Blue Jays want to play in Montreal
Toronto Blue Jays president Paul Beeston wants to take baseball back to Montreal, at least on a part-time basis.
“Certainly we would like to play a game in Montreal or in Quebec at some point in time,” Beeston said Wednesday. “I think it would be a terrific idea.”
Beeston didn’t get into specifics about a proposed game in Montreal, which has not seen baseball since the Expos left for Washington after the 2004 season. The baseball field has since been removed from their former home, Olympic Stadium.
Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos was born and raised in Montreal.
“It would be exciting. I grew up there, became a baseball fan there with the Expos,” Anthopoulos said. “You never forget where youcamefromandIknow how passionate the fan base is there, both French and English.”
Rays give Manny a rest
Struggling Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Manny Ramirez is getting a break.
Ramirez, who started the season with one hit in his first 16 at-bats, was out of the lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels.
“We talked a little bit and then decided not to play him today,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “I know it’s early in the season, but nevertheless, I think he’s still pressing a bit. I really think that he’s trying to carry too much of this load right now. He’s trying to be too much right now.
“With guys like him, I think sometimes we forget, and I mean this in a manner that I hope people understand, it’s not easy to be him sometimes,” Maddon added.
“There’s a lot going on with his guy. He will be a Hall of Famer. He’s in the latter part of his career. So, you can have different kind of moments mentally.”
Fenway Park turns 100
Fenway Park is all dressed up and ready for its 100th birthday party.
The Boston Red Sox wrapped up 10 years and $285 million in improvements for the ballpark this off-season, unveiling HD video boards and a home plate concourse Wednesday that have the oldest ballpark in the major leagues looking like new in time for its 100th opening day Friday.
Next summer, the Red Sox will host a 100th anniversary celebration. Fenway opened April 20, 1912; no major league stadium has ever survived to be 100, leaving team president Larry Lucchino to look elsewhere for comparisons.
“Rome had one for the 100th year of the Colosseum,” he said.
Sox DH goes under knife
Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn underwent an emergency appendectomy Tuesday night and will miss at least five games. He went to hospital after a 7-6 loss to Kansas City.