Dear Wade Howell [Vice President; Down East Wood Ducks and Hickory Crawdads]:
It has been a while, my friend, but I have been trotting across the globe, spreading the glory of the Wood Ducks. If you have been following for organization’s Twitter account, you have seen DEWD under the Eiffel Tower, in front of the Mona Lisa, on the Swiss Alps, in Munich’s oldest biergarten, in Vienna’s finest palaces, and at the Society of American Baseball Research convention in San Diego. Tonight I leave for Kinston, NC to throw out that first pitch later in the month. Can you feel the butterflies?
I saw on Facebook that you were awarded the Paul Harris Award because like me, you are a giver. Normally I poke fun at the Rotarians because I am involved in different service groups, but they do good work in their own way. I bet you did not know I have been kicked out of the Optimist Club twice. They believe in the glass being half full, but I believe in having a glass in each hand at all times. Still, they love me even though I do not actively participate in the activities because I am too busy giving elsewhere.
I will keep you updated from the road – right now these baseball writers demand my attention because of my magnetic personality. Sean Forman of Baseball Reference.com is sitting next to me, and he wants to bask in my aura.
Your friend in baseball,