But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Joey Votto, Ozzie Van Brabant, Dave Stieb

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Victoria, B.C., native Nick Pivetta made his first start at the Rogers Centre on Saturday. The 25-year-old right-hander started for the Philadelphia Phillies and allowed five runs and struck out four in 6 2/3 innings in his club’s 8-6 loss to the Toronto BlueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Joey Votto, Ozzie Van Brabant, Dave Stieb”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Ed Sprague, John Gibbons

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • As excited as I was when Jose Bautista hit his three-run, bat flip home run in the seventh inning of Game 5 of the American League Division Series, I was almost equally disappointed to watch Bautista’s performance in the media scrum after yesterday’s lossContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Ed Sprague, John Gibbons”

Memories of getting Montreal Expos autographs by mail

During the summers of 1983 and 1984, one of the favourite ways for my brother Paul and I to pass our time was to write fan letters to big league baseball players and ask for their autographs. The Montreal Expos players proved to be particularly obliging. I think the first player we heard back fromContinue reading “Memories of getting Montreal Expos autographs by mail”

Former Expo Charlie Lea dies at 54

Charlie Lea, the only Montreal Expo to toss a no-hitter at Olympic Stadium, died at his home in Collierville, Tenn., on Friday. Reports indicate that the 54-year-old, former all-star died of a massive heart attack. Lea, who had been working as a radio analyst with the Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate), was interviewedContinue reading “Former Expo Charlie Lea dies at 54”