Monday, January 09, 2006

 

Hall of Fame results announced today.

Here's a plug for my two favorite Cubs players (and I've been a fan for many, many years): Bruce Sutter and Andre Dawson. I was happy when Ryne Sandberg made it last year, but these two guys also deserve it.

Sutter was absolutely unhittable in 1977 (look at the stats for that year if you don't believe me) and overall he had a solid career (even after he was traded to the Cardinals by the very short-sighted Wrigley people). Bruce Sutter and Jack Brickhouse and Lou Boudreau and Wrigley Field before lights. Those were the days!

Andre Dawson. Where to begin? The first time I ever sat in the bleachers at Wrigley was his first season with the Cubs. Just watching him play catch between innings was impressive. He had a cannon for an arm, and played the game with everything he had, which in Montreal was enough to ruin his knees. But he played 6 seasons in Chicago after that, and 4 other seasons in other places. If you ever saw the Sammy salaam where people would bow to Sosa in reverence, that was actually carried over from Andre Dawson. When they had Andre Dawson day at Wrigley in his last season in Baseball, I skipped work, got a bleacher ticket, and was out there in right field to wish him well. Somebody had a sign that day that said "Thanks Hawk. See you in Cooperstown." Maybe tomorrow will be the day for it.

Peace.

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