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Remember the Expos

Jan 8, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

expos logo2.jpgOn the occasion of Andre Dawson’s election to the Hall of Fame, Tyler Kepner of the New York Times has a nice story up about the Montreal Expos.  Definitely worth checking out.  I rarely get too nostalgic about the Expos — in their latter years they were most bothersome competition for my Braves — but it struck me this morning that unless they make a point of researching this kind of thing my kids are never going to know of Les Expos and I find that kind of sad.

Interesting bit from the article: Gary Carter hopes that Andre Dawson goes in as an Cub so that, unlike him, he’ll have an actual living team that can celebrate his career (note: Dawson wants that too). I assume that, regardless of what cap he wears, the Cubs will have an Andre Dawson day next summer and all of that, but Carter’s point is a valid one.  The Nats pretend that the Expos never existed. No one save a handful of die hards like Jonah Keri seem to care all that much.

Maybe I’m just turning into an old fogey — what’ll my kids ever care about the Montreal Expos? — but it’s a shame, really.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jan 8, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    It took me about 30 seconds staring at that logo to figure out where the “M” and “e” were. I still don’t know where Montreal is.
    Is Peter Maxx still alive?
    How long is it going to take for Old Gator to repond to the previous post re: Marlins and Cowboys?

  2. Jeff Johnson - Jan 8, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    Those silly French Canadians were never interested enough in baseball for the Expos to thrive. I certainly hope that the HOF or Andre Dawson picks Cubs cab for his induction into HOF.

  3. Old Gator - Jan 8, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    Exactly one minute. This time of the morning is a little difficult for me – I’m busy stretching with the Namaste Yoga girls on FitTV. Nothing personal, but they’re a little more distracting than the exploits of a bloodsucking opportunist like Jeffrey Loria and his poodle David Samson.
    As far as Loria and Samson, Qubecois ought to be grateful that they didn’t buy out all the dim sum places in Chinatown and sell them short for a tax loss, or you’d all be eating nothing but croissants. Yes, I know that beats horsemeat and velveeta sandwiches, but for Buddha’s sake, how about a little variation in your menu? On the other hand, let’s not make those two MLB hatchetmen the lightning rods for Bud Light and his gang of plutocrats, either. The euthanizing of the Expos was a joint project.
    .
    Anyway, it’s nice to see The Kid chiming in. He was the color man on Feesh broadcasts for their first couple of years and we miss his good-natured obsessive solipsism down here.

  4. Mark - Jan 8, 2010 at 9:02 AM

    Well Jeff if you look into the attendance from the 80s to early 90s.
    You might be shocked the Spos were in the top 10 drawing better than the Yankums and Dodgers.
    One idiot destroyed what was going to be one of the best teams we had seen in a long time. Of course Baseball had no problem with this because they didnt want Baseball out of U.S.A.
    Basball has been a joke since then and it just got worst for them in the 2000.
    One day they will se ther error in there ways but its too late now fans have made Football there national past time.

  5. Dakota - Jan 8, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    The Nationals not only pretend Les Expos don’t exist. They actively celebrate Senators (Twins) history as well.

  6. markfd - Jan 8, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    It is ashame that the Nats do not embrace their Expos past, having relatives in Quebec, Canada I always enjoyed following what the Expos were doing back in the Raines, Dawson and Dan Schatzeder days. The Expos had some of the greatest players in the 90s and look what a lot of their farmhands turned out to be in the 21st Century…Jason Bay and Cliff Lee.

  7. BC - Jan 8, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Basically the 1994 strike killed the Expos. Recall this:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1994_Montreal_Expos_season

  8. Fred - Brandon MB - Jan 8, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    I’m an ex-Montrealer and huge Expos fan. Actually the “French-Canadians” loved “les Expos”. What they didn’t like was the owner Jeff Loria who literally drove the fans away.
    When the Expos played in Jarry Park, the game was intimate and the place was sold out all the time. After they moved to the Stade Olympique, the intimacy was lost. The seats were just too far away from the action.
    Then Jeff Loria came and really screwed things up. Every season he would trade away the best players and the team would tank in the second half. The “coup de grace” was the year he refused to sign any broadcasting contracts because he felt the offers were too low. So fans who cou;dn’t make it to the game had no opportunity to listen on radio or watch on TV.
    Montrealers decided that if Loria didn’t want them, they didn’t want the Expos.

  9. Old Gator - Jan 8, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    “Then Jeff Loria came and really screwed things up. Every season he would trade away the best players and the team would tank in the second half.”
    Greetings from south Florida. We feel your pain. Clearly, the tightwad slug and his little factotum (Yip! Yip! Yip! – down, David! Sit!) have perfected their technique here in the sunshine.

  10. Moses Green - Jan 8, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Craig and the Old Gator – Statler and Waldorf for the new generation.

  11. Old Gator - Jan 8, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Watch it, Mo. We nailed you on that massage table once, we can do it again.

  12. Mike G. - Jan 8, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    No retrospective about the Expos is complete without at least a passing mention of Donald Sutherland. He was their #1 fan for a long stretch there…

  13. Moses Green - Jan 8, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    It was all worth it for the right to slap around that weaselly little punk Fredo. I wouldn’t change a thing.

  14. Pete Toms - Jan 8, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    I watched dozens of games at the Big O and saw some great ball there…but what a truly awful place to watch baseball. George Thorogood said last year in an interview that he watched a game there and not only was it the worst setting for a ball game he’d ever experienced, it was the worst place he’d been period. (And he’s been a LOT of places).
    It is interesting that since the local CFL franchise left the Big O for a very, very small outdoor stadium downtown that their business flourished. We’ll never know if the same would have transpired for the Expos.
    BTW, Dan Schatzeder, wow what a flashback!

  15. frank Pepe - Jan 8, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    the o was my favorite place to watch baseball, and it still takes getting used to hearing english at games

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