Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mets vs Toronto Blue Jays in the last Preseason Game

It was a rainy day as we decided to stay home and watch the Mets last preseason game.  It was part of a two game series of the Mets vs Toronto Blue Jays at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.  Last night's game was a tribute to the late Gary Carter who played for the Expos and Mets.  Today's game was a tribute to the 1994 Expos who had the best record in baseball when the baseball strike ended the season.  It did seem that the Expos never recovered from that strike as attendance dwindled and the team moved to Washington, DC in 2005.  Another problem was that the stadium was so big that the seats were so far away from the field.  The Blue Jays announcers stated that there were plans to build a new stadium for the Expos, but they fell through after the strike.

In today's game the Mets lost to the Blue Jays 2-0 on a two run homer by Melky Cabrera in the 8th inning.  The Mets struck out 11 times and could only get two hits off Blue Jay pitching.  There were about 50,000 fans at the game today showing that there is interest in baseball in Montreal.  I attended the last Expo game at Shea Stadium in 2004 where there was a large contingent of Expo fan protesting the move of their team.  If baseball expands in the future, could Montreal get a new team?  They didn't support the Expos during their last 10 seasons, but they came out for these two preseason games.

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