Expos Nation well represented in Cooperstown, as former Expos Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson are inductedStephanie Myles at Eh Game3 hrs ago
Two buses carrying about 100 Montreal baseball fanatics made the five-hour trek to Cooperstown, New York last weekend, to see two former favourites join Gary Carter and Andre Dawson as inductees into baseball's Hall of Fame.
Among them was Montreal mayor Denis Coderre, an enthousiastic supporter of the campaign to get major-league baseball back in Montreal (too bad he's not a billionaire).
Actor-musician Annakin Slayd, among the group, tells Eh Game there were probably another 200 Expos' fans who got there on their own.
As you can see from the photo, Martinez was pretty stoked that they made the trip. The longtime Boston Red Sox ace has never made a secret of his eternal affection for both the city, and its fans. You can imagine how what likely were multiple Red Sox PR flacks on hand felt about that development. :-)
The Nation also got some face time with another former Expos' great, Vladimir Guerrero.
(Nice watch, Vlad).
The Expos Nation is hoping to make at least one more trip down in the next few years, to celebrate Tim Raines' long-hoped-for induction. They also are hoping, by then, that the game might be headed back to the city it left nearly 11 years ago.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game4 hrs ago
After nearly six months without an official coach, Montreal's Françoise Abanda will now have a mentor to guide her who could very well prove to be worth the wait.
Antonio Van Grichen, who is based in Delray Beach, Fla., will arrive in Montreal next week and is set to help put the 18-year-old's career back on track.
The 36-year-old from Portugal has an impressive resumé. He began coaching Victoria Azarenka a decade ago, when she was the top junior in the world but outside the top 200 in the WTA rankings. When Azarenka left for Sam Sumyk five years later, she was in the top 10.
"When she stopped with Simon (Larose), we wanted someone appropriate who wiould really have an impact. In my opinion, she's a real treasure chest (of potential), hopefully someone can open it," Fed Cup captain told Eh Game.
"Time will tell. I would have preferred he were available sooner, but it was worth the wait, rather than take someone who would have had less of an impact, but was available."
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman at Eh Game12 hrs ago
Deservedly so, Canadian athletes garnered most of the attention at the 2015 Pan Am Games.
Not only were the Games on home soil, but there were some memorable performances like Ellie Black’s five gymnastics medals, Andre De Grasse’s dominance on the track, a bizarre walk-off men’s baseball gold and the women’s basketball team taking it all.
Yes, Canadians did just fine over the past two and a half weeks.
But they weren’t the only ones.
Athletes from other countries had their share of great moments too, ones that could provide a harbinger of things to come at the Rio Olympics in a year.
Laura Zeng, United States, rhythmic gymnastics
While Ellie Black cleaned up in artistic gymnastics, it was a woman from south of the border that dominated in the rhythmic portion. Laura Zeng not only won the all-around individual component, she did so by claiming all four events – hoop, ball and clubs and ribbon. Now that’s something.
Allison Schmitt, United States, swimming
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game13 hrs ago
Johnny Cueto and Scott Kazmir are off the market, but the Toronto Blue Jays still have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to starting pitchers believed to be available by trade.
In fact, there are at least 10 starters out there that would give Toronto the rotation upgrade they desperately need. With Aaron Sanchez joining the bullpen, there's now less emphasis on bringing in a high-profile reliever. Here are the names the Blue Jays have been linked to and how likely they are to acquire them before the trade deadline hits at 4 p.m. ET on July 31.
BETTER THAN GOOD
RHP Jeff Samardzija, Chicago White Sox (3.91 ERA, 3.52 FIP, 2.5 fWAR)
Samardzija has been one of few bright spots on the South Side of Chicago this season, but could be on the move because of his pending free agency. Based on his talent (a notch below the game's best) and what it would take to acquire him (a couple prospects), he seems like the most likely candidate to be wearing a Blue Jays uniform after the deadline.Tue, 28 Jul7:07 PM EDTPhiladelphia at TorontoPreview Game
- Andrew McKay at Eh Game1 day ago
Who doesn’t love a good closing ceremony? The crowd is pumped up, the volunteers are exhausted, the athletes have already been partying for an hour, or three, or 48. Whether it’s the Olympics, or the Commonwealth Games, or, in this case, the final night of the 2015 Pan Am Games, it’s a party.
