For the last couple of years, when baseball season starts, I’ve been telling my brother “This is the year I will start writing letters to the editors. I want one of my letters published!” But I have only written one in two years. This year, it was not the beginning of the baseball season but when Jeff Kent_ one of my favorite players retired, I wanted to convey that the guy that was at the press conference was the player that I have seen for the last 4 years. Like he said on his press conference, “he rather talk to 100,000 fans than to the media”.
I cried along with Jeff watching his press conference. I remembered also that Jeff had cried at the press conference when he became a Dodger. I reminded him of this when I saw him at the last WIN baseball clinic. He smiled and said “Well, I took a look at my mother and there she was crying”.
I wrote my letter in the hopes that maybe, just maybe it would be published. Just in case, I also sent it to the Fanfeed Dodgers email address. Saturday morning I picked up the paper and started with the Sport section as I always do. All was quiet in my house but when I started reading the letters and got to MY letter, I was “OMG!” “OMG!” , I just had to wake up my brother and show it to him. He was ‘mm, ok….zzzz”.
That Saturday I headed to the stadium for “Select a Seat day”. I wanted to move my seats two seats over but they were not available. They had free Dodger Dogs, soda, peanuts & cracker jacks. Needless to say, I took the sport section with me and was telling several people there that my letter got published. One of the young Dodger embassadors said ‘was that the letter you sent us?”. She started telling some of her co-workers. I headed to the restaurant wearing my Jeff Kent jersey ready to enjoy a Dodger dog when a fan approached me saying “are you sad that he retired?”. I told him yes and I showed him my letter.my brother just rolled his eyes.
Here is my letter and the link to “letters to the editor” from the L.A. times. Skip the negatives :-).
That is the Jeff Kent I saw at WIN baseball clinics for the last four years, the guy I saw signing autographs for kids under a hot sun and advising them at Dodger Stadium. The one who looked up at me when I asked him when he was going to be reactivated so that I could reactivate him in my fantasy baseball team and apologized for being injured. The one with the wonderful smile at the baseball clinics joking with us, catching us in the bullpen, patiently taking pictures and signing autographs. The only player that has asked me for my name by saying “I am sorry, what is your name?”
I am proudly wearing my Jeff Kent jersey today.