Major League Baseball will announce Wednesday that Washington will be the new home of the Montreal Expos, bringing the national pastime back to the nation’s capital for the first time in 33 years, The Associated Press has learned.
A city official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Washington has been notified by Major League Baseball of the impending announcement.
The city is planning its own news conference at a downtown location Wednesday afternoon, the official said.
“I think we’ll be in a position where we can have a celebration tomorrow,” Mayor Anthony Williams told WUSA-TV.
I’m as big a baseball nut as you’re likely to find, and I think this is huge news. I spent three years in Washington during the 90s, and I would have loved to have had National League baseball to watch. Of course, I made regular trips to Camden Yards in Baltimore (whenever I could afford it), but I had to drive to Philly to see NL baseball…and I made that trip several times. I hope they name the team the “Senators,” but I’d guess they’ll come up with something else.