By David Luchuk
The 2001-2002 offseason was once a tumultuous one for significant League Baseball. The commissioner's stream to agreement groups, voted on and licensed by way of league proprietors in a 28-2 vote, left enthusiasts in different towns fearing for the way forward for their groups. The Montreal Expos, with a contemporary heritage of negative play or even poorer attendance, appeared an seen selection. Canada's basically different immense league franchise, the Toronto Blue Jays, had voted in desire of the commissioner's inspiration yet appeared as most likely a candidate as both of the groups distinct via vendors. This publication examines the 2002 season of the Expos and the Blue Jays, atmosphere occasions opposed to the backdrop of a long-nurtured city competition among Montreal and Toronto. Chapters disguise the summer season of 2002 month-by-month, supplementing on- and off-field occasions with a wealth of ancient heritage and exhibiting how pageant put the Expos and Blue Jays in addition to their host towns on completely divergent paths.
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The Blue Jays leave SkyDome and travel to Seattle where they face a Mariners team that won 110 games last season. The good news for Toronto is that Roy Halladay is in top form against this menacing Seattle offense. Halladay consistently throws strikes early in the count and keeps leadoff hitters from reaching base almost every inning. This holds the Seattle offense incheck. With Toronto’s big bats still missing in action, the team leans on rookie Eric Hinske whose three hits pace the Jays to a 4–0 lead.
Bankruptcy and failure were common occurrences. Few who survived in this environment had a stomach for protecting anything other than their own 46 Blue Jays 1, Expos 0 access to local markets against the perceived challenge of American distributors. Though there was strong support in Toronto for stiff tariffs against goods produced in the United States, there was no support for recommendations that would close part of the harbor to protect shippers. Such was the schizophrenic nature of the budding commercial power center during those difficult years.
Against Seattle, it’s the umpires who intervene to scuttle Toronto’s hopes. In the 10th inning, Ichiro Suzuki charges home from third base after a weak groundball is tapped up the middle of the infield. Suzuki is extremely quick but Toronto infielder Joe Lawrence, playing in the place of underachieving Homer Bush, is even quicker with his throw home. Catcher Tom Wilson, playing in the place of injured Darrin Fletcher, blocks the plate and applies a clean tag. Ichiro, with a reputation as one of the fastest runners in the league, is called safe.