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Postby Mookie4ever » Fri Aug 12, 2005 11:19 am

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Had the Expos played .500 baseball the rest of the way, they would finished the year 98-64. In short, only an epic collapse would’ve kept the Expos out of the playoffs. Montreal had a young, exciting team on the rise, the second lowest payroll in the game, rising attendance, and postseason revenue all in the future. The extra money would’ve helped the Expos avoid the fire sale of 1995 and who knows what else? The Montreal Expos were the number one casualty of the strike. Absent the strike, the Expos would be alive and well in Montreal.

I don't know if that's really the case because I'm not sure what the ownership situation was like at the time, but that was the part that caught my eye with respect to the Expos. I suppose winning in the post season doesn't guarnatee anything (see Marlins) but that's probably the most fascinating part to me.


Expos never got much TV money so they relied on the gate more so than most teams. The gate from the rest of the season and the playoff revenue would have made a lot of difference.
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Postby raiders_umpire » Fri Aug 12, 2005 11:20 am

did not realize it had been only 11 years,,,, seems like it was just a few years ago imo..... oh well at least we dont have to worry about that this year ;-D
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Postby GreenFish » Fri Aug 12, 2005 11:25 am

As a lifelong Giants fan, the biggest thing that sticks in my mind about 1994 is Matt Williams. He had a semi-legitimate shot to break Maris's record that year. I was a big Matt Williams fan at the time. I had the destinct pleasure of having about a 20 minute conversation with him one day. He was so down to earth that it was easy to like him. When the season was called off I immediately thought about him. While he did have a nice career, he never did hit with quite the same prowess he displayed in 1994.

Oh and I do think it sucked bad for the Expos. Montreal no longer has a team. If they had at least gone to the World Series that year. Things could have been different.
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Postby Kingctb27 » Fri Aug 12, 2005 11:31 am

Wow, I really don't remember this a whole lot sinse I was only 7 at thetime, but thanks for the article. ;-D
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Postby acsguitar » Fri Aug 12, 2005 11:37 am

Stupid Strike! Go Expos
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Postby GreenFish » Fri Aug 12, 2005 11:37 am

kingctb27 wrote:....I was only 7 at thetime...


Um I was only um ....... Never mind now I feel old.
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Postby Phatferd » Fri Aug 12, 2005 11:56 am

ACS I love the new look!!!

BTW, what is the Blue Jays TV contract like. How is their fan support in Toronto. I know they don't come close to selling out, but are they in danger of losing the team?

I just think its really hard to have a team in Canada where the dollar has different value.
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Postby Lofunzo » Fri Aug 12, 2005 12:43 pm

Amazingly, it has also been just over 11 years since the OJ fiasco. :,-(
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Postby SaintsOfTheDiamond » Fri Aug 12, 2005 2:35 pm

Mookie4ever wrote:Expos never got much TV money so they relied on the gate more so than most teams. The gate from the rest of the season and the playoff revenue would have made a lot of difference.

That's the impression I got from reading the article. I don't know if I believe that it would have avoided a firesale, but it defintely would have helped. Thanks again Bud. :-P
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Postby acsguitar » Fri Aug 12, 2005 3:25 pm

Lofunzo wrote:Amazingly, it has also been just over 11 years since the OJ fiasco. :,-(


Thank god he's still looking for the killer on golf courses across america! ;-D
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