Another thing is that it was always depressing to watch games without any fans. That was the toughest thing of all. Even in 94 we were only averaging in the low 20s.
Best series ever played at the Big O was actually the final weekend of the 93 season against the Phillies. That was the absolute loudest I've ever experienced and it was jam packed. Had we swept the series we would have tied the Phillies, but we lost the second game. I was there for the Friday night game, but I don't remember much. I recall Walker hit a huge chopper on Sunday that won the game, but the Friday game is vague. I think Williams threw a bunch of wild pitches and walks, which amped up the crowd. Best memories for me was that weekend, but was mostly about the fans and the experience and almost winning the pennant.
I give a lot of credit to Montreal Expos fans still. I see them wearing Expos caps all the time on the Island in spring/summer, on VIA Rail & even in Toronto at the Jays games. Solid group of fans, wearing the cap gives you the E-Z OK approach to chat a bit on the road.
I do think a rich person with money would consider bringing one back but the problem is the stadium.
If the government would pay for the stadium and put it downtown, for sure they'd get it off the ground. If the plan would be to stay in the Olympic stadium and be another failing franchise due to **** stadium, **** location, **** everything, then I'd rather they don't even bother.
Imagine how awesome it would be to have a ball park much like the bell center but in the heart of downtown Montreal? I guarantee they'd fill the stands a lot quicker and at least the first few years they'd have great revenue from it, enough to justify bringing a team back here.
Problem is how many other places could use a team that would support it better than Montreal could? Likely a lot. I'm sure Baseball franchises don't just grow on trees. I don't follow MLB but aside from Montreal, which other teams have moved in the last 25 years? What other teams have been created as part of an expansion? (Not rhetorical, I really don't know, are we the only one?)
PS: My dad still till this day wears an expos hat. The logo is cool, baseball is fun and nothing sucks more to be in a city where a sports franchise leaves. I feel bad for the fans of places like that.
People who loved the Expos, don't watch the MLB anymore. People who loved baseball and cheered for the Expos still do.
I'm a Jays fan now, as I love baseball and couldn't just drop it because the Expos were gone.
And no, I don't think baseball will ever return to Montreal.
I don't agree, by your logic Mitch Melnick was never a baseball fan ?
I loved the Expos and miss them dearly. I don't watch baseball anymore at all and don't think we should even dream about getting our team back until baseball fixes itself. Baseball is sick. Pittsburgh, Kansas City et al have no chance every season...and if they ever do get close they will have to tear down the team the following season.