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“But then I got to Montreal and they bring me into the (Olympic) Stadium … it’s all snow-covered and they didn’t have a roof on it at the time. It looked like a giant bidet .. I looked up and I thought someone was going to squat on it.
“They took me to Les Halles (restaurant) over off of Crescent and I had the best meal I ever had in my life and I realized that I was going to a really civilized town that stayed open until 4 in the morning.”
Lee posted a 16-10 record with the Expos in 1979 when they finished second in the National League East with a 95-65 record, two games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“’79 was a magical year,” said Lee, who lived in a rented house on Lansdowne Ave., across from Westmount Park. “I just fell in love with this city. I threw well and I ran to the park, I was healthy. Everything was perfect except we blew the lead at the end and we coughed it up like a cat coughs up a fur ball. You know, you can’t swing the bat with one hand around your throat … that’s what I found out in baseball … and we definitely gagged a lot at the plate. I thought the pitchers did a really good job, but there was a lot of gagging at the plate.”