Blue Jays 1, Expos 0: The Urban Rivalry That Killed Major by David Luchuk

By David Luchuk

The 2001-2002 offseason was once a tumultuous one for significant League Baseball. The commissioner's circulation to agreement groups, voted on and authorized through league vendors in a 28-2 vote, left lovers in different towns fearing for the way forward for their groups. The Montreal Expos, with a up to date historical past of bad play or even poorer attendance, appeared an noticeable selection. Canada's in basic terms different gigantic league franchise, the Toronto Blue Jays, had voted in prefer of the commissioner's idea yet appeared as most likely a candidate as both of the groups specified through vendors. This publication examines the 2002 season of the Expos and the Blue Jays, atmosphere occasions opposed to the backdrop of a long-nurtured city competition among Montreal and Toronto. Chapters hide the summer season of 2002 month-by-month, supplementing on- and off-field occasions with a wealth of historic historical past and displaying how pageant positioned the Expos and Blue Jays in addition to their host towns on completely divergent paths.

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The Expos eventually lose 6–3 and the team’s offense has its shine scuffed away in the process. If they arrived in Arizona hoping to cement themselves as a top team in the National League, they leave wondering how to respond to a harsh wake-up call. Swept out of Arizona by the champs, the Expos bubble looks like it may just have burst. Under manager Frank Robinson, the Expos have exceeded all expectations. They have turned the depressing buildup to possibly their final year in Montreal into calls for a revision of the contraction strategy.

His detailed account of the game, its players and outcome leaves no doubt as to the fact that baseball was coming together in Canada at the time. From that point forward, organized baseball is known to have spread throughout eastern Canada. By the 1870s, baseball had become a regular feature of Dominion Day, Canada’s most patriotic annual event. Over time, it would come to be recognized as an integral aspect of American culture exclusively but even after America laid its final claim to the game itself, the history of baseball would continue to cross the northern border.

Early on, things look bad. Bernie Williams takes the young Blue Jays starter out of Yankee Stadium with a home run in the 1st inning. Staking the Yankees to a lead at home is never a good idea. For a struggling team like the Blue Jays, it’s suggestive of total disaster. Halladay shrugs it off and gets back to work. From that point forward, he gives up only two more hits and eventually leaves with the game tied 1–1. Following his exit, Blue Jays hitters put up three runs and surge comfortably ahead.

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