Power Lunching with a Legend: Andre Dawson
“Cubs fans are the greatest. These are the best fans by far.” – Andre Dawson
One of the greatest baseball players in history, Andre Dawson sat down with Cubs fans for the latest “Lunch with a Legend” at Morton’s The Steakhouse in Chicago at Wacker Place. After warmly acknowledging applauds from a sea of Cubs and Dawson jerseys, “The Hawk”, discussed his storied and accolade-heavy career during the live taping of ESPN 1000′s The Waddle & Silvy Show . During the legendary lunch, the former National League Rookie of the Year (Montreal Expos) and Most Valuable Player (Chicago Cubs) answered fan questions and hung out to take pictures and autograph memorabilia.
At one point, Marc “Silvy” Silverman noticed that Dawson, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010, was wearing his World Series ring from 2003 with the Florida Marlins (they beat the Chicago Cubs in the semifinals). Silvy asked if Dawson, who currently works as a Special Assistant to the President of the Florida Marlins, felt guilty about beating the Chicago Cubs during the playoffs. Dawson admitted the toughest part was the reaction from Cubs fans.
“It was bittersweet. I couldn’t enjoy the moment because I really saw the hurt (from the Chicago Cubs fans),” recalls Dawson. “When you heard the hush that came through the ballpark and how the fans knew that it was just snatch away from them. Of course I was excited for the Florida Marlins organization. That’s where my loyalty was, but [Chicago] was a team I had followed throughout the whole season.”
Not only was Dawson one of six players to have attained 300 homeruns and 300 stolen bases for a career highlight, he redefined the meaning of a gentleman athlete and a team player. Or as Silvy likes to say: A CLASS ACT!
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