The Tampa Bay Rays’ contribution to the It Gets Better campaign.
If Sam Fuld and Joe Maddon tell you something, then you better believe it’s true.
Sam Fuld keeps an eye to the dugout.
Rays walk off, August 10, 2011
Photo by Jason Behnken, The Tampa Tribune
So here’s the deal: My 13 year-old sister and I are big Tampa Bay Rays fans, but we live in Kentucky. I know what you’re thinking, “Rays fans in Kentucky?” Yeah, that’s a long story for another post hahah. Anyway, her favorite player is Sam Fuld. Let me tell you how much she loves Sam: She follows him religiously on Twitter, her only reason for watching the Home Run Derby was to see him speak for 2 minutes on ESPN, she’s practically memorized his Wikipedia bio, she’s now a regular customer at the card shop in town, where they know her as “Sam Fuld” because she harassed them for so long begging them to find his rookie card, which they did. She’s now an avid baseball card collector and a stat/box score nerd. When Sam was caught cussing on tv, she was laughing and proclaimed that she still loved him, even if he had a colorful vocabulary. When Desmond Jennings was brought up and replaced Fuld in the lineup, she hated Jennings. To this day, she still says rooting for Jennings is bittersweet. She searches the tv schedule for any Rays games that might be airing, because the Rays didn’t come up to Cincinnati this year, and she has wanted Sam Fuld’s autograph forever.
Weeks ago, she got the idea to mail Sam a baseball with a letter asking for his autograph. Her plan was that she would pay for the return postage, mail the package to Tropicana Field (where the Rays play), and all Mr. Fuld would have to do is sign the ball, and put it back in the mail, and it wouldn’t cost him anything except the 10 seconds it would take to pick up the Sharpie in the box and sign the ball.
So days and weeks had passed, and she was discouraged that her plan didn’t work. She had pretty much decided if it didn’t come back sometime this week, then she would give up hope of ever getting it back in the mail. Well today, in the mail, was a package addressed to her, and in it was the ball, and on the ball was Sam Fuld’s autograph. I thought she was going to cry hahah. I have never seen one person get so excited about one autograph. It was awesome. It’s just proof that sports are amazing, and that Sam Fuld is a class act.