The players get a lot of mail in camp, 99 percent of it from people seeking an autograph. The most popular players (A-Rod, Derek Jeter, etc.) hire somebody to handle it and it never gets to them.
But a few of the players deal with it themselves. Chien-Ming Wang is one of those guys.
Wang usually goes through his mail ever few days, but he let it slide for a week and soon had two full crates on top of his locker. When three Taiwanese writers showed up today for their daily chat, Wang put them to work.
One guy opened the mail, Wang would sign the card or ball and another guy would seal the self-addressed stamped envelope that any smart fan would enclose. It was a very efficient process.
I asked Wang what he was paying, because I could use the extra money with Springsteen touring this summer. “No money,” he said. “Maybe dinner.”
No money? I’m out.