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Le Tricolore 07-30-2006 12:43 PM

OT - The Expos
 
Watching baseball on TV right now, and I really miss the Expos. I used to go to at least 10 games a year.

I was at their last home game, and my eyes were watery. It's the only time a sport has ever made me swell up with tears.

I hate the Nationals, by the way.

HH 07-30-2006 12:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Le Tricolore (Post 6165710)
Watching baseball on TV right now, and I really miss the Expos. I used to go to at least 10 games a year.

I was at their last home game, and my eyes were watery. It's the only time a sport has ever made me swell up with tears.

I hate the Nationals, by the way.

Yea I miss them too, but what can we do :dunno: , MLB brang the Expos down...it was a shame.

CH Wizard 07-30-2006 01:00 PM

I'm ashamed to admit that I"m a nats fan.

I love baseball too much, I used to go 15 times a year and I've a Guerrero jersey and two signed cards of him.

Washington or Montreal....I've to follow baseball..

Le Tricolore 07-30-2006 01:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Tlusty the clown (Post 6165822)
Washington or Montreal....I've to follow baseball..

I still follow baseball. I just moved to the Expos' counsins. The Padres. (they came in the league at the same time)

Nova_Scotia_Vees 07-30-2006 01:10 PM

i used to visit Montreal twice a year once to see the Expos and once to see the Habs..I miss going in the summertime.. I'm having such a hard time cheering for the Blue Jays since i've hated them for many years.

Stefan 07-30-2006 01:26 PM

I remember I used to always go up to Montreal when the Jays visited, and it was a pretty fun atmosphere for those games. It was awesome cause you could get your $8 bleacher seat and in the second inning grab one of the thousands of empty seats behind the plate.

Bottom line, even when the Expos were baseball's best in 94... they weren't averaging 30,000. Montreal just was never crazy about baseball.

Stefan 07-30-2006 01:28 PM

I just looked it up: In 1994, the Expos average crowd was 22,390.

Hockeymom67 07-30-2006 02:02 PM

I didn't go much ,maybe 3 times per season but I do miss it

Tatay Farlo 07-30-2006 02:06 PM

Totally miss the Expos as well. Vlad Guerrero is my favorite player but I'd rather see him in 'Xpos colors. :(

oli500 07-30-2006 02:14 PM

The thing that really pisses me off is when you have teams like the marlins and devil rays still in baseball. I mean these teams cant draw more than 10 thousand people and yet there still alive.

TorontoSports 07-30-2006 02:14 PM

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Originally Posted by DaHabsRule (Post 6166014)
I just looked it up: In 1994, the Expos average crowd was 22,390.

That's a shame... Pittsburgh and Milwaukee aren't big baseball towns either, but they got a new stadium which saved their team.

Maybe if the expos won more people would have liked them. I remember when they were in the playoffs Olympic Stadium was packed.

Seems like corporate quebec and MLB bailed on the team. I still believe the expos were in the wrong league. I think people would have been more interested in watching the spos face the Jays, Red Sox, and Yankees.

Stefan 07-30-2006 02:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Smirnoff (Post 6166261)
I didn't go much ,maybe 3 times per season but I do miss it

That's most people's story, or seems to be from what I've noticed. They miss it, but didn't do a thing to allow it to stay in Montreal.

Stefan 07-30-2006 02:16 PM

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Originally Posted by oli500 (Post 6166350)
The thing that really pisses me off is when you have teams like the marlins and devil rays still in baseball. I mean these teams cant draw more than 10 thousand people and yet there still alive.

First of all, they can draw 10,000. D-Rays average is 17,487. Marlins 12,540.

Difference between these two teams and the Expos, they've also got a TV and radio deal... unlike Les Expos.

TorontoSports 07-30-2006 02:22 PM

sad story. They were pretty big in the 70s when they played at Jarry Park. Weren't they called nos amour or something?

SPARTAKUS* 07-30-2006 02:22 PM

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Originally Posted by habs911 (Post 6165801)
Yea I miss them too, but what can we do :dunno: , MLB brang the Expos down...it was a shame.

I disagree it is not MLB that brang the Expos down it was the lack of support by the Montreal fans. And also to many broken promises by the Expos ownership. The Expos needed a new ballpark and it never materialize.

