An Open Letter to Mitch Garver of the Minnesota Twins

Dear Mr. Garver,

My 7-year-old son Silas gets a penny per weed he picks in his mom’s garden. 

One morning last week, before the fog had even lifted, I saw him from our kitchen window on his hands and knees, working with the focus of a labrador digging up a bone. What could possibly be motivating him? What inspired the swift pulling of exactly 400 weeds, I’d come to learn, on an early Wednesday morning? 

A Mitch Garver 2019 Topps baseball card he’d discovered on eBay for $0.99 ($2.99 s&h). 

Thank you for inspiring him. He watches all your games and imitates your catcher idiosyncrasies. Whenever I tell people that you’re his favorite catcher, he corrects me.

“No, player, dad. He’s my favorite player.” 

All our love,

The Espe’s 
Nashville, TN

Silas catching Garver style (i.e., leg out to the side rather than crouching).