So it finally happened - Les Expos have a new home.
Baseball returned to the nation's capital for the first time in 33 years Wednesday, with an announcement from Major League Baseball that the Montreal Expos will move to Washington next season.
The announcement came one day before the anniversary of the Senators' final game. The team moved to Texas after the 1971 season, the last time a major league team moved.
"It's a day when the sun is setting in Montreal, but it's rising in Washington," Expos president Tony Tavares told a news conference in Montreal.
Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it:
Hearings will begin soon on the city's $440 million package that would include the new ballpark and $13 million for refurbishment of RFK. The money will come from a new tax on the city's largest businesses, a tax on baseball-related income and lease payments by the team's new owners.
Congratulations are in order to Expos GM Omar Minaya, who's been hired by the Mets as their head of baseball operations. The Mets can use all the help they can get, and with Minaya they've gotten a good GM who performed near miracles with little raw material in Montreal. Via David Pinto.
UPDATE: The Baseball Prospectus has lots of good stuff: Jonah Keri's fond remembrances of his favorite team and the reader responses to him, plus two articles that sill surely raise Sue's blood pressure: this one on how DC is paying for the new stadium, and this one on how Peter Angelos will make out like a bandit as a result of the deal MLB gave him to drop his territorial opposition to the DC relocation.Posted by Charles Kuffner on September 29, 2004 to Baseball | TrackBack