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This dad wrote to every MLB team asking them to win his young son’s fandom

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The decision to raise a child as a fan of a particular baseball team is a significant one: You’re setting them on a path that they’ll follow for the rest of their lives, after all. So, although Pete Van Vleet is an Astros fan, he didn’t want to make his young son Jack’s mind up for him. Instead, Pete came up with a better idea: He wrote a letter to all 30 MLB teams, asking them to tell Jack why he should be a fan of their franchise.

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First to answer the call was the Pirates, with team president Frank Coonelly personally crafting a very persuasive letter — complete with a Willie Stargell reference and a brief history of the very piratical origin of the “Pirates” nickname:


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