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Hard to believe it has been 10 years since the Montreal Expos were getting set to begin their final spring training at Space Coast Stadium at Viera, Florida before relocating in Washington as the Nationals in 2005. Ziggy Hood Jersey . There are actually eight - possibly nine - players still active who played on that final Montreal team in 2004. Five of those had ties to the Blue Jays, including lefty reliever Scott Downs, righty reliever Jon Rauch, Tomo Ohka whos trying a comeback this year with the Blue Jays as a knuckleballer, shortstop Alex Gonzalez (the first one) who was a contemporary of Carlos Delgado and Shawn Green and current Jays utility infielder Maicer Izturis. The others include reliever Luis Ayala, infielder Jamey Carroll and outfielder Endy Chavez, and Canadian-born pitcher Shawn Hill who pitched last season and may still be active. The Expos knew they were in trouble going into that final season. Major League Baseball was running the team, and rumours were running rampant they were either going to be relocated or contracted, folded if you will. The Expos played 22 of their games in Puerto Rico at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, either to try and make more money for MLB, or expose the game on a more international level, or kill off the Expos even faster. Take your pick. In any event their attendance in 2004 was the worst in the Majors at 748,550. The Expos dropped their final five home games at Stad Olympique and went 2-7 on their final homestand ever. The Expos final home game ever was on September 29 against the Florida Marlins. Before the game they were presented with a banner by MLB, that proclaimed them as the best team in baseball in 1994. That of course was the year of the players strike that stretched into early 2005. The Expos had the best record in the Majors when play was halted in August of 1994 and most pundits felt they would have won the World Series that year. That banner was raised in centre field during that final game in Montreal. But mere hours later, word leaked out that the Expos would be relocating to Washington for the next season as the Nationals. To complete that washout of a day, Florida won the final game played in Montreal, 9-1. Korean-born pitcher Sun-Woo Kim, who finished with an appropriate career record of 13-13 took the loss giving up five runs on five hits in just two innings. Veteran catcher Todd Zeile hit the final home run at Olympic Stadium, a three-run shot off Claudio Vargas in the 6th inning. But it wasnt quite over from the Expos as they had to go to Shea Stadium in New York to play out the season in the very park where they played their first-ever game in 1969. After dropping the first game, Montreal won its final game under the Expos banner on Saturday, October 2. It had plenty of drama too. Brad Wilkerson, who spent some time with the Blue Jays in 2008, slammed a three-run tie-breaking homer in the top of the 9th off Braden Looper to propel Montreal to a 6-3 victory. On the Sunday, they didnt fare as well. The Mets crushed them 8-1. Jamey Carroll scored the final run in Expos history and Endy Chavez made the final out. Five players who had ties to the Blue Jays were involved in that game: Jose Reyes, Wilkerson, Tony Bautista, Jon Rauch and Maicer Izturis. Not only that, Randy St. Claire, Montreals pitching coach on that day, is now the Blue Jays Triple-A pitching coach at Buffalo. Also of note, the winning pitcher that day for the Mets was Tom Glavine, winding down his Hall of Fame career, who climbed to 11-14 with the victory. Montreal finished that final season at 67-95. A couple of more notes on that final Expos season. They were involved in one of the biggest trades of the year at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. It was a nine-player, four-team swap that involved Montreal, Boston, the Cubs and Minnesota. The Expos sent shortstop Orlando Cabrera to Boston. The Red Sox sent one of their all-time greats, Nomar Garciaparra, to the Cubs as part of the package and Alex Gonzalez was one of the three players that went from the Cubs to Montreal. Strangely enough, Gonzalez, the ex-Jay, was the final Expos player ever dealt. He was sent to San Diego as part of a conditional deal on September 16. The Expos left us with some great memories, and there are many who believe a team will return to Montreal, including a group fronted by former Expos left fielder Warren Cromartie. For that to happen though, a new downtown stadium has to be built, and that is nowhere near happening yet. For now Montreal fans will have to be content with two pre-season games