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Bruce Chen, Again

In Last Expo Standing on June 30, 2013 at 8:15 pm

chenAbout a year ago, while researching for How the Red Sox Explain New England I commented to former Expo Bill “Spaceman” Lee that lefties could pitch until they are 50. To which he replied, “Yeah, if you are lefty you can pitch until you are 50 unless you are Bill Lee.” At age 36, Bruce Chen is hoping that adage is true. This past weekend, Chen appeared in his 368th game. It should be noted 15 came as a member of the 2002 Montreal Expos. The Panamanian started 91 games for the Kansas City Royals from 2009 to 2012, but has appeared only out of the bullpen this season. Over fifteen seasons, Chen has a 74-72 record…that 3-0 record out of the pen so far this season vaulted him back over the .500 mark. The former Expos has two blown saves and two holds on the season, as the once again hapless Royals do their best to keep Ned Yost employed. Along with the Expos and Royals, Chen has also played for the Braves, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Astros, Red Sox, Orioles, and Rangers. Watch out Octavio Dotel!


Opening Day 2011…Minus the Expos Again

In Expos Reminisce on April 2, 2011 at 12:31 am

Welcome to Jarry Park! Home of the Montreal Expos. Can I help you find your seats?

This week marks the 7th Opening Day that Montreal must suffer without the Expos. The Expos were so Amazin’ that they defeated the Mets in their first game ever and pitched a No-hitter in their 9th (the Mets have yet to throw a No-no). In honor of the 2nd most successful MLB team north of the border here is a list of Montreal Expos firsts courtesy of my copy of the 2001 Expos Media Guide.

First Game: Montreal Expos 11, N.Y. Mets 10 @ Shea Stadium  4/8/69

First Home Game: Montreal Expos 8, St. Louis Cardinals 7 4/14/69

First Hitter: Maury Wills struck out by Mudcat Grant

First Hit: Bob Bailey two-run double in the first

First Run: Gary Sutherland reached first on an error

First Home Run: Dan McGinn off of Tom Seaver in the 3rd

First Grand Slam: Mack Jones off Jack Fisher (Reds) 5/10/69

Winning Pitcher: Don Shaw in relief

Shutout & No-hitter: Bill Stoneman vs Phils 4/17/69

First winning season: 1979 (95-65)

First to go Yard in 'Spos History...the Immortal Bob Bailey

First .500 Month: July 1970 (15-15)

First Broadcaster: Dave Van Horne & Russ Taylor (CKGM)

First Topps Rookie All-Star: 3b Coco Laboy 1969

First N.L. Player of the Month: Gary Carter September 1980 (.360 Avg, 7 Hrs)

First N.L. Pitcher of the Month: Ross Grimsley (4-0, 1.54 ERA)

First (& Only) Playoff Appearance: 1981

First # Retired: Rusty Staub #10 5/15/93

First 20 game hitting streak: Delino Deshields (21 games, 6/28-7/21/93)

First Player Drafted: Balor Moore 1969


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).