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Three outs away from “El Perfecto…”

During the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s teleconference call to announce the class of 2014 this afternoon, Canadian Baseball Network’s Kevin Glew beat me to the punch on a question regarding Dennis Martinez’s perfect game posed to new inductee Dave Van Horne. The answer offered by the long-time voice of the Expos, however, was far better than either of us could have hoped for.

Van Horne was working the TSN telecast with Ken Singleton, and noted that between the top and bottom halves of the ninth inning on that July afternoon in 1991, the two removed their headsets and just talked for about twenty seconds about the performance which moments later, Vin Scully would describe as “nothing scratchy, nothing fluky, it was a masterpiece.”

“With about a minute to go in the break, I thought to myself, this is Dennis Martinez’s moment,” Van Horne said, continuing “Van Horne, don’t get in the way of this. This is not your story, it’s Dennis Martinez’s story.”

Van Horne then shared a recollection he had about growing up just outside of Philadelphia listening to old Athletics and Phillies games on the radio, for which a sponsor was El Producto cigars.

“I couldn’t think of a way to incorporate El Presidente with Producto, but then all of a sudden, with about ten seconds go to before we went into the bottom of the ninth I thought, perfecto. If (Martinez) does this, that’s exactly what I’m going to say.”

When Marquis Grissom cradled Chris Gwynn’s fly ball and history into his golden glove, Van Horne unleashed “El Presidente, El Perfecto!” then “we pushed away from the monitors and let the director tell the story with pictures and the crowd reaction.”

“It was a wonderful moment for Dennis and a great moment for the franchise,” Van Horne said.

And perfect.

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