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Delay Disrupts Farewell Game

September 30, 2004|From Associated Press

MONTREAL — The Expos' era in Montreal ended with a 9-1 loss to Florida on Wednesday night, a game delayed for 10 minutes when players were pulled off the field after a fan threw a golf ball that landed near second base.

Hours after baseball announced that the 36-year-old franchise will be moved next season to Washington, D.C., a crowd of 31,395 showed up at Olympic Stadium for its final chance to say farewell.

After Terrmel Sledge popped up for the final out, Expo coach Claude Raymond stood alone on the field before he was joined by all the Expos as they waved goodbye to fans.

Fans, some with tears in their eyes, waved Canadian flags and held up signs. Some were still lingering in the stands 15 minutes after the game ended.

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