It’s a silly thing. So geekily internetty (but, heck, you’re all on the internet too, aren’t you?)…but here goes.
The day after Johnny Damon signed with the Yankees, a story came out about Tim "spreading holiday cheer". I wrote about it here. Someone started a thread about "Why We Love Tim Wakefield". We all chimed in about how great a person Tim is and how solid he’s been for the team. Over the course of the thread, someone brings up that Johnny was on the Red Sox.com banner and now since there is an empty space, Wake should be put on the banner since he represented the best of the Red Sox in an all around way.
Well, as happens in these threads, more and more people added to it. The thread kept getting bumped with some messages saying nothing more than "put Wake on the banner". Convinced that no one was paying attention, a bunch of us decided to start sending the Red Sox emails to get Wake put on the banner.
This has been going on for a month…and we keep bumping the threads about Wake…and we hadn’t heard anything. Until today. Today, a very cool guy named Mike who works as a Fenway Ambassador, emailed me (and a couple of other people) with the following:
I want to thank you for your suggestion and for your efforts to get your suggestion heard. All of us in the Front Office have been proud of his work both on the field and in the community during his years in Boston, and it would be our pleasure to help you have him recognized for what he has been throughout his tenure in Boston; a model player and citizen.
Thanks again for your suggestion!
Mike (I’m editing out his last name)
That made me happy. I mean, hey, someone paid attention and that was good enough. Little did I know, how much they paid attention. A few hours later I received this email:
I just wanted to let you know that Tim Wakefield is now up and prominently placed on our redsox.com banner. This was accomplished, in great part, to your email and those like yourself who wrote in to suggest his inclusion. So, thanks for your suggestion!
Mike (Editing his name again)
I mean come ON. How often does something this cool happen? Okay, it isn’t some mind-blowing, life-altering incident. But it’s special And it means a lot to a lot of people.
Power to the little people. Thanks so much, Mike, MLB and Advanced Media!