The Baseball Desert

Thursday, September 30, 2004

At long last

Major League Baseball finally announced yesterday that the Expos are moving to Washington. The road to that decision has been long and winding, but now the city can get on with its preparations to host major league baseball for the first time in over thirty years.

Thomas Boswell is, understandably, delighted:
Generations of Washington area children will now get to feel some contemporary version of what captivated me from 1956 to 1971, when I took the streetcar to Griffith Stadium to root for Roy Sievers or rode my bike to RFK Stadium to watch Frank Howard's homers or took my dad to the last Nats' game 33 years ago today.
It's a sad end for the Expos and their fans, who've had a raw deal over the years both from their management and from Major League Baseball, but this is a great opportunity to make a fresh start and to do things right.

Update: Just in case our enthusiasm gets the better of us, Jayson Stark weighs in with a list of all that still remains unresolved in the Expos' relocation.