A Thanksgiving to Remember
On behalf of the Dodger organization, and all of our fans, I would like all of the men and women in the armed services, both at home and abroad, to know we are thinking of you, and praying for you during this Thanksgiving holiday. Your commitment to service, and freedom, is only bested by your bravery.
As we sit down at the table this weekend, lets all give thanks where it is most due.
Tonight, at Dodger Stadium, I joined our new general manager, Ned Colleti, and Los Angeles City Council members Ed Reyes and Eric Garcetti in handing out 500 free turkeys to pre-selected families. It felt good to help those in need. My father always used to tell my brothers and me that it doesn?t cost you a nickel to be nice to other people. We put smiles on a lot of faces, and we hope those families have a wonderful holiday.
Speaking of good Thanksgiving stories, I remember one year I was going to meet a friend for lunch a couple days before Turkey Day. While I was waiting, I decided to get my shoes shined. A lady named Betty was doing the shining, and while she brushed away I asked if she was going to have a big Thanksgiving. She looked up at me and said that she wasn?t going to celebrate the holiday because she couldn?t afford a turkey.
I looked at her and said, ?I?m going to get you the best turkey ever.?
Simultaneously, a man asked me for my autograph. Instead of just giving the man an autograph I would only sign for five dollars. But instead of giving the money to me, I told the man to give it to Betty. Another person asked for an autograph and I made the same deal; five more dollars for Betty. After about twenty minutes of signing autographs for five dollars a pop, we collected $180.
I looked at Betty and said, ?Now you can go have the best Thanksgiving you?ve ever had, and eat all the turkey you want.?
It?s all about making people happy.