This whole “10k retweets for a first pitch opportunity” thing has been one of the most surreal experiences of my life.
I half-jokingly threw out the question to the A’s twitter account, honestly expecting a little playful back and forth at best, and got so much more.
You never really realize the impact you’ve had on friends and family till you hit the tough times. That’s one huge lesson I’ve learned the last year.
I was literally in my oncologist’s office, waiting for my appointment when I saw the A’s came back with an incredibly gracious offer. 10k retweets and they’d let me throw out the first pitch.
I should have thrown in a cool hashtag, or written more than I did, but Dr. Hu was walking through the door at that moment so I just hit the send button.
No one more deserving of throwing out a first pitch at an A’s game than Eric. Re-tweet and get him on the mound in Oakland! https://t.co/Z73UfuDBYc
— Melissa Lockard (@melissalockard) January 22, 2018
By the time I got back to the hotel, Susan Slusser, of the SF Chronicle, had sent out a lovely tweet telling her followers to RT the heck out of it. In the time it took me to walk from the van to my room, it jumped from 300 RTs to over 600.
A most worthy candidate to throw out the first pitch! please RT this from Eric to help a guy who had a really rough 2017, incl undergoing cancer treatment and losing his place in a fire. https://t.co/zhZubnie5A
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) January 22, 2018
And things flew from there. I had almost 3,400 by the end of the first day.
By day 2 I had almost 6,400, thanks in part to another lovely tweet from former A’s/current Nationals all-star closer Sean Doolittle.
Baseball fans! I hope you will consider RTing this. Even though I’m with the @nationals now, Eric is still a friend. I always appreciated his support as a fan but I’ve especially admired his strength in his fight against cancer. Please RT and help him out! https://t.co/BZ6bzUQtEk
— Obi-Sean Kenobi (@whatwouldDOOdo) January 24, 2018
That’s also about the time my friend Karey found out about it and decided I was going to do this come hell or high water.
She worked her butt off on twitter and facebook, getting friends, family and MC Hammer to retweet it.
By Sunday we were just under 9k and Karey got to work again. She made a plea to actor Stephen Amell, of the CW Arrow fame, and got him to retweet it. It went nuts after that, getting the last 1,000 in the span of about 90 minutes.
I had been contacted by a couple of really great guys at the Burgerball podcast about coming on their show. So that’s how I spent my Monday morning.
If you want to go check it out you can click here.
This whole experience has been beyond words. Thanks to everyone that RT’d it, made pleas to their followers and just gave support in general. It’s been amazing and a much better start to 2018.