I would like to clear something up with you, if that's all right.
Now, I haven't had the chance to go to Yankees Stadium yet this year, but rumor has it that you've not been accorded the reception from Yankees fans that you deserve, on account of a number.
I would like to make it clear that the minority of fans who probably don't know the difference between Roberto Clemente and Roger Clemens don't speak for the Yankees or their fan base as a whole. They are a gross embarrassment to a great city and a great franchise, and one hopes, in time, they'll learn.
Now don't get me wrong; most of us love Paul O'Neill and the heart he gave to the Dynasty Teams of the 1990s, but that pales in comparison to everything Roberto Clemente did off the field, and the intention to honor him is more than admirable.
I don't know you personally, but--everything you seem to have done thus far--from comforting Scott Patterson in the clubhouse, to walking around in a "JOBA RULES" t-shirt, to being the only member of the Colorado Rockies to wear 42 on Jackie Robinson Day last year shows that you are a man of true character, and if there were more guys like you, the world would be a much better place.
Now, if we can do something about that Yankee Stadium ERA...
Wednesday, April 16, 2008