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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 – March 25, 2014
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“A special book that gives an underappreciated time and place in baseball its due.”
“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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
Starting with the scramble to obtain players and a suitable stadium for the inaugural 1969 season, Keri captures the adventures and misadventures of the franchise with humor, knowledge and the viewpoint that a devoted fan provides, which was surprisingly objective as well.
The objectivity comes mainly from describing the many business decisions that resulted in star players leaving. One example is when after the team compiled the best record in the 1994 season in which the World Series was not played due to a player’s strike, the ownership group ordered general manager Kevin Malone to dump four of the team’s highest paid players in one week. Keri’s account of that fire sale did not read like a disgruntled fan – while criticizing the move, he did note that it did achieve the short term goals, but that it was just that – “a short-sighted glimpse of the situation.”
His accounts of the eventual ownership by Major League Baseball and his criticism of an ownership group that would not contribute the required money to keep the operations going that resulted in one man (Jeffrey Loria) obtaining 93% of the team was also surprisingly objective for someone who was a fan of the team. Other business matters such as losing broadcasting rights to the southern Ontario market and only online broadcasting in the early 2000’s were covered in the same manner.
This doesn’t mean that Keri only wrote about the front office.Read more ›
So I'm a Cubs fan, but have always considered myself a Canadaphile and a baseball guy (who doesn't study the Sabermetrics TOO much), but I didn't think I'd enjoy this story as much as I did. Like, I hated Gary Carter (the Met, not the Expo), but now I see how I should change my mind. And Andre Dawson - I only really think of him as a Cub patrolling Wrigley. He was the man in Montreal.
And this is only part of the story...again, Keri's work - which you can find on ESPN's Grantland site - speaks for itself. It's the kind of book, dripping with anecdotes, that you don't want to end.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love Jonah Keri and love this book. I'm not even an Expo's fan, but I recognized almost every name.Published 2 months ago by Paul Sipes
I loved Jonah Keri's first book about the Tampa Rays. This one was even better. Any baseball nut will love this history of the Montreal Expos.Published 2 months ago by Jacob Serafini
I read this over the winter and it made me miss baseball. Can't wait.Published 3 months ago by Greg Riepenhoff
Recommended book. This book makes me want to see another team in Montreal. The author's research and experience is extensive, and it's the best timeline on the Expos I have read.Published 3 months ago by Joe Lundy
For people who lived in or near Montreal during the time of Expos this is a nice little trip down memory lane.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer