Andre Dawson dusted off the Expos beach ball cap one more time and was honored by the crowd in Washington DC tonight. The Hall of Famer got emotional watching the tribute to his career and the crowd was respectful and cheered.
But most of them were there to see Stephen Strasburg.
You see Strasburg plays for Washington... Dawson never did. In fact Dawson never played a big league game that counted IN Washington.
He played the bulk of his career for the Expos... who moved from Montreal to Washington.
The tributes have been many for The Hawk. The Marlins (his current employer) has honored him already and in August he will have his own day at Wrigley Field. (Hopefully they will retire his #8 there.)
But he went into the Hall of Fame as an Expo and became a superstar in Montreal.
Yeah his knees were banged up there and he became a national figure when he moved to Wrigley... but that doesn't excuse the fact that he should take his bows in front of the French Canadian fans whom he played his guts out for.
And there is a way to do it.
Montreal doesn't have a baseball team anymore... and it is sad because that team produced a lot of great players and as I have said before, I miss the Expos.
But they DO have a hockey team. And that hockey team has a crazed following. And it is safe to say if you are a Canadien fan of a certain age, you probably have fond memories of the Expos of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
When the Canadiens start their season, they should do the right thing.
They should bring out the Hawk and have him do that strange honorary first puck drop before one of their first games.
It would be the fitting farewell to his year long victory lap and closure to his Expos career that ended in collusion after the 1986 season.
One more time, Montreal. VIVE LE FAUCON!