Montreal has a somewhat sordid history with Major League Baseball. Back in what is now the idealized past of the late 90s/early 2000s, the city still had a MLB team, the nostalgia-tastic Expos, but Montreal's rep as a city bad for baseball existed well before the Expos' migration to Washington. Apparently Montreal's has been awful when it comes to baseball since '69.
In a ranking of the worst MLB ballparks of all time,Sporting News has placed Montreal on this list, not once, but two times. A little harsh, though given the reasoning, it's hard not to deny that Montreal's ballparks kinda deserve to be on the list.
Ranked at #7 on the list is the Olympic Stadium, home of the Expos from 1977-2004. The major point of criticism for the Big O is the retractable roof, which wasn't even completed 'til 1987, and then closed up in 1992, with many annoying tears in between. SN adds the '94 strike and the hot mess that was the Expos' management to their reasoning on the #7 ranking, which is hard to deny.
Topping the Olympic Stadium a full two spots ahead at #5 is Jarry Park, the temporary home of the Expos from 1969 to 1976. Temporary is a loose term here, as the team stayed at Jarry Park for seven years. SN Jarry Park as the result of "hundreds of those aluminum bleachers you see at Little League baseball fields...pieced...all together," which isn't the most flattering of descriptions.
Montreal may have ranked twice on this list, but we can rest easy that we're not as bad as Toronto, who claimed the top spot with their Exhibition Stadium. Sometimes you just need to look on the brighter side, or in this case, the more awful side, to get a boost in confidence.
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"With opening day today, excited to announce we’re bringing the Expos back to the MLB in 2022. Excited to be the first player/coach/owner in MLB history," reads his tweet.
"What!!!!!is this real life??? Oh man I'm a huge pats fan and thank you for the past 20 years and I was forced to become a Jays fan after the expos left...this is fkn awesome LFG!!!!" one person responded on Twitter.
What makes the joke less mean is that Brady almost pursued a career in baseball and was selected by the Expos in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB draft.
Tom Brady, arguably the NFL's greatest quarterback, has a surprising Montreal connection that many of you probably had no idea about. Before he became a superstar football player, Brady was a draft pick for the Montreal Expos baseball team.
With Brady on his way to his record 10th Super Bowl appearance, let's dive into his short-lived time as an Expos draft pick.
Back in 1995, Brady was a talented high school baseball catcher. The Expos took a chance on the budding superstar and drafted him in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB draft with the 507th pick.
But Brady's one true love was football and despite being drafted into the MLB as a teenager, he decided to pursue football at the University of Michigan as a quarterback.
Though he struggled with anxiety and had to fight for playing time, he posted respectable stats during his last two years at Michigan and was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.
Tom Brady becomes 1st Montreal Expos draft pick to make 10 Superbowls. 🏆
The rest, as they say, his history. In 20 years with the New England Patriots, Brady led the team to six Super Bowl wins and was (and still is) regarded as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play football.
Now, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a 43-year-old Brady will lead his team to another Super Bowl appearance for a record 10th time in his career. He's going up against the Kansas City Chiefs, last year's Super Bowl winners.
Montreal is home to some amazing food trucks. We really do take our food truck foods seriously because they're not like other food trucks. Each truck makes something completely unique and delicious that's unlike anything you've ever eaten before!
It's called Les Premiers Vendredis and it's held on the first Friday of every month for the entire summer! The festival takes places at the Olympic Stadium and you're not going to want to miss September's.