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Old 02-10-2008, 03:53 AM
 
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I'm just curious if the majority of Expos fans in Canada stayed as Nationals fans after they moved. Also, I heard that Montreal may get a Minor League team. Is that true?
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Old 02-10-2008, 11:48 AM
 
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From what I hear, a lot of Montreal fans have simply stopped paying attention to baseball altogether...I could be wrong so perhaps someone who still lives in Quebec could shed some light?
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Old 02-10-2008, 12:50 PM
 
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Hard to see a minor league baseball team making a go of it in Montreal.

Montreal views itself as a major league city; it's doubtful there would be much support for lower tier competition.

On a related note, the Ottawa Lynx Triple A team just folded its operation at the end of last season. Ottawa is a much smaller center located about 100 miles from Montreal.
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Old 02-10-2008, 10:01 PM
 
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Thanks. I've never been to Canada, but I was an Expo fan for many years. I stayed loyal to them as the Nationals. I was just curious if any fans in Canada did the same. The Ottawa Lynx actually moved to Allentown, PA because the Phillies, who took them over last year, wanted their Triple A team closer to Philadelphia.
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Old 02-12-2008, 01:50 PM
 
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Well I am living in DC and have the team in my backyard heh heh. I grew up in Canada and my impression was the last owners really screwed the fans out of that franchise. I can't imagine many Montreal-"ers" wanting to follow the Nats.

I grew up in Winnipeg so Phoenix stole my hockey team (don't get me started) so I know what it's like. But baseball wasn't the big sport draw in Montreal compared to other sports (ie. The Habs).

I don't think there's that much interest in Montreal for another MLB franchise. Before the Expos though they had Jackie Robinson up there for minor league ball WAY WAY back in the day for the Montreal Royals... (1946)
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:23 PM
 
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Kemba, I am an old Expos fan and have converted to the Blue Jays ever since Montreal lost its team.

I have no attachment to the Nationals.

Do NOT quote me on this but I believe a poll conducted by a sports television station in Quebec showed most Expos fans now follow the Blue Jays.
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Old 02-19-2008, 12:02 AM
 
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What do they use Olympic Stadium for now? Do they allow visitors to check it out?
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Old 02-19-2008, 12:20 AM
 
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The Expos saga, particulary after Loria took it over, was almost the same deal as the 1st Major League movie.
All those "home" games in Puerto Rico, could have drawn as much revenue in Montreal if they just played the Blue Jays, Yanks and Red Sox for the interleague games both years.
Montreal is a town where playing baseball is a very popular thing to do, however, they may feel too hurt after what happened to support even a minor league franchise.
The Nationals unretiring the Expos numbers has not helped either.
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Old 02-19-2008, 01:24 AM
 
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I agree. The Nationals should have kept the Expos retired numbers. They have all the other stats. I do know that Loria screwed the Expos royally, and that is why I'll never root for the Marlins to get out of last place until he is no longer involved with them. BTW, it looks like Loria is messing up the Marlins, too. Speaking of the Yanks and Red Sox, do they have a lot of fans in Canada?
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Old 02-19-2008, 01:51 AM
 
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The '94 strike killed baseball in Montreal. It just took a decade for the corpse to finally rot away.

As damaging as the strike was to baseball as a whole, there's no other place where it killed fan support for good but Montreal. The Expos had the best record in baseball when the strike began, and understandably fans were devastated to not see the best team that franchise ever fielded not get to finish and possibly make a World Series run. Then when the strike ended and nobody was showing up for Expos games, the owners poured gasoline over the fire by unloading guys like Pedro Martinez, Larry Walker, Moises Alou etc. and turning the whole thing into a glorified minor league operation. If the goal was to completely alienate a fanbase, Claude Brochu and Bud Selig couldn't have done better. The contraction talk and the way that was proposed just threw more dirt over baseball's grave in Quebec.

Montreal has an understated baseball history, including being the site of Jackie Robinson's professional debut. Now baseball itself is history there. It's a shame.
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