The death of the Montreal Expos was also the death of something unique in the world. There was no other major league city like Montreal and no other place in the world with a similar baseball culture or history.
Unfortunately, because Major League Baseball owned the Expos when it plunged the final knife into the team in 2004, MLB remains the official (revisionist) custodian of that history.
But unofficially, you can get a flavor for the bygone Expos era by digging a little bit on the web. Here’s a nice little audio montage from the website of the ‘Spos former radio home. The first voice you hear is play-by-play man Elliott Price – his final words on the last-ever game broadcast. The last voice in the montage brings back memories of many youthful summers. It is that of the Expos’ longest-serving English-language broadcaster Dave Van Horne, choking up as he shares his thoughts on the demise of the team.
And below is a video of the last out in Expos’ history, three years ago this week, as called by the great Jacques Doucet, whose singular job – French-language major-league baseball announcer – became obsolete when the Expos did. Another example of the death of something unique. Too bad MLB didn’t have the imagination to appreciate what it was killing off:
By the way, I hear a rumor that the baseball playoffs are on. Anyone know anything about that?