Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, honored before Monday’s Cubs game, said the ultimate honor for him after being elected to the Hall of Fame would be to have his No. 8 Cubs jersey retired.
“It’s a huge gesture and honor,” Dawson said. “It would be most appreciated. I guess [that would mean] I’ve finally arrived. Cause, for me, this was home.”
Dawson, who spent six years in a Cubs uniform, was informed by the Hall last spring that his plaque in Cooperstown would depict him as a Montreal Expo rather than the Cubs’ cap he requested.
“I owe an awful lot the people of Montreal, but [Chicago] always jumps up when I thought about my baseball career,” Dawson said. “Retiring my number [would be] an honor for me to be able to experience that and to see it happen because of what this organization represents and the following it has around the world. That would be a huge honor and gesture on their part and for me personally.”
Dawson also addressed the fans’ role and how they might feel if the Cubs decide to retire No. 8.
“Most definite,” Dawson said of the fans importance in his career. “Cause as much as it [entering the Hall as a Cub] didn’t happen, that’s what I really wanted. It was more so for the Cubs’ fans and their admiration and support from Day 1 and how that transpired over a six-year period.”
At this time the Cubs have no plans to retire Dawson’s number. Team owner Tom Ricketts along with his brother Todd and sister Laura presented Dawson with gifts before Monday’s game – including a No. 8 off the Wrigley Field score board, and a designer watch.