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The Nationals will honor Andre Dawson’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame when they face the Florida Marlins on Tuesday evening.
One of the greatest players in Montreal Expos history, Dawson will be recognized throughout the evening with the help of former Expo and Hall of Famer Gary Carter.
Dawson and Carter are the only two players in the Hall of Fame to represent the Nationals/Expos franchise. The Nationals will also honor other Hall of Famers with ties to Washington’s baseball heritage by unveiling a Hall of Fame Ring of Honor on the concrete façade above the PNC Diamond Club.
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.