He will practice fiscal restraint rather than gamble that a powerhouse team could fill the stadium, double the season-ticket base from its puny 9,220 and attract more and better television and sponsorship deals. "The reaction from our fans is broken down into two categories," Brochu says. "There are those who have to balance their checkbooks and who understand what we're doing. Then there are those I call roll-the-dicers, people who prefer we just re-sign all these players and gamble on a one-shot deal. Even if we took a chance, unless there were 50,000 at every game, and all the [TV and sponsorship! contracts were signed, we'd run out of cash in June. That's not even a credible alternative."
The Expos, hard-liners during the strike, were desperate for new economic ground rules. When the rules didn't change, faces had to, and Expo U held an April commencement. "I really think we're a step ahead of everyone else—like we usually are," Brochu says.
Montreal was six games ahead in its division when the strike wiped out the end of the 1994 season. Expo U was a giddy place in early August. Montreal might not get that close to the World Series again for a long time, which is how it goes at the school of hard knocks.
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