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Montreal Philly Phinale

In Expos Reminisce on August 15, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Ten Days Before the Axe Falls On The Expos

On September 19,2004 I took the first of what would become an annual trip to Citizen’s Bank Ballpark in Philadelphia. Little did I or the other  42,602 in attendance   know this would be the last day the Montreal Expos would ever visit the City of Brotherly Love.  The Phillies were enjoying a strong September (they would finish 19-8) while the woeful Expos were in town having a Bizarro September (they would finish 9-18). It was the final game of a three game series and the Expos had managed to win the first two.  The Phils had left the dreary confines of Veteran Stadium and were making a run at 90 wins and hoping to stay in the Wild Card mix.  Montreal Firstbaseman  Brad Wilkerson led the game off with a double off Kevin Millwood. Despite the cheers from the Millwood Militia, the starter would leave the game after just two innings. Phils catcher Mike Lieberthal tied the game at one apiece with a homer off current Blue Jay Scott Downs. Soon-to-be-replaced-by-Ryan-Howard-in-2005 Jim Thome gave the Phillies a 2-1 lead by singling in J-Roll. Top of the 4th, Endy Chavez knocks in current Dodger Jamey Carroll to tie it at two again. The Phils then broke out with five runs by the 6th inning. Placido Polanco contributes 3 hits and 2 RBI in the 7-2 victory. Gavin Floyd (who according to Baseball Digest would like to have dinner with MLK, President Obama, & Eddie Vedder) earned the win in relief for the Phillies. The fortunes of the two teams couldn’t be more drastic afterwards. Ten days later, MLB announced the Expos would be leaving Montreal. No fanfare or farewell tour, just packin’ up and becoming the Nats. The Phillies would miss the ‘o5 and ’06 playoffs by a combined total of four games. However, from 07-09 they have enjoyed three playoff appearances, two N.L. pennants, and one World Series championship. In total there were seven former Expos who played in this game currently still playing in MLB their stats for the game are in parentheses : Scott Downs (L,4IP,6 K’s, 5 Runs), Gary Majewski (2IP, 5 hits & 2 runs allowed), Ryan Church(one PH walk), Jamey Carroll (1-3, 1R), Maicer Izturis (0-4, 1K), Brian Schneider (0-2, 2 BB),&  Juan Rivera (2-4, 1BB).


The Kid

In Expos Greats on August 11, 2010 at 3:12 am

Gary Carter, Class of '03

In 2000, Tony Perez became the first player who wore an Expos uniform to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. However in 2003, while the Spos were on life support Gary Carter was inducted into the HOF. In 1974, Carter played in nine games (four in the OF) and wore #57. By 1975 he was an all-star and Rookie of the Year runner-up. Carter became synonymous with #8 which was eventually retired by Montreal but now resides in number limbo. Carter smashed 15 hits in ten Expos playoff games in strike shortened 1981. He played with the Expos until 1984 when he led the N.L. in RBI with 106. He was lauded as the missing link to the New York Metropolitans pennant hopes when he was traded for Hubie Brooks, Mike Fitzgerald, Herm Winningham and Dwight Gooden’s childhood friend Floyd Youmans. After winning the World Series with the infamous ’86 Mets, The Kid returned for an Expos swan song in 1992. Carter bopped five homers finishing with 324 in his career.

Last Expo Standing!

In Last Expo Standing on August 9, 2010 at 1:17 am

Youpii, the Mona Lisa of Mascots!

Soon after the turn of the century it became clear that the Montreal Expos were on the endangered species list. With time winding down a trip to Olympic Stadium seemed necessary. Finding an opportunity to visit while my team, the Brewers, were in town was fortunate. It was 2001, Vlad was still with the Spos so it seemed like a good way to kill a few days by driving straight up from our suburbs of NYC to Montreal in less than seven hours. The stadium was ours! My memory seems to recollect that the entire section behind home where we sat was empty which made running to see Youpii in leftfield that much easier. I’ve always had an affinity for the Montreal club, maybe it was their underdog status, near misses (’81), star players (The Kid, The Rock, The Hawk, Ellis Valentine!), or 19 bleepin 94. By 2005, D.C. came calling and the Expos were no longer. The roster moved south with the color scheme and as times passes the Nats are slowly erasing any shred of Expos history. However, on this site we will count down to the Last Expo Standing in Major League Baseball history. Right now there are close to two dozen spread across the league, but as the seasons wane on only one will survive!