Major League Baseball superstar Andre Dawson was known as "The Hawk" in a stellar 21-season career with the Expos, Cubs and more. But, Dawson didn't know what life after pro ball would look like. Today, the Hall of Famer - who brought legions of fans to their feet in his day - owns and operates a funeral home in Florida. It's an unexpected turn for a famous athlete, but get to know him - as ESPN's Peter Keating did - and you see how Dawson's unflagging spirit on the field translates to a life shepherding families through grief. Keating tells us about Dawson's work, including what it's like to bury members of his community amid the pandemic.
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Jesse Rogers talks to Buster about his interview with Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, including why Rogers believes Ricketts doesn't have a lot cash of on-hand, the near future for the team with big contract decisions looming, the 18-month problem for baseball, and why owners and players should keep their mouths shut (2:03).
If the baseball season ever starts, these players, managers and execs will have a lot of work to do -- and not much time to do it.
Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts briefly addressed comments made by his brother Pete Ricketts, the governor of Nebraska who apologized today for choosing his words 'poorly' in addressing African-American leaders in his state on Monday. Tom said he talked to Pete on Monday night: "He is a very respectful person and if he offended anyone I'm sure he did not mean to.”
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said most MLB teams' yearly revenue goes right back into the team and that "the league itself does not make a lot of cash."
Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts on the activity/protests around Wrigley Field: "Our collective heart goes out to everyone who's been affected by the events over the past few days in Chicago. Terrible circumstances led to the things we've seen in the city. We support all the peaceful protesters and their right to gather and make their voices heard. Hopefully, we'll be able to work with some neighborhoods who have been impacted. We're going to redouble our efforts."
Jeff Passan joins Buster to dive into the weeds on the MLBPA's return-to-play proposal sent to the owners (4:09). The guys discuss what the reaction will be from the owners, deferrals as a fig leaf from the players, at-risk players sitting out and still getting paid, doomsday scenarios for baseball, and the key figures that could lead the sides to a middle ground. Plus, Sarah Langs home run chase of '98 and the 17 pitchers that allowed home runs to Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa (32:00).
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Andre Dawson's second act differs dramatically from his days on the baseball field. The former Cubs and Expos star is the owner of a funeral parlor that, like the rest of the world, is grappling with grief and uncertainty amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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"There's going to be a little bit of a new normal for being a sports fan" & social distancing's a must, says Chi. Pub. Health Commssr. Dr. Allison Arwady of MLB/other restarts. "That probably means not traveling along with your team, not getting together in your bar, not doing a lot of the things that make sports in our pre-COVID experience fully the experience they are, but I still think it'll be worth it." Re: MLB, see: https://twitter.com/TJQuinnESPN/status/1262778863052087306?s=20
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Charles Barkley joins Buster to talk about why hitting a pitch is the most difficult thing to do in sports, being starstruck by Willie Mays and Hank Aaron, calling Mike Trout and Patrick Ewing after he got his coronavirus test results, Tim Kurkjian's basketball skills, going to Auburn the same time as Bo Jackson, people not understanding how hard it is to win, and his love for Max Scherzer (16:56). Plus, Kiley McDaniel on Blake Snell's comments, who he projects to be the top three picks in the draft and the prospect of scouts being laid off after the draft (5:11).
Dan Shulman talks to Buster about calling play-by-play for big baseball moments. The guys discuss the air being sucked out of Wrigley in the Bartman game, calling Sunday Night Baseball when Osama Bin Laden was killed, David Freese's heroic World Series game six, the good and the bad of the Jose Bautista bat flip game, and being stuck in an elevator when Joe Carter won the World Series (17:57). Plus, ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers on the players' reaction the MLB's proposed plan to play, and the current animosity between players and owners as this is sorted out (2:20).
Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti talks to Buster about how CC Sabathia nearly landed with the Dodgers, trading for Andrew Miller, how the 9th inning of game seven in 2016 World Series was nearly postponed to the next night and the first time he saw Francisco Lindor (10:04). Plus, Sarah Langs on that game seven and the Cubs' shifting win probability throughout (4:31).