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Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos

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The definitive history of the Montreal Expos by the definitive Expos fan, the New York Times bestselling sportswriter and Grantland columnist Jonah Keri.
     2014 is the 20th anniversary of the strike that killed baseball in Montreal, and the 10th anniversary of the team's move to Washington, DC. But the memories aren't dead--not by a long shot. The Expos pinwheel cap is still sported by Montrthe
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Hardcover, 408 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Random House Canada (first published March 11th 2014)
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Yong Hoon I think you'll enjoy this book if you fit either of the following criteria:
You were an Expos fan
OR
You are interested in baseball…more
I think you'll enjoy this book if you fit either of the following criteria:
You were an Expos fan
OR
You are interested in baseball history AND you are interested in hearing the memories of a baseball fan.

If you were (are) an Expos fan, you'll find a lot of things to love about this book. The passion with which Jonah Keri writes about his favorite team is infectious, and I'm sure you'll have a great time reliving the many memories in the history of the franchise.

But more to the point, even if you don't know anything about the Expos, if you love baseball history and hearing people reminisce about it, I think you'll enjoy this book as well. However, if you're only interested in one of those things, I'm not sure that you'll enjoy it as much. Keri really blends the two parts together, often jumping from telling the history of the Expos to a specific memory he experienced and back, and while his writing is great, you may not be interested in one or the other, and this book may frustrate you. However, even if you only have a passing interest in those two things, definitely check it out!

As a footnote, another group of people that may enjoy this book are others who have lost their sports teams (Browns fans, Sonics fans) or who are fans of teams which have a very tenuous future in their current location (the A's, the Rays). The business side of the Expos, while not explored very fully, was of great interest to me as an A's fan hoping ownership doesn't do these same things, and it was nice to commiserate with someone whose team was taken away from them.(less)
Lena So far (page 345) I would say it is innovative strategic risk-taking. The visionaries made things happen in spite of financial constraints. Strategic…moreSo far (page 345) I would say it is innovative strategic risk-taking. The visionaries made things happen in spite of financial constraints. Strategic lineups gave the club momentum. And perceived underdogs were consistently given a chance to shine.

Of course I am at the chapter concerning Loria... So maybe there may be other baseball business insights coming up in the book.(less)

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Brina
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: baseball, canada
This is our baseball book club read for July 2018. Jonah Keri details the history of the Expos and it is an informative yet at times painful read. I say painful because the owners did little to support the team, which lead to its best stars leaving as free agents or traded for minor league prospects. Other than the original owner Charles Bronfman, the owners did little to advocate for a new stadium either, which lead to the Expos inevitable flight from Montreal. Maybe that is why I detest the Na ...more
Yong Hoon
Apr 01, 2014 added it
Recommends it for: Baseball fans
I can't recommend this book anymore. Please support other sportswriters.
Dustin
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
As a converted Nationals fan, I felt it was my duty to learn where my team comes from. And having spent a long weekend in Montreal, it quickly became one of my favorite places I have visited. Finally, being a devotee of Grantland and a fan of Keri's work for that site, I knew I had to read this book. And I am certainly glad I did. What a fun team. Such an interesting history. While it is certainly sad that they had to lose the team the way that they did, I do enjoy the team that DC got out of it ...more
Gavin
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
***LEGAL TYPE STUFF: I won this book through Goodreads First Reads***

That being said, I was already very interested in getting a copy of this. I've been reading Jonah Keri's work since I first started following Grantland early on. He's also happy enough to engage in conversations on Twitter (with me at least, including such topics as: Stan Musial being under-rated and what Shortstop would be a better pick for my fantasy baseball team). Needless to say, I really enjoy his writing, and
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Lance
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Montreal Expos provided many interesting stories during their 36 years of existence, both on and off the field. Sportswriter Jonah Keri, who was also a fan of the team, covers their history in this fun-to-read account of the franchise.

Starting with the scramble to obtain players and a suitable stadium for the inaugural 1969 season, Keri captures the adventures and misadventures of the franchise with humor, knowledge and the viewpoint that a devoted fan provides, which was surprisingly objec
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Davy
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball
Wow. One thing I was thinking while I was getting through the entire history of the Expos was that although Jonah Keri painted the picture of how the earlier years (70's specifically), it was hard for me to identify with some of the players that I didn't know in MY youth. While we moved into the 80's and the rise of Hawk, Rock, and The Kid, I was really getting into the team, and was so excited to read through their playoff run. Jonah really made me want to go back and watch video of this team, ...more
Sean McKenna
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Jonah Keri beautifully weaves two distinct perspectives to tell the story of the Expos.

