Tough loss tomorrow coming our way from "Up North"....
The Montreal Expos are going to be relocating to D.C. This is a tough for a 70s starchild. Because throughout the late 70s and early 80s, Montreal was the place to be for baseball. Ah yeah, you had the Dodgers eeking their way through between 76-78 and 81, and yeah you had the Cards running shop in 82 and 85, but who can forget the outfield that the Expos put out day after day in the early 80s? Warren Cromartie, Tim Raines, and Andre Dawson
The shame of this move is that the city of Montreal loses a valuable tenant in Olympic Stadium. The city supported the Expos for years until the strike-ridden season of 1994, which cost the Expos a shot at the postseason that would have undoubtably generated interest and revenue for the team. Baseball ended up funding the team for the last two years. But instead of funding salaries and pilfering the Expos every year for their talent, the MLB should have created a intern program by funding up and coming marketing and PR executives to help re-establish the game in a tremendous city. What a choke! Baseball has to blame themselves for this move, and do you really think they're going to do that well in D.C.?...Do the Senators ring a bell?
In honor of this fateful demise, here's my all-time Montreal Expo team. I think I'll do fairly well going up against most of the all-time teams....Seriously.2B- Jose Vidro -
Don't forget Raines came up a second basemen. If you're uptight about this, I can also go with Rodney Scott, but I'm going with Vidro's heart and bat.RF - Andre Dawson -
A lot of people would pick Vladmir Gurerro, but "The Hawk" not only dominated at the plate, but he was at the top of his game on the turf. People forget about his speed. Starting right fielder. No question...period. CF - Tim Raines -
Yes, I like Marquis Grissom, but c'mon...On that Olympic Stadium turf....Speed, baby...Speed.LF - Larry Walker -
Even though he was a RF mainstay, I'd move him to LF, and I think I would do fine. Plus, the fact that he's a Canuck made people love him in Montreal. The Canadian was incredible during the strike year of '94 , and people still talk about how they probably would have won the pennant with his bat that year.SS - Orlando Cabrera -
Seriously, I love his glove up the middle. And speaking of great gloves, how about Tim Foli?3B - Larry Parrish -
Mainstay at third throughout the 70s and early 80s. Great bat, good glove, and he could hit the long one. I liked his longevity.C- Gary Carter -
Perm and and white cleats in a MVP performance at the '81 All-Star game. Carter was the best catcher in baseball from '78 to '83. What more can you ask for?1B - Tony Perez, Al Oliver -
Okay, both players predominately spent their careers with other teams, but fuck it....And fuck Andres Galarraga, I'm going to platoon these two at the end of their careers. Look at the leadership you're going to have with those two in your clubhouse.SP - Randy Johnson
- Yeah, he was wild, but at that time his pitches were crazy heat, and by the end of his Expo career, he was ON.SP - Mark Langston
- People forget the year that he had in Montreal, the crafty lefty was hella nice.SP - Steve Rogers -
#1 ace...And if not for Steve Carlton
, he probably would have won a Cy during his career.SP - Pedro Martinez -
Yes, the wacko one rounds off a helluva rotation with that one. It's a shame that he couldn't have stayed there. Look at this rotation...Sick.RP - Jon Wetteland
- Tough one...Because I always thought the lack of a fireman killed them. But when Wetteland was in Montreal, he was nice- nice.PH - Rusty Staub -
One of the best pinch-hitters of all time. I have to have the great red head's bat ready at all times.USA Today's Hal Bodley has a great article today posted on Yahoo!
He bids farewell with a look back at Olympic Stadium, the Cromartie, Raines, Dawson outfield, Bruce Jenner
...I still say that the red, white, and blue hat was one of the dopest ever. That hat was impossible to get back in the 70s....Montreal '76,IronDog