Blown away by the love he has received from Montreal since winning the World Series on Tuesday, Quebecer Alex Anthopoulos, general manager of the Atlanta Braves, retains a special place in his heart for his hometown.
Anthopoulos provided good evidence of this at a video conference on Thursday, when he discussed the concept of sister cities that could involve Tampa Bay and Montreal.
“I’m really excited about it happening,” said the man who grew up in the Town of Mount Royal and who started his career as a volunteer in organizing the Expos. No matter how baseball can come back to Montreal, it would be great for the city, and it would be great for Major League Baseball … I hope it will happen. “
Would he one day see himself coming in full circle by becoming the general manager of a club in Montreal?
“When you’re with a baseball club, it’s like a wedding. Right now, professionally, I’m married to Braves and I’m a loyal guy, he replied diplomatically. That said, for all the scenarios that would see baseball in Montreal again, I will do everything I can to help. ”
In addition to seeing it as a happy ending for Montreal and for Major League Baseball, Anthopoulos believes that the return of professional baseball to the city, even part-time, would also be good news for the Toronto Blue Jays.
“It would also be extraordinary for the Blue Jays, without a doubt, to have another club so close to Canada,” he said.
The day Delino was changed …
Speaking of his youthful love for Expos, Anthopoulos said he became a hardcore fan in his late teens when the team was successful under manager Felipe Alou.
“I remember when Expos replaced Delino Deshields [en 1993]I was completely pissed, Anthopoulos remarked, and resumed old memories. But in the end, I ended up liking Pedro Martinez a lot that Expos got back. Afterwards it was Vladimir Guerrero, but quietly I was a little less in the role of partisan, because I now worked for the team. “