Coco Crisp’s return to the Cleveland Indians makes a fan happy — nine years later
SEPT. 16 UPDATE: Upon returning from the team’s road trip to Minnesota and Chicago, Coco signed a ball for Spencer:
Remember @spenny216, who nine years ago wrote to us asking to reacquire Coco?
Coco signed a ball for him. 👍🏻⚾️ pic.twitter.com/BgQeOPhlTP
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) September 16, 2016
A colleague was sifting through an old pile of stuff in our library at Progressive Field recently and stumbled upon the letter below:
Stumbled upon this gem about @Coco_Crisp from 2007…
This kid may have been onto something. pic.twitter.com/qnuzS4KK3e
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) September 13, 2016
Given Coco Crisp’s recent return to the club, we couldn’t believe our good fortune in timing!
So we called in a favor from the Lakewood School District to see if they could help connect us with ol’ Spencer, and sure enough — voila! We talked to him on Tuesday.
“I totally remember sending this. It was a project for school, a persuasive essay when I was in fifth grade. I was super into baseball as a kid, and played through my sophomore year. I was very upset when Coco and Victor left.
“A few years later, I wrote an essay for another class, wrote to Victor – someone sent me an autographed picture. Not sure where that ended up.
“When the Indians got Coco back, it rang a couple bells and when you reached out I couldn’t believe you’d found this letter. Obviously I was the reason he’s back.
“My favorite part is the part about if you guys need any more advice on how to manage a team, I could help.”
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond