We Look Towards Asheville

Dear Ms. Sam Fischer [Director of Marketing & Fan Relations; Asheville Tourists]:

I was wondering if you had any Thirsty Thursday shirts that were not online. The minor league season would really start off on the correct note it I had a Thirsty Thursday shirt to wear under my Down East Wood Ducks “Woodies” jersey. You see, even though I am a California League fan because of where I live, I have a strong affinity for Carolina baseball.

About six years ago I had the pleasure of visiting McCormick Field for a Tourists’ game and purchased a “Thirsty Thursday” t-shirt because I am a huge proponent for Thirsty Thursdays in the California League. I can remember when Thirsty Thursdays mean $1.00 pitchers of Coors’ Light in the Beer Gardens of Fiscalini Field in San Bernardino at the San Bernardino Spirit games. Those days are long gone, but since Asheville claimed to be the first city to have Thirsty Thursdays, I purchased a t-shirt to wear with pride at Cal League games, even though that claim is hotly debated across North America.

The shirt never really fit correctly. I mean is a very nice shirt, and I still have it because I could never throw away Thirsty Thursday, but it was too tight in the shoulders and really didn’t flow smoothly over the stomach. I never felt comfortable wearing it. I was hoping to purchase another one today, but I do not see any Thirsty Thursday shirts in your online inventory. This caused a bit of bitter disappointment, but I am used to such things as a lifelong minor league road warrior, so it passed rather quickly.

I am traveling to the Carolinas this summer because Wade Howell [Vice President; Down East Ducks and Hickory Crawdads] has invited me to throw out a first pitch, which is kind of an esteemed honor, even though my teenage children seem to think it is something to bust my chops about. I also plan on visiting Austin Schwartz [Vice President, Sales & Marketing; Fayetteville Woodpeckers] and sit in a luxury box with him at the ‘Peckers new stadium while pounding bourbon like real minor league executives do.

Hopefully, Asheville will be a stop on our family roadtrip. McCormick Field and the city of Asheville have fond places in my heart, even though I once dated a girl from there who left me on the side of the interstate in Texas. Live and learn though, right? I will try on any merchandise at your fine stadium before I purchase it though to ensure there is no uncomfortable grabbing.

Thank you for your time in this matter. I know you are busy with the start of the season just around the corner. May the Tourists be blessed with a warm April because a minor league team can never capture lost attendance in the early months.

Your friend in baseball,

PS: I am digging your Moon Mascot. It makes me want to howl.

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