January, 8 of 2013: Speculations and/or Prognostications on Phase II of Montreal Baseball Project
April 4, of 2012: After 34 years the Serious Heart Attack Fires still Burn Strong
In the prognosticative piece we delved into Warren Cromartie's Manifesto ("Montreal is a Five Tool City") on the return of the Expos...or I guess it's more of a Cro-Mafesto. Within the Cro-Mafesto we focused on the 4th point of the pentagon-pointed five-tools which make up this wonderful baseball city in my heavily speculative article.
Today we shall look into another piece of the pentagonal "5 Tools" (as such). We shall be looking into the "Passionate Fan Base" tool.
The other sports fan bases in this city we already know about. Not one person hasn't heard of the Montreal Canadiens hockey club. The Montreal Canadiens fans look at their city's hockey team as the life and essence of the city itself almost.
We wish to focus on the rabid fan base of baseball fans only.
Take this story:
Last week, the New York Mets and Toronto Bluejays announced two exhibition games will be hosted at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. Within a week they have sold over 80,000 tickets for these games. Montreal wants baseball back. That's 80K tickets purchased by Montreal's fan base for exhibition (not even regular season) games. It seems they are serious about getting a team back.
That's how it starts...
A guy like Cromartie convinces everyone it's possible...The "baby steps" have been set in motion.
The ball gets rollin' and 1,000 people are convinced it's possible and crash a game in full Expos regalia...The Kool-Aid starts gettin' stirred up quick.
Then 80,000 people catch the Baseball Fever...Something's brewin' that's what it's doin'.
The wheels are now in motion...will 4 million people in the greater Montreal area catch the Fever? My guess is...Yes, it is most likely.
Memories of the Greatest
On a related note, Vladimir Guerrero has announced his official retirement from the game:
Vlad was "The Last Mohican" of the Expos...or maybe Vlad was the "Last Samurai"...No, Vlad was the "Last Dragon..."
You aaaaaaare the Last Draaaaaaagon!
Out of all the Heroes, Legends, and Diamond Kings...Vladimir was Montreal's last Diamond King, our Last Dragon.
When many of the Montreal's Diamond Kings careers came to a close they ventured back here to receive their curtain call. Take the dearly departed, but still awesome in all our hearts, Gary Carter...
1992 Double Video
Or who could forget Tim Raines' triumphant return in 2001?
Rock 2001 Return
Yet, with the Expos no longer around...there will be no curtain call for our Last Dragon. Vladimir Guerrero won't get to double over Andre Dawson's head in right, or draw a walk while 55,000 fans stand and cheer during his entire at-bat like they did for Raines. If the Expos were still here Vlad would have been on the 2013 roster and he would have had an unforgettable curtain call at Olympic Stadium.
I will say this...Vlad was the most electrifying athlete who EVER played in this city. His talent was unfathomable.
He was the strong silent type. Never ever speaking. The only time anyone heard him speak was at the last game he played in an Expos uniform when he took a microphone onto the field and simply stated...
Everything had to epic like that with this guy.
Happy trails Vladdy, it is too bad that you didn't get a send off. If anyone deserved one it was you.
Like the seasons, love will come and go
If it's right, you'll automatically know
The world of mystery exists only in your head
When you become one with yourself
The wall will fall
There's a power deep inside you, an inner strength
You'll find in time of need.
You had the power. You had the glow, bro.
You were the Expos' Last Dragon...
You were the Expos' Last Dragon...