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Support the Expos

From: Vermont Public Radio
Series: 10 in Their 20s
Length: 02:21

A baseball fan pleads for others to join in his support for the fading Montreal Expos.

Cooley75_small A baseball fan in northern New England makes a case for why the Montreal Expos haven't been given the chance they deserve. The commentary highlights the unique aspects of baseball in Quebec ("Players' names are announced in both English and French. It's like being at a Baseball United Nations...") and the mundane conveniences that might draw more fans ($8 seats are never hard to come by). "Support the Expos" is part of the commentary series 10 in Their 20s. The fresh voices in the series could have been recorded almost anywhere and provide an insightful look into the thoughts of the nation's newest adults.

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A baseball fan in northern New England makes a case for why the Montreal Expos haven't been given the chance they deserve. The commentary highlights the unique aspects of baseball in Quebec ("Players' names are announced in both English and French. It's like being at a Baseball United Nations...") and the mundane conveniences that might draw more fans ($8 seats are never hard to come by). "Support the Expos" is part of the commentary series 10 in Their 20s. The fresh voices in the series could have been recorded almost anywhere and provide an insightful look into the thoughts of the nation's newest adults.

Transcript

(Host) Commentator Sean ("Shawn") Cooley wants the Montreal Expos to get some attention. He says with the team's future uncertain - it's time for fans to show their support.

(Sean Cooley) It was a Saturday in April. Baseball fans were gathered at Montreal's Olympic Stadium for the Expos second home game of the season. The stadium should have been packed for opening day weekend, but it wasn't. There were 6,899 in the stands. Trouble was, there was enough room for nearly 40,000 more.

The Montreal Expos have fallen victim to an appalling loss of fan support. Montreal has ranked dead last in average home game attendance for the past three years. The situation has become so desperate that, for a second straight season, Major League Baseball has scheduled the Expos to play a third of their home games almost 2,000 miles away in San Juan, Puerto Rico. When a major league ball club needs t...
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