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Adieu to O.C.

In Expos Greats, Expos Reminisce, Exposed, Last Expo Standing on March 1, 2012 at 3:18 am

  Last month, Expos shortstop Orlando Cabrera (1997-2004) hung up his cleats. While the O-dog was never named to an all-star team he made a name for himself in his post-spos career as good luck charm for playoff bound teams. O.C. retires ranked tenth in Expos history with 877 hits, tenth in total bases (1333), and 8th in doubles (214). In 2001 he became the first Expos SS to earn a Rawlings Gold Glove. He followed that up by leading the N.L. in errors the following season with 29. In his final full season with Montreal, Cabrera led the team in doubles (47), RBI (80), and stolen bases (24). He was a two-time Expos player of the year (2001 & 2003), but in 2004 as Nomar Garciaparra watched Derek Jeter leap into the stands to make an overrated catch and the Red Sox came calling.  A colossal three team trade was completed which sent Nomar to the Cubbies, O.C. and Dougie Alphabets to the Sox, and Brendan Harris and one of the Alex Gonzalezes to the Expos.  Cabrera made all Bostonians forget about Nomah by batting .379 in the Bosox miraculous 2004 ALCS comeback. He parlayed this performance into a free agent deal with the Angels, for whom he played in the ’05 and ’07 playoffs. Cabrera had a 63-game on-base streak in 2006, which is among the top five streaks of all time. In 2007, he won his second gold glove, however in the off-season the Angels traded him to the White Sox for starter Jon Garland. During the next three seasons, Cabrera would appear in the playoffs for each team he played for: White Sox (2008), Twins (2009), & Reds (2010). In 2011 he joined the defending champs the San Francisco Giants, but alas the pairing would not result in a playoff appearance. In total O.C. appeared in 37 playoff games (none as an Expos) and he batted .228 with 18 RBI. According to baseball-reference his career totals compare to Tony Fernandez and Garry Templeton and that sounds about right.

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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!