My own “Dear Mark” letter

December 13, 2008 | Drew Forrester

Dear Mark:

Over the last week or so, I’ve seen a variety of “open letters” written to you by fans, media members and bloggers on the world wide web.

Most of those letters are lengthy, wordy and practically reek of begging…that’s what we’ve been reduced to here in Baltimore:  BEGGING quality players to come aboard and help right our sinking ship.

Tex, my open letter to you will NOT be lengthy.  It won’t be wordy, either.  And I’m not going to beg you to come here and play baseball for the Orioles.

If you have any integrity and if you care about the Baltimore baseball community, you’ll sign here.  

I’m not going to make you sign here with some long, drawn-out, tears-running-down-my-cheek tome that tugs at your heartstrings.

If you decide that making your community better is the right thing to do, you’ll sign in Baltimore.

If you decide that helping make the baseball franchise you admired and loved growing up turn itself into a winning organization is important, you’ll sign here.

If you want to go to another team and help that team and that city prosper and leave your city and your baseball team to fend for itself, you won’t sign here.

I’m done.

If you care about Baltimore, you’ll sign here.

If you don’t, you won’t.

As Charley Eckman always said, “It’s a very simple game…”

And Chas would have also said, “If you care about Bawlmer, you’ll be here.  If not, call a cab.”