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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 Montreal Expos [Hardcover]

Jonah Keri
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March 25 2014
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.

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“A special book that gives an underappreciated time and place in baseball its due.”
—Tim Raines
“In Up, Up & Away, Jonah Keri has produced a book that is one part history, one part local legend, one part eulogy, and one part letter to a lost love. The Montreal Expos deserved a book, and they deserved this book.”
—Bruce Arthur, national sports columnist, National Post

“Long gone but it seems like only yesterday. A certain charm attaches to bygone ballparks and ball clubs: Ebbets Field, the St. Louis Browns, the Seattle Pilots—supply your own favorite ghost. But for me, the franchise with the most romance about it is the Montreal Expos. Jonah Keri pays tribute, tells tales, spills beans, and wakes the echoes in this glorious grand chelem of a book.”
—John Thorn, Official Historian, Major League Baseball

About the Author

  JONAH KERI is a writer for Grantland.com and a contributor to ESPN's Baseball Tonight. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First and the co-author of Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong. He has previously contributed to ESPN.com, SI.com, Baseball Prospectus, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and wrote the flagship stock market column for Investor's Business Daily.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nos Amours March 31 2014
The nostalgia that exists, that permeates the lives of baseball fans and Montrealers in particular, drips off this book like water from a slate roof during a monsoon. A lot of nostalgia. In Montreal this weekend, the first major league baseball of any sort (albeit of the pre-season variety) and almost 100,000 tickets sold for games between teams that Montrealers are indifferent to at best. For me, at least, reading this book when I did hit me in a lot of ways. Having said that, for anyone who is a fan of the game, or were fans of the Expos (and those two things may be mutually exclusive), this book is definitive as a case study for a sports franchise that never quite had all of its marbles. Or baseballs. The Expos would have strong ownership but a lousy stadium, then a lousy stadium and lousy ownership, then a lousy fanbase, then nothing at all. And it's all chronicled here, in amazing detail, by a great baseball writer, who also happened to be an amazingly loyal Expos fan. He still is, that's obvious, but Jonah Keri doesn't indulge in too much "what-iffing" (as Expo nostalgists are want to do) though he doesn't entirely lay blame anywhere either: the Expos demise is chronicled as it happened: a kind of slow motion Humpty Dumpty, or, perhaps, super slo mo, the film speeding up the closer we get to the end, until Humpty's fall, so predictable, happens, in real time, at astonishing speed, and then everybody walks away. Montrealers walked away. Until this weekend. Somehow. Now they're starting to wonder how to put everything Humpty together again. This book is a nice start to remind us of what we had. It's a cautionary tale for other cities. It reminds us, again, that sports is a business and team is a commercial product. A brand. For baseball fans, it's a well written chronicle of one of the sport's most colourful franchises.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great parts of the book are few and far between Aug. 19 2014
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Very close to being a great book. I don't understand why Keri insists on dictating multiple season stat lines for each and every individual player that is mentioned other than to pad the page count.

The best parts of the book are the anecdotes from the locker room and the narrative of the franchise itself, yet you have to wade through endless details to find these nuggets. Does anyone really care what was the minor league walk to strikeout ratio of some free agent three years before he played two seasons for the Expos in the 70s?

Half of this book could have been footnotes referencing pages of statistics in an appendix and it would have been much better for ti.
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3.0 out of 5 stars like the Expos--almost but not quite Sept. 19 2014
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Oh, Jonah, what happened? Given you wrote a better book than Moneyball in The Extra 2% on the Tampa Bay (don't call us Devil) Rays combined with his writing on Grantland, I was expecting the definitive Montreal Expos book. What I got was a mishmash of a few snippets of decent writing, especially on the business side of the Expos' fate, interspersed with way too much sharing of his personal life and a superficial look at many of the Expo eras. Jonah, enough with aping Bill Simmons's worst traits. Does anyone besides your family and friends need to know how many years you've been married, what your goofy friends got up to a 'Spos games or anything else personal?

