Will Expos fans eat Cro?
You can't fault him for trying. Problem is Warren Cromartie and the Montreal Baseball Project aren't ready to play hardball.
There's no corporate sugar daddies jumping forward to fund a downtown ballpark, a West Island ballpark. A feasibility study to delve further into returning Major League Baseball to Montreal sounds as concrete as the shoes some former Expos fans would still like to put on Jeffrey Loria and/or David Samson.
Cromartie and those trying to play footsie with our love for the Montreal Expos cannot or will not rule out a return to Olympic Stadium. That of course is the kiss of death.
The Alouettes know The Big Owe is not sustainable. The Saputo Family built their own stadium as a testament not only to their vision, but to the recognition Montrealers won't tolerate poring hundreds of millions of dollars more after so much bad money.
I hate to throw the brush back pitch at you Cro, (pictured on the left with Andre' "The Hawk" Dawson and Ellis Valentine from the glory days) but you are crowding the financial plate.
Expos fans wouldn't take back a team club from Loria and Samson for a penny, because it would still mean we'll lose our shirts shelling out for a downtown ballpark.
Time heals all wounds, and some sports towns have won teams back (witness Ottawa in the CFL and Baltimore in the NFL, even Washington in MLB) but pretending we can return to the big leagues and chase a World Series dream for Montreal again is only that...a dream.
I was once a card-carrying member of the "Young Expos." I still have a Boots Day autographed baseball. I saw the tears at the last home game when families walk together to touch the Jackie Robinson sign on the outfield wall.
Just don't ask me to pay spousal support on a grander scale than "Lola" if you really want to get re-married.