First and foremost is the experience of following the team on the field: players coming and going, managers hired and fired, pennant races building and then (sadly) fading away. It was really interesting to read the stories of all the great players that came before my time, whose names I knew but whose stories I did not. It was even interesting to see how the teams I do remember cheering for develo
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Curtis Edmonds
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Keri has three stories to tell in this volume, and only two of them are interesting. The first is the story of the characters and rogues who made up the roster of the Montreal Expos in their glory days. The archetypal story is the one about Tim Raines sliding headfirst into second because he had a vial of cocaine in his hip pocket that he didn't want to break. There should have been a lot more stories like this, and most of the stories that there are get shoved into sidebars, but there were a lo ...more
Jeff Raymond
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
As a Red Sox fan, the joys of 2004 are, in many ways, inextricable from the plight of the Expos. We could say that solely from the acquisition of Pedro Martinez alone, but so much of how that team was built is based around the Montreal Expos, and Jonah Keri, who is quickly becoming a master of writing about these little teams that could, does an admirable job of mixing history with personal experience in his team-ography of the Expos from start to finish.

For statheads, there's a lot
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Tom Gase
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read on the MLB team formerly known as the Montreal Expos. I have read so, so, so many baseball books, but sadly nothing really on the Expos, although they are featured a lot in Split Season by Jeff Katz. This book is a MUST for Expos fans and every baseball fan will like it too. It was kind of like traveling through time as the author, Jonah Keri, takes you on a ride from the Expos' tough beginnings in 1969 and the 1970's to the 1980s, by which time the team had a new stadium that was bui ...more
Jules Masterson
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, sports
I saw an interview with Jonah Keri which got me super excited to read this book!

Growing up in Montreal, being a Habs fan, and remembering my youth as an Expos fan, I really wanted a better understanding of why the Expos left MLB. I also just wanted to know the history of the team. It's something I didn't fully know, and this book really didn't disappoint! Perfect for summer too :)

The book goes in chronological order:
- Joining the league as an expansion team and getting R
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Jacob
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a writer myself, I often find it difficult to cover a topic for which I have a strong emotional attachment. Jonah Keri doesn't hide his lifelong love for the Montreal Expos -- in fact, it's what gives this book such an enjoyable (and heartbreaking, at times) tone. But his most impressive accomplishment here is to weave together his own charming stories from his personal fandom with a well-researched history of the rise and fall of his favorite baseball team. He interviews numerous players, ex ...more
Brent Ecenbarger
"Up, Up and Away" is the latest entry in a series of books which I’ve been reading based on the shared former employer of their authors. For a few years, I’d check the website Grantland every day on my lunch break and basically click on anything non-Football related under the (usually correct) assumption that whatever the article was about I’d either learn something, or be kept entertained for its duration. Around this same time, I discovered Twitter which further allowed me to follow authors an ...more
John De Marchi
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I watched the Montreal Expos on TV as a kid. I even went to the 'Big Owe" to see a Montreal Expos game. The book is about the history of the Montreal Expos from the beginnings when they played their first came at Jerry Park to the end when the franchise got moved to Washington, BC. There were some moments of triumphs when the Expos won the NL East Championship and defeats when Rick Monday of the LA Dodgers hit the home run to end their hopes of going to the World Series.

There was a lot of misma
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Seth
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought it was a great book. I'm not Canadian or an Expos fan, just a guy who grew up in the 80's and 90's a baseball fan who had some familiarity with the Expos' almost-but-not-quite success during that era.

The history of the Montreal Expos provides a unique subject matter in that there are very few baseball clubs for which you can write a beginning-to-end story. As the first Canadian entrant into major U.S. professional sports, the Expos entered the National League as an expansion franchise
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Wanda Adams
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought I knew a lot about this team, but author Jonah Keri showed me how wrong I was! This book was fun yet frustrating for this fan. I loved the way the author weaves interviews with players with pen-and-ink sketches, photos and anecdotes about the Montreal Expos, along with his own impressions of the team he loved as a child and continues to love to this day. Solid writing is the piece de resistance in this sports book.

