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
By honoring Andre Dawson, Washington Nationals acknowledge complicated history – The Post
Nationals honor Andre Dawson, a Washington baseball icon? – Daily Pitch, USA Today