We will not hide: Quebec baseball almost experienced another grief, 17 years after Expos went. Not because of selflessness, but rather because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the endless health measures.
It took two owners of rival teams to dig into their pockets and decide to work together to save not only their teams, but also professional baseball in La Belle province. Because the success of Team Quebec’s crazy adventure is a bit like that too.
Michel Laplante and the mayor of Quebec, Régis Labeaume, have often repeated it: Quebec’s capitals probably would not have survived a second canceled season, and the situation is more or less the same for the Eagles of Trois-Rivières.
And the 43,819 people who took part in Team Quebec’s 20 matches in Quebec will surely nail the mouths of those who can claim that there is no market for professional baseball here.
Think about it: not only is this the fourth limit of spectators per game on average, the New Jersey Jackals have drawn in just fewer spectators in total … in 42 home games!
Michel Laplante was also right to cling to the Frontier League, where the Capitals and Eagles will officially debut in 2022. Well managed and stable, this independent circle is now a partner in the major leagues.
Although the leaders of the league still have problems defining what this new alliance means, we already know that the reduction in the number of school teams affiliated with the teams in the major leagues will leave a void that the independent circles can fill.
The thousands of spectators who attended the games in Quebec City and Trois-Rivières this year were able to discover the product, and we quickly realized that they appreciated it.
The diversity of opponents in a sixteen team series next year, with the return of Quebec and Trois-Rivières and the addition of the Ottawa Titans, will also change the monotony of Sussex-Rockland-New Jersey-Ottawa a bit. -Trois- Rivières-Québec from disused Can-Am League. I admit that I am already looking forward to 2022 …