Jim Caple, Senior Writer, ESPN.com, has a great post today about bringing Major League baseball back to Montreal. It is lengthy and provides much background on the Expos and their demise. But his angle is mostly on the positive aspects of Nos Amours and how a movement is afoot to bring them back.
The shame of it is that the Expos once were the best team in baseball, and they also were well supported. They outdrew the Yankees in the early ’80s and the Mets in the early ’90s. But the 1994 strike put an end to the World Series hopes of a first-place team that had Pedro Martinez, Larry Walker, Moises Alou and Marquis Grissom on the roster. The Expos never recovered, thanks in large part to Loria. After he salted the earth, poisoned the water and released radiation in Montreal, baseball finally moved the franchise to Washington in 2005.
Matthew Ross, administrator of the ExposNation Facebook – http://www.Facebook.com/ExposNation , had a piece in The Gazette yesterday illustrating the strong bond that still exists between the team and its fans.
As an administrator of the ExposNation Facebook fan page, I am calling on Montreal baseball fans to occupy Section 240 of the Rogers Centre on Sunday when the Toronto Blue Jays face the Tampa Bay Rays in a 1 p.m. start. The goal is to galvanize the existing Montreal fan base while letting the media, major-league executives, the governments and prospective new Expos investors know that Montreal still has a baseball pulse.
Of course all of this means nothing…or does it? Montreal baseball fans supported the team when it was playing competitively in a far-from-great stadium. Once the wheels started to come off with the strike and subsequent fire sales who could blame the fans for staying away? Give us another crack and, all things being equal, baseball can flourish in Montreal!