Up, Up, & Away

Up, Up, & Away

The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, Le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, & 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 Montrealers, former fans, and by many more in the US and Canada as a fashion item. Expos loyalists are still spotted at Blue Jays games and wherever the Washington Nationals play (often cheering against them). Every year there are rumours that Montreal--as North America's largest market without a baseball team--could host Major League Baseball again.
     There has never been a major English-language book on the entire franchise history. There also hasn't been a sportswriter as uniquely qualified to tell the whole story, and to make it appeal to baseball fans across Canada AND south of the border. Jonah Keri writes the chief baseball column for Grantland , and routinely makes appearances in Canadian media such as The Jeff Blair Show , Prime Time Sports and Off the Record . The author of the New York Times baseball bestseller The Extra 2% (Ballantine/ESPN Books), Keri is one of the new generation of high-profile sports writers equally facile with sabermetrics and traditional baseball reporting. He has interviewed everyone for this book (EVERYONE: including the ownership that allowed the team to be moved), and fans can expect to hear from just about every player and personality from the Expos' unforgettable 35 years in baseball. Up, Up, and Away is already one of the most anticipated sports books of next year.
Publisher: Toronto :, Random House of Canada,, 2014
ISBN: 9780307361356
Branch Call Number: 796.3576 KER
Characteristics: 408 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Up, up, and away


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Jul 21, 2018

The history of the late, often-great Montreal Expos as written by a super-fan (more like fanatic) who later became a sportswriter. Wonderful tales from all the main/colourful characters which re-kindled memories of watching games at Jarry Parc as a child, and the Big O as an adult. Great read, as the franchise (now in Washington) tries for the World Series berth that always eluded the Expos.

SCL_Justin Aug 18, 2017

Growing up a Blue Jays fan, I regret not having paid more attention to the Montréal Expos when they existed. Jonah Keri did pay attention and wrote a book called 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 Montréal Expos. It’s a good summary of some of the team’s history and the stories around the teams that were good and the ownership troubles and the Big Owe and all of that. I quite enjoyed it.

I didn’t realize that the Blue Jays and their assertion of all of southern Ontario as their TV market was so detrimental to the Expos’ finances. Growing up I assumed there was a Québec law that said Expos games had to be in French and that was why we so rarely saw them play on TV. I remember the strike season and how even without watching the games we knew they were great and that it was a crime to not have a World Series. But I didn’t know the background fire-sale that decimated the team for the next season. And I totally didn’t know about the late ’70s early ’80s coke-fuelled party teams.

It’s a good book, written journalistically, with maybe a few too many personal stories of Keri’s games he was a spectator at, but whatevs. I have a better idea of the history of the Canadian MLB team I never knew I’d enjoy rooting for.

May 20, 2016

Author Jonah Keri provides an excellent history of the Montreal Expos - Canada's first MLB team. From Rusty Staub and Gary Carter to Tim Raines and Pedro Martinez, the book goes through each era in great detail. But the real insight I found by reading Up, Up and Away was how the Expos, which in the early 80s outdrew the New York Yankees, basically operated on fumes by the time it folded in 2004. One reason was the Blue Jays - who in the late 80s got exclusive broadcast rights to games in southern Ontario, which shut the Expos out of the most lucrative market and no longer made them "Canada's team," causing sponsors to bail. This in addition to a terrible stadium located far away from the downtown core, along with dismal attendance figures all spelled doom for the franchise. It's interesting that as some sportswriters advocate for baseball's return to Montreal, they conveniently forget that this team had an average attendance of 9,000 in the later years; bush league teams do better than that. Heck, even if they won the World Series in 1994, the ownership said they would have just broke even. And that's with the second lowest payroll in baseball at that time! Clearly, the people of Montreal didn't support their team; if they did, the Expos would still be around. However, I agree with the reviewer below: Keri writes a bit too much like a fanboy, which lowers my rating for this book.

Jul 23, 2015

A really fantastic read. A die-hard Expos fan and a talented sports reporter, Keri is the perfect author to write about the somber history of the Expos franchise.

Mar 02, 2015

A must-read for any Canadian baseball fan, although Keri's status as an Expos super-fan sometimes gets in the way.

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