Major League Baseball in Montreal getting lots of ink lately


The Banner put up at the last MLB game in Montreal
The Banner put up at the last MLB game in Montreal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

While a recent economic study indicated Montreal could support a MLB team.

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!

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DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

2 thoughts on “Major League Baseball in Montreal getting lots of ink lately

  1. Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up.
    The text in your article seem to be running off the screen in Safari.
    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know.

    The layout look great though! Hope you get the issue resolved soon.
    Kudos

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