Nationals honor Andre Dawson
The Nationals had already unveiled their new Ring of Honor behind home plate at Nationals Park. They rolled a giant red carpet rolled out from the Nationals dugout to a platform behind home plate, where Andre Dawson stood and was recognized in a pregame ceremony.
"Anytime someone extends the gratitude to pay homage to your career, it's very gratifying," Dawson said beforehand. "It doesn't necessarily mean that I had to play here. I understand the history and the connection. I'm most grateful."
The Nationals presented Dawson a No. 10 Nationals uniform with his name on the back, and Dawson wore an Expos jersey. After Dawson thanked the Nationals with brief words, he bowed his head and wiped away tears. Nationals president Stan Kasten, who had placed the jersey over Dawson's shoulders, and Gary Carter patted him on the back.
The Nationals, of course, only became the Nationals after the Expos relocated to Washington. The ceremony for Dawson -- in which Expos catcher Carter took part -- signals that the Nationals see themselves as the caretakers for Montreal's baseball history. Carter, who discovered only minutes ago he is on the Ring of Honor and not just here to catch Dawson's ceremonial first pitch, was also honored.
"To know in the nation's capital there will be a place of honor for me is something I will live with for the rest of my life," Carter said. "I can't put it into words. To be part of that ring up there is something special."
During batting practice today, all of the Nationals wore Montreal Expos caps. Shortstop Ian Desmond and outfielder Roger Bernadina were both drafted by the Expos organization, and Livan Hernandez and Miguel Batista once pitched for Montreal.
The Nationals have several players in their organization who have been with them since their Montreal days, including minor leaguers Jason Bergmann, Devin Ivany, Collin Balester, Leonard Davis and Seth Bynum.
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