Dewy-eyed Sentimentality or Practical Nostalgia? Thoughts on Baseball’s Return to Montreal

Sport Heritage Review

Montreal’s Olympic Stadium hosted two Major League Baseball (MLB) exhibition games this past weekend. The were the first MLB games held in Montreal since 2004, when the Expos – that began in the city in 1969 – were relocated to Washington, DC and became the Nationals.  The games did not actually feature the former Expos franchise but, rather, the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Mets.  Still, the games – which drew immense crowds on both Friday night and Saturday afternoon – were widely celebrated and suggested that Montreal could potentially be home to an MLB franchise again in the future.

“Nostalgic” was one of the ways that the weekend games were described.  Certainly, having a chance to celebrate and fondly remember the Expos franchise was one of the key selling points of the games.  Both Friday night and Saturday afternoon featured ceremonies honouring past players and…

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