For those of you that do not believe that baseball is a loved sport here in la belle province or that there are still some of us who mourn the loss of our beloved Montreal Expos then this film might change your mind. With its fond look at baseball and adoring reminiscence of nos Expos it will bring many people back to a better time in the history of the sport in Quebec.
1969 was a year to remember due to Woodstock and man walking on the moon, but in the province of Quebec something else sticks out. The city of Montreal was awarded a Major League Baseball team and in the spring of 1969 the Montreal Expos start playing at Jarry Stadium. It is during this summer that the young Martin (Pier-Luc Funk – first film) decides that he does not want to join the Boy Scouts as his father Charles (Patrice Robitaille – Maurice Richard, Horloge Biologique) wishes rather he wants to play baseball. Martin tries out for the only baseball team in his small town, coached by the steely Gilbert Turcotte (Roy Dupuis – Shake Hands with the Devil, Les Invasions Barbares), but unfortunately he does not make it.
Not willing to allow his son's dream of playing baseball die Charles tells Martin that he will coach a 'B' team made up of the boys who did not make the Aristocrats. The team plays in hockey jerseys, on a crappy field, has a coach that does not know much about baseball, and rarely wins a game. Martin is frustrated as he is serious about baseball and doesn't think his father is. This is just one of the issues between father and son. During his troubling times, Martin speaks to his imaginary friend, Expos star player Mack Jones (Phillip Jarrett – The Day After Tomorrow, the Hurricane), for advice.
The tide turns when a new boy, Pete (Victor Desjardins), moves into town. He is a great pitcher and hitter. Things are looking up for the "B" squad and they start winning. Their turn around catches the attention of the Aristrocrats coach and he challenges them to an exhibition game. The "B" squad is finally going to play in a game that means something. But how come Martin is still not happy?
There are plenty of nostalgic and poignant moments in this father/son/baseball film. You will find yourself smiling when the film brings you back to a time where Quebec-born boys dreamt of playing professional baseball right here in Montreal and the fun that was the Expos. Today's generation does not have that and that is too bad. Mix that with some family drama (husband and wife struggling with their marriage, son and father struggling with their identities) and how a love of sports can bring a family together and you have an interesting watch.