Yesterday it was reported that this is the first opening season of the 21st century, where there’s not a single active player left who started playing in the 20th century.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau Adrian Beltre and Bartolo Colon were the last of their kind. This means the MLB becomes the first of the four major sports without someone still around who played in the 1900s.
While this is a milestone of change, there is also another one not lost on fans of the old Montreal Expos. Bartolo Colon was the last active player who wore the Expos uniform before their demise in 2004.
I can guarantee you, no Expos fan thought he would be the last standing. He also became a bit of ray of hope, he would still be playing when baseball would return permanently to Montreal. I always liked to check-in and cheer on ‘Big Sexy’ whenever he was playing. Sad to see he has been forced into retirement without a contract this season.
However, hope springs eternal. We are now seeing the rise of what we can call the sons of the Expos generation. Both Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Fernando Tatis Jr. are turning heads with their on-field performances. The game is better and more exciting now. So while it’s certainly a milestone worth a pause, I won’t dwell to hard, as I feel the game has gotten so much better.