Remembering The Montreal Expos A Perfect Storm Indeed

It’s been twenty years since the unthinkable happened, a work stoppage. The Montreal Expos had the best team in baseball and poised to make a run for the World Series.

With stars like Moises Alou, Larry Walker, Marquis Grissom and Pedro Martinez at the helm, the Expos had the best record at 74-40 before the work stoppage on August 12.

Canadians across the country were caught up in the excitement of a possible Expos/Blue Jays matchup, but it was never to be and two decades later fans still are left wondering what could have been to their beloved “Les Expos De Montreal”

There’s a Kickstarter Campaign to get a film off the ground called,” The Perfect Storm.

Those were exciting times up in the Great White North and with recent comments by the soon to be retiring, Bud Selig, “They have much work to be done,” he said. “There’s certainly in my case no hard or angry feeling toward Montreal. We tried to keep a team there. It’s a long story now. But I thought that was marvellous.”I think they would be an excellent candidate in the future. No question about it.”

Former player Warren Cromartie is spearheading a plan to bring the team back and looking for investors. They need a new stadium and that is the main hurdle in bringing the team back. of course, they probably won’t be called the Expos but who cares? A team in Montreal would be great for the city and baseball.

“We have a lot of work to do still. But we’re cracking the egg here a little bit. It’s a journey. We’re taking good strides.” Cromartie said.

Now, what about an expansion into Vancouver to keep Seattle on their toes. Here’s the link to the Kickstarter campaign. Directed by Sean Menard.

Believe it!

—Mark

6 comments

  1. Gary Trujillo · July 18, 2014

    I find it hard to believe that this talk about Montreal getting a team isn’t just pure nostalgia because it most certainly couldn’t be economic.

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    • Mark Gauthier · July 18, 2014

      No, it’s been going on for a couple of years. There was certainly fan support but the huge hurdle has always been that freakin’ stadium. The location of the Big O has been the problem and the O is garbage. I really do think it’ll happen but in order to right the ship, they’ve got to take it carefully.

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  2. evanvogel · July 18, 2014

    Having a team again hasn’t really worked out that well for Charlotte in the NBA. There’s a reason that they left, right? It’s awfully “feel-good”, and the history and 1994 season is interesting, but what happens when an expansion goes there and loses a ton – do fans stop going again?

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    • Mark Gauthier · July 18, 2014

      That’s a great point. I do think this is different. The Francophone community will embrace a new team. There was a lot of animosity towards the Big O, ask Andre Dawson. The turf is brutal. A new stadium is paramount, but you’re right, if they can’t win then the team won’t last regardless of hype. I grew up watching Gary Carter and man, the Expos were big. Jim Deshais talks about his memories of the Expos on Cubs broadcasts.

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  3. Minoring In Baseball · July 19, 2014

    1994 is a dark year for baseball for sure. Living on the border, I’d love to see more baseball in Canada. Hard to believe that Vancouver is the only affiliated minor league team there anymore. I’d love to see a new team in Montreal, as they really do have a good history there. I also wouldn’t mind seeing a short-season or rookie league based in some OHL towns. I think that would work out well, honestly.
    -Mike

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    • Mark Gauthier · July 19, 2014

      Oh yeah and 1994 hit so close North of the Border. I believe that baseball could thrive up here, but two things have to happen. 1) Canadians have to realise there’s other sports besides hockey.2)MLB has to loosen the grip on the rich history and embrace change. Canadians also have a myth about our own country that it’s too cold, but we both know that it’s cold on both sides. Hello Detroit, Chicago, Boston, New York. The temp dips there too. Baseball can work in Vancouver and Montreal

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