Ex­pos fans boo Selig dur­ing his speech

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. It would have been much bet­ter for Bud Selig if he hadn’t been in­ducted into the Na­tional Base­ball Hall of Fame on the same day as for­mer Mon­treal Ex­pos star Tim Raines.

Selig, who was MLB com­mis­sioner for the demise and even­tual death of the Ex­pos, was greeted by more boos than cheers when he was in­tro­duced, most of the dis­ap­proval com­ing from the bus­loads of fans who made the trip from Mon­treal.

When Selig started his speech, Mon­treal fans tried to drown him out with chants of “Let’s go Ex­pos!” while one shouted, “Go back to Mil­wau­kee!” A group of fans wear­ing Ex­pos jer­seys turned their backs to the stage for the du­ra­tion of Selig’s speech.

At one point in his speech, Selig said the 1994 strike — which came when the Ex­pos had the best record in the ma­jors — was “the most painful ex­pe­ri­ence of my life.”

That brought more boos and chants of “Let’s go Ex­pos!”

Selig was also cel­e­brat­ing his 83rd birth­day Sun­day.

Selig was the third of the five new hall of famers to speak, fol­low­ing for­mer At­lanta Braves gen­eral man­ager John Schuer­holz and for­mer Hous­ton Astros star Jeff Bag­well. For­mer Texas Rangers catcher Ivan (Pudge) Ro­driguez spoke after Selig, fol­lowed by Raines.

Raines’s speech was the longest, last­ing just over 33 min­utes.

There were 50 play­ers al­ready in the Hall of Fame in at­ten­dance and they were all in­tro­duced at the start of the in­duc­tion cer­e­mony, including An­dre Daw­son, one of three play­ers to en­ter wear­ing an Ex­pos cap, along with Gary Carter and Raines.

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