I mean, I understand that people are scared of this damn Expos scenario, seeing as it comes up over and over and over, but seriously, if you’re making this comparison you need to understand the history of the Expos a little better… over seven seasons from 1998 to 2004 only once did the Expos average more than 12,000 fans per game—including four seasons where their average was less than the worst ever crowd in the history of the Rogers Centre. After 1994 their average attendance never again broke 20,000.
Compare that to the Jays, where before this shit season, they had never averaged less than 20,000 at Rogers Centre, and in fact, attendance has risen each of the last six years, peaking at over 29,000 last year…Honestly, it’s piss down the throat of Expos fans to even try to claim there’s symmetry in the two situations. Those poor fucks took kicks to the balls for fucking years before everything finally went down the toilet. It was a slow and painful death, and as much as contracts like the ones handed out to guys like Wells, Thomas, Ryan, Rios and Burnett have, for the most part, fucking sucked, at least ownership here has been willing to try to play the big money game— and in the pretty recent past, too.
Of course, I’ll clearly boost their readership by thousands (ahem), but Stoten from Drunk Jays Fans absolutely nails it in his recent post about the absurd comparisons between the Toronto Blue Jays and the defunct Montreal Expos.
I admit, I give the Blue Jays a hard time as a fan with obvious masochist issues. But people need to understand that Toronto is the fourth largest market in Major League Baseball. The
Skydome Rogers Centre is in the heart of downtown, owned by the team itself. Remember when the Blue Jays won the World Series in 1992 & 1993? Toronto had the highest payroll in baseball for those years. If anything, after 16 years of no playoffs, for the Jays to finally see a noticeable decrease in attendance is quite a feat. If the crowds remain in the 10K region for several consecutive years, then I’ll include a few Odes of the Blue Jays. Until then, how about people calm down and not take the words of people unfamiliar with the situation for face value?