Friday, August 24, 2018

Happy Anniversary - Davidson Ejects Mascot Youppi!

Happy 29th anniversary to Bob Davidson's historical ejection of Montreal mascot Youppi! during an extra-inning affair between the visiting Dodgers and host Expos in 1989. The following report captures the unique moment in MLB history:

3B Umpire Bob Davidson ejected Montreal Expos mascot Youppi!, now an NHL-Canadiens property (unsportsmanlike-NEC; banging on the visiting Dodgers' dugout roof) in the top of the 11th inning of the Dodgers-Expos game. As Dodgers second baseman Willie Randolph prepared to face Expos pitcher Bryn Smith, Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda protested Youppi!'s presence atop the visitors' third base dugout; with the game in the 11th inning, Youppi! had donned sleepwear and, per Lasorda, was distracting his squad, leading Youppi's removal from the game, a major league mascot first. At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 0-0. The Dodgers ultimately won the contest, 1-0, in 22 innings.

Bob talked about this six-hour, 14-minute game in August of 1989 during Episode 1 of The Plate Meeting podcast, calling it one of his travel-day nightmares. As the story goes, the crew got back to the hotel at some point in the morning following this eight-longest game in MLB history, packed up, and headed directly to the airport for an AM flight to the west coast, via Chicago.
Related PostPlate Meeting Podcast - Episode 1 - Bob Davidson (7/18...Tune to 1:11:00).

Video as follows:
Alternate Link: After Youppi! annoys Lasorda, Davidson ejects first mascot in MLB history (M)


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