At one point just a few years ago, Cubs All-Time greats Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson, and Billy Williams were all with different organizations. Now in 2018, all three Cubs greats are reunited within the Cubs organization treated like a family.
Billy Williams has been with the Cubs for quite some time now, but Ryno and the “Hawk” have been added over the past few years, most recently Dawson ahead of this season. If you remember, Sandberg was the manager in Philadelphia for 3 seasons and was let go. The Ricketts family brought him back in right after ahead of the 2015 season. Dawson was with the Marlins organization for over 20 seasons but departed after Derek Jeter taking over giving him a diminished role. Just like Sandberg, the Ricketts brought back the legend Andre Dawson.
All three threw out the first pitch ahead of the Cubs 2018 Home Opener against Pittsburgh and it was like nothing changed from their playing career. Sandberg and Dawson played together on the Cubs for 6 years and are finally back together. It’s great to see these three back within the Cubs organization for probably the last stop in their post-baseball careers.
Now we only wish that “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks was still alive for this great time to be a Cubs fan.