Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mr. Neukom writes back!



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Here's my original letter.

He wrote me back! I wasn't sure I'd get a personal reply. I thought I might get the old "Dear Valued Customer" routine, but I got an actual letter on French vanilla stationery (with embossed Giants logo) with The Man's actual signature. Oh, I've no doubt one of the minions processed my note and printed the reply, but they must have at least waved it under the Big Fella's nose. I mean, I made his "in box." How cool is that?

Here's the complete text if the image is unreadable. Sorry for the poor quality, its the best my scanner can do. Hey, computer-savvy guys out there: suggestions for how to display this item for consumption on the blog are most welcome!


Dear Mr. O'Connor:

Thank you for taking the time to write your thoughts about the San Francisco Giants. It is always interesting to hear what our fans are thinking, whether it be in the form of praise or constructive criticism.

Your passion for the Giants is shared by all of us here in the Giants' front office. Be assured that we continually look for ways to improve and a winning team is always at the top of our objective list. (emphasis mine)

Sincerely,

William H. Neukom

Charitable translation: "we're working on it."

Uncharitable translation: "piss off, mate."

What say, me buckos? Are you "reassured?"

(update 1900 PST: 7-1 Yanks after five, looks like 2009 is over)

5 comments:

Zo said...

Dear Mr. O'Connor:

Thank you for taking the time to write your thoughts about the San Francisco Giants. It is always interesting to hear what our fans are thinking, whether it be in the form of praise or constructive criticism, and it is our sincere hope that this translates into massive purchases of Giants, LLC MLB approved merchandise as well as expensive game tickets.

Your passion for the Giants is shared by all of us here in the Giants' front office. Be assured that we continually look for ways to improve and a winning team (in terms of ability to grow revenues) is always at the top of our objective list. To the extent that can be accomplished by a winning team, so much the better!

Yours in unity of a vision of the Giants future,

William H. Neukom

Bob said...

Dear Mr. O'Connor,
Whadda ya think? We're the fuckin' Yankees?
Sincerely
Nuke

Theo said...

Credit to the Giants for the personal response, but sadly Mr. Neukom's sentiments ring hollow. He has once has already referred to the 2009 season as a 'winning year.'

The language this organization uses isn't going to be the determining factor in them making the playoffs or somehow, miraculously, winning a World Series.

Still, I guarantee the Yankees don't use words like 'competitive,' 'winning,' or 'contend.' They have one solitary goal — a championship.

The Yankees aren't the only one's either. I'd imagine it's the same in Boston, LA (and Anaheim), Philli, maybe even Detroit and St. Louis.

The Giants don't.

Last February Larry Baer was on KNBR with the Ralph and Tom. Ralph was belaboring the Mark Tiexiera contract. Baer responded by asking Ralph if he wanted the Giants to get into a bidding war with the Yankees. Of course that's what we want! Your in the same sport as them, vying for the same talent and allegedly striving for the same thing.

This organization has tabled the idea of winning in favor of pacifying the casual fan. And they'll get away with it too because we're all addicted, we're all lifers. Besides, what else are we going to do, watch the A's?

M.C. O'Connor said...

We certainly can't watch the A's.

But we have to do something, don't we?

The question is . . . what? What can be done? They have us by the short hairs and we'll all just have to go along with whatever version of a ballclub they throw out there.

I think they expect us to be thankful we aren't the Pirates or the Royals.

Theo said...

I don't know what to do, other than hitting them where it hurts - the bottom line.

They do expect us to be thankful that we're not the Pirates or the Royals. Yet, they are very quick to remind us that they're not the Yankees, Red Sox and Mets. Instead they wish they were the Rays.

It reminds me of John York saying that the 'Niners model should be the Philadelphia Eagles. Really? The team with 5 rings should be emulating the Eagles? Now, because of one random, lucky season the Giants want to follow the same formula of an expansion team with one post-season appearance.