Ramos, who pitched for the
"They always have random sports T-shirts," Ramos said.
Two of his Rays coaches — Tom Foley and Dave Martinez — had played for Montreal, so they asked Ramos to pick up Expos T-shirts for them too. Ramos said he had no particular affinity for the Expos but he liked the look of the shirt and said he would not want to go out wearing the gear of his current team.
"The Expos are extinct," he said.
Funny he should mention that.
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, a tireless advocate for returning a major league team to his city, met last week with Commissioner Rob Manfred. Coderre proposed that
The Rays' long-running search for a new stadium has spurred talk that the team might be interested in moving to Montreal, despite a lease at the domed Tropicana Field that extends through 2027. Rays owner Stuart Sternberg has said he would not move the team but would not rule out selling it to someone who might.
Ramos pitched for the Rays for four years, and it would be interesting if he were wearing the Expos T-shirt in subtle support of moving the team. However, Ramos said, it's just a cool T-shirt.
Ramos said he believes the Rays could succeed in time, as a generation of kids raised on the Rays replaces a generation of parents who grew up rooting for other teams. He said a waterfront ballpark — either in Tampa or St. Petersburg — could spur a lively neighborhood similar to the one around AT&T Park in San Francisco.
"They always made the best of it," Ramos said. "I think they've tried everything."