This party has an undertone, of course: is it all a tuneup for a 2024 Olympic bid? If it was, it’s hard to argue that it was anything but a resounding success. Over a million tickets were sold to Pan Am Games events, and selling a million tickets to anything is a lot of tickets sold. For an event that got half-assed support from the city’s media in the run-up to the games, it’s a miracle.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game1 day ago
OAKVILLE, ON. -- The ghost of Pat Fletcher will continue to haunt the Canadian Open for at least another year.
The dream of having a Canadian win the tournament for the first time since Fletcher did it six decades ago died late Sunday afternoon when native son David Hearn came up short after starting the day with a two-stroke lead.
Hearn was the victim of missed opportunities, but also of Australian Jason Day, who took the tournament by birdying the final three holes. Day finished the tournament at 17-under, one ahead of Bubba Watson and two ahead of Hearn.
"I'm really proud to be a Canadian today," Hearn said afterward. "It's something very special and I hope to be back in that position sometime soon. I will always remember that feeling I had today.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
Whether he will be fully fit is the question that remains to be answered, but No. 2 Canadian Vasek Pospisil headed to Atlanta Saturday to complete in the BB&T Atlanta Open, where he was a quarter-finalist a year ago and won the doubles title with American partner Jack Sock.
As a direct consequence of his quarter-final effort at Wimbledon, which boosted his ranking, Pospisil will be the No. 2 seed and as a result, will get a first-round bye in the 28-player singles draw.
That gives the Canadian a few extra days, as he continues to heal a bone bruise in his right wrist suffered at Wimbledon. Pospisil told Eh Game he didn't expect to play before Wednesday (or possibly Thursday).
The Canadian has been slowly getting back into form, beginning with a half-hour of hitting last Monday, and gradually increasing it to an hour and a half on Friday. He said that if there are no setbacks he anticipates playing a full summer schedule: Atlanta, Washington D.C. (where he is the defending finalist), the Rogers Cup in Montreal, the Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati and the U.S. Open.
- Neate Sager at Eh Game1 day ago
As long as the Toronto Blue Jays' current playoff drought — a Major League Baseball-worst 20 seasons — is, it had been nearly three times as long since the the majors saw a first base-to-shortstop-to-catcher triple play.
That all changed on Sunday, when the Jays' Ezequiel Carrera and Kevin Pillar committed the baserunning equivalent of Homer Simpson getting his arms stuck inside two vending machines, gifting the Mariners with a triple play. Carrera was on third base and Pillar was on first in the fourth inning when No. 9 hitter Ryan Goins grounded sharply to first baseman Mark Trumbo, who stepped on the base for the first out, which removed the force play at second.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game1 day ago
With owner Joey Saputo leading the charge, the Montreal Impact have come one step closer to adding Didier Drogba to the fold.
According to ESPN.com, the Impact acquired Drogba's Major League Soccer discovery rights from the Chicago Fire on Sunday for what the report calls a "substantial amount of targeted and regular allocation money well in excess of $100,000."
The Fire made a push to convince Drogba to sign with them, but it appears the longtime Chelsea star had his heart set on joining Montreal. His contract has not been finalized but it's believed the 37-year-old striker will sign an 18-month deal with the Impact worth more than $3 million per year.
- Ian Denomme at Eh Game1 day ago
TORONTO – On Day 11 of the Pan Am Games, Shawnacy Barber won gold for Canada in the men’s pole vault competition. Years earlier he had an important choice to make. Barber was born in New Mexico but spent much of his youth in Ontario. With dual citizenship he had a choice whether to represent the United States or Canada in international competition.
He chose Canada. It’s anecdotal, perhaps, but it’s further evidence of the shift in culture in Canadian amateur sports over the last decade or so. Much of that shift is thanks to the work of the Own the Podium program. It was created to help Canadian athletes reach medal finishes at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, but has continued to expand and improve in the years since.
John Furlong, the Own the Podium board chairman, thinks examples like Barber’s are the new reality, and just a small part of the impact the program has had.