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The Montreal Expos Franchise Memorial Thread


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Thank You for all the great memories you gave baseball.

 

You were the first outside this great country to play this great game. You welcomed so many to this game. You were always the ugly duckling, but always there. May the players enjoy Washington and may Washington enjoy them.

 

Hopefully in the next expansion many years from now, Montreal will have grown into a better city for this great game and be brought back into the club of cities who can say they are Major League.

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Montreal will get another franchise. There fans have been treated horribly. And they were amongst the best as well.

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Amongst the best fans? Since when?

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If we're laying the blame on anyone, give it to Loria.

 

He and Samson, more than anyone, buried that franchise. No team treated its home fans worse than the way they were treated under Loria and Samson...blacking out home games, not broadcasting in French-Canadian, etc.

 

Whatever, at least they used Montreal as their test, took a "mulligan" and started over with us...

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If we're laying the blame on anyone, give it to Loria.

 

He and Samson, more than anyone, buried that franchise. No team treated its home fans worse than the way they were treated under Loria and Samson...blacking out home games, not broadcasting in French-Canadian, etc.

 

Whatever, at least they used Montreal as their test, took a "mulligan" and started over with us...

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They never "blacked out" home games. The Expos had no TV contract or radio contract because no broadcaster in Montreal would take the games or even negotiate with him! The Expos radio station changed format and dropped the team which created the entire problem. Loria couldn't even get a station in Vermont to carry them like they did early in Expos history. The CBC failed the Expos and the TV contract was never signed. Loria was not at fault.

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The change in the economics of baseball in the late 80s pushed the Expos down this path. The sale of the team to Claude Brochu alienated the fan base by selling off its stars and reducing payroll to thirty million (this year's Expos team has a salary of $45M). By the time Loria took over the team atleast two sales to DC/NoVA investors had been blocked by MLB. The only thing you can fault Loria for is not catering to a Montreal business community which were unwilling to pay market value for advertising and broadcast rights. But he sure does make a good scapegoat because he was the only American owner the Expos had.

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thanks for bringing the Canadian anthem to MLB games :confused .

 

O Canada!

Our home and native land!

True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,

The True North strong and free!

From far and wide, O Canada,

We stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

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one of the expos all time greats

 

 

Gary Carter

 

 

 

such good talent to come out of that team

 

Randy Johnson

Pedro Martinez

Admin Walker

Moises Alou

Cliff Floyd

Carl Pavano

Tim Wallach

Tim Raines

the Hawk

Andres Galarraga

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my thoughts exactly on the Gary Carter deal. the 2nd greatest Met catcher of all time and THE greatest Marlins commentator ever. Montreal, thanks for The Kid.

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