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Man falls at Olympic Stadium game, in critical condition

Mar 29, 2014, 1:14 AM EDT

Olympic Stadium AP

The Montreal Gazette is reporting that an unidentified fan fell from the Olympic Stadium stands during Friday night’s game between the Mets and Blue Jays in Montreal and is in critical condition.

A release stated that the man fell while walking to his seat, dropping 30-45 feet to the ground below. No further information was provided, except to say that the police does “fear for his life at this time.”

Friday’s game at Olympic Stadium was the first between major league teams in the 10 years since the Expos left for Washington D.C. It featured a ceremony honoring the late Hall of Famer Gary Carter, whose widow was in attendance. The announced attendance was 46,121, a larger crowd than the Expos drew in any of their home games in their final four years in existence. In 2004, the team averaged less than 10,000 people per home game.

The Blue Jays ended up winning the game 5-4.

  1. renaado - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    Must be drunk.. Hope he gets better soon.

    • cohnjusack - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:46 AM

      Yes, as no sober people have ever had an accident…

      • renaado - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:53 AM

        Point taken.

  2. rgledz - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:35 AM

    Printed this out, rolled it up real tight and shoved it up Haunted Soul’s a$$. Reblog that douche nozzle.

  3. stephenwonder - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:55 AM

    Thankfully, the Blue Jays won this important game 5-4.

    • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      Pretty soulless comment under the circumstances, no?

      • vivabear - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        Almost as bad as some prick bitching about how $hitty of a song sweet Caroline is under the article about Neil Diamond performing live at Fenway after the Boston marathon bombing.

      • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        Ah, sewerbear. The silence in your drainpipe must have finally gotten the better of you. I guess you were waiting for an excuse sufficiently artificial to make yet another substantial contribution to this blog. Of course, to criticize a piece of kitschy musical garbage like “Sweet Caroline,” which had absolutely no bearing on the Boston tragedy – which here you are exploiting with your usual sublime sensitivities yourself – is consubstantial with criticizing some jackass (very much in your own mould, by the way – in both senses of ‘mould’) for considering an exhibition game incidental to a human tragedy. You were, are, and always will be a dimwitted, undiscriminating wretched nobody.

      • vivabear - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        Poor Old Felcher….can’t help but make everything all about himself. Just a narcissist hypocrite.

      • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        Wretched little sewerbear – moving the goalposts all over the field, thinking that his shirt of invisibility plus two keeps everyone from noticing how hopelessly lame his junior high school level rhetorical gambits are. You might spend some time more constructively, if such a thing is within your admittedly limited mental ambit, memorizing The Signifying Monkey.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        vivabear – Mar 29, 2014 at 1:54 PM
        Poor Old Felcher….can’t help but make everything all about himself. Just a narcissist hypocrite

        Well said Vivabear, well said and 100% true, this guy should be put out to pasture

      • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        Ah, the Bernoulli Twins of imbecility. A symmetry even Blake would have appreciated.

      • groupofsevenrules - Mar 29, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        Hey Gator – just noticed your question about Inuit back there – no, I haven’t studied their language but up here a lot of them come down from Nunavut to work on the tar sands or in the related businesses. So I pick up some of the lingo. That’s one of about ten different words they have for idiot but you’re on the spot that I picked it for its alliteration with illiterate.

        I sort of get what Harry’s problem is – that he feels like a nobody and his loutishness here is a cry for attention even though he makes himself look like such a fool. But what on Earth is wrong with this sewerbear character? Harry is pretty dumb, but that guy is dow right UGLY.

        Incidentally, I am curious, I know you love the Junkies and the Skydiggers, but who are your favorite Canadian writers?

      • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        Hey seven –

        Well, Saul Bellow has to top the list (I took a course with him at the University of Chicago – fantastic experience). I never did like Margaret Atwood very much, though – the poetry didn’t appeal to me and the novels all seem the same. She is supposed to have written a bunch of very good essays on Canadian literature in general that I guess I owe it to myself to read some day, even given how little enthusiasm I have for her stuff. W. P. Kinsella is a definite favorite. As critical writers go, Northrop Frye can’t be equaled – both the Anatomy and Symmetry were just amazing. I haven’t gotten into Alice Munro but plan to do so after I finish a couple of projects currently taking up all the room on my desk. I also love Farley Mowat, even though the US State Department doesn’t agree with me for reasons that beggar logic and even sanity. Fortunately, Mowat himself didn’t give a flying crap what the State Department thought of him. Good for him. And of course there’s McLuhan, who has been left behind to some extent but whose influence is still so palpable. He saw it all coming long, long ago. Hats orf to him.

        As far as sewerbear, if you missed the origins, in precis, he used to come on here and make some pretty stupid comments about various baseball things, especially the Garza-for-Logan Morrison trade talks between the Cubs and Feesh a few years ago which, for some reason known only to the gods of dimness, he refused to admit were going on. Then there followed a series of dumb comments he made about other things – especially a few unfathomably odd assertions about English grammar and vocabulary – that I pointed out were dumb and why. But back then he was dumb in a fairly innocuous way. Then he disappeared for a while, during which time something must have gone horribly wrong with his life, and he resurfaced months later in the obsessive, bitter, vulgar and malignant form which you now behold. If you told him to go get a life, he would prolly point out that I am his life (though one assumes from his juvenile name-calling that he must frequent some pretty seedy internet porn sites too). I suppose that if I didn’t exist, he would have to invent me. It’s hard to believe, but he ackcherley doesn’t seem to appreciate how much he amuses me. I think of him as my personal catnip mouse toy.

        If I ever go back for another degree, maybe in psychopathology, I would collect his comments from this site and use them for a thesis on obsessive-compulsive disorder. I’d have to make up another name for him, of course; I’ve been toying with C.H.U.D.

  4. proudlycanadian - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    The game itself was a lot of fun. There were many former Expos in attendance. The hitting stars for the Jays were Bautista and Encarnacion. Those two are poised for big years.

  5. proudlycanadian - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    One thing that Matthew failed to mention was that in their final years, Scrooge McLoria owned the Expos. The fans were pissed off at the way Loria and MLB had treated The Expos.

  6. renaado - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Please bring Baseball back to MONTREAL !

  7. renaado - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Please bring the regular season Baseball back to MONTREAL !

    • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 29, 2014 at 10:57 AM


      • clydeserra - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:07 AM


      • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:13 PM

        Whatsamatter, poor dim Harry – mommy trying to change your diaper, or trying to feed you some strained carrots?

  8. bucrightoff - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Montreal fans still love baseball…the Big O is still the worst stadium in North America however. Build a new stadium and a team in Montreal will be successful.

    • renaado - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      Agreed ! I don’t know where but as long it’s in Montreal.

      • thebadguyswon - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:53 AM

        Don’t see that ever happening. Montrealers aren’t into baseball enough where a private investor would buy land downtown and then build an outdoor, open-air park with little to no public money. And that’s what it would take. I can easily see AA or AAA ball coming to Montreal. But not the big leagues.

      • renaado - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:02 AM

        Can’t they just put up a 25000-30000 capacity seat stadium at 1st, And if the attendance rate goes up from that they can extend it to the ones like Fenway park for example? I don’t know if the statement Montreal people aren’t that into baseball but if they put on a Team there capable of some challenge they might lure on some people even if they weren’t Baseball fans.

      • thebadguyswon - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:33 AM

        They never came back after the 94 strike. The fans of Montreal got screwed, but so did the fans in Cleveland, Chicago (WS), New York (Yankees) and Seattle. Those fans came back afterwards. The Montreal fans just didn’t. Granted, much of that was the distaste from how Loria dealt with them. But MLB is not going to reinvest in Montreal. I know Warren Cromartie is trying, but it won’t happen. And 95% of why isn’t the fans, but the fact no one is going to build the stadium.