The topper to all this is instead of maybe throwing in the Expos' records year-to-year and some cool stats at the end we get an eight-page acknowledgement that reads like Jonah Keri's life story to the top in sportswriting. Seriously? Maybe two pages tops was required to acknowledge who you found helpful. It sure shouldn't have been the editor or the publishing company as they did not do their job in editing this much better and pointing you in a better direction on how to put this together.

Considering the amount of interviews the author apparently did for this book where are the stories? It's jawdroppingly unfathomable how mundane much of this reads and even when it gets interesting, we're off on some other tangent too quickly. Why the rush to zip through each era?

Then there are some unreal glaring omissions. From an Expos-obsessed fan these are shocking to say the least. For example, all '70s Expos fans remember Ron Hunt for his propensity at being hit by a pitch. He gets mentioned once in this book and not in any of the chapters on the '70s. In the lone time he's mentioned on p.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply put, a magnificent book. May 19 2014
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Jonah Keri's fans view of the Montreal Expos history is simply put a magnificent book.
Where Jacques Doucet 2 volumes "Il était une fois les Expos" is still a major and highly interesting overview of the franchise, Keri's is more able to reach out to your heart and bring back forgotten emotions.

Moreover, like Doucet, he is right on target when he explains that the penny pinching Jean Coutu, Bell, Jacques Menard and all those avaricious shareholders are really the main reason why that wonderful and colorful franchise left. They did everthing they could to destroy the fan base, and the concession. What else is there to say when the shareholders require of GM Kevin Malone to liquidate 4 all stars within 24 hours? What was the hurry? That was the best way of letting go proven star MLB players for nothing in return.

When Claude Brochu left before becoming the official main villain of the whole enterprise, they found in Jeffrey Loria the perfect scapegoat. Better for the unscrupulous Montreal media to blame a New Yorker for the whole mess than people they would still bargain with in the future in Montréal...

Thank you Mr Keri for a well done job, thank you to Mr Charles Bronfman for getting us an MLB franchise, and thank you to all those admirable players like Rusty Staub, Gary Carter, Pedro Martinez, Vladimir Guerrero and so on that made our summer so fun and memorable.

I never will forget my Montreal Expos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for any Sports History Fan
I wasn`t an Expos fan growing up but this book was just a ton of fun to read and had some real neat stories. If you enjoy sports history at all, it`s a great read!
Published 20 days ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're an Expos fan, this is a must read!
Loved it! Brought back many great memories growing up in Montreal watching the 'spos!
Published 1 month ago by Allan Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars It really shows his love of the subject
Simply a well written documentation of the Expos from start to finish. And the fact that he is a fan is a huge plus in this case. It really shows his love of the subject.
Published 2 months ago by Shawn T Lackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for Expo fans!
For die hard Expo fans this is a must read....a tear jerker actually! Lots of background details and history.
Published 2 months ago by Sheldon
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo!
Excellent info from the days of OUR team. Fun to relive so many memories.
Published 3 months ago by J. Stiller
4.0 out of 5 stars walk down memory lane
This was delightful read. It was a pleasure to relive so many memories again. Those were the days, my friend.
Published 3 months ago by Robert Agouri
5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun!
Reading this brought back so many memories of a forgotten era. Informative, fun and nostalgic. Being from Montreal I was so happy to hear about this book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sebastien Lessard
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
I enjoyed reading this book immensely. It convinced me to buy an Expos cap (eventually). It's a shame they had to leave, but this book does an excellent reason of all the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cam
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book!!!
"Up, Up, & Away" is nothing less than a fascinating book about the Montreal Expos. Having followed the Expos from 1971 until their very end, I can tell you that this book... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Claude Paradis
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for export fans, not exactly Dickens though
This was a good trip down memory lane. However, the writing was a tad amateur. It read more like a newspaper article than a book with a lot of opinions stated as fact. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Richard Digioacchino
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