at the Olympic Stadium in late March between the Blue Jays and the New York Mets. Midsummer Plans This years All-Star game is slated for Target Field in Minnesota. In 2015, the Midsummer Classic will be in Cincinnati. Commissioner Bud Selig says Washington is a front-runner for 2017. However 2016 is open and if the rotation is followed would go to an American League team. That would be the perfect fit for the Blue Jays, on the 25th anniversary of the first All-Star Classic they hosted in 1991. Heres hoping. Ryan Anderson Jersey .com) - Nino Williams posted 18 points and seven rebounds, as Kansas State edged No. Kevin Hogan Jersey . After losing Brett Cecil to groin tightness on Friday, the Blue Jays watched as R. http://www.officialwashingtonredskinsfootball.com/authentic-josh-norman-jersey-womens . Stevenson scored the first three goals of the game in the first period for Regina (35-22-6), which has won eight of its last 10 games. Patrick DAmico added two for the Pats, Braden Christoffer had a single and Morgan Klimchuk chipped in a goal and four assists.Theres no place like home. Its been over a decade since Manchester City made the move from Maine Road to the City of Manchester Stadium. Much has changed over the years. A new home. New ownership, purchasing the best players money can buy. And heightened expectations. Results have generally followed, particularly at home. The new Etihad may lack the character of the old Wembley of the North, but the confines in east Manchester suit City just fine. The team has made their home an absolute fortress. An exclamation mark was put on their top home form in a 6-0 demolition of Tottenham Sunday. Youll struggle to find a more complete performance than that of Manuel Pellegrinis men against a worthy Premier League foe. Four more goals were put past Viktoria Plzen in Wednesdays Champions League action. Progression from the Group Stage had already been achieved. And while not at their best, its a trademark of top teams to win at home despite inferior form. Mission accomplished. Without two of their top players (Kompany/Silva), City has shown no dip in home form. Results on their travels are a different story. Losses at Cardiff City, Aston Villa, and Sunderland raise questions. But its the convincing, completely one-sided home wins, especially against Spurs and Manchester United that stand out most, giving reason to believe a team sitting eighth in the Premier League table just a week ago should be considered favourites to win the league. Manchester City has 73 points in their last 29 Premier League home matches (W23, 4D, 2L), including a perfect record this season (6-0-0. 26 goals for, 2 against), the best stretch of home form among all league competition. The only true home embarrassment came at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League. But its the Premier League form that bodes well. Before Sunday, Spurs had conceded just one goal away from White Hart Lane but City moved through the team with ease. Citys prowess at home has been good, but this years edition looks to have taken the advantage to another level. The preferred attacking, more liberal style of Pellegrini plays to the teams strengths – athletic, two-way players in the middle of the park surrounded by fluid, creative players able to rotate and find space in advanced positions. The approach differs to that of his predecessor, Roberto Mancini. The Italian tactician was more conservative and calculated. When the away form under Mancini dipped (City had the fifth best away record a season ago), it was clear a change had to be made. Pellegrini still must solve the riddle as to how best structure his side for away competition. The team simply doesnt have reliable players in the back four that will lead to superior away form. So taking care of business at home is paramount. Home records are the most important indicator as to who will finish as champion. The team with the best home record has won the league every season dating back to 2001-02. Arsenal was champion that season with a 12-4-3 home record. Second-place Liverpool were better (12W-5D-2L) and seventh place West Ham had an identical home record. It is unlikely City will address their issues along the backline in the January transfer window. Instead, it is more likely Pellegrini will look for a goalkeeper, either to challenge or replace the unreliable Joe Hart. Asmir Begovic of Stoke City has been the top goalkeeper in the Premier League and an approach for the player would be worthwhile. Begovic has more than two years left to run on his contract but is a particularly valuable asset for a team like City as hes still able to