Marquis Grissom's walk-off, extra-inning, inside-the-park home run was #PeakExpos
Grissom's walk-off inside-the-park HR was #PeakExpos
The 1994 Expos are the stuff of legends. Moises Alou batted .339. A 22-year-old Pedro Martinez went 11-5 with a 3.42 ERA (and hit a triple!).
When the infamous work stoppage cut the '94 season short, the Expos were in first place in the NL East at 74-40, thanks to an incredible 20-3 run down the stretch. During that stretch, the Expos won two extra-inning games, including a walk-off on Aug. 1.
But this wasn't just any walk-off. Outfielder Marquis Grissom led off the bottom of the 10th with a deep fly ball to center field. An initial misread of the trajectory twisted Gerald Young around. When he finally got underneath the ball, he couldn't make the Say Hey play and Grissom rounded the bases for the win:
Sure, that ball was misplayed, but it's not like it took a bunch of odd misplays to allow Grissom to score. He was flying around those bases and earned bonus points for sticking the landing at the plate. If only we had Statcast™ around back then to break down Young's route efficiency and to tell us Grissom's top speed on the bases ...