Stefan 07-30-2006 02:25 PM

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Originally Posted by SPARTAKUS (Post 6166397)
I disagree it is not MLB that brang the Expos down it was the lack of support by the Montreal fans. And also to many broken promises by the Expos ownership. The Expos needed a new ballpark and it never materialize.

Yep, when you can't even support the team when they're the best team in baseball - how is that MLB bringing you down?

oli500 07-30-2006 02:27 PM

What montreal should of done is built a small stadiuem a la fenway right by the fleuve st-laurent. Something that can hold urond 30 thousand people no more. Guaranty you that a nice looking ball park downtown would of won the hearts of many people in that city. Theres nothing better than to see a ball game,drinking a beer in a beautiful ball park under the blue sky in a hot summer day.

I sometimes wish that the jays would make a outdore stadieum along ontario lake. Being indoors takes away from the beauty of the game and that was a big reason why people from montreal dident go.

If I had the money I sure as hell would off built that stadieum.

TorontoSports 07-30-2006 02:27 PM

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Originally Posted by DaHabsRule (Post 6166416)
Yep, when you can't even support the team when they're the best team in baseball - how is that MLB bringing you down?

To be realistic even teams who suck that become one of the best need more time to get the big numbers. Look at the Tigers, they aren't averaging what they could be for a good team, but every week now their attendance is getting stronger and stronger. The 94 lockout killed the momentum. Either way, the Facility sucked and just by looking at pictures of it I wouldn't want to spend a summer day in that warehouse.

Le Tricolore 07-30-2006 02:29 PM

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Originally Posted by PortlandRanger (Post 6166437)
To be realistic even teams who suck that become one of the best need more time to get the big numbers. Look at the Tigers, they aren't averaging what they could be for a good team, but every week now their attendance is getting stronger and stronger. The 94 lockout killed the momentum. Either way, the Facility sucked and just by looking at pictures of it I wouldn't want to spend a summer day in that warehouse.

oh, the Big O really sucked, that's for sure, but I loved it.

I walked extra slowly on my way out of it for their last home game. I just didn't want to leave, knowing I'd never be back. :(

oli500 07-30-2006 02:31 PM

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Originally Posted by DaHabsRule (Post 6166363)
First of all, they can draw 10,000. D-Rays average is 17,487. Marlins 12,540.

Difference between these two teams and the Expos, they've also got a TV and radio deal... unlike Les Expos.

I swear some nights there attendance can go as low as 6,000 people

TorontoSports 07-30-2006 02:32 PM

Look at the atmosphere at Jarry Park... wow...
http://www.thedeadballera.com/Stadiu...ark_photo1.jpg

and now... the big owe...

http://www.minorleagueballparks.com/olympic.jpg

Knock the skydome all you want, but it is still built for baseball and when the roof if open it feels like a ball park.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=594pQ-v9u...ch=Blue%20Jays

Stefan 07-30-2006 02:40 PM

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Originally Posted by PortlandRanger (Post 6166479)
Knock the skydome all you want, but it is still built for baseball and when the roof if open it feels like a ball park.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=594pQ-v9u...ch=Blue%20Jays

haha that's my video! Wow that was a fun game!

ChemiseBleuHonnete 07-30-2006 02:42 PM

I think the Olympic Stadium ruined everything. There was no atmosphere, it was ugly, people were scared to go there because it was falling into pieces and it was also in the worst location you could think of. If they a built a decent stadium in downtown or near the fleuve St-Laurent like someone mentioned, the expos would still be here and they would draw a decent amount of fans. But none of this happened and they're gone.

RemembertheViking 07-30-2006 03:56 PM

The Expos could have survived...but... two words ; Jeffrey Loria

Transported Upstater 07-30-2006 04:41 PM

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Originally Posted by oli500 (Post 6166350)
The thing that really pisses me off is when you have teams like the marlins and devil rays still in baseball. I mean these teams cant draw more than 10 thousand people and yet there still alive.

I'm in Miami right now, and basically no one talks about the Marlins here.

It's University of Miami, the Heat (bandwagoners deluxe) and Dolphins, all the time.


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