Vive Les Expos!
In a surprise move, the Toronto Blue Jays are preparing to announce plans to play two spring training exhibition games in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium prior to the 2014 season. According to Shi David of Sportsnet, the team will make the announcement at some point tomorrow.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) September 9, 2013
The two games will feature a match-up between the Blue Jays and the New York Mets, who were coincidentally the team that the Montreal Expos played their final game against on October 3, 2004.
The decision to play two games in Montreal is another in a series of strategic moves by the Blue Jays to assert themselves as Canada’s team. The Blue Jays also run multiple instructional camps across Canada, as well as the team’s Field of Dreams, Grand Slam Grants, and Home Run Scholars programs through the Jays Care Foundation.
The team had previously held a special night for Expos fans on July 20, 2013, where over 1000 fans of ExposNation poured into Rogers Centre to profess their love for their former team and show their support of bringing another franchise to Montreal.
As more details come forward, we’ll be sure to pass them along. In the meantime, let us remember the last game played at Olympic Stadium.