Of course, Montreal wasn't always just a hockey town. Going way back to the 1940s and 1950s, it was a thriving minor league club of the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Royals. Most notably, it was the first stop in Jackie Robinson's march to become the first African American to play in the Major Leagues.
But it was also once the home of the Montreal Expos, a club that drew over 2 Million fans when the club was competitive, a very big number pre-mid-1990s. And there is no reason to think Montreal couldn't once again host a MLB team with the right ownership.
Tonight, they will honor the memory of the late Gary Carter, once one of the city's brightest star and Hall of Fame catcher. And they'll honor the 1994 Expos--the best team in baseball that year--a club denied the chance to compete for their first world championship because of the baseball strike that wiped out the World Series.
While baseball doesn't need to dilute it's product with more teams, there are some franchises that, no matter how good a team they put on the field, don't draw flies. Both Florida team--the Rays and the Marlins--fall in that category. Time will tell if one of them gets moved north of the border and give Montreal a team again.
The city of Montreal doesn't hurt their cause by their show of enthusiasm for this weekend's games.