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(The New York Times)   Mets-Blue Jays exhibition games in Montreal have already outsold half a month's worth of Marlins games   (nytimes.com) divider line 24
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2014-03-26 04:18:05 PM  
The games are likely to be a sideshow, though, compared with the pregame ceremonies. On Friday, Gary Carter, a Hall of Fame catcher and perhaps the most beloved Expo, will be honored. . . . On Saturday, the fans will recognize the 1994 Expos, whose run toward a championship was derailed by a players' strike that led to the cancellation of the playoffs.

Sunday: Furry Day, with an onfield yiff during the7th inning stretch, led by Youppi

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2014-03-26 05:45:02 PM  
There was no way MLB was going to let Canada win the World Series three years in a row. The strike was entirely about screwing the Expos.
 
2014-03-26 06:09:01 PM  
Anyways McGowan is our fifth starter. What will be higher: number of starts until a limb pops off like a Lego man, or innings per start?

/really happy for him actually
 
2014-03-26 06:18:03 PM  

Decillion: There was no way MLB was going to let Canada win the World Series three years in a row. The strike was entirely about screwing the Expos.


You know there's a certain team from Atlanta that had arguably the best team ever assembled the year of the strike, the Expos wouldn't have made it out of the division.
 
2014-03-26 06:20:36 PM  

Cheeseface: Decillion: There was no way MLB was going to let Canada win the World Series three years in a row. The strike was entirely about screwing the Expos.

You know there's a certain team from Atlanta that had arguably the best team ever assembled the year of the strike, the Expos wouldn't have made it out of the division.


The same team that trailed the Expos in their division?  Also, Braves successful in playoffs?  U mad
 
2014-03-26 07:51:48 PM  

Cheeseface: You know there's a certain team from Atlanta that had arguably the best team ever assembled the year of the strike, the Expos wouldn't have made it out of the division.


I know that given the length of a playoff series anything can happen, but I'd put those Expos as a strong favorite to take it all that year.They were 6 games up on the 2nd-place Braves with 48 games left to go in the season, and were getting hotter as the season progressed.  They went 28-22 through April and May, and then went 46-18 from that point onward.
 
2014-03-26 07:54:17 PM  
Expand to put Montreal back in the NL, and give Portland a team in the AL. Realign to create eight four-team divisions.
 
2014-03-26 07:55:22 PM  
On a sidenote, MLB dodged a major PR bullet that year because of realignment and the fact that the Rangers were winning their new division while being 10 games under .500.

MLB fixed the schedule after that so that teams had far more divisional games and this would be far less likely.
 
2014-03-26 08:08:04 PM  

Kouvre: Expand to put Montreal back in the NL, and give Portland a team in the AL. Realign to create eight four-team divisions.


Helloooo December Baseball!
 
2014-03-26 08:08:28 PM  

Kouvre: Expand to put Montreal back in the NL, and give Portland a team in the AL. Realign to create eight four-team divisions.


Portland wouldn't support an MLB team and expansion in general isn't likely anytime soon.

Were it up to me, I'd move the Marlins to Montreal and the Rays to the Triangle, NC (I believe they'd be more supportive of baseball than, say, Charlotte).
 
2014-03-26 08:37:18 PM  

The Bestest: Were it up to me, I'd move the Marlins to Montreal


After the Loria perp walk.

I never got the Montreal hate. The Big O wasn't the prettiest stadium around but as domes go it wasn't as horrible as the Metrodome or the Kingdome, and it was nicer than outdoor dumps like the Vet.

Mass transit access was easy, too. It sure beat the stank of a jam-packed 4 train en route to the Bronx.

Plus it's Montreal and thus hot French-speaking women everywhere.

I still can't believe Coco Laboy was a real baseball player and not a drag queen.
 
2014-03-26 08:37:38 PM  

Kouvre: Expand to put Montreal back in the NL, and give Portland a team in the AL. Realign to create eight four-team divisions.


