PrintPrint © 2004 MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All rights reserved.

Press Row: The Expos' move
09/30/2004 8:03 PM ET
Reactions to Wednesday's news that the Montreal Expos would be moving to Washington, D.C., came from all corners of the continent:

  • Thomas Boswell, "At last, a team to call our own"
  • David Steele, "Any way pie is sliced, there's enough for all"
  • Patrick Reusse, "Montreal-Washington ties touch Griffiths"
  • Bob Lipper, "D.C. taxpayers losers in baseball shell game"
  • Sally Jenkins, "Is the District being sold a bill of goods?"
  • Bill Beacon, "Bittersweet day in Montreal"

    Thomas Boswell, "At last, a team to call our own"
    Generations of Washington area children will now get to feel some contemporary version of what captivated me from 1956 to 1971, when I took the streetcar to Griffith Stadium to root for Roy Sievers or rode my bike to RFK Stadium to watch Frank Howard's homers or took my dad to the last Nats' game 33 years ago today.

    The modes of transportation and the names of the parks don't matter. In the Senators' first era here, they changed plenty between 1900 and 1971. But the central quality remains the same. That sweet interlacing of a dependable daily pleasure throughout your entire youth -- 162 times a year -- becomes part of the fabric of what you come to recognize as happiness.
    --Washington Post

    David Steele, "Any way pie is sliced, there's enough for all"
    What (Baltimore Orioles owner Peter) Angelos faces can't compare to what owners in New York, Chicago, L.A. and San Francisco do. None of them has had a city to himself for three decades; each has had to share. From that perspective, you can see his point: money is being taken out of his pocket.

    The D.C. people see big crowds in both cities and lots of traffic in between. They envision money from every corner of the metropolitan area (or, more accurately, areas) flowing into their pockets and Angelos', more than enough to make them all, as well as everyone else in baseball, satisfied.

    Their point is better. To answer the original question: Yes, there are a lot of baseball fans out there.
    --Baltimore Sun

    Patrick Reusse, "Montreal-Washington ties touch Griffiths"
    The difference between a southern district stadium in 2005 and when Calvin was pulling up stakes 45 years earlier is this: The Metro now can take thousands of people through D.C.'s intolerable traffic.
    --Minneapolis Star-Tribune

    Bob Lipper, "D.C. taxpayers losers in baseball shell game"
    The baseball-relocation shell game known as "Down and Out in Olympic Stadium" has reached its predictable conclusion. The waifs whose uniforms identify them as the Montreal Expos are moving to our nation's capital, where only the hot air is free. The line now forms to the right for ticket-buyers giddy for a chance to see Henry Mateo, Terrmel Sledge and Rocky Biddle in action.
    --Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch

    Sally Jenkins, "Is the District being sold a bill of goods?"
    The unreasoning faith in baseball as a restorative for the city is just that, unreasoning. While you're celebrating the deal to bring baseball back to Washington, understand just what it is you're getting: a large publicly financed stadium and potential sinkhole to house a team that's not very good, both of which may cost you more than you bargained for and be of questionable benefit to anybody except the wealthy owners and players. But tell that to baseball romantics, or the mayor and his people, and they act like you just called their baby ugly.

    It's lovely to have baseball in Washington again. But the deal that brings the Montreal Expos to Washington is an ugly baby. Let's be clear: The real and only benefit of a stadium is that people derive pleasure from it. It's not an especially wise financial thing for the city. ...

    So congrats to D.C. on winning back baseball. Just know what you're getting.
    --Washington Post

    Bill Beacon, "Bittersweet day in Montreal"
    The end of the Montreal Expos had been coming since 1998, but it hit like bullet when official word finally arrived on Wednesday. ...

    Thousands of fans were downcast but orderly as they went onto the field before the game for autographs from some of the 1994 players. It was far from the party atmosphere usually seen at the season finale.
    --Canadian Press

    This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


    MLB.com