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Episode 65: The life and times of John Bateman

May 12, 2016

In addition to playing for the Astros and Phillies, the late John Bateman was an original Montreal Expo. Overall, he was behind the plate in over 1000 big league games during the 1960s and early 70s.

Since 2011, Bateman’s life has been celebrated through a fictitious Twitter account. It was created by a Texas-area artist, who as a child, chose the catcher as his favourite player. The account features diary style tweets, as if the social medium existed during Bateman’s playing day.

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One of the many tweets from @JohnnyBateman7

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Episode 63: They sure love baseball in Montreal

April 14, 2016

Over 100, 000 fans filled the Olympic Stadium for the Blue Jays’ final two spring training games. This outpouring of support and interest has reignited talk of whether MLB will return to Montreal.

Jared Book of BluebirdBanter.com joins DNJT to discuss what needs to happen and how a team in Montreal will affect the Jays.

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Retro Blue Jays – Baseball en Francais

April 23, 2015

Posted by Retro Quebec.

As a child, I can recall a time when Montreal Expo games would air on Radio-Canada (CBC’s French language service) almost every Saturday night during the summer. I always got a kick out of hearing the play-by-play crew emphasize certain players’ English-sounding names in the middle of their French sentences: “Voici Michael Barrett.”

French-language television and Quebec sports teams always went hand-in-hand. So imagine my surprise when I found out years later that Radio-Canada also aired Blue Jay games at one time.

These days, TVA Sports broadcasts a hand-full of games. But according to Wikipedia (and sadly, I wish I could have found a more credible source), French-language  broadcasts of Jays games also occurred from 1978 to 1980. The video clip featured in this post is proof.

It features an upbeat jazz tune and footage from a late-70s match between the Jays and Mariners at the Seattle Kingdome. My understanding of French is far from exceptional. However, I believe the promo is advertising an upcoming live broadcast of a game between the Jays and Brewers from Milwaukee, as part of the “Baseball 79” schedule.

For an added bonus, here’s a promo for an upcoming 1977 Expos game. It features stock footage of games played at Jarry Park. Again, my fluency in French is poor. However, it appears the clip is promoting the first baseball game to be played at Olympic Stadium.

ER

Retro Blue Jays – Montreal, 8mm Style

March 26, 2015

Posted by Jared Allen.

It’s fitting the Blue Jays will travel to Montreal next week for the final portion of the spring training schedule. Last year’s visit to the Olympic Stadium was a huge success.

Speaking of which…

2014 can’t be considered retro, but the technology used in this 27-minute clip certainly is.

The videographer recorded the March 28, 2014 pre-season contest between the Jays and the New York Mets at the Big O with an 8mm camera. The final product is a lovely combination of contemporary life with old school technology.

Mr. Allen had a perfect POV and captured so much; from travelling to the stadium to the Jays celebrating a walkoff victory. There’s a lot to take in, but it’s worth spending the time. There’s even a clip featuring everyone’s favourite mid-game activity, the wave [sarcasm].

I doubt 8mm cameras will make a comeback and become a trend, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt having more videos like this.

ER

 

Episode 40: Montreal On The Road

August 14, 2014

Montreal’s Gabriel Morissette and Adry Laurin are travelling to every MLB ballpark this summer to draw support for baseball’s return to La Belle Province. The young couple are chronicling their journey on their website, MontrealOnTheRoad.com.

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Adry and Gabriel at Dodger Stadium (Photo: mtlontheroad.imgur.com)

Episode 11 – Expos Fans Unite

August 23, 2012

Fans of the Montreal Expos will be gathering at the Sept. 2 Blue Jays game.

They plan on sharing memories and making a statement.

Matthew Ross of TSN 990 and ExposNation.com is organizing the event and joins DNJT to talk about it.

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Episode 5 – Montreal Baseball Project

May 31, 2012

Hard to believe, but it’s nearly been eight years since the Montreal Expos moved to Washington.

Founded by former Expo Warren Cromartie, the Montreal Baseball Project hopes to bring professional baseball back to the city.

To raise awareness, the MBP is hosting a Weekend Celebration, June 15-16. It will feature a baseball clinic, golf tournament and gala, with proceeds going to a local charity.

Warren Cromartie joins DNJT to talk about the Montreal Baseball Project and the Weekend Celebration.

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