Tusa: A special revenge for Luis Tiant

From SABR member Alfonso Tusa at The Hardball Times on December 11, 2017:

Carbon monoxide emissions came out from the car in the garage. Dad took off in the Plymouth Century. “Are you breathing that smoke again? Get out from there. You’re going to poison yourself, then we’ll have to go to the hospital instead of going to Cumaná.”

I ran to the kitchen. Mom was very upset because now the breakfast was cold. “It was about time that you recalled about breakfast.”

When the sun pushed that Sunday to 11 o’clock in the morning, Dad moved the control to the drive position, and the Plymouth started to advance through La Florida street.

“Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet city woman…
I can see your face. I can hear your voice. I can almost touch you.”

After that sticky song finished, they announced a baseball game broadcasting. I begged Dad to stay with the game on the radio. Mom threw him a sympathetic gaze. Dad told me I would have to explain to him some things about baseball he didn’t understand.

Commentator Carlitos Gonzalez was saying that Luis Tiant would be the starting pitcher for the Tiburones de La Guaira team, and I went back to a January night of 1971. Leones del Caracas and Tiburones de La Guaira played the semifinal playoff series. Rookie Robert Marcano came to bat as a pinch hitter and smacked a home run off Tiant to eliminate the Caracas team.

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Originally published: December 15, 2017. Last Updated: December 15, 2017.