Dawson: Hall of Fame's Cap Choice a 'Punch in Gut'

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Dawson: Hall of Fame's Cap Choice a 'Punch in Gut'


For weeks it's been obvious to everyone, especially Andre Dawson, that the Hall of Fame would pick an Expos cap for his plaque.

But listening to his voice Wednesday morning, it was clear that Dawson was more upset than he thought he'd be upon finally hearing the Hall's decision.

"It's not a surprise. I think we all knew this was the decision," Dawson said by phone from his home in South Florida. "It's still very disappointing.

"I'm mostly disappointed for Cubs fans. I wanted this for them, more than anything else. I wanted them to be able to have this, and I want them to know I wanted to go in as a Cub. It wasn't my choice."

Dawson will never know for certain, but he believes reports that the Cubs would retire his jersey if he went into the Hall of Fame as a Cub probably cost him the chance to be a Cub in Cooperstown.

The Hall had indicated to Dawson from the start that it was likely going to be Montreal, but while pausing to consider his preference, just the hint of a quid pro quo with the Cubs may have sealed the deal.

"I think they disapproved of that discussion of the Cubs retiring my jersey if I wore a Cubs hat," Dawson said. "I don't think they liked that at all. I think the Cubs felt they had some leverage here, but that wasn't the case."

Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson told Dawson he was concerned about the integrity of the process and protecting the history of the game.

In Idelson's defense, players in the past have sold their cap preference to the highest-bidding team, so about 10 years ago they took away the choice from the inductee.

"Idelson was apologetic about taking so long," Dawson said. "He said it disturbed him that he couldn't give me my preference, which he knew was Chicago.

"I'll tell you what though: It felt terrible when he told me. It was a punch in the gut. …

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