Sunday, August 23, 2009

"It Was Twenty Years Ago Today..."

Youppi! is currently the official mascot for the Montreal Canadiens, but once upon a time he was the longtime mascot of Montreal Expo.

Youppi! was the first mascot to be thrown out of a Major League Baseball game!

On August 23, 1989, in the 11th inning, while atop the visitors' dugout, Youppi! took a running leap, landed hard and noisily on its roof, and then snuck into a front row seat. Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda complained to the umpires and Youppi! was ejected (though he would later return and be confined to the home team's dugout roof. )

The Dodgers eventually won the game, 1 to 0, in 22 innings!! Official attendance was 21,742 and the game lasted for 5 hours and 14 minutes.

Orel Hershiser started for the Dodgers, whose line up included Willie Randolph, Eddie Murray and Mike Scioscia.

Pascual Perez, in his final season with the Expos, started the game. The Expos boasted Larry Walker, Andres Galarraga, Tim Raines, and Tim Wallach as starters with Marquis Grissom pinch hitting late in the game.

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