The folks trying to get a new baseball team in Montréal released a poll of residents yesterday, and, shocker of shockers, people there wouldn’t turn up their nose at a baseball team if one were handed to them:
The poll of 1,589 people taken by Leger Marketing showed 69 per cent were in favour of baseball’s return to the city. Only 11 per cent were opposed, and those mostly due to what it may cost.
It doesn’t look like the poll actually asked people what they’d want to spend to build a new stadium to get a team — the full poll results haven’t actually been released — but that’s certainly the plan. The Montréal board of trade is looking at getting a downtown stadium built for a potential team, and formerExpo Warren Cromartie said, according to the Montréal Gazette, that “three potential sites downtown have been identified, but he preferred not to say where.” The Gazette added that Cromartie “said his talks with Major League Baseball officials have been ‘very positive,’ but that there were some still opposed to a return to Montreal.”
All of which doesn’t add up to much: We knew that Montréal had a lot of baseball fans, that it’s big, and that MLB would be stupid to turn up its nose at putting a team there if it offered a new stadium. As when the Expos were still extant, though, the trick is going to be getting the stadium built, or rather figuring out who would pay for it. I wonder what ever happened to the money from that “buy a brick” campaign the Expos ran for their attempt at a new ballpark? Probably sitting in one of Jeffrey Loria’s desk drawers…