The news that Jays president Paul Beeston will give heed to the idea of the Blue Jays playing some games in Montreal is a recipe for failure and would be a mark on an otherwise brilliant tenure in Toronto .
There is absolutely no way that a regular season major league game should ever be played at the Stade Olympique ever again. Montreal had their chance with a the Expos and the people, the media, the province and businesses abandoned the Expos. So keep your hands off the Blue Jays. They are Toronto ’s team and I can see no benefit to them playing in Montreal unless the Beeston is going to make millions from the city to buy a handful of games.
This may be a reaction of Rogers who have paid Ralph Wilson up to $10 million to have the Bills play one regular season game at the Rogers Centre over several years. Rogers has grossly overpaid for a mediocre/bad NFL team and the game and perhaps Beeston on Rogers behest is looking to pass this albatross onto Montreal .
The province of Quebec has not had organised baseball since the Expos left after the 2004 season. Baseball is not new to Quebec and has a deep history. If people in Montreal want baseball back they need to build a new park and attract an International League team. Baby steps if they want their Expos back. A handful of Montrealers have been waxing the loss of the Expos every April and telling Torontonians that “the Jays are next”. Well, thanks for the warning but if Montreal thinks Toronto is going to lose a team on their behalf they are delusional. Having the Jays or any other MLB team have regular season games in Montreal is not a reflection of what an expanding market such as the experiments that we have seen with MLB having games in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Hawaii and Japan. Other teams have tried to have out of market home games in an effort to expand fan base or to for other reasons Montreal Expos in San Juan , Tampa Bay in Orlando , Brooklyn in Jersey City and the White Sox in Milwaukee . These experiments have all failed. Across sports the idea of a two city team has always failed. Toronto should not have to be subjected to this. The market is large enough to support a MLB team and there is no reason to test the market in other cities or go back to crumbling Olympic Stadium in Lame Duck Montreal.
Another argument that has arisen is that the Blue Jays are now “ Canada ’s Team”. This is something that Jays marketing may have to address in Quebec . One can find Jays fans coast-to-coast in Canada and games can be seen regularly on Sportsnet or SN1 and heard on radio syndicates. Now, the Jays are being broadcast on French Language radio stations in Quebec , now it may be time for Rogers to stand –up a French language SportsNet and carry baseball in French language. Also, bluejays.com, bluejays.ca and mlb.com have zero French language content. These are great websites and are already translated into several languages. There is no reason the Jays or MLB.com can translate into French.
That said, the French language baseball fan had their team, the Expos, and lost it. While the Jays are “ Canada ’s Team” they are still the TORONTO BLUE JAYS and will not play in Montreal . If a baseball fans wants to see the Jays, come to Toronto , watch it on tv or see them on the road.