8/30 The Hawk & the deal
Most Cubs fans know the story about how Andre Dawson joined the team. He offered general manager Dallas Green a blank contract. Does Dawson think there will ever be another player who will do the same?
“No, absolutely not,” said Dawson, who needed to get out of Montreal and the artificial turf because of the strain it put on his knees.
He felt the Expos “slapped him in the face” when their best offer was a $200,000 cut in pay after 10 seasons. When the Cubs offered $500,000, he knew it was something they expected him to turn down. But he didn’t.
“They made the mistake of making me an offer,” Dawson said of the Cubs, “because I was going to stand up to it. If [GM Dallas Green] had put $100,000 in, I would’ve played that year for $100,000 because it was a situation where I wanted the game to be fun for me again. I wouldn’t have enjoyed the game going back on those terms.”
— Carrie Muskat