ExposFest | To end the Doritos!

The Expos ’comeback project may not have gone ahead, but things are shaking in Laval this Sunday afternoon for Expos Fest.

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Guillaume Lefrancois

Guillaume Lefrancois
The Press

Vladimir Guerrero and Bartolo Colón were among the biggest names at the event. The line was long at Colón’s table, a somewhat reserved type but a novice, Piero, was smiling.

“My cousin owns a liquor store in Cleveland, and Bartolo will always take the same order,” Piero told us, somewhat pleased, afterwards.

Moreover, contact with amateurs remains relatively cold. “He was very kind,” said Mercedes, who serves as interpreter for the legendary right-hander, a member of Expos in 2002.

“He is still quite serious. The fact of not speaking English, it makes him back a little. He was uncomfortable because he could not answer easily. But he’s great. »

We moved to Bryn Smith’s table. The autograph session was about to end, the queue was shrinking, and little Cole appeared at the pitcher’s table with the now white beard.


  • Young Cole listens to valuable advice from Bryn Smith.


    Young Cole listens to valuable advice from Bryn Smith.

  • Vladimir Guerrero made a fan happy.


    Vladimir Guerrero made a fan happy.

  • Bartolo Colón signed a cap that already has many autographs!


    Bartolo Colón signed a cap that already has many autographs!

  • Tim Raines chats with Steve Rogers.


    Tim Raines chats with Steve Rogers.

  • Rondell White, Cliff Floyd and Vladimir Guerrero


    Rondell White, Cliff Floyd and Vladimir Guerrero

  • Expos are not dead in the hearts of baseball fans…


    Expos are not dead in the hearts of baseball fans…


Smith takes five minutes to actually teach him different ways of handling the ball. “If you want to make money, you have to learn that throwing. This is the ball-palm [palm ball]. I’m just throwing it in the past! »

Our man is now 66 years old and he has the teaching. “I was a local coach for a long time, but not anymore. I am involved in promoting the construction of fields, to keep young people active. I participate as much as I can! »

The famous interview

If it’s not already clear here, Smith is an eminently friendly and warm person. Even one question that would irritate many players made him smile: Doritos ’question.

This “controversy” has been back in the news in recent months when Jeff Petry’s wife returned to live in the United States due to health barriers, not without criticism of Canadian health care in the process.

This story is reminiscent of the wisest in the interview Smith gave Sports Illustratedwhich appeared in the issue on July 31, 1989. Expos turns heads and covers 1eh rank of their division.





In other words, journalist Peter Gammons recalled that the Expos knew of such success despite the problem of Montreal’s attractiveness to players.

Patti, wife of Bryn Smith, said the organization of the Expos was “incredible for the families of the players”. Then, the couple launches into a pretty ridiculous enumeration of the sources of irritation, especially going to Plattsburgh to get Doritos, as well as the brown sauce that accompanies the fries, instead of ketchup. “When you order Coke, they never put ice. And when you ask, they’ll tell you in French that you’re stupid because you’re more into Coke when there’s no ice cream. »

In conclusion, Smith recalled, however, that he was willing to live with Coke without ice “to play on a team like ours”.

“There is nothing wrong with playing in Montreal. We liked it here. People treat us well, Smith insisted. Just a joke, not a critique. Here’s my biggest problem: I like Doritos, and you won’t find anything here. Unfortunately, this has been misinterpreted. But back then, people were looking for the negative. »

This is major league baseball … We would have played on the moon and I would have been happy!

Bryn Smith

Smith laughs at it now, especially when he remembers what awaited him when the team returned to Montreal.

“When the article came out, we were on the road to Chicago. When we got back, there were two 50lb bags of ice in my locker, Doritos everywhere, in my pants, and probably 50 bottles of ketchup. It was like a temple! I had it. the picture is still in. Tim Raines is my neighbor in the locker, he says, “What is it?” I begin to sign bottles of ketchup and give them away. »

Despite this imbroglio, he has fond memories of Montreal. He recalls that he lived in L’Île-des-Sœurs, then in Dorval, where “we rented Bill Gullickson’s house after he left”. By participating in Expos Fest, it’s a chance to reconnect with your memories.

“I always look forward to this kind of event. I tried twice to enter the Olympic Stadium, but it was impossible. I took the metro from the city center, as I did before to go to the battles. I parked on the Atwater metro and took the metro. It’s simple, easy, quiet and clean. »

Love for Montreal

Smith played nine seasons in Montreal, from 1981 to 1989. The Expos had the best two years in box office history during his tenure: 2.3 million viewers in 1982 and 1983. After a trough, he saw Attendance increased to 1.8 million in 1987 and 1989.

“We had a great team,” he recalls. If there had been a fourth hour in time, we would have been in the playoffs every year! It’s very hard to get into the playoffs, and it’s often close. But I have good memories. »

We understand here that he believes in the Montreal market. But this edition of Expos Fest was held in a particular context, a few weeks after dead and burying the latest baseball project back in Montreal.

“We have to maintain the flame, keep pushing. But I understand that is frustrating. A stadium downtown would be great. I tell people not to despair and maybe a miracle will happen. »

penultimate edition


Perry Giannias

The insatiable Perry Giannias is organizing the Expos Fest as usual. And it’s clear: the 2022 edition is the penultimate of the event, which took a two -year hiatus due to the pandemic. Typically, his goal is to raise $ 1 million for research into diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a type of brain cancer that Catherine, Perry’s niece, claimed when she was 5 years old. “We are going to reach the million next year, that was our goal and that will be it, we are going to retire. We don’t want to end it with COVID-19, we want to do good, it’s going to be millions gala. It’s the same cancer that former Canadiens forward Ryan White’s son is suffering from, and to our knowledge, it’s incurable. “We want to raise $ 1 million in the hope that one day there will be no need to tell parents that their child is going to die,” he said. Her foundation, Kat D DIPG, donated money to the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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