Reds, Jays to meet at Montreal
For nostalgic Reds fans that recall road trips vs. the Expos, this news should be right in your wheelhouse. It was announced on Tuesday that the Blue Jays will host the Reds in a pair of exhibition games at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on April 3-4, 2015.
From MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, our Blue Jays beat writer:
Montreal blew away expectations in the spring by selling more than 96,000 tickets for the two games between Toronto and New York. Organizers are hopeful for a similar turnout next year, as the former home of the Expos attempts to prove there is a strong desire to see the return of Major League Baseball to the city. …
Montreal plans to honor Hall of Famers Tony Perez and Roberto Alomar, alongside longtime Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston. Perez is one of the Reds’ all-time greats, and he was a key member of Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine, which won the World Series in 1975 and ’76 .
The Expos began in 1969 as an expansion club in the National League and remained until 2004 before a move to Washington to become the Nationals. The Reds were 70-72 all time in games played at Olympic Stadium and 28-20 at the Expos’ first home, Jarry Park.
As for the rest of the Reds Spring Training exhibition schedule in the Cactus League, that has yet to be announced.