Wednesday, February 16, 2011

TTM Success!

If you, once again, consider any response from the player a success. I certainly do. Any time that I’m not ignored is a great thing in my book. Hmm. I wonder what a therapist would say about that statement. Oh well. Let’s have a look at what I received from Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

This is the third time I have received one of these form letter/official photo combinations from the Red Sox. While I like the fact that they take the time to respond to the fans, I hope it isn’t a trend. I can understand that the volume of mail that players like Pedroia or Jonathan Papelbon receive might make this an attractive option. And, since I have heard that Tim Wakefield only signs for charities, I can appreciate the effort to send back something to the fans. Hopefully, however, it’s not just an across-the-board Red Sox procedure. That would be unfortunate. I hope that people like Kevin Youkilis and will still continue to send back signed cards. (And, I’ll continue to hope he actually signs them.)

Since this is my third form letter, it’s easy to see that they are all different. They certainly do look like they are at least tailored to the particular player. I mentioned last time that Wakefield seemed wordy, while Papelbon thoughts things were “awesome” just as you’d expect. Once again, Pedroia’s personality comes though. He talks about getting on the field to play hard, and cheer hard. Whether Pedroia actually jotted the not down at some point, or at least gave some ideas, I don’t know. It might be a team staffer just making it up based on what he knows about the player. I assume the player at least approved the note…even if he didn’t actually read it.

But, it’s pretty neat. It looks nice in a binder. And, that’s really all I’m looking for. Some sort of memento of a Red Sox player.

Thank You Dustin Pedroia.


  1. How do you contact the players?


  2. I send a letter to the player (along with a SASE) in care of the team to the stadium. Depending on the time of year, obviously, either City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, or Fenway Park...assuming they player still plays for the Sox. I limit myself to active players/coaches/team personnel. I can't bring myself to track down a retired player's home address to send it there. That just feels creepy to me...although many people do it.


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