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Think you have it rough? Remember the poor Expos fan

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The bad thing about none of the LDS series going five games is that we're left with a two-day lull before the start of the NLCS in Philadelphia on Thursday.

The good news is that it gave me a down day to listen to the collection of great Montreal-related interviews that the Central Maine Sports Blog did in celebration of Montreal Expos Appreciation Week.

(Yeah, MEAW was last week and most of us missed it without sending a red, white and blue tri-paneled card, which somehow seems appropriate.)

OK, so you might be wondering why I'm passing this along during the first week of October, when the postseason is in full-swing and the regular season has just ended. Who gives a whit about the Expos at any point during the year, let alone now?

Simple. As I listened to the interviewers talk about how much they enjoyed the days of baseball in Montreal with everyone from Bill Lee to Gary Carter to Brad Wilkerson, it made think of what most of us might do if our local franchise was moved or disbanded. Twenty-six teams are already dead in the '08 season and the fanbases of each have spent a fair amount of time griping and groaning over holes in the lineup or starting rotation, disappointing performances from superstars or the lack of hope for the future.

Still, the bottom line is that we're still lucky to have a team to follow. For all the grief they give us, our baseball teams are an ever-present thread in our lives and one we can always count on. They continue to exist. Listen to these Expos fans talk passionately about their favorite team that went the way of the Whalers and Nordiques and tell me you wouldn't sound the same way if your team was taken away, too. (Of course, this is all a long way of saying, 'Be thankful for what you have.')

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