Ask and ye shall receive
Ah, the glorious, wondrous power of the internet.
Some of you may recall that my buddy Dave and I contacted the Atlanta Braves’ media relations department last February in an attempt to secure a copy of what sounded like the most hilarious idea ever conceived: a poster commemorating the legendary and enigmatic Pascual Perez’s surreal car ride around Atlanta during which he got lost in I-285 on the way to his first start with Atlanta, asked a gas station attendant for help (and convinced the man to pump his gas for free due to having left his wallet at home) and incurred the ire of manager Joe Torre.
Incredibly, despite the fact that seemingly everything ever created has found its way on to the internet, we couldn’t even uncover a JPEG of the poster. Between never hearing anything back from the Braves, along with contacting Lawrie Mifflin — the reporter who wrote the NY Times piece recounting the I-285 tale — and having her claim that she didn’t even remember writing the article (in fairness it was published 28 years ago), we couldn’t help but wonder whether this ingenuous piece of historical baseball esoterica ever even existed in the first place.
However, in early July, I received the following email:
I just found your site while searching for info online about the Pascual Perez I-285 posters. I was looking through some old things and found a few of them. Are you still looking for them? Let me know. Oh, and don’t mention it to your friend yet.
Was I still looking for them? Of course I was! I enthusiastically replied so, and also couldn’t help but wonder why our knight in shining armor not only had one copy of the poster, but had multiple copies. His response:
As for what I am doing with multiples…
I grew up about an hour away from Atlanta, and was a huge Braves fan (Think Dale Murphy, Bob Horner, Ron Hubbard, Rick Camp, Al Hrabosky, etc.) I remember when Perez joined the the team and that incident occurred. My birthday is Aug. 19th, the date commemorated by the I-285 poster. My dad picked up a few of them thinking that made a cool,late birthday present.
Since I have three of these, I thought that I could keep one, and mail the other two to you. You can then present one to Dave as a complete surprise. That is why I didn’t want you to mention it. :-) Giving him that gift (as long as you really surprise the crap out of him) and posting a copy online would be the only payment I require. Send me your address, and I’ll get them in the mail soon.
A short time later, much to my absolute shock and delight, I was in possession of two copies of the coveted poster.
I had to wait a week to finally share it with David, and the timing was finally right earlier this afternoon. Needless to say, he was absolutely and utterly blown away. In fact, I think he’s still speechless. He’s currently figuring out where to frame and hang the posters.
And that, my friends, is the awesome, limitless power of the internet.