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Press Row: The Expos' move09/30/2004 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"
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.
David Steele, "Any way pie is sliced, there's enough for all"
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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