Why The Stadium Shook

Every once in a while, I stumble across a piece of writing that makes me double-gulp. Take a look at the last two sentences of this piece from Terry McDonell (“In My Tribe”) from this week’s SI:

“On Sept. 17,1993, The Expos were hosting the Phillies in the first game of a crucial late-season series. Philly was leading 7-4 late in the game when Montreal manager Filipe Alou sent up Curtis Pride to pinch-hit. Though born 95% deaf, Pride had played on the U.S. men’s under-18 national soccer team and been the point guard for William and Mary before spending eight seasons in the minors.

In the second at bat of his major league career, he hit a two-run double, which was enough to make anyone’s throat catch. The jet-engine roar of the crowd was juxtaposed with the image of Pride stoically standing on second — deaf, literally to the cacophony.

Only after the third base coach called timeout and walked the 90 feet down to Pride and asked him to tip his helmet did he understand that the stadium shook, shook for him.”

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6 Responses to “Why The Stadium Shook”

  1. Alison Says:

    Jim,

    Thanks for reminding me of that incredible moment. A diehard fan who still pines for the Expos, I watched that game on TV. Reading about it again gave me a double-gulp of my own.

  2. Susan Says:

    Excellent writing by yourself and the authorin SI , and I am sure your double gulp had nothing do to with your Phillies trying to make it to the World Series in ’93. Thank you.

  3. Josh Suteir Says:

    I miss the ‘spos! That was such a great team! And they would have given Canada 3 consecutive world series if not for calamity “striking” MLB :S .. at least my NBA is back!

  4. Rob Says:

    Beethoven was scheduled to conduct the first performance of his 9th symphony – the Choral Symphony featuring Schiller’s “Ode to Joy.” Unfortunately, he had to be replaced as the rehearsals were chaos due to his deafness. At the performance he sat on stage watching the orchestra and feeling the vibrations from the stage floor. At it’s conclusion, the applause was thunderous and someone had to turn Beethoven around to face the audience as he was unaware of the applause!

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