Farewell Kole Calhoun Pt. III: You Meant More Than You Know

Kole Calhoun, Los Angeles Angels, (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Kole Calhoun, Los Angeles Angels, (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

Dear Kole Calhoun,

I want to thank you for all the amazing years you’ve given to the Angels and giving it your all during the long seasons. I appreciate the outstanding production you’ve done at the plate and in the outfield all while wearing that Angels uniform with pride.

You seem to never give up and I think it’s amazing and you truly show what it means to be a ball player. Even when you would get into unfortunate slumps, you had the ability to learn and adjust to make improvements and prove why you belong in the big leagues.

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One of the things that I thought was amazing off the field that you did was when you went to Children’s Hospital of Orange County and you got to hangout with multiple children that were going through various procedures and illnesses.

It was important for me because I was a child that needed multiple open heart surgeries that knows what it’s like in there, and seeing you do that  shows that you really care. A lot of those children look up to baseball players like yourself, and you visiting shows them how to be humble while being in the spotlight.

Being able to have some of that fame from baseball and using it to bring a smile on children in that hospital made me root for you even more. Wherever you wind up next, I hope that you continue to do this with another organization that is keen on bringing joy to those children that have to go through a lot, and I hope to see their faces light up when you walk in.

Additionally, I want to thank you for being part of my favorite team, the Angels. Nowadays, it’s hard to see some players stick with one organization for their whole careers and staying in Anaheim for all those years proves that you belonged there.

Last season, when I was watching you on television I had noticed that you changed your stance and I was in shock because I quickly saw the amazing adjustment you did that helped you improve your season. This just shows that you’re willing to put in the extra work to improve and get better as long as your career allows.

Also, having the opportunity to watch you in person when I would go to games was amazing, you would make the most difficult catches in the outfield seem almost routine, sacrificing your body while diving or throwing the ball to try and cut down the runner was truly something to watch.

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Whichever team picks you up this offseason, they should know that their getting a player that doesn’t quit and truly cares about the people around him and what this game means to many. I want to wish you the best of luck and success as you continue on with your career, and show the team your on why it was the best decision to pick you up.