Why the Stadium Shook

from the archives

November 26, 2011

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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  3. Garry Witts Says:

    Those same Montreal Expos are now the Washington Nationals. CPride was a great talent and a terrific story of overcoming challenges. New talent in DC with Bryce Harper and his ‘mates -it could be an NL Pennant year for NATS! One other note: We’ve got a Jesuit Pope! How ’bout that?!
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  4. Rob Mee Says:

    Similarly, at the conclusion of the first performance of his 9th symphony after the now famous “Ode to Joy” ended, someone had to turn Beethoven around to face the audience to “see” the applause. He was sitting on stage facing the orchestra so that he feel the vibrations of the music but he hadn’t heard any of the notes that he had composed!

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