The Nationals are slated to embrace their Candidan roots for the first time since their move to Washington in 2005 when they host the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, July 6.
The Nationals plan to wear the Montreal Expos powder blue away jerseys and pants which are the uniforms they wore during their expansion season in 1969.
Coincidentally, the Royals were also one of the 1969 expansion teams and plan to wear their original throwback uniforms that feature “Kansas City” in blue writing.
The Nationals, Expos for the day, plan to make the graphics on the scoreboard resemble the Expos ‘M’ which will replace the Nationals curly ‘W’ for the game.
The Nationals plan to honor many of the former Expos who made their way back to the ballclub after their move to DC. Manager Dave Martinez, third base coach Bob Henley and MASN Color Commentator F.P. Santangelo will all be honored.
Expos legend Vladimir Guerrero Sr. will also be in attendance and will be honored before the game.
The Nationals have had a tough time trying to figure out how to acknowledge their roots in Montreal while trying to establish their own history in Southeast DC. The Nationals currently have a ring of honor that includes former members of the Grays, Senators and Nationals -all of which we’re teams from DC- they also included some of the former Expos legends such as Tim Raines, Vlad Sr. and Gary Carter.
The Expos left Montreal after failing to secure a new stadium deal due to a lack of interest in the ballclub.