On behalf of the people of Cleveland, I want to say “Thank You.” Thank you for having a heart.
Last week, when I found out that you were single-handedly paying for the fireworks show after Saturday’s game, I was moved. What a kind gesture! I was so touched that I began telling my friends about it because I viewed this gesture as purely altruistic.
Sadly, my coworkers and friends did not see it the way I did. “So? He can afford it. He’s making millions.”
To be honest, Nick, I was kind of deflated by their pessimism. Why does it matter if you can afford it or not? Does kindness have to come only from those who struggle to give it? Does benevolence have to cost the giver?
I think I understand your generosity in a way others do not. You see, there are a great many people with money who are not paying for fireworks shows just to provide twenty minutes of entertainment for the average Joe. Sure, like you, they make amazing donations to charities and foundations, money well spent because it helps provide research and assistance to people who are in true need.
All donations are laudable, but something about this donation was different to me. You wanted to do something nice just for the sake of doing something nice, and in the true spirit of an altruistic giver, I believe you are not expecting anything in return.
In a world of pessimists where worth is based on the consistency of one’s batting average, it is easy to see why so many other players see themselves as transient. Many players do not take stake in a community because they are afraid of “the trade” or what will come at the end of their contracts. Many players are in cities, and as much as they may love their teams, they never fall in love with the city and feel truly rooted in it.
Nick, I personally feel that your positivity and energy are good for this city. It is obvious to me that you have rooted yourself in our community, and you embody the change you expect to see. Whether you realize it or not, like the pebble that skips across the water creating rings, your efforts are creating a rippling effect in Cleveland. Your passion and excitement are infectious!