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Believer Fever flashback: that great run in August 2003

Posted: 08/18/2011 12:57 AM

Believer Fever flashback: that great run in August 2003 



August 2003:
The last time we were all thrilled to be Expos fans??

starting today, a reprise of each game from Aug. 18 to the end of that great little run:
Expos start in 4th place in the NL East, at 65-60:
http://www.baseball-reference....date=2003-08-18

Today's  (Aug. 18) result, Hermanson & F.Alou of SF Giants fall to Expos' Vasquez, 4-0:
http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/...ameId=230818120

Expos hand Giants sixth straight loss

MONTREAL (AP) -- The Montreal Expos showed their former manager no mercy with a historic sweep.

 

Javier Vazquez pitched a three-hitter for his first shutout in nearly two years as the Montreal Expos completed a season sweep of the San Francisco Giants with a 4-0 win Monday.

 

San Francisco finished 0-7 against Montreal overall, the first time in the franchise's 121-year history it was swept in a season series involving more than three games according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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Scoring Summary
SF MON 6th J Vidro singled to center, E Chavez scored, J Vidro to second advancing on throw. 0 1 7th J Vazquez grounded out to shortstop, W Cordero scored, J Carroll to second. 0 2 7th E Chavez doubled to left center, J Carroll scored. 0 3 8th B Schneider hit sacrifice fly to center, R Calloway scored, O Cabrera to third. 0 4 View complete Play-By-Play

Batting                                    AB   R  H  RBI  BB  SO   BA        OPS  Pit  Str   WPA    aLI  WPA+   WPA- RE24 PO A Team Totals                            29  4  9  4    2    3     .310       .758 131 79 -0.030 0.97 0.552 -0.584 -0.3 27 6
Endy Chavez CF413100.254.6541490.1680.970.191-0.0231.8402·2B
Jose Vidro 2B301111.324.8971990.1631.070.189-0.0261.111
Ron Calloway RF311000.232.671118-0.0180.910.004-0.023-0.020SH
Orlando Cabrera SS401000.297.826138-0.1691.050.006-0.176-1.121
Brad Wilkerson LF300000.262.8252213-0.1281.110.001-0.129-1.320SH
Wil Cordero 1B311011.271.791156-0.0130.650.029-0.0420.270IW
Brian Schneider C201100.245.7601160.0210.840.059-0.038-0.1612B,SF,SH
Jamey Carroll 3B411000.262.6651511-0.0210.890.041-0.062-0.532
Javier Vazquez P300101.176.408119-0.0331.320.032-0.065-0.401
2B: B Schneider (18, off D Hermanson); E Chavez 2 (20, 1 off D Hermanson, 1 off J Christiansen).
SF: B Schneider (2, off C Zerbe).
SH: B Schneider (1, off M Herges); B Wilkerson (2, off C Zerbe); R Calloway (4, off D Hermanson).
IBB: W Cordero (5, by C Zerbe).
TB: E Chavez 5; B Schneider 2; J Vidro; O Cabrera; W Cordero; J Carroll; R Calloway.
RBI: B Schneider (33); E Chavez (40); J Vazquez (6); J Vidro (51).
2-out RBI: E Chavez.
Team LOB: 7.
With RISP: 3 for 13.
Fielding
DP: 1. O Cabrera-J Vidro-W Cordero.
my credo: go Jets, go Nordiques, go Expos

Last edited 08/18/2011 6:42 AM by GoSposII

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Posted: 08/18/2011 10:12 AM

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I can not believe that that was actually 8 years ago now.  I still remember it like it was yesterday. ....the years, they do fly by in a blink.
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Posted: 08/18/2011 1:23 PM

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2003 was the last year I had my season tickets and I didn't miss a game. I decided not to renew in 2004. I could not take another summer of the Frobbo and Hairpiece show.

I only attended 3 games in 2004, opening day, Tim Raines day and the last ever game at the BigO.
"In 1958, people used to scream at me, you Puerto Rican S.O.B. I didn't understand then, so I always said, "Thank you very much." - Orlando Cepeda.
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Posted: 08/19/2011 1:34 AM

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August 19:
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/...ameId=230819119

ESPNLosAngeles.com 
 Scoring Summary
MON LA 1st V Guerrero scored, O Cabrera safe at second on error by first baseman R Ventura. 1 0 1st R Ventura doubled to deep right, D Roberts, P Lo Duca and J Burnitz scored. 1 3 2nd E Chavez singled to center, B Schneider scored, T Tucker to second. 2 3 5th R Calloway singled to right center, J Vidro scored. 3 3 6th M Kinkade singled to center, R Ventura scored, J Cabrera thrown out at home, A Cora to third, M Kinkade to second advancing on throw. 3 4 7th B Wilkerson homered to right. 4 4 7th S Green homered to right. 4 5 8th W Cordero doubled to deep center, E Guzman and J Vidro scored. 6 5 8th O Cabrera singled to right, W Cordero scored. 7 5 View complete Play-By-Play

Guerrero ejected for arguing with umpire.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Wil Cordero usually keeps himself ready to pinch-hit.

 

On Tuesday night, he never had a chance to warm up.Summoned by manager Frank Robinson after the ejection of Vladimir Guerrero between innings, Cordero drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a double in the eighth as the Montreal Expos beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5 for their sixth straight victory.

