Being a big sports fan I came across this article about Alex Rodriguez today. I don’t have much in common with a man who has a $275 million 10-year contract. I think he’s a great player, but was disappointed when I heard he was using illegal PED (performance enhancing drugs). What intrigued me most about the article was his handwritten letter “to the fans”. I was like, “Oh cool, his own writing, but then remembered when I was a teacher (not English, remember that when you read my blog, ha!) and sometimes when students were misbehaving we’d pull out a copy of a paper that talked about being respectful and have them copy this sentence or paragraph and write it x number of times until the bell rang. I didn’t do this often as it was just a waste of time. My point is, did Alex Rodriquez write this? Did he sit down and really think about what to write or did his agent or lawyers sit a paper down next to him and suggest he copy it? I’m no copywriter, but I would have liked the letter more if it read, “To my wonderful and amazing fans”…”to the fans” seemed so disconnected.
My blog, letters just because … what does that even mean? Did he write a letter “just because” he wanted to try and save face for using illegal PED. Did he write a letter because he wanted to put pen to paper and be honest and let the words truly come from his heart? I have a hard time with people doing things until they get caught. Not saying he’s right or wrong by writing the letter. Will it make an impact for his upcoming $27.5 million year salary?
I could go on and on about this, but I believe actions speak louder than words. I need to take action on writing some thank you notes. Below are note cards I had designed from my lovely friend Karin. Don’t think I posted these before, but she’s ramping up her website now so I will have to post later when we can hopefully purchase cards straight from her site.
Happy writing the rest of the week~J