I am sure on that day Matt had many things going through his mind. He was close to September 1 and hoping for a call up. Another chance to prove that he could have value to the big league team. Instead he was moved off the 40 man to make room for Cody Ross. There was a chance he would be claimed, but many thought the chance was almost non-existent. A 26-year-old utility infielder? Who would risk a spot on the roster for a guy like that in September? As we all know, my son was claimed by the Houston Astros.
I am sure on that day Matt had a lot on his mind. Was he destined to stay in 3A forever? Did he have a career in MLB? What was his future going to be? Instead of contemplating his future, he was following through on a promise made to a fan.
During the last series between the Reno Aces and Fresno Grizzlies, Mrs. nvsfg and I were chatting with Matt prior to game time. She mentioned that she treasured the signed bat from last year. Matt said he wished the bat "was worth more" and she said, "it’s the only signed bat I have, so it couldn't be worth more". Now, Mrs. nvsfg is no shrinking violet, and she casually mentioned to our son that she needed a set of signed batting gloves to go with her signed bat from last year. Matt said he only had one pair with him on this trip but he would "figure something out". Mrs. nvsfg offhandedly mentioned that he could just send them in mail. He thought for a moment and said "OK, write your address down for me."
As Bill Cosby once said, "I told you that story, to tell you this one." Yesterday afternoon I was on a conference call and Mrs. nvsfg called my cell three times within a period of five minutes. I was worried something had happened to her or one of the nvsfg jrs. After I got off the call, I called her back as quickly as I could. She picks up the phone and says to me "Guess what came in the mail?" The pictures below show that Matt Downs keeps his word.
Actual name and address redacted. you guys know enough about me.
For real ?
Note postage date..and the amount due on delivery LOL
Side 1 signature
Side two signature..There actually was magic inside !
I'll miss you my son. A fine man who kept his word.