 

"When I'm not playing, I always come inside the clubhouse and get loose because I don't like getting caught by surprise," Cordero said. "But when Guerrero got thrown out of the game, that did. I was just looking for a ball I that could drive."

 

Cordero drove a pitch by Paul Quantrill (1-4) to the wall in left-center for a 6-5 lead. It was only the second hit in a span of 20 at-bats by Expos pinch-hitters, and the first in eight pinch-hit at-bats by Cordero. Orlando Cabrera added an RBI single.
my credo: go Jets, go Nordiques, go Expos

Last edited 08/19/2011 1:38 AM by GoSposII

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Posted: 08/19/2011 8:41 PM

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Jonah Keri and yours truly was at that game. We couldn't figure out why Vlad was ejected during the game.
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Posted: 08/20/2011 12:46 AM

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my credo: go Jets, go Nordiques, go Expos
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Posted: 08/21/2011 12:57 AM

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Aug. 21: yikes, another loss:
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/...ameId=230821119

On Wednesday night, Alex Cora took a chance and scored the tying run in the ninth inning on a slowly hit grounder. The Dodgers went on to beat Montreal in the 10th.

 

This time, the score was tied at 1 in the eighth when Roberts beat out a bunt single with two outs. Izturis followed with a line drive into the right-field corner, and Roberts never broke stride as third-base coach Glenn Hoffman waved him home.
my credo: go Jets, go Nordiques, go Expos

Last edited 08/21/2011 12:59 AM by GoSposII

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Posted: 08/22/2011 3:31 AM

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August 22nd: MLB standings:
http://www.baseball-reference....mit=Submit+Date

NL East Division

 Tm                     W                          L                      W-L %                             GB           RS             RA             pythW-L%
FLA2212.647--147129.559
ATL1915.5593.0184147.601
MON1716.5154.5147144.509
PHI1619.4576.5182182.500
NYM1123.32411.093128.358



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my credo: go Jets, go Nordiques, go Expos

Last edited 08/22/2011 3:51 AM by GoSposII

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Posted: 08/22/2011 12:48 PM

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Like most great Expos memories, the believer fever pennant chase of 2003 is bittersweet to me.  Not as bittersweet as 1994, but it's up there. The worst part about it for me was not that we came up short, but that the Marlins prevailed.  That 4-game series in Florida around Labour Day was probably the most depressing and deflating series I ever witnessed in all my years as an Expos fan. I can't even look back fondly on the Phillies sweep because it actually helped the Marlins win the Wild Card(since we knocked Philly off for them).  At the time, though, it was a great feeling.
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Posted: 08/26/2011 7:11 AM

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August 26th standings:

NL East Division

Tm                                        W                       L                  W-L%                           GB RS RA pythW-L%
ATL8447.641--745609.591
PHI7061.53414.0623549.558
FLA7061.53414.0616574.532
MON6964.51916.0598588.508
NYM5872.44625.5561632.446
my credo: go Jets, go Nordiques, go Expos

Last edited 08/26/2011 7:12 AM by GoSposII

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Posted: 08/31/2011 2:51 AM

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August 31st standings:
http://www.baseball-reference....mit=Submit+Date

damn Marlins, truly the Expos dream-busters:
http://www.baseball-reference....200308310.shtml

frown
my credo: go Jets, go Nordiques, go Expos

Last edited 08/31/2011 2:56 AM by GoSposII

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Posted: 08/31/2011 7:08 PM

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Look at the table on the right of that link (Standings For Games Played After this Date).  Marlins played close to .700 ball in September (18-8) while we played .500 (12-12).  The Marlins really built momentum going into the playoffs.
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Posted: 07/15/2013 12:25 PM

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You're forgetting maybe the most crucial game of the whole run... Aug 17th, Wilkerson's walk off grand slam against the Giants

http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=2308171 20

I was at this game.  Ponson pitched amazing for 8 innings.  When Wilkerson nailed that homer, there was 2 outs and the count was full.  What more could you ask for?  This was the moment I started to believe the team actually had a legit shot that year.  I went to 3/4 of the series against the Phillies, missing only the Tuesday night game where they had that insane comeback from being down 8-0.  Got to watch Vasquez strike out 10 Phillies and complete the sweep in front of 20,000 fans and change on my birthday.  If they had continued that run, I wouldn't have missed a single game from then til the rest of the season.  ******* Marlins!
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Posted: 07/15/2013 12:35 PM

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Other highlights of that season that I saw in person.

-Wilkerson hits for a natural cycle. Its a shame that his career never really took off after a few great seasons in Montreal and Washington. He seemed destined to be an all-star. This game was also notable for being the same day that Minaya managed to convince the Texas Rangers to trade the Expos Juan Gonzalez, only to have him veto the trade the next day.

-Vlad's 500+ foot home run off the (100% not used) ad paneling below the Big O's upper deck in left field against the Braves. An absolute laser! The hardest hit / fastest traveling ball I've ever seen.

Last edited 07/15/2013 12:36 PM by shaunderson

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Posted: 07/29/2013 12:34 PM

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yes, 2003 was quite good and memorable overall... even a whiff of optimism


.........
my credo: go Jets, go Nordiques, go Expos
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