by Tom Sommers
Feb. 23, 1993
Owner-Stables Hogs Softball Team
It has come to my attention that the Hogs have not
received jerseys in three out of the last four years, with the last time being
in 1990. Normally I would let the
Team Jersey Chairman, Rich Rock handle this matter, but unfortunately, he has
been ineffective in this role. I
decided to become personally involved because of the potential negative effects
on team morale, and the negative effects on my ability to recruit the new young
talent that is needed to keep the Hogs a dominant force for the remainder of the
millennium. How am I going to
recruit new talent such as a Doug Warner when they have to pay $55 and don't
even get a jersey?
My other concern relates directly to the mystique of the
Stables Hogs. One of our major
claims to fame is that all players wear the same number, a precedent you set in
1981 with our first jerseys. More
and more players don't have a #14 to wear during games.
Some of our veteran players have had problems with their jerseys
shrinking, and none of our new rookies from the last two years even own a #14.
How can we expect talent like Craig Bender and Bruce Dayton to continue
playing without ever receiving a jersey?
No new jerseys for the last two years has resulted in
considerable talk among the players of previously unthinkable options such as:
Walters Hogs Meadowbrook Hogs
Hogs R Us
Now I don't want to fan the flames with this letter, but
I don't think I can control the revolt if we go three consecutive years without
jerseys. The situation is
especially critical this year, our 14th Anniversary Campaign.
And let's not forget about our bar performance.
As the graph below indicates, the Hogs really deliver the bar appearances
when we get jerseys. I can only
imagine what the combined effect of new jerseys and the new ambiance of the
Stables will have, but there is little doubt that we would break the bar
appearance records set in 1990.
Coach and General Manager