Field of dreams for ex-Expos groundskeeper

Ten years after he worked the Expos' final game in Montreal, Pierre Vezina helps get Olympic...

Ten years after he worked the Expos' final game in Montreal, Pierre Vezina helps get Olympic Stadium ready for the Jays-Mets exhibition series. (Manny Medeiros photo)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:38 AM ET

MONTREAL - Pierre Vezina is standing behind the mound as he had so many afternoons before.

Around him, groundskeepers are making the infield pretty for a baseball game on Friday night at Olympic Stadium.

Vezina worked for the Montreal Expos from 1982 until Sept. 29, 2004.

“I was right there after the final pitch,” Vezina said pointing behind the plate.

“People in the seats were crying, hugging each other,” Vezina said recalling post-game ceremonies. “Claude Raymond, Tim Raines and others spoke. Brad Wilkerson was crying.

“Me? I was emotional. My heart was tearing apart.”

After Maicer Izturis, Val Pascucci and Terrmel Sledge went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth, the home schedule was over. And then they were gone.

The Expos headed on the road to finish their existence against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium — where it all began in 1969 — and the next year the franchise moved to Washington, D.C.


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