I just found this and it just makes me upset. Because of the MLB player’s strike in 1994, the Expos, who literally were the best team in terms of win/loss record that year, got totally screwed because the last 8 weeks of the regular season and the playoffs were cancelled. The Expos had never been to a World Series and this is considered the best chance that they ever had of making it in their 35 year history.
The strike resulted in the Expos losing so much. The players on strike were not considered worth bargaining with in the eyes of the team management, so much of the talent that had made the team the best in baseball were traded away. The city of Montreal also didn’t like how the strike could possibly affect business, so the Expos were denied their request for a new stadium.
This was a franchise that worked so hard to build itself up to being a respected name in baseball and it was pretty much ruined by the players themselves who played an awesome season and by the outcome of the strike.
If the strike hadn’t happened, this photo might’ve been completely different. This was taken in 2004. By then, the Expos could have had a new stadium closer to downtown Montreal and the banner might be reading “World Series Champions”.
Don’t get me wrong, I love baseball, but sometimes, MLB politics are such bullshit. I hope the organization comes back someday. Talk of the Rays moving gives me hope, but the owner is adamant that he won’t move the team, especially not to Montreal apparently. (Picture the Expos in the AL east, tho. Regular games against the Yankees and Red Sox would be sure to draw crowds in Montreal.)
I’d move the Rays to Miami and the Marlins to Montreal if I had my way.