The Toronto Blue Jays will play two exhibition games against the New York Mets at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium next March 28 and 29.
The two-game series, which was organized by promoters at Evenko, will take place at the end of spring training 2014. Toronto Blue Jays team president Paul Beeston explained the appeal of the series at a press conference in Montreal Tuesday afternoon.
“We are excited about seeing the Blue Jays play in Montreal, and giving amateur players from Montreal the chance to see MLB games once again,” Beeston said in a press release. “Knowing the love and passion of amateur baseball players in Quebec, this experience will undoubtedly be emotional for many.”
“Being from Montreal myself, I am convinced that this two-game series will be a memorable event,” Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. “I started my career in the Expos organization and attended numerous games at Olympic Stadium. It will be electrifying to see the stadium vibrate with the rhythm of MLB once again.”
The two-game set will be the first MLB games to be played at the stadium in 10 years. On Sept. 29, 2004, the Montreal Expos dropped a 9-1 decision to the Florida Marlins in the final home game of their 36-year history.
The Expos were owned and operated by MLB from 2002-2004 and the team was sold and relocated to Washington, D.C., for the 2005 season.
-- With files from THE CANADIAN PRESS