Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Source: Dawson prefers to go into Hall as a Cub

UPDATE: According to ESPN, Dawson sent a text message to the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday saying that the Hall of Fame will announce today that Dawson will enter the Hall as an Expo, not a Cub. Very disappointing.

This according to the Tribune.

It's a tough call from the Hall's perspective. On the one hand, Dawson played his first 11 seasons with the Expos, winning Rookie of the Year in 1977. He also hit 225 of his 438 career home runs and drove in 838 of his 1,591 career RBI with Montreal.

On the other hand, you have a player who was treated poorly by the Expos when he became a free agent after the 1986 season. Allegedly, he wanted so badly to play for the Cubs that he presented Cubs GM Dallas Green with a blank check and said he'd play for whatever Green thought was fair (in the end, he earned $650,000). He played six seasons in Chicago, winning MVP on a last place team in 1987. He said at one point, "Everything was too good to be true. I could talk, mix, and have a relationship (with Cubs fans), something I had been unable to do in Montreal." And now, according to a source, Dawson would prefer to don a Cubs cap on his Hall of Fame plaque.

But it's ultimately up to the Hall. A decision could come soon, and here's hoping Dawson gets his wish.

Hat tip: Bleed Cubbie Blue

1 comment:

  1. Yes, let's hope they give him his wish .. I would love to see him in a Cubs hat for his acceptance speech.