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Dear Barry,

Back in 1989, when I was just a young kid, you came into this league, captured my imagination, played the game unlike anyone I'd ever seen in my young lifespan, and became my hero.

Being your biggest supporter and fan is not always easy, but I can swear up and down - without a moment's hesitation - that I wouldn't rather it be anybody else.

For all the memories - and all 756 home runs. For being my hero on the baseball diamond. For helping to make me the sports fan I am today.

Thank you. It's been a hell of a fun ride.