I’ve said all along this team needed to honor its past instead of trying to reinvent itself as the equivalent of an expansion franchise – it’s a great history, as is the history of baseball in DC (I particularly recommend The Washington Nationals 1859 to Today: The Story of Baseball in the Nation’s Capital for a history of baseball in DC). Well, last night the Nationals unveiled the Ring of Honor honoring Expos, Senators, and Homestead Grays players. Pulled from that link, here is the list of players honored:
-James “Cool Papa” Bell (outfielder, Homestead Grays)
-Ray Brown (pitcher, Homestead Grays)
-Gary Carter (catcher, Montreal Expos)
-Joe Cronin (shortstop, Washington Senators)
-Andre Dawson (outfielder, Montreal Expos)
-Rick Ferrell (catcher, Washington Senators)
-Josh Gibson (catcher, Homestead Grays)
-Goose Goslin (outfielder, Washngton Senators)
-Clark Griffith (executive, Washington Senators)
-Bucky Harris (manager, Washington Senators)
-Harmon Killebrew (first baseman, Washington Senators)
-Walter Johnson (pitcher, Washington Senators)
-Buck Leonard (first baseman, Homestead Grays)
-Heinie Manush (outfielder, Washington Senators)
-Cumberland Posey (executive, Homestead Grays)
-Sam Rice (outfielder, Washington Senators)
-Jud Wilson (third baseman, Homesteady Grays)
-Early Wynn (pitcher, Washington Senators)
So, no Frank Howard yet, but I have to imagine he makes it. Andre Dawson’s induction and the honoring of his entry to the HOF was very emotional.
Oh, and hey, how about two legends meeting up again?
Oh, and we got one other nice item: Nationals in Expos hats!
So, yeah, Strasburg got spanked, but it wasn’t all for naught. Great moment. Very classy, Nats.