|He’s been there for us, now we need to be there for him. Photo taken by Kelly O’Connor/sittingstill.net in 2008 and used with permission.
File under: “Now is as Good a Time as Any”.
KellyJ, one of my Sistahs and dear, dear, friends as well as being a top-notch Red Sox blogger, has decided that now is the time for the first Postcard Shower of 2009. For those not familiar with them, here’s the background:
A few years back, starting in, I believe, 2003, a group of us from the Red Sox Fan Forum decided we needed to override the constant negativity whenever a player is doing poorlyâ€¦and we got together and â€™showeredâ€™ specific players with postcards bearing positive messages. At the time, we called ourselves “The BOSTONS” (Babes Offering Support To Our Needed Sox). We even used to have a website. Hereâ€™s a blurb from it:
The BOSTONS was formed to show the guys on the team how much the fans support them. The definition of our “postcard shower” was to get at least 10 of the women to send out 10 postcards with positive messages of support written on them to the player we all agreed needed it the most.
We started in August 2003 with Todd Walker who was in the middle of his worst slump of the season.
According to the Boston Globe: “(As of September 8th) Since Todd returned to the second spot in the order Aug. 21, he is batting .333 (18 for 54) after hitting .177 in the previous 37 games” .
We BOSTONS know the truth! 🙂 By that week of August 21st Todd was already receiving his postcards!
With the players all playing so well, we decided on Kevin Millar next since he was getting a bit of a hammering from the media. Following Kevin we chose Billy Mueller and Nomar Garciaparra. Two guys doing well for most of the season â€“ both had been toying with slumps in the late stages of 2003.
We firmly believe that the vocal support of The BOSTONS was a major factor in the wonderful way the guys came through for us in 2003 and ESPECIALLY the way they came through for us in 2004 and we know that tradition will continue in 2005!
We were terribly excitable back then, eh? In any event, we’ve long since stopped being The BOSTONS but we still keep up the Postcard Showers – and Big Papi certainly could use some positive reinforcement these days. So David Ortiz has been chosen the first 2009 recipient of a Postcard Shower. Here’s KellyJ to tell you what to do:
Get or make 10 postcards and write encouraging messages. Mail them ASAP but not after Wednesday, May 20, because they hit the road again the following Monday.
c/o Boston Red Sox
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215
Simple yet effective. So get out there and show the Large Father that we have his back!