Hey Nationals, Frank Robinson's a Hall of Famer
I'm sort of agnostic about Tuesday's plan to honor Andre Dawson at Nats Park for becoming a Hall of Famer. On the one hand, his Expos exploits were performed in a different country than I live in, and as someone who cares about Washington sports, I can't say I care much about Montreal. You wouldn't figure too many Washingtonians had his poster on their wall as kids.
On the other hand, Dawson played the majority of his career for this franchise, and it's not his fault the Expos got shipped out. So there's certainly no harm in honoring him, and showing a bit of class is never a bad thing.
But I will note that there's at least one person with Nats connections in the Hall of Fame that I do care about. Frank Robinson may be a surly, grouchy, grudge-holding codger, but for a few years, he was our surly, grouchy, grudge-holding codger, and he put together the most successful season in Nats history.
He remains one of the most iconic figures in Nationals history, something I don't think I'd say about, say, Tony Perez. So I'll agree with Reader Noah that this paragraph from the Nats press release about Dawson reads kind of funny:
Dawson is one of only three players in the Hall of Fame with ties to the Nationals/Expos franchise, joining catcher Gary Carter and first baseman Tony Perez (only Dawson and Carter wear Expos hats on their Hall of Fame plaques).
This also reminds me of the quote Thom Loverro mentioned on ESPN 980 this week. It came from Frank Robinson's first Spring Training with the Nats, when the lone Montreal reporter in a press conference asked about Gary Carter possibly following Robinson's lead as a Hall of Famer turned manager.
"He's in the Hall of Fame," Robinson said. "I'm a Hall of Famer."
Amazing quote, anyhow. Speaking of amazing, the embassy of Canada sent out a message about Dawson's Nats ceremony, offering ticket discounts for Connect2Canada members.
"Come out to celebrate the accomplishments of Andre 'The Hawk' Dawson," asks the invite. Bring your poutine, I'd add.
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