Friday, October 15, 2004

For Expos, Next Year Starts Now

Advance Work Can't Wait Until Resolution Of D.C. Stadium Deal
By Barry Svrluga

Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 15, 2004; Page A01

Just a few floors above the USO gala and the meeting of the National Italian American Foundation, Tony Tavares' cell phone rings constantly, still occasionally alerting him to calls by chiming an electronic version of "O Canada!"

A generic suite at the Washington Hilton is, for now, the epicenter of the District's return to Major League Baseball. Tavares, president of the Montreal Expos, arrived in town with his right-hand man, Kevin Uhlich, just Tuesday night, and spent Wednesday and yesterday beginning to figure out the logistics of bringing baseball back to the nation's capital.

"It's not much of an operation," Tavares said. "It's a couple of people running around like chickens with their heads cut off."

The $440 million stadium deal to bring the Expos to Washington still faces what could be a contentious approval process by the D.C. Council, but with spring training less than four months away, Tavares said there is too much to do for the team to wait. So he has established a two-man beachhead, consisting of the Expos' only employees in D.C., and started on a seemingly endless checklist of tasks, even though no one knows what the team will be called or who will own it.

Read the entire article here on the Washington Post website.