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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 [Kindle Edition]

Jonah Keri
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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.

Editorial Reviews


   • "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." National Post 

   • "[A] book that does full justice to the Expos' remarkable story." Ottawa Citizen 

   • "Surehanded and well-presented, even as the pages vibrate with a fan's rage and sadness." Edmonton Journal

About the Author

JONAH KERI is a writer for 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,, Baseball Prospectus, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and wrote the flagship stock market column for Investor's Business Daily.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5957 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada (March 25, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F8F0JNU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,387 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finished in a day... great book! March 25, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm a fan of Jonah Keri's writing at Grantland. His previous book, "The Extra 2%" was also fantastic. I'm always a little suspect, though, of books written by unabashed fans of the subject they are writing about. However, this was a great piece of writing, a very fair and accurate account of the success and ultimate failure of the Expos franchise, with minimal cheer-leading. When I received my copy this morning, and immediately saw a picture of my favorite player of all-time milking a cow, I knew it was going to be great. And it was. I finished in about 13 hours, and now I'm sad it's over. You don't have to be an Expos fan to appreciate this book, any baseball fan will surely enjoy the story. It's truly unlike any other in sports history.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant Baseball Classic March 27, 2014
By Kevin
A great book on the history of one of the most under-appreciated and unique teams in all of sports. Keri, despite obvious Montreal ties, presents a very objective view of Nos Amours, not blaming any single source for the team's ultimate departure for Washington, DC in 2004. It presents the stories in a way any person, baseball fan or not, can understand, and presents stories that can seemingly transcend that world as well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nos Amours March 31, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! April 16, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have been looking forward to this book since I first found out about it. It didn't disappoint! While any baseball fan would enjoy this book, it really is a must read for any Expos fan. I grew up with the Expos and the book brought back many memories. There are also a plethora of stories I didn't know anything about such as the Expos pursuit of Reggie Jackson before he signed with the Yankees. While some thought since the author was a fan growing up it would take on the slant of homerism, the book does not read that way. In fact, reading Jonah Keri's accounts of going to Expos games add to the book. There are some fun stories about The Maple Ridge Boys that really are a treat.

If anything, the book left me thirsting for more on the Expos. Several books are cited as sources in Up, Up & Away and I have purchased one, and will be getting others.

I denvoured this book - it doesn't seem like a 400 page book because it reads so fast. Once I read the last page and put it down, I was struck with a feeling of sadness, almost as if I lost the team to MLB/Washington all over again. Granted, I grew up an Expos fan so I have a close association with this book, but it honestly is one of the top 5 baseball books I have ever read. I have been trying to read Jonah Keri's other work in my free time and plan on checking out "The Extra 2%" at some point in the future.However, next up for those perhaps unfamiliar with Canadian Danny Gallagher's writing is "Ecstasy to Agony: The Story of the 1994 Montreal Expos."

In closing, if you love baseball and great writing - read this book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent book! May 19, 2014
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars like the Expos--almost but not quite
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... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Brian Maitland
5.0 out of 5 stars Expos Forever!
Oh, how I miss the Expos! This is a wonderful book for Montreal Expos fans. I have read it a half-dozen times already. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Thomas P. Joseph
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid...
Growing up a huge fan of those early 80s teams, this book brought back a lot of great-sometimes wistful- memories. Highly recommended reading for fans of the team or era.
Published 7 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, easy read by a great writer
Great, easy read by a great writer. I didn't grow up an Expos fan but I am one today.
Published 8 days ago by Jeffrey W. LaRock
5.0 out of 5 stars Great History
Good histroy of the Expos jumps around a little but, if you know the Expos and Montreal it's good reading ,,,
Published 10 days ago by KS Trains
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy baseball and going to Toronto Blue Jays games
I enjoy baseball and going to Toronto Blue Jays games. Gord read this book earlier this month and though I don't know much about the Montreal Expos, he said I'd probably find it... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Teena in Toronto
2.0 out of 5 stars starter gets chased after 3 a third
Way too slow, way too many un-interesting tangents that could have been trimmed. The author's enthusiasm for everything Rays was perfect for the Extra 2% book... Read more
Published 21 days ago by N. Yakovenko
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Gives a thorough insight to the team back then. Brings you more info than I thought- was a fan of the team when they were in operation, except for the strike year they may have... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Andrew Sessa
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent read
Good but not great. I like Keri as an author but found parts dragged. If you are an Expos super fan you will probably be all in on this, but for all the hype and the promotion I... Read more
Published 24 days ago by dbldn11
5.0 out of 5 stars Expos!!!
Finally,Finally,Finally....Someone got the story of the Expos right...I read about 5 Baseball Books a year....and this one by far is the best read of the year....
Published 24 days ago by Martin S. Ertz
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More About the Author

Jonah Keri is the lead baseball writer for Grantland and a contributor to ESPN's Baseball Tonight.

He is the author of "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" (Random House Canada, 2014).

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" (ESPN Books/Ballantine, 2011). He also edited and co-authored "Baseball Between the Numbers" (Basic, 2006), and has contributed to many other books.

Jonah's writing has appeared in,, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Baseball Prospectus,, Bloomberg Sports, Montreal Gazette, and many other publications. From 1999 to 2010 he covered the stock market for Investor's Business Daily.

Jonah is a native of Montreal and currently lives in Denver.


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