Tomorrow, former Montréal Expos outfielder Andre Dawson will be honored by the Washington Nationals for entering the Hall of Fame even though he never played a game in D.C. The Nats of course, used to be the Expos, but as I have mentioned before I don’t think the former needs to recognize the latter. Since there is disagreement on the subject, I figured I would try, in an admittedly unscientific way, to determine who thinks this is a good idea.
Based on what I am seeing on Twitter this evening, the 2 Expos Hall of Famers, Dawson and Gary Carter will be added to a ring of honor that will wrap around the 100-level façade (Nationals Daily News) in the infield that also includes Hall of Famers from the Senators and Homestead Grays, who made Washington a second home in the 1940s. That is probably a good compromise, but I rather we keep it D.C.-centric. That Frank Howard, perhaps the most popular Washington baseball player of the second half of the 20th century is not included, Hall of Fame or not, but two guys who never played a game in D.C. doesn’t sit right with me.
Expos Who? Nationals Should Honor D.C. First – DC SB Nation
Still waiting for Frank Robinson Day – Nationals Enquirer
Nationals honor Andre Dawson, a Washington baseball icon? – Daily Pitch, USA Today