Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The best e-mail I've received in a long time

Some time ago, I blogged about buying my 78-year-old mother a device called the Mailbug, whose only purpose is to send and receive text-only e-mails. It's popular with seniors who don't have computers because it's easy to use.

She used it to send me an e-mail after tonight's games. a 6-3 Giants win over Arizona and the Padres' 2-1 victory against Los Angeles. I will share it in its entirety. You should know that she has never been to a professional baseball game, will not watch one on TV, and could not explain a single rule about the sport, which is what made this so precious.

Here it is:

To: Henry Schulman

From: Ella Schulman

Subject: Dodgers

"It looks like they can't hit a side of a barn from one foot away. It is up to the Giants to keep winning, like they are doing.


I should introduce her to Lasorda.


  1. awesome, mom! keep 'em coming!

  2. That's great! I can feel your excitement. My mom gets around her computer just fine, but for some reason this year (high-def TV? brother back home temporarily?), she's become a huge baseball fan this summer. Not that I'm complainlng, it's just so totally unexpected.

  3. After the Giants game I tuned into the Dodgers/Padres game and your mom is 100% correct. Why is it Furcal, Loney, Kemp, Blake et al seem scorch the G-Men but crawl up into the fetal position against the Padres?

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  5. Couldn't have said it better myself.

  6. Guess this answers the question of whether great baseball writers are born or trained.

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  9. Hahahahaha, yup this message is a keeper!