Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Travel Story of Bob Davidson's Youppi! Ejection

To celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Montreal mascot Youppi!'s ejection care of 3B Umpire Bob Davidson, we revisit a fateful 22-inning Dodgers-Expos game care of MLB.

With Los Angeles at-bat in the 11th, Manager Tommy Lasorda lodged a complaint against Youppi! for repeatedly jumping on and banging the roof of the Dodgers' third-base dugout (sound familiar, Brett Gardner?). Davidson enforced Official Baseball Rule 8.01(b) (then known as 9.01), which states, "Each umpire has authority to order a player, coach, manager or Club officer or employee to do or refrain from doing anything which affects the administering of these rules, and to enforce the prescribed penalties," and ordered Youppi! to leave the Dodgers alone.
Related PostWhy Umpire Chris Segal Ejected Brett Gardner (8/11/19).

Ejection Report: On August 23, 1989, with one out and none on in the top of the 11th inning of the Dodgers-Expos game, 3B Umpire Bob Davidson ordered the removal of mascot Youppi! for banging on the visitor's dugout. Replays indicate Youppi! successfully irritated Lasorda, the call was hilarious. At the time of the ejection, the game was tied 0-0. The Dodgers ultimately won the contest several hours later, 1-0, in 22 innings, a 6-hour, 14-minute game.
Related PostHappy Anniversary - Davidson Ejects Mascot Youppi! (8/24/18).

Bob told us the tale during his podcast episode explaining that, not only was everyone tired from the long game...it was also a travel day. Now, through the magic of video, here's Bob's story:

Alternate Link: Bob Davidson remembers the nightmare travel day of LA vs MTL (CCS)
Second Video: MLB Network remembers the historical Youppi! ejection via Epic Extras (MLBN)
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