MONTREAL, MAY 7, 2013 – Former Montreal Expos baseball star Warren Cromartie visited Westmount High School on May 9. Initially the plan was for him to strictly address physical education and health teacher Jeffrey Kosow’s Secondary V class. But as word spread through the building, more teachers arrived with students and more than 100 were on hand for a motivational speech about playing sports and staying away from drugs.
Kosow was a big baseball fan and a great admirer of Cromartie, who now heads the Montreal Baseball Project. His goal is to bring professional baseball back to Montreal. This summer he will be running his own baseball camp, with four sessions at Gary Carter Field in Côte Saint-Luc and two weeks at Parc Henri Julien in Ahuntsic.
Cromartie was delighted to see how much the students, male and female, knew about baseball and the Expos. He spoke about his years playing pro ball in Montreal, Japan and Kansas City and why he is so committed to bringing a Major League team back here. When one student asked if he ever got caught up in drugs, Cromartie responded, “I never tried that stuff. Those I knew in baseball who did are either dead or working at a gas station.”
Kosow, wearing his Gary Carter “Kid 8” Expos jersey had a surprise for Cromartie. A replica “Cro Bar,” an actual chocolate bar that was manufactured during his days with the Expos.
For more information go to www.montrealbaseballproject.com.