TO THE FANS
The year of 2014 was a enjoyable year in many ways.Although on April 28th I lost my brother Jim at age 58. God is still good.He now has no more pain. He was my best friend and biggest booster.
In 2014 my second book was published and released on Sept. 30th. My first signing came on Sept. 6 in my hometown of Portsmouth, Ohio with a great reception. Got a chance to see some people I had not seen in years,some friends,family,classmates and fans.
Next stop was where my career started Pittsburgh, PA at PNC Park on Sept. 13th. I knew I was respected by the fans, but they showed me beyond my dreams their respect and love for Scoop. I had to come back and did at Jerome Bettis Grille in November. Again then Fans responded. Then I came back to PirateFest at the Lawrence Convention Center. What was interesting about the PirateFest, the comments that were made. Very positive and sincere. There were many, but two I will mention:
1) I cried when you were traded. I said you were not by yourself.
2) Thank you for the memories. I said it was a pleasure and fun. The Fan said I could tell by the way you played. That said it all. Thank you Pittsburgh!!.
I had a chance to go back to Arlington. Had not been back to the Park in 20 years. The Texas Rangers organization treated me first class the whole time. I want to Thank them for their treatment, along with the book signing. Some of the “Al’s Pals” group showed up just like “Scoop’s Group” in Pittsburgh.
It paid off to hustle all the time. The Fans always got total effort. They have shown me I did.