ExposNation, a Facebook fan page with over 155,000 Montreal Expos fans, today confirmed the participation of former Expo Bill Atkinson for the July 20th planned presence at the Tampa Bay Rays-Jays game at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Announced in March, the show of support for pro baseball’s return to Montreal at a Major League Baseball park is estimated to attract over 600 Expos fans to the game.
“ExposNation is overwhelmed by the media inquiries and outpouring of fan support that we’ve seen over the last several months,” said Matthew Ross, ExposNation Founder and Chairman. “Adding Bill Atkinson to our presence at the Rogers Centre only adds to our growing credibility and further cements our cause as worthwhile.
“We hope that Major League Baseball and prospective investors in a Montreal franchise and stadium are taking notice.”
A native of Chatham, Ont., Atkinson pitched parts of four seasons (‘76-‘79) with the Expos, appearing in 98 games with an 11-4 record, a 3.42 ERA and 11 saves. He struck out 99 and walked 62 in 147 1/3 innings.
Also expected among the ExposNation contingent will be former General Manager and 1981 Expos manager Jim Fanning, a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
Interested Expos fans are invited to purchase tickets in section 103 and 104 to be a part of the festive crowd.
ExposNation is currently working on a Montreal-based event for later in the year.