  9. sabatimus - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Makes me wonder what the railings or other containments are like at Olympic Stadium if he really did fall 30-45 feet simply “while walking to his seat”.

  10. alexo0 - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    It’s being reported now that the man fell while climbing onto a guardrail in order to fire up the crowd.

    • renaado - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      Was he drunk or just being stupid? Still wishing for him to have a quick recovery though.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 29, 2014 at 10:56 AM

        Showing up at this game alone proves he was at least as stupid as old gator

      • renaado - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        LoL… Why would you say that?

      • jimeejohnson - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        Because Old Gator ratted out DirtyHarry as a pea brained loser countless times. It’s easy: Harry IS a pea brained loser.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        The only rat I see and smell is you jimeeeeee I bet with a name like that you got your ass kicked a LOT

      • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:38 PM

        I don’t think there’s anything wrong with his name but, as Gator and others have pointed out from time to time, your taking the name of a movie tough guy is consistent with the theory that you suffer from an inferiority complex. I just happen to have a day off today or I don’t think I would waste my time saying this, but you are so boring and childish that you are a bust even as a troll.

      • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        Damn, hit the send button too soon again – a hypothetical response to a total idiot, meant to be part of a hypothetical thesis. Anyway:

        “As he continues to blog like a fourteen year old, Dirty Harry more than occasionally forgets his Clint Eastwood impersonation and, in place of Eastwood’s trademark laconicism, he resorts to hysterical all-caps passages out of a deep seated fear having not made himself apparent, despite the simplicity and transparency of his anxieties.”

        It would work. Maybe I’ll do this as an online course.

      • groupofsevenrules - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        Haha – if you lived up here you would HAVE to do it online, but it has possibilities. I have to go to work soon but just a last quick question – do you read French at all?

      • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:47 PM

        I hate to admit it but my French pretty much deteriorated after I submitted my diss – you know how that goes; I already had Spanish but needed that second language to submit the thesis, and I had a choice of French or German. Well, I’d taken two years of French in junior high school and hated it but I had no German in my belly at all, so….and of course, you take the test and then it falls out of your head. But here in Macondo I’m surrounded by Spanish speakers so I get daily practice. I suppose if I lived in eastern Canada there’s be enough Francophonics going on around me that I might have saved some of it from sinking into swamp fart country. I got as far as reading Robbe-Grillet (pretty simple straightforward stuff) but had one encounter with Flaubert and ran screaming down the hall. I have read quite a bit of French literature in translation, but that’s as far as it goes.

        Where are you, anyway? Fort McMurray area? “Up here” in Canada covers a lot of terrain. What’d you do, say the hell with living hand to mouth as a French teacher and head for that black gold payday?

      • groupofsevenrules - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:15 AM

        Hi Gator – long night, late shift, and I need my sleep. But to answer your question, yes, that’s basically how it is. I do get the call to teach occasionally here as a substitute. Mostly tutouring really, because this is a boom town and folk come from all over Canada, including Quebecois who want their kids to be taught French. It’s a few extra dollars in pocket and it can be dear to live here. I think we must pay more for firewood than you do for gasoline. I was lucky that I moved here years ago from near Ottawa when prices weren’t so bad and bought myself, I guess you would call it, a cabin outside of town and didn’t get raped by the banks. I share it with my girl friend who works in retail in Fort McMurry (or “Wood Buffalo” or “the urban services area” or whatever the bureaucrats are calling it these days). By the way she is also an ex-teacher and thinks your posts are hilarious too.

        Time to get some rest. Talk to you soon. Go Jays!

    • sabatimus - Mar 29, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      Where’s the report?

      • alexo0 - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      • sabatimus - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        Thanks. Wow, that’s a really dumb thing to do.

  11. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 29, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    He probably saw the radar gun on Burhrle’s fastball and wanted a better look and fell out of his seat when he couldn’t believe what it was saying. Also baseball is NEVER coming back to Montreal, not today, not tomorrow, not 20 years from now and it will be leaving Toronto soon enough. And YOU can take that to the BANK BUD!!

