"It's so quiet," Mets pitcher Kevin Appier says. "You can sit in the dugout and hear people order."
It's a wonderful place to be a heckler, too. Every heckle is heard clearly by everybody in the building. "You can't pretend you don't hear it," Mets catcher Mike Piazza said. "The guy knows you can hear him. Tonight, the guy was on my hair, my commercial, everything. What could I do? He had me."
Yogi Berra said, "If people don't want to come to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them?" Almost every good young player the Expos have had ( Randy Johnson, Larry Walker, Marquis Grissom, Pedro Martinez et al.) has been shipped out or has left as a free agent. Sacre bleu! Why get your heart broken? "I caught Expo Fever once," a talk-radio fan recently revealed. "It's mono."
Every day brings another rumor about where the team might be moved—Washington, Northern Virginia, Charlotte, Las Vegas, Portland. There's also talk of baseball's eliminating two franchises, and the Expos are always one of the two. One way or the other, it looks as if the Montreal Expos will be expunged.
It may be the All-Star break before anybody in Montreal notices.