First of all, let me congratulate you on your selection to represent the RedHawks and the Pacific Coast League in next week's AAA All-Star Game in Salt Lake City. That is truly a great honor, and I am certain that you will do the Astros organization, the RedHawks, your family and the entire state of Ohio proud on July 13.
Having said that, I would like to apologize to you and your family. Several weeks ago, a few members of your family approached me for my opinion about your chances of being in the AAA All-Star Game. Apparently, travel plans neeeded to be made. At that point in time, I was dubious of your chances and indicated that fact in my reply. I could claim that I had no idea that David Carpenter, who you are replacing as the RedHawks representative, would be promoted to Houston. I could use the excuse that I was unaware that each team was guaranteed a representative.
However, these excuses will ring hollow if I have caused your family to miss your all-star appearance. I can only hope in this instance, they didn't listen to me.
Congratulations again with sincere apologies,
Poet Laureate (and sometime mistake maker) of the Farmstros Village