Pirates ask eight-year-old to pay for Neil Walker's autograph

Friday September 5th, 2014

An 8-year-old Pirates fan named Colin wrote an adorable letter to Pittsburgh infielder Neil Walker, who's his favorite player, asking for his autograph.

This should end with Walker giving him the autograph and everyone walking away satisfied, right? Wrong.

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Just look at the juxtaposition of the two letters: one a cute child's innocent request, the other a soul-crushing corporate directive written on company letterhead.

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It doesn't appear as if there's a minimum donation the Pirates are asking for, and it's great that the money would go to charity. But at the end of the day, Pittsburgh "crushed" the feelings of an 8-year-old kid. That's never good.


Ben Estes


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