Anyone who enjoys sports history should pick up this book and read it.
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M Christopher
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, baseball
A delightful memory book for fans of the Expos or just plain baseball fans, a category into which I fall. As I became immersed in baseball in 1969, the Expos had just joined MLB, so there was always a soft spot in my heart for them. They were undeniably more entertaining than their brethren in San Diego. I remember enjoying their infrequent successes and feeling, at the end of their all too brief life, that they (meaning the fans, players, and team execs) had gotten rogered. Keri, of course, agr ...more
Draven
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a born and raised Montrealers and some of my happiest childhood memories are the ones of my dad taking me to the Big-O to see the Expos. I cried when they left but it's nothing compared to the heartbreak it caused my dad, who loved them as soon as arrived in Montreal from Portugal back in the 60's. Not the easiest read if you're not familiar with stats and baseball shorthand, like myself but an essential read if you are and always will be an Expos fan, to understand the how's and why's of th ...more
Frank
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball
Solid, chronological walk-through of the Expos wild history, from starting as a way to capitalize on the World's Fair (Expo 67, get it?) to their eventual implosion. Through it all, however, they had a lot of great players and teams, but never quite got their timing right. Seriously, consider that they had amazing teams derailed by two different work stoppages (1981 and 1994). C'est juste de la malchance.
Brian
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I somehow ended up being a Montreal Expos fan growing up in North Carolina - I think my cousin John had a major influence in this. This book brought me back to the Expos I grew up with - Raines, Wallach, El Presidente, Pascual Perez... and helped me understand the story and impact of guys like Steve Rogers, Warren Cromartie, Gary Carter, and Rusty Staub. Terrific book with a good mix of anecdote, humor, insight and emotion.
Adamdaigle
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Answered all the questions I had and also confirmed my opinion of what kind of happened to this team: an organization that was struggling to stay afloat for decades before an out of town owner swooped in and threw them a life preserver.

But it wasn't a life preserver.

It was an engine block (Graeme Lloyd for $3 million for 9 years!)

Also, enjoyed reading about Rusty Staub. He's a legend among the older generation down in my part of Louisiana.
D.J. Sharpe
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book on the history of the Expos!

Great book on the (sort of) rise and fall of the Montreal Expos! If you like sports history and/or the business side of sports, you’ll enjoy this book. It does a good job of explaining why the Expos moved. The author is a top-notch sports writer and a life-long Expos fan.
V.A. Hezaran
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a great book for those of us who grew up loving the one-of-a-kind Expos. Keri infused the book with so many great stories (some known, many new to me), as well as weaving his personal experiences as a young fan throughout.
If you grew up with the team in any of its era, this book will bring a smile to your face at times, and make you sad at others.
A joy to read.
Tim Timberly
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball
That tragic '94 season is almost more powerful since it never finished. In every fan's mind, his team would have won the World Series that year, only for greed to take it away.

I thought the book had good balance between the baseball being played and the business behind the scenes. =
Clayton Porter
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
I do not like Baseball, let me just start with that. But there is something inherently fascinating about the ill fated story of the Montreal Expos. Plus, a short trip to the city of next month meant a further exploration into a franchise that once had been, was needed.

From start to finish, Jonah Keri's book is just that. Beginning with the frenzy caused by baseball legend Jackie Robinson playing one year of Triple-A ball in the city. Elite members of the city caught a whiff of the excitement de
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Clint
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nicely done book about the 1969-2004 Major League Baseball expansion team, the Montreal Expos (now the Washington Nationals), which is part memoir and part recounting of the various teams, players, cheapskate owners, stadiums and fans. Perfect for fans of baseball in the Expos' era.
Drew Damico
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fic-2018
Think I need to get me an Expo hat!
Bob Callahan
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book for any baseball fan!! The history of a team that seemed doomed from the beginning. Really enjoyed it!!
Mark
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Jonah’s writing and I miss baseball. I can’t imagine losing my team. I crushed this book. I loved it.
Shaun Connor
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun read. Hope Montreal gets a baseball team again, can't believe it's been this long since they left.
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