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Fenway
11-07-2009, 05:25 PM
This week the long time radio announcer of the Expos looked back.

The pictures say it all


http://www.montrealgazette.com/soundslides/expos-broadcast/story.html?id=2176463

MarkZ35
11-07-2009, 05:39 PM
Such a bad organization with no fans that followed. As bad as the Nationals have been the last few years they still have double the attendance. EDIT- They did have a great farm system for the highest bidders.

RKMeibalane
11-07-2009, 08:49 PM
One can't help but wonder how things may have been different had the Expos been able to finish their remarkable 1994 season. They would have been beaten by the White Sox in the World Series, of course, but baseball in Montreal seemed doomed once the '94 squad was dismantled.

WhiteSox5187
11-07-2009, 09:04 PM
Such a bad organization with no fans that followed. As bad as the Nationals have been the last few years they still have double the attendance. EDIT- They did have a great farm system for the highest bidders.

Loira did everything he could to drive that organization into the ground and to destroy it. There was a track record of success with the Expos going back to the early 1990s.

If you put together the all time Expo team, they would have been pretty good. I'd like to see the Expos come back somehow.

Brian26
11-07-2009, 09:44 PM
Loira did everything he could to drive that organization into the ground and to destroy it. There was a track record of success with the Expos going back to the early 1990s.

There was a track record of success going back to the early 80s. I still think the best teams they ever fielded were in the early part of that decade, with an outfield of Dawson, Raines and Cromartie. Gary Carter was behind the plate, Wallach at 3B, Al Oliver at first, Steve Rogers and a pretty good pitching staff. They were at a disadvantage because they played in a tough NL East at the time with the Pirates and Phils. They deserved to go to a World Series back then.

Fenway
11-07-2009, 09:47 PM
Loira did everything he could to drive that organization into the ground and to destroy it. There was a track record of success with the Expos going back to the early 1990s.

If you put together the all time Expo team, they would have been pretty good. I'd like to see the Expos come back somehow.

Expos were pretty decent in the late 70's and early 80's as well but Philly was just a little better.

Loria gets most of the blame but people in Montreal blame Claude Brochu who after 1994 had the firesale and decided the Expos could make more via revenue sharing with no payroll. The Expos HAD fans but there is only so much you can take.

When Pedro was traded that was the end. He was beloved in Quebec.

Fenway
11-09-2009, 04:54 AM
Jack Todd in the November 9th Montreal Gazette

http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/very+painful+reminder+what+Montreal+lost/2200710/story.html

HomeFish
11-09-2009, 05:12 AM
Have the Nats done an Expos throwback night yet?

DSpivack
11-09-2009, 11:39 AM
Have the Nats done an Expos throwback night yet?

Don't think so, and I'd be surprised if they ever did.

downstairs
11-09-2009, 12:34 PM
Expos were pretty decent in the late 70's and early 80's as well but Philly was just a little better.

Loria gets most of the blame but people in Montreal blame Claude Brochu who after 1994 had the firesale and decided the Expos could make more via revenue sharing with no payroll. The Expos HAD fans but there is only so much you can take.

When Pedro was traded that was the end. He was beloved in Quebec.

From 1979 to 1994, they were consistently a very good team. They just never quite made that jump to winning divisions- but they were damn close.

Then the strike happened, and the management really just gave up.

Fenway
11-09-2009, 01:21 PM
From 1979 to 1994, they were consistently a very good team. They just never quite made that jump to winning divisions- but they were damn close.

Then the strike happened, and the management really just gave up.

So many little things just added up to kill them

In 1991 Stade Olympique was closed down for the last month as there was a massive concrete failure. Many fans said they would never step foot in stadium again.

The stadium was not easy to get to from the english parts of the city. Montreal's Metro serves the french areas well but does not hit the english areas.

The strike was just heartbreaking for their fanbase who had watched in horror as Toronto won back to back titles.

Even in 2004 games televised on RDS were being watched by an average of 100,000 viewers. Compare that to the Nationals who average less than 10,000 viewers a game on MASN.

It never should have happened.

white sox bill
11-09-2009, 03:54 PM
Baseball aside, one of my fav. cities. Love the French flair......

Fenway
12-03-2009, 09:02 PM
Amazing what you can find on You Tube

Here is the famed Expos polka as played by their organist

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjinbyfuuHA

From Parc Jarry 1970
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuTbL2FKJxk

twinsuck
12-03-2009, 11:34 PM
Amazing what you can find on You Tube

Here is the famed Expos polka as played by their organist

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjinbyfuuHA

From Parc Jarry 1970
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuTbL2FKJxk
I like it with lyrics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2QuAO1xJu8&feature=related
:D::D:

soxinem1
12-03-2009, 11:34 PM
One can't help but wonder how things may have been different had the Expos been able to finish their remarkable 1994 season. They would have been beaten by the White Sox in the World Series, of course, but baseball in Montreal seemed doomed once the '94 squad was dismantled.

Not too sure about that. That MTL team was great and could have won it all. They had a stacked and balanced lineup and one of the best pitching staffs in all of MLB that year.

The White Sox, OTOH, were only a game up on CLE and just three on KC. That was a legit three team race that any of them could have won. They could have came in third and not even gone to the playoffs.

Roberto Hernandez was not having a good year and we had no fifth starter (sound familiar??) after Scott Sanderson was pulled from the rotation and Ruffcorn bombed, while the other teams had real solid closers. The Indians were playing well and the Royals were good all year.

Bere was barely getting through five innings and the pen was getting a lot of use. That and no fifth starter could have done them in eventually.

TommyJohn
12-04-2009, 09:22 AM
Not too sure about that. That MTL team was great and could have won it all. They had a stacked and balanced lineup and one of the best pitching staffs in all of MLB that year.

The White Sox, OTOH, were only a game up on CLE and just three on KC. That was a legit three team race that any of them could have won. They could have came in third and not even gone to the playoffs.

Roberto Hernandez was not having a good year and we had no fifth starter (sound familiar??) after Scott Sanderson was pulled from the rotation and Ruffcorn bombed, while the other teams had real solid closers. The Indians were playing well and the Royals were good all year.

Bere was barely getting through five innings and the pen was getting a lot of use. That and no fifth starter could have done them in eventually.
Yeah, that may all be true-but if many people had realized that, they would've lost their hatred and bitterness towards White Sox ownership and how much fun would that have been?