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Old 03-17-04, 11:37 PM
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Will SOMEONE buy the Expos PLEASE?

This has been going on too long. Montreal is basically a hockey town but it's really sad to see the Expos back each year when we've been hearing for the last 3 years that they were moving out.

The 93-94 season (Ithink) was the ultimate for Expos fans until the strike happened... After that it was Fire Sale time and down the hill after that...

My predictions for the new season (like all the others before):

-First home game of the season: SOLD OUT!!

-All the other games : 2 or 3 thousand fans MAXIMUM!!

I can't wait for the Expos to move out so they can finally be appreciated by real baseball fans.
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Old 03-17-04, 11:59 PM
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I'll chip in 20 bucks. Who's with me!
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Old 03-18-04, 12:23 AM
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The thing is, there have been times when the team drew quite well, in the top 3 or 4 in the league. But sadly, those days are long gone, and even when they are competitive, they still don't draw. The stadium is horrible, and the fans have been jerked around too much by bad ownership to care any more. It would take a heroic effort to revitalize the fan base.

I'll be a little saddened when they move because the Expos came into the league right about the time when I started watching baseball. I still remember the PA announcer at Jarry Park, in his French accent, announce John Boccabellllllllllllllllla.

A Massachusetts developer is trying to buy the Expos and move them to Connecticut (probably in the Hartford area). Never happen, but it's the thought that counts.

And the Northern Virginia group has set a deadline for sometime this year to be awarded the team, and after that, they'll give up.
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Well they can't leave yet, I got tickets to the May 28th game!
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Old 03-18-04, 07:34 AM
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i chipped in my 50 cents on that website that was collecting names to buy the team, forever ago.. but i dont guess we got them
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Old 03-18-04, 08:00 PM
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The Expos have always been my favorite team(although i quit watching baseball for good a few years ago when the players threatened to strike AGAIN).I think it is sad that they get no support even though they compete year in and year out with the small amount of money they get to spend on players.
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Old 03-19-04, 10:53 AM
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Originally posted by DarkElf

I'll be a little saddened when they move because the Expos came into the league right about the time when I started watching baseball. I still remember the PA announcer at Jarry Park, in his French accent, announce John Boccabellllllllllllllllla.

April 14th 1969, Expos 1st home game. They beat the Cards 8 - 7 and Mack Jones hit a 3 run homer. Man that was a long time ago.

Jarry Park still exists, it's been converted to a tennis facility. One of the Master Series tournaments is held there every year.
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Old 03-19-04, 11:23 AM
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Portland, OR wants the Expos.
Major League Baseball wants them in D.C.
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Old 03-19-04, 11:41 AM
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How hard can it be to get a deal done with the relocation of the Expos. I gotta' say, baseball is and has been going downhill very quickly. I really want to enjoy it, but they just don't seem like people who can get things done. Do the studies, pick a city, get approval, and send the Expos.

Of course the steroid issue is for another thread...
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Old 03-19-04, 11:42 AM
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Originally posted by Tsar Chasm
Portland, OR wants the Expos.
Major League Baseball wants them in D.C.
What do you think? Can the Expos survive 45 mintues from Baltimore and share the market? It's questionable, but may be feasible...
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Old 03-20-04, 10:03 AM
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we'll take them in Charlotte just so I don't have to drive 4 hours to atlanta to catch a MLB game. I don't like the Expos but who says you have to cheer for the home team?
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I offered $1000 on that website. I actually helped Major League Baseball do some research on relocation. Can anyone guess the top 5 cities, according to the research gathered by my group?
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Old 03-20-04, 11:24 PM
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From a strictly best case financial standpoint...
#1 Las Vegas
#2 New York City
#3
#4
#5 Portland

There are 3 of the 5, if you can guess the other 2, I will be very impressed
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Old 03-21-04, 01:24 AM
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Charlotte?
Washington DC?
San Juan?
Mexico City?
Boston?
San Antonio?
Indianapolis?

How many guesses do we get?
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Originally posted by chrisih8u
How many guesses do we get?
Oh, five fewer than you gave.

Originally posted by dvds4u
From a strictly best case financial standpoint...
#1 Las Vegas
#2 New York City
#3
#4
#5 Portland

There are 3 of the 5, if you can guess the other 2, I will be very impressed
Surprising to see Las Vegas #1 since they aren't a very population are, but I guess population growth, HUGE numbers of tourists, and all that money help a lot.

Since your wording makes me think DC is not one of the top 5, I'll give these guesses instead:

Philadelphia
Orlando
Sacramento
The Great Inland Empire (of Riverside/San Bernardino)

But assuming Baltimore retains 1/4 of the DC market, it's still hard to believe that a team in DC/NoVA wouldn't be in your top 5. Baltimore, even excluding any of the DC market, is a larger population area than Portland and has slightly more TV households, and DC certainly blows away Baltimore in those numbers.
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Originally posted by DarkElf
Oh, five fewer than you gave.
So, its 2 fewer than you gave?
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Originally posted by chrisih8u
So, its 2 fewer than you gave?
Just following your example.

And it was THREE fewer than you. So there! (edit: n/m, I misread your post)

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Old 03-21-04, 07:02 AM
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Originally posted by DarkElf
Just following your example.

And it was THREE fewer than you. So there!


I figured the more guesses I took, the better the odds are that Im right. I wish dvds4u would wake up and tell us the answer.
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Phoenix?
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Las Vegas would be best...

I doubt phoenix would be a good idea & would actually be worst than montreal
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Originally posted by Smith

I doubt phoenix would be a good idea & would actually be worst than montreal
Originally posted by Maxflier
Phoenix?
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Originally posted by DarkElf
Oh, five fewer than you gave.


Surprising to see Las Vegas #1 since they aren't a very population are, but I guess population growth, HUGE numbers of tourists, and all that money help a lot.

Since your wording makes me think DC is not one of the top 5, I'll give these guesses instead:

Philadelphia
Orlando
Sacramento
The Great Inland Empire (of Riverside/San Bernardino)

Philadelphia They already have a team they were called the Phillies the last time I checked.
I think some team in Tennessee would work out good as well.
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Send them to New Orleans... the fans are stupid enough to continue to support the Aints no matter how bad the tight wad owner screws them up.

Well they would have to compete against LSU's baseball drawing over 7,000 per game??
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