Boss_Tweedy Posted August 21, 2022 Share Posted August 21, 2022 I've been a Wilco fan almost since day one, but I've been a fan of fellow Wilco lover Dale Murphy since I was seven (1982). Each year during baseball season Dale hosts several "Dale Murphy MVP Experiences" at Braves games in Atlanta. A few high school friends and I had been talking about meeting for one of these events for the last couple of years. At some point in late 2020 or early last year I started thinking about how great it would be to do something for Murph since he'd meant so much to me for so long. A few years ago he came to my area to give a presentation about his career and the game of baseball generally. Afterward I stayed to meet him, but I didn't want an autograph. I'd met him several times previously. I wanted to know what his favorite Wilco album is. So I asked him. That launched an amazing one-on-one discussion about Wilco and music for at least a solid five minutes. It was such a cool experience. Fast forward to the pandemic era, and I imagined the possibility of getting my hands on a new vinyl copy of Dale's favorite Wilco album, A Ghost Is Born. Then I thought about how cool it would be if I could somehow manage to get each member of the band to sign the album for him. At some point I reached out to our fearless leader, @kidsmoke, to share my idea with her and to ask if she'd be willing to pull some strings on my behalf. She was so incredibly enthusiastic and supportive, reaching out to the good people at Wilco's headquarters. I don't know if it's OK to share the name of the individual who helped me, so for now I won't. I'll just say that she couldn't have been more supportive of my efforts and helpful in making my idea a reality. Last year I mailed the album to the Wilco Loft. Not too long afterward it made its way back to me. A few stickers and guitar picks were thrown in with the album, and Wilco even paid for postage to return it while also returning my stamps unused stamps that I'd included. Due to COVID and the fact that the wife of one of my friends had a baby last summer, we'd put off signing up for an MVP Experience until this year. As such I found a nice, safe spot to store the album while we waited. Finally our big day came yesterday. In addition to lunch at Dale's restaurant, photos and autographs, and watching the Braves beat the Astros in extra innings from the Home Depot Clubhouse suite at Truist Park, I finally had the chance to do something for a man who'd given me and countless others so many moments of joy to express how much he's appreciated. After he unwrapped the album Dale looked at me and said that he'll cherish it. I'm not sure who had the bigger smile - him or me. At the end of the evening, I shared with him how much it meant to me to be able to do that for him. And it never would've happened without the help of @kidsmoke and Wilco. It's such a cool thing that my childhood sports hero love the same band. The last thing he said to me tonight was "I can't wait to meet up again and talk more about Wilco." A special experience. A special (former) ballplayer. A special band. And special friends who made an experience I'll never forget possible. 9 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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