Blue Monday: A Bitter Expos Anniversary

From SABR member Bill Young at on October 17, 2011:

“Blue Monday, how I hate Blue Monday”

Fats Domino may have sung the words, but it took Expos fans to live the nightmare – and many of us still carry the pain. It was thirty years ago today when we – and by ‘we’ I mean every living, breathing, Expos fan in Canada – watched in mute horror as the only real opportunity our team ever had to participate in the World Series vanished into the frigid air of a late autumn Monday afternoon, October 19, 1981. Most people still consider that day to have been the darkest moment in Expos history. They still call it Blue Monday.

Even for a Monday, the day was particularly dreary and dank. At the Olympic Stadium the Expos and the Los Angeles Dodgers were locked into the final game of the best-of-five National League Championship Series. The winner would go on to the World Series to face the American League champion New York Yankees – and Expos hopes were soaring. We had come this far: we only had to win one more match.

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Originally published: October 17, 2011. Last Updated: October 17, 2011.