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April 16, 2005

Losing the Expos

The baseball press has been covering the fact that the Washington Nationals just had their home opener, George Bush threw out the first pitch, etc.

From the Montreal point of view, however, this is when the realization finally sank in that the Expos are gone, gone, gone. The Montreal Gazette requires a subscription for lots of its articles, but just looking at the headlines and blurbs of their recent coverage conveys the sadness of a few diehard fans. Of course it's only a few, which is why they lost the team in the first place.

As it happens, today we went on a ride to the top of the tower at the Olympic Stadium, which is where the Expos played. A nice view of the city--it's unseasonably warm here and so a bit hazy, but clear and sunny. The Olympic Tower is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers, an organization whose existence you were probably unaware of. Tonight there is a monster truck jam tonight at the Big O (here's the (here's the slow-loadin', browser-hangin' PDF poster).

Posted by AdamBa at April 16, 2005 02:22 PM

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I grew up in Montreal. I watched the last Expos home game on TV (RDS). The commentators and the fans were crying. We lost a great piece of history and losing the team was devastating for the city... To top it all, no hockey this year either!

We can reminisce as we watch Guerrero, Alous, Pedro Martinez and more. And the Montreal press still covers all of the "Expos" games, even though they left the city...

And yes, too few fans at the games was the problem :-P

Posted by: InesK at April 25, 2005 09:23 PM