Twitter poll: Should Nats honor Andre Dawson?

On Wednesday, I asked a question to my Twitter followers: Do you think the Nationals should honor Andre Dawson for going into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year?

Of the 30 people who responded, 20 felt Dawson should be honored by the Nationals, while 10 felt the team shouldn’t acknowledge him because he never played in Washington. Dawson was a member of the Expos from 1976 to 1986.  

Here’s what “The Hawk”  had to say when asked if the Nationals should honor him. 

“That would be a decision they would have to make,” Dawson said Wednesday. “I really don’t know how to answer that other than I would be honored and thrilled [if they did]. That would be up to them.”

Here’s what some of the Twitter followers had to say:

@cristomac24: He was an Expo. The Nats used to be the Expos.

@alexander_swann: Of course, the Nats should honor Andre. The Expos alumni need a home. 

@frostyeod: He is a heritage player. He should have a plaque at Nationals Park 

@ajfroemming: As a kid who grew up as a Cubs fan, I love the Hawk, but this is a different team in DC. I would rather honor Harmon Killebrew.

@RoscoeNats: Absolutely, the Nats should honor Andre Dawson and the Expos. They’re not alienating Senators fans by doing it.

@cnichols14: I do — out of respect for the franchise. I think I am in the minority, though.

@doubleuefwhy: He never played here. Let the Cubs and Montreal Canadiens honor Dawson.

@federalbaseball: Honoring Dawson would be a nice gesture for Expos fans, but I doubt the Nats will do it.

@murber74: No. I know it’s controversial among Nats fans, but he never played for the Washington Nationals.

@JonathanGrella: I love “The Hawk,” but no. He has as much connection to D.C. fans as Ryan Zimmerman does to Montreal fans. Honor Dawson where he played.

@gofish128: The Marlins are honoring him and he only played for them for two seasons.

3 Comments

Do the Twins honor Walter Johnson? I don’t know. Do the Rangers honor Frank Howard? Maybe. He played there part of one year.

I was born and raised in the District and missed baseball for 33 seasons. this is nothing against Andre Dawson, but why would he be honored in D.C. when he never played a game here. In fact, his entire 21-year career took place when D.C. was without a team.

WHEN THE MY FAVORITE TEAM LEFT DC IN 71… MY FAVORITE PLAYER DEL UNSER ENDED UP WITH THE EXPOS SOME 2 OR 3 YEARS LATER..I AM FROM AND LIVE IN WASH DC….ALWAYS LOVE MY EXPOS…DAWSON REPLACE UNSER IN CENTERFIELD….YES LETS HONOR THOSE PLAYERS….THERE ARE MORE TO COME….NUF SAID

I WAS A WASH FAN UNTIL THEY LEFT IN 71..MY FAVORITE PLAYER WAS WITH THE EXPOS ABOUT 3 YEARS LATER…(DEL UNSER) DAWSON REPLACE HIM IN CF…YES LETS HONOR ALL THE EXPOS PLAYERS FOR THERE ARE MORE TO COME..BEEN AN EXPOS FAN SINCE THE MID 70’S…SO ASK…

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