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Full Expos-ure

Thursday, September 30, 2004; Page D01

Q How good are the Expos?

Not very; with a 65-94 record, Montreal is last in the National League East. And General Manager Omar Minaya is bolting to the Mets.

Q When will I get my first chance to see the new team?

_____ Baseball Returns to D.C. _____
 D.C. Baseball
Bud Selig announces that the troubled Montreal Expos will move to Washington, returning baseball to the nation's capital for the 2005 season.
While the Expos aren't very good now, they have loads of potential.
News Graphic: Time to settle down
Q&A on the new team
Graphic: Meet your Expos (PDF).
Survey: What should we call D.C.'s new team?  |  Discuss.
After having RFK to itself for eight years, D.C. United will share.
Details sketchy on how regional sports network would operate.
There was a time when the Expos were the envy of all of baseball.
News Graphic: Coming full circle.
D.C. region has suffered through an endless number of close calls.
 D.C. Baseball
City officials, led by Mayor Anthony A. Williams, gleefully celebrate the end of a generation of frustration.
District's offer described as very generous.
News Graphic: Stadium strategy
A majority of the D.C. Council supports the mayor's stadium plan.
When the hoopla dies down, will D.C. still have baseball fever?
In Virginia, some blame Gov. Warner for failure to lure Expos.
More than 50 years ago, it was Baltimore that needed D.C.'s help.
Orioles management had little to say Wednesday about the news.
Expos final home game is marred by unruly fan behavior.

_____ Post Columnists  _____
Thomas Boswell: We are finally getting exactly what we wished for.
Sally Jenkins: D.C. is getting a bad team and a potential financial mess.
Michael Wilbon: There are only four choices for the name of the new club.
Mike Wise: Talk to the old Nats, you realize baseball never left.
George Solomon: Finally, Shirley Povich is looking down and smiling.
Marc Fisher: Baseball's challenge is to connect with the black kids.

_____ Multimedia  _____
 D.C. Baseball
Video: D.C. residents have mixed feelings about the relocation.
Video: D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams makes the announcement.
Video: In 2003, a D.C. official details improvements to RFK.
Video: The Post's Garcia-Ruiz on what still needs to be done at RFK.
Audio: Ex-Senators announcer Ron Menchine on the proposed move.
Audio: Ex-announcer Bob Wolf says D.C. team, Orioles can thrive.

_____ Live Online  _____
Post's Tom Heath was online Thursday. Read the transcript.
The Post's J.J. McCoy took questions before Wednesday's announcement. Read the transcript.

_____ On Our Site  _____
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The District has been without major league baseball for more than 30 years. Look back at a visual history of the Washington Senators.
Eighty years ago, the Senators won their only world championship.
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Spring training in February 2005. The Expos play at Space Coast Stadium, with a capacity of 8,100, in Melbourne, Fla., 90 miles southeast of Orlando on the Atlantic Coast. The Expos play in the Grapefruit League and are a traditional spring training opponent of the Baltimore Orioles.

Q When is Opening Day?

The 2005 baseball schedule has not been released, but if it follows recent form, the season would likely begin with one game on Sunday night, April 3, with most of the clubs starting play on the more traditional Monday, April 4. D.C. officials said yesterday the home opener will be April 15.

Q Where will the team play?

RFK Stadium will be refurbished for baseball. Washington's team is expected to play there for three seasons while a ballpark is being built at South Capitol and M streets SE on the Anacostia waterfront.

Q How do I get tickets? How much do they cost?

Tickets -- and ticket prices -- are not yet available. You can sign up to receive ticket information, including full and partial season ticket plans, at www.baseballindc.com or by phone at 202-266-6610. The Web site and phone number are sponsored by the Washington Baseball Club and sanctioned by the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission. The list of those interested in tickets will be passed along to whatever buyer ends up with the team.

Q Where can I find the games on television and on radio?

Deals will have to be negotiated for both. MLB hopes the Expos will be part of a regional cable television package with the Orioles.

Q What are the chances for interleague games against the Baltimore Orioles?

It's possible the teams will play, but the schedule is still being tweaked by MLB.


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