INDIANAPOLIS - The commercial was more than a statement for just a paid advertiser.
In a spot for the State Farm insurance company, there is a clip former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood walking along the warning track at Wrigley Field. The premise of the spot was his ability to find random things in the famous Ivy which covers the outfield walls at the 98-year old venue.
Among the things he find is Andre Dawson. Yes, the outfielder who patrolled left field for six seasons in Chicago, who was pulled from the vines by Wood in full Cubs gear.
It might have been just to add a spot of humor to the add, but in many ways the image symbolized a score a seasons played by "The Hawk" in major league stadiums across the country.
Cronic knee injuries never took him out of the game, a last place team didn't keep him from winning an MVP, nor did time keep him from playing Major League Baseball for 20 seasons.
Its that statistic, beyond his 438 homers, eight All-Star appearance and same number of Gold Gloves that stood out to Dawson as he stood on Indianapolis' Victory Field on Saturday.
"At the very outset I was told that reoccuring knee conditions I would be lucky I would play four years," said Dawson of the pride he had of staying in the game for so long. "I didn't think I had anything to prove but I knew I had a god given talent and a blessing.
"For me the thing was to enjoy it and make the most of it."
That was proven in 2010 when Dawson was elected and inducted to baseball's Hall of Fame in Coooperstown, New York. He was in town as part of the Faith and Fellowship night at Victory Field and covered a variety of topics in an interview on Saturday afternoon.
Click on the video above to watch the discussion with Dawson.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun