It’s a story that emerges every year at this time as the Blue Jays prepare to play exhibition games at Olympic Stadium.
The story: Montreal’s push for a Major League Baseball team.
Commissioner Rob Manfred appears to give that market hope every time he speaks. He’s been open about wanting expansion and has laid out conditions for Montreal market in order to be considered.
Since then, some businessman and Mayor Denis Coderre have done everything in their power to show the owners – and Manfred – they’re serious about baseball’s return.
The Expos left with little resistance at the end of the 2004 season. Olympic Stadium was no longer fit for the team to play in, there was no national television deal as The Score carried some games and fans saw the writing on the wall.
Montreal stayed away.
Thirteen years ago, I remember being of the mind that baseball should never return to that market because of indifference.
My opinion has changed. It would seem that absence in Montreal has made the heart grow fonder.