For ten years, Major League Baseball was gone from Montreal, but for one weekend in March, it returned like a phoenix hoping to rise from the ashes.
"It's a baseball city," former Montreal Expos great Tim Raines Jr. said. "I hope Major League Baseball gives them a second chance. If they get the right people here, it might happen."
From Quebec to Cambridge a total of 96,000 fans flocked to Olympic Stadium for the two exhibition games between the Blue Jays and Mets. Some of those fans brought their kids to tell the tale of the Montreal Expos.
"As a father of three, I took my older daughters here when they were younger and I always wanted to do that again," Essex, VT Expos fan Jeff Goodrich said. "My son is also a baseball fan so this is a dream come true."
The weekend exhibition series has been billed a celebration where the sports crazy city can honor its past, while lobbying for its future.
"I think that is kind of the reason we're here in spring training and I'm happy about that," Raines Jr. said. "This is a great chance for Montreal to show major league baseball."
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