If you haven’t already purchased your tickets for the Toronto Blue Jays’ exhibition game versus the Pittsburgh Pirates on March 31, the latest news should spur you into action. A Tim Raines tribute will take place before the game, meaning “Rock” will be at the Olympic Stadium to kick off “Montreal Baseball Weekend”.
According to multiple news outlets, Tim Raines will headline the festivities prior to the first of two exhibition games held in Montreal at the end of this month.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet posted the following on Twitter:
Tim Raines will be honoured prior to #BlueJays–#Pirates exhibition game in Montreal March 31 … pic.twitter.com/jIQF1TSX8c
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) March 13, 2017
Other sources reported the same news on Twitter throughout the day:
Tim Raines sera honoré à Montréal https://t.co/e5XudZAnCl
— 98,5 Sports (@985Sports) March 13, 2017
Tim Raines sera honoré le 31 mars au Stade olympique: «Montréal, c’est toujours spécial» https://t.co/uiJWNIIWia pic.twitter.com/tNsRB9egWq
— Journal de Montréal (@JdeMontreal) March 13, 2017
Fans who make it to the game on March 31 will also get to see several former Expos. Dennis Martinez, Steve Rogers, Bill Lee, Al Oliver, David Palmer and Jeff Reardon will also be there. Five of those players will also take part in Exposfest on Sunday, April 2.
Proud to have 5 of our Expos Fest guests participating in the opening ceremony for Tim Raines on Friday March 31st.https://t.co/7Mvecp8NsM pic.twitter.com/spAOwSCyT6
— Expos Fest (@ExposFest) March 13, 2017
Raines was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in January. Now, he will be properly honoured in the city where his career began. This will be the first opportunity for Expos fans to congratulate “Rock” on making it into the Hall of Fame.
So, make sure you’re at Olympic Stadium to show Tim Raines how much this city appreciates its baseball legends.