In front of a packed media crowd at Montreal’s City Hall, Toronto Mayor John Tory and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre inked a historic partnership between the two cities.
The deal will join the two cities and provide them with a bigger voice on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to bring greater amounts of business and tourism to the two urban areas.
They partnership also includes a vow from Tory and the city of Toronto to help bring baseball back to the Quebec’s largest city, the former home of the Montreal Expos.
During the announcement, Tory said “The dream of a World Series involving the Toronto Blue Jays and the Montreal Expos never came about. I think it’s time we got back to making an opportunity for that”.
The ceremony was not without humor as both Mayor’s traded gifts. From John Tory, a framed picture of famed Montreal Canadien legend Maurice Richard and from Coderre, a baseball bat.
Although it’s not back on full time basis, baseball is being played this weekend at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. The Blue Jays are rounding off their spring training with a head to head matchup against the Boston Red Sox.
The Expos played their last game in the Olympic Stadium in 2004 before being relocated to Washington D.C and became the Washington Nationals.