    • canadiansportsfan77 - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      Can’t take any of that to the bank actually

    • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      No, but you can< take miserable poor dim Harry back to his kennel after yet another exercise in milking a tragedy for what passes for humor in his rot-eaten universe. Every time we think our virtual village idiot has finally eaten all the excrement off the bottom of his blogosphere and defecated it back upon us like some pollution-deformed Plecostomus from a 1950s horror movie, he finds a fresh patch of it to slurp.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        who are you kidding? you laughed your a$$ at my comment and you know it. when it comes to humor there is no doubt I am gifted

      • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        Yes, the way birth defects are reclassified in our age of political correctness as “differently abled.”

  12. channelguy - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Baseball in Toronto isn’t in any trouble. Toronto led the majors in attendance in 1992 and 1993. It has fallen off because since 1993, Toronto has not only not been in the playoffs, but they haven’t been close, not in a single pennant race of any kind. When they get a strong team they will draw.

    Baseball in Montreal died because they literally lost a large part of their original fan base. It may seem incredible now that Montreal got a team before Toronto, but in 1969, Montreal was still the main economic center in Canada, with Toronto closing fast. But in 1976 Quebec elected a separatist government, which promptly enacted highly racist anti-Anglo laws, and over the next decade, half a million Anglo Montrealers left, mostly to Toronto. The 1994 strike, which wiped out a very strong Expo season, and the imbecile cheapskate owner Loria (who has screwed around with the Florida team the same way) finished the fan base off. So no, I don’t think Montreal has a hope of ever getting another team.

    • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      I dispute only that Scrooge McLoria did to the Expos what he’s been doing to the Feesh. He helped MLB kill the Expos but he keeps the Feesh alive – you know, the way a tarantula wasp larva slowly eats the guts out of its host without killing it.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      Ummm its not 1992 or 1993, that’s over 20 years ago and its so long ago that old gator still had hair on his palms and was only on his 2nd plate in his head.

      • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        And our virtual village idiot was already on his 40th self-inflicted thumb up – and he wasn’t even going to be born for another six or seven years!

  13. lukedunphysscienceproject - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Not that it’s particularly relevant to this story, and I wish the best to the fan who was injured, but I think it would have been nice if the Nationals had played in this game. I don’t live in DC anymore, but I have been down there for several weekend games, and almost always find small but noisy and fun contingents of ex-Expo fans (Expo-Expats?) who made their way down from Montreal wandering around before the game with their Expo jerseys on having a great time drinking and hanging out with the Nats fans. It seems like alot of them have adopted the Nats as their team.

    Unless I’m seeing the same group of drunks every time. I’m usually not in any shape to take names myself.

  14. zdravit - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    He was just sacrificing himself to the baseball gods. Baseball will return to Montreal.

  15. thebigwhitecat - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Olympic Stadium is a concrete dump. I was there for a game in the ’80s when Al Oliver hit a grand slam to beat the Cubs.

    Much better views from the Wrigley rooftops.

    But the Montreal women are much better looking than Chicago women.

  16. renaado - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Dude seriously….. What’s the point in putting this up?

  17. renaado - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    I haven’t known that.. I’m still pretty new here by the way and have only joined this site last Wednesday. Still, thanks for reminding me though.

  18. Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Awww, you know the importance of being an earnest Christian. He’s just yanking his Bunbury.

  19. renaado - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Oh…. I see :-).

  20. nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Correct me if wrong, but I recall seeing that any reblogging triggers an automatic comment as we see here. We needn’t throw spitballs.

  21. Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    True. It’s advertising, really, and there’s an ambient vomit of that as it is. Craig could put a stop to it by posting NBC’s online advertising rates and announcing that anyone who posts a reblog notice will be sent an invoice, and be subject to the usual legal actions if they don’t pay it. That would put a crimp in this noxious practice toot sweet.

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