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We hates them! It's ours, it is, and we wants it!

So after they stole the Expos, moved them to one of my favorite cities in North America, gave them the lamest name in the history of baseball, signed a gaggle of crummy overpriced free agents, and tried to bury any and all memories of the team's 35 years in Montreal... how does this ex-Expos fan feel?

Yeah. We hates them. They stole the Precious.

This is going to be a pretty bad team. Not a bad, bad team; but a garden-variety bad team. Overpriced, underperforming, and without any real identity. And yet they have great ballcaps and the awesome Jose Vidro. Life's not fair.

Vidro, as I've mentioned before, is (along with Orlando Hudson) my favorite player in baseball (I'm down to two favorites now that John Olerud sold out and Miguel Tejada plays for the Orioles). I like Vidro so much that I can't root against him, which is a bad conflict since otherwise I want this Nationals team to lose 130 games and be a failure and a laughingstock. Heck, I even want them to be contracted now.

So, riven with this internal strife, I decided it would be more fun, instead of previewing the Nationals, to preview some of the Expos content coming at Batter's Box this year. First up, I am going to play out The Season That Never Was... 1994. The first movement of the Symphony of Betrayal.

Thanks to the Miracle of Science that is Diamond Mind Baseball, I am able to replay the Expos' 1994 season as if the strike had never happened. This is taking rather a lot of preparation, but once April is here, we shall once a week be transported back to the heat of August 1994, and a group of exciting pennant races that were saved by a last-minute intervention by, oh, let's say funk/soul superstar James Brown. The Godfather of Soul brought together the warring owners and players and made them see the errors of their ways, bringing them together in a spirit of brotherhood and love rather than torn apart by hate and violence... you gotta care about your brother man... so many problems in the streets...

OK, sorry, I got carried away there. Anyway, the strike was averted and the season carried on as normal on August 12th. I'll go week-by-week as the pennant race unfolds, then the Division Series, LCS and World Series, all with a special focus on the Expos. Can they maintain their big lead? Will they manage to do what the 1981 team could not, and make it through to the Fall Classic?

Stay tuned. And if you are interested in the Nationals, check out District of Baseball, one of the finer team-oriented fansites out there. And they haven't even played a game yet!

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Craig B - Tuesday, March 22 2005 @ 10:55 AM EST (#107096) #
For more on the Nationals, check out my Nationals Preview at The Hardball Times, also published today. A double-dip!
Mike Green - Tuesday, March 22 2005 @ 11:29 AM EST (#107101) #
I wonder how un-expos-ed Montrealers are faring without baseball or hockey this spring. My prediction: the Quebec birth rate will reach a welcome and noticeable peak in November and December 2005 and January, 2006. I'll have a first-hand report soon (on the street life, not the birth rate).
CeeBee - Tuesday, March 22 2005 @ 07:57 PM EST (#107160) #
Though I've only been to Montreal once and never been to an Expo's game I fondly remember their arrival into the majors and those early years in Jarry Park. I believe that if they had built a proper baseball park instead of moving into the abomination they called Olympic Statium things might have turned out quite differently. Anyway, it's all history now and baseball in Canada will never be the same.
Andrew S - Tuesday, March 22 2005 @ 08:30 PM EST (#107162) #
The only game I ever saw at the Big O, Larry Walker hit for the cycle. Must've been '94. Can't remember who won or lost. The cycle, however, was plenty exciting.
3RunHomer - Wednesday, March 23 2005 @ 09:47 AM EST (#107177) #
Jays fans should be happy about the Beltway Bandits -- they've halved the Orioles' market and already restricted their free-agent spending. Only a move to New York or Boston would've been more welcome.

And is "Nationals" really more lame than "Expos"? I think not.

PS - I agree with Tony Kornheiser ... Jim Bowden is an idiot.
fra paolo - Wednesday, March 23 2005 @ 04:16 PM EST (#107304) #
Pardon the shameless plug, but I can offer a review of the 2004 Expos here:

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