It's as if Selig didn't realize what might happen if he allowed Minaya to make the deals. Since the acquisitions of Floyd and
Colon, the Expos had broken 10,000 in attendance in 11 of 13 home games, something they'd done just eight times all season
before the trades. Oh, hell, let's run a chart:
Average Att. Median Att.
Expos, Not Trying 8,429 6,091
Expos, Trying 14,064 13,402
The trades seemed to prove what we've been saying all along, that fans will come see a team--in any market, in any stadium--that
has success, and more importantly, that shows a commitment to winning. On a typical July night, twice as many people came
to see the Expos as did before the team made a significant move that signaled that the team was trying to win.
It's like Selig said, "OK, you can do this so I can say that Montreal is a dead issue," and when it wasn't a dead
issue, made sure that he stopped the momentum.