Know your Expos
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- Portland Tribune - Sports
• The Expos' logo, a compressed E, D, B, and M, signifies Expos de Montreal Baseball, or the team's initials in French.
•ÊThe Expos selected actor Jack Scalia in the first round of the 1971 amateur draft. Scalia never played in the majors.
• The Expos' best performances came during the two seasons in which baseball had pronounced strikes, 1981 and 1994.
• Pete Rose collected his 4,000th career hit while wearing an Expo uniform in 1984.
• In September 1991, the Expos were forced to play several games on the road after a massive cement beam fell from the roof of Olympic Stadium into the seats before a game. No one was injured.
•ÊAverage won/lost record, 1998-2001: 67-95.
•ÊIn 2002, the Expos were 83-79, second in the National League East, with a 15-game improvement from 2001; most wins since 1996.
•Ê2002 home attendance: 10,025 per game, or just 21.6 percent of the 46,620 capacity at Olympic Stadium Ñ worst in the big leagues.
•Ê2003 payroll: About $57 million, up $17 million from 2002. Last year's payroll ranked 29th out of 30 teams, just behind division winners Minnesota and Oakland. The Yankees' 2002 payroll was $126 million; New York was one of four teams over $100 million.
•Ê2003 schedule: Jose Vidro and Javier Vazquez can go home again Ñ 22 'home games' will be played in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
•ÊGet a glimpse: The Expos play the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field, June 10-12.
•ÊAlso, Montreal's Triple-A affiliate is now Edmonton, which will play against Portland's team this year at PGE Park.
Ñ Andy Giegerich and Jason Vondersmith