As a life long Royals fan, who is only 27 years old so I've seen the bad and not much good that I can remember, I would like to thank you for your service to our hometown team. You have done everything that is asked of you and we haven't heard more than a whisper out of you for the past three seasons. I don't mean that as a negative, as many sports stars these days seem to think they have more rights than other human beings. Growing up playing second base all of my life, I have a soft spot in my heart for people of the same position. I will tell you that my favorite player of all time is Craig Biggio and you have all of the same qualities that he was famous for. Your uniform was usually dirty by the end of the game, you routinely stretched singles to doubles and went first to third as often as possible, always thinking "team first" in your approach at the plate, and not getting a big head when things were going well.
In my professional life, not as a baseball player since I wasn't that good, I have seen many instances of unprofessionalism. I am starting to think that not very many people even know the meaning of the word anymore. You are the perfect professional on and off the field. Granted, I do not know you off the field, but not hearing your name in the papers is a good sign. You are someone that kids playing little league should look up to and use as an example of how to act and how to give your best.
I would also like to thank you for your parting gift of a sandwich pick in next years draft if you do not accept arbitration. As much as I would love to see you playing for us again next year, I understand that you do not have many chances to win a ring and you should do what you have to do to put yourself in that position. Since it is not realistic to believe that the Royals have a great shot to win it all next year, you will probably go elsewhere. I have to think that since the Royals are in a financial crunch, they would not have offered you arbitration, which would net you about $5 million, if they thougth you would accept. Since this is the case, and this may not be true, I have to think that you and Dayton had some talks before arbitration was offered, and you told him you would decline, thus giving us the pick while not hurting your chances to sign with another team, since it will not cost them a draft pick.
Thank you again for all you have done for this team, for our city and for the game of baseball. I hope that you will be back to play for us next year, but if that does not happen, I wish you all the success you strive for in the remaining years of your career and in your life afterwards. Maybe you can work in the Royals front office when you are done, huh?