On Dec. 9, the day the Giants introduced Mark Melancon to the San Francisco media, the team tweeted out a letter from a young fan encouraging GM Bobby Evans to sign the free agent closer.
"Bobby it would be so cool if the Giants got Mark Melancon. I really really want you to go out and get him very very soon. Melancon really really needs to come to the Giants. Please offer him a big contract!!! Bobby, Please go out and get him now! Melancon needs to come to the Giants this offseason," the anonymous youngster wrote.
Nearly a month later, Melancon made an offer to the author of the letter: tickets to the Giants' home opener on Monday, April 10, 2017.
Melancon made the offer in an article posted on The Players Tribune on Tuesday.
I know the people of San Francisco care deeply about their Giants. And if there was any doubt in my mind about it, that letter a little boy sent to GM Bobby Evans telling him that “Melancon really really needs to come to the Giants,” and asking Bobby to “please go out and get him now!” sealed the deal.
That’s one of the cooler things that has happened in my career.
And now that Bobby did go out and get me, I’m looking forward to big things in the Bay Area.
I’m already counting down the days until spring training. This is going to be so much fun.
Oh, and to the little boy who wrote that letter: If you’re reading this, just know that you’ll be hearing from me soon.
I have some tickets for the home opener with your name on them.