“So shines a good deed in a weary world.” —Willy Wonka, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”
Check out this story circulating around the Yankee blogoshpere by way of Zell’s Pinstripe Blog (a link to which I’ve added on the right-hand side), illustrating Phil Hughes’s altruism and public-relations acumen. The guy is one of the brightest, up-and-coming Yankee prospects yet is humble enough to send baseball paraphernalia to this fan–for free. Since he seems bright, I doubt that the public-relations effect was lost on Hughes. I also don’t think that’s why he did it. In a world often cynical and selfish or worse, what Hughes did is a sterling reminder that people can be and often act decent simply because they are and want to be so, not necessarily because they want to be admired. Great stuff. Check it out.