play in the Champions League. Stoke seemingly has their goalkeeper of the future in Jack Butland. The 20-year was sent out on loan to Barnsley until the end of the year, and is six years younger than Begovic. Butland has the talent. Whether Mark Hughes feels comfortable enough with Butland will boil down to how far above the relegation zone Stoke sits come January, combined with the price willing to be paid for his current goalkeeper. In the meantime, theres much to like about the City attack. Sergio Aguero has been my Player of the YYear, thus far. Adrian Peterson Jersey. . As a recess striker, Aguero is given free rein to play off the high striker and get involved numerous ways. The Argentine has 16 goals in all competitions thus far, 10 in the Premier League to go along with four assists. Ten of his 16 goals have also come at the Etihad. His finishing in front of goal remains lethal, exhibiting the ability to score in a number of ways. When the attack is played through Aguero dropping deeper, then allowing him to find space on the return ball inside the 18, his knack for finding space has made the player virtually unmarkable. Staying healthy was an issue last campaign and his role was ever changing. This season, he is the undoubted key player in the City attack. Agueros goal that won City the league at the Etihad in May 2012 will be remembered as one for the ages. If he can sustain his current form, especially at home, City and Aguero could be in for a season for the ages. Other Musings - If Aguero has been the leagues top player, Manchester Uniteds Wayne Rooney has to be a close second. Absolutely everything positive at United goes through number 10. Nine of Uniteds last 11 goals have gone directly through Rooney (2G, 7A). The quality in service has been outstanding, combined with a work rate second to none. Sir Alex Ferguson claimed Rooneys dip in form, and subsequent benching a season ago, stemmed from a lack of fitness. New manager David Moyes credits Rooneys success to rediscovering his hunger. "Thats a big part of what he is... a lot of people said that might have been missing from his game last season – well its certainly not missing now," said Moyes. "He has got the hunger and the desire back and hes committed for everything. Id rather have a Wayne Rooney that way than any other way." Complacency happens. Perhaps the time away to reflect, watching from the stands, has revitalized Rooney. Credit the player, the new manager, and also give credit to the old one, sending a wake-up call to a player in need of one. - Good for the Football Association to repeal Wes Browns three-match suspension after being sent off in a 2-0 Sunderland loss at Stoke. Brown was sent off based upon Sunderlands unruly reputation more than anything else. The Black Cats defender won the ball cleanly, although his foot did end up high after the sliding challenge. Sunderland has four red cards on the season, the most in the Premier League. Two ugly challenges against Hull City leading to sending offs havent won Sunderland any favours. And the continued dirty play of Lee Cattermole doesnt help matters. Manager Gus Poyet needs best to try to change this negative repute. It cost him a potential result at the Britannia. Sunderland isnt good enough to survive with a thug reputation tied to them. - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims his Chelsea side were tired after a 1-0 Champions League loss to FC Basel. If the teams tired, why isnt Juan Mata playing? Is he not good enough? And how about a look at David Luiz? Two English centre backs continue to regularly start over a player set to start for Brazil at the World Cup. Mourinhos squad selection is often times puzzling. He has a squad full of top talent. Use it. - Arsenal defeated Southampton 2-0 at the Emirates last weekend. The score-line flatters the victor. An Artur Boruc all-time gaffe put the visitors behind early. The true TSN Turning Point: Adam Lallana substituted off in the 54th minute. After dictating the pace of the game, it all came unraveled after Lallana was taken off for Dani Osvaldo. Can Southampton play with two strikers? The two deep-lying midfielders (Wanyama/Schneiderlin) leave too much space between the central midfielders and the attack duo. Both Osvaldo and Lambert typically play high roles. The team moves with so much more fluidity with Lallana and Jay Rodriguez getting into advanced positions in support. Perhaps this is a case where the Osvaldo/Lambert potential partnership should be put on hold for the best of the team. The Saints are in tough again this weekend at Chelsea. 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