My Turn at Bat The Sad Saga of the Montreal Expos

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  • Copyright: 2002-01-01
  • Publisher: ECW Press
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When Claude Brochu's ownership group took control of the Montreal Expos in November of 1990, Expos fans -- and all supporters of "small market" professional teams across North America -- celebrated a victory for baseball as it was meant to be. Stubbornly refusing to be toppled by the ever-encroaching interests of Big Business, Brochu was determined to keep the team in Montreal. And he succeeded -- at least in the short term. Having pried the Expos from the hands of American investors bent on moving the team to the States, Claude Brochu breathed new life into baseball in Montreal, giving hope to all who still dared to imagine that a ball club could truly belong to a community. Written with all the fiery passion of a devoted fan, Claude Brochu's My Turn at Bat: The Sad Saga of the Expos is an emotionally charged, behind-the-scenes look at the rebirth and ultimate demise of baseball in Montreal. Kicking open boardroom doors and throwing light on the shady dealings of major league baseball, My Turn at Bat scores a victory for both Expos fans and anyone hungry to know more about the culture of greed, corruption, and back-stabbing that's grown up in the shadows of professional sports. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Claude R. Brochu is the former president of the Expos Daniel Poulin is a retired sports journalist who has covered the Toronto Blue Jays and the Montreal Expos Mario Bolduc is the author of two novels and a biography of Canadian tennis player Sebastian Lareau Stephanie Myles writes for the Montreal Gazette. They all live in Montreal, Quebec

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 11
Prefacep. 15
Introductionp. 17
Charles Bronfman's Decisionp. 21
The First Stepsp. 29
Ten Dollars, "Just in Case You Need It..."p. 43
"Are You Comfotable with This?"p. 51
A Top-Rank Teamp. 57
The Stadium Has Its Sayp. 69
The Tradep. 75
Painful Days Aheadp. 83
Selling the Team?p. 91
The Canadiens and the Alouettesp. 105
First Meeting with Bernard Landryp. 111
The Baltimore Examplep. 121
The Departure of Pedro Martinezp. 129
Opening Argumentsp. 139
A Meeting at the Bunkerp. 155
Good-Bye, Felipe?p. 163
I Open the Doorp. 173
The Keystone Kops in Actionp. 179
Public Enemy Number Onep. 191
The Return of Bernard Landry ... and Jeffrey Loriap. 199
Loria's Demandsp. 207
The Press Conferencep. 213
The Quagmirep. 217
Conclusionp. 227
Appendixp. 233
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