in english as he was in french.

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