Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Fans: Make Yourselves Useful

This guy

desperately needs us. What can we do to help him?

Three seasons ago, a group of women from the Red Sox Fan Forum (self-nicknamed the BOSTONS* and including the sistahs) started a tradition of "showering" a struggling Red Sox player with postcards carrying encouraging messages. The idea was to try to counteract the booing that slumping players receive at the ballpark by producing a wave of postcards over a short span of time. Each recipient was chosen, carefully and selectively, to receive ten postcards from each BOSTONS lady. Red Sox Chick has more background.

We haven't yet done a postcard shower this season, and I suggested to the sistahs earlier today that Matt Clement's current situation is the very sort the postcard showers were designed to address. Clement has had a rough season, with his last two starts being especially difficult as detailed in these two recent columns by Boston area sportswriters.

As readers of this blog, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to join us in sending 10 postcards to

Matt Clement
c/o Boston Red Sox
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215

and to get them in the mail no later than Tuesday, June 6. That will get the postcards to the ballpark in time for the team's brief homestand against Texas on June 9, 10, and 11. They can be picture postcards, funny postcards, whatever you like. The message should be simple. Don't ask for anything in return; you don't even have to sign your name. I sign my postcards simply, "One of the BOSTONS" and leave it at that.

Right now, the Red Sox need pitching help. Roger Clemens isn't coming back. David Wells' future is uncertain at best. A double-A pitcher is slated to start tomorrow night. Matt Clement's success is the team's success. If you love this team, do your part to help him.

(*BOSTONS = Babes Offering Support To Our Needed Sox)


Michael Leggett said...

I have put that message in with a link to your blog!

Go Sistahs-Go Matt.

Anonymous said...

Great idea, I'm sure Clement will appreciate it

Emmie said...

I sent 5 postcards. I'm going to the make up game on Saturday, and Clement is scheduled to pitch! I'll keep my fingers crossed for him and the Sox, but I know the postcards will mean a lot to him.

Michael Leggett said...

I have just added this blog as a link on my blog, with the title of "Great Women Red Sox Fans Who are NOT Doris Kearns Goodwin Thank Goodness"

Brenken said...

Michael, the Doris Kearns Goodwin comment is funny even though she is a good baseball fan. Her book about growing up as a Dodger fan was very interesting. I would never have purchased it but it was given to me so I had to read it.