Portland ran their AAA team out of town so they could turn their field into a soccer stadium
 
2014-03-26 09:08:14 PM  
Wish I was going, can't make where Ellis Valentine is going to be tomorrow night in Ottawa as well.
 
2014-03-26 09:47:17 PM  

Gulper Eel: I never got the Montreal hate. The Big O wasn't the prettiest stadium around but as domes go it wasn't as horrible as the Metrodome or the Kingdome, and it was nicer than outdoor dumps like the Vet.

Mass transit access was easy, too. It sure beat the stank of a jam-packed 4 train en route to the Bronx.

Plus it's Montreal and thus hot French-speaking women everywhere.


Fair points, but the turf at the O sucked ass, and once they put the roof on, it was like watching a game in a catacomb. On the other hand, I know what 'mais souffle' is.
 
2014-03-26 10:07:11 PM  

Decillion: There was no way MLB was going to let Canada win the World Series three years in a row. The strike was entirely about screwing the Expos.


Oh good, so I'm not alone in thinking that.

/WAKE UP, SHEEPLE!
 
2014-03-26 10:43:34 PM  

Uzzah: On the other hand, I know what 'mais souffle' is.


Popcorn, eh?
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2014-03-26 11:03:04 PM  
Gulper Eel:

I still can't believe Coco Laboy was a real baseball player and not a drag queen.

just don't search for coco ladyboy and you'll be ok
 
2014-03-26 11:07:15 PM  

Apatheist: Kouvre: Expand to put Montreal back in the NL, and give Portland a team in the AL. Realign to create eight four-team divisions.

Helloooo December Baseball!


Mardi Gras Baseball!
 
2014-03-27 12:05:00 AM  

Gulper Eel: I never got the Montreal hate. The Big O wasn't the prettiest stadium around but as domes go it wasn't as horrible as the Metrodome or the Kingdome, and it was nicer than outdoor dumps like the Vet.


The Big O was a dump.  Well...it still is, but whatever.  My last visit to Olympic Stadium was in 2002 and by god, was it depressing inside.  That, and the stadium had been slowly falling apart since just after the 1976 Olympics.
 
2014-03-27 06:40:38 AM  

Fisty Bum: Gulper Eel: I never got the Montreal hate. The Big O wasn't the prettiest stadium around but as domes go it wasn't as horrible as the Metrodome or the Kingdome, and it was nicer than outdoor dumps like the Vet.

The Big O was a dump.  Well...it still is, but whatever.  My last visit to Olympic Stadium was in 2002 and by god, was it depressing inside.  That, and the stadium had been slowly falling apart since just after the 1976 Olympics.


I have tickets to both games, and I agree.  However, 40,000 fans seriously makes all the difference.

Less than 10k and it's a mausoleum.
 
2014-03-27 07:08:57 AM  

jakomo002: Less than 10k and it's a mausoleum.


It's a  loud mausoleum still, or at least it was when I went to a game there in '99 that barely drew 8000.

Sure was nice to get walk-up seats behind the plate for ten bucks each.
 
2014-03-27 08:30:39 AM  
I've been to 32 baseball stadiums. I made it to Montreal on a six day six stadium trip in 2002. Wasn't the best stadium for baseball as it felt like I went back to the 70s. I went to Shea Stadium the next day, that stadium wasn't great for baseball either.
 
2014-03-27 09:01:35 AM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: Cheeseface: Decillion: There was no way MLB was going to let Canada win the World Series three years in a row. The strike was entirely about screwing the Expos.

You know there's a certain team from Atlanta that had arguably the best team ever assembled the year of the strike, the Expos wouldn't have made it out of the division.

The same team that trailed the Expos in their division?  Also, Braves successful in playoffs?  U mad


Sure, the Braves were successful in the playoffs.  But only against the Indians.

/le sigh
 
2014-03-27 03:08:02 PM  

ElwoodCuse: Kouvre: Expand to put Montreal back in the NL, and give Portland a team in the AL. Realign to create eight four-team divisions.

Portland ran their AAA team out of town so they could turn their field into a soccer stadium


Plus they needed a venue for the Battle of the Gentle Bands.
 
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