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Fan Mail

By Sarah Barton

05/14/09


Dear Mr. Ronald Glen "Big Baby" Davis,


I would like to officially welcome you to the big show. You have done more than your fair share in keeping the Celtics' playoff hopes alive, and you have done it when it counts. I may not be your biggest fan (yet), but gosh darn it do I respect what you have done for Boston in the 2009 Playoffs.


You obediently played your role during the regular season when KG was healthy. You only cried once, and that was because you were upset with your performance, not your lack of playing time. My, how the tables have turned! Now you are the one making Celtic haters cry and bringing tears of joy to Celtics fans' eyes. In the midst of celebrating your Game 4 game-winner, you accidentally knocked the hat off a Magic fan's head, thus prompting his father to run crying to the NBA Front Office. You know you're something when you can make people cry at the drop of a hat. 


In the regular season you averaged seven points, four rebounds, and 21 minutes per game. In the playoffs you're averaging almost 17 points and pulling down six boards in just under 38 minutes. You have become a force to be reckoned with, and you have done so while carrying a load of this Celtics team on your shoulders. You also know you're something when people recognize you as a legitimate stand-in for KG.


A month and a half ago I wrote that I like, but don't love, you as a player. That statement is still valid, but over the past few weeks, the extent to which I like you has increased tenfold. I think I may be falling in like with you. I don't fall in love easily, Glen, but keep this up and you just may become the player of my dreams.


In that same article from a month and a half ago, I wrote that you are capable of doing big things. I couldn't have been more correct. I'm tempted to forecast more about your future right now, but I don't want to jinx anything. I'll just stick with my "big things" prophecy and assume that you have a lot more left in the tank.


I can see, however, why your tank might be running a bit dry. In Game 5, you logged more minutes than anyone on either team. The Celtics are starting to ride you a bit, and rightfully so. That places you under a lot of scrutiny, Glen. Now that you've put together consecutive stellar performances, people are awaiting your downfall. They're waiting to deem you a fluke, a two-hit wonder. Not that you need me to tell you this, but I hope you prove them wrong. 


You have three qualities that I love in a basketball player. 1) You're very talented without demanding a lot of attention. 2) You're confident. 3) You're humble. I have the potential to maybe someday become your biggest fan. You're going to have to earn my undying fandom, but you're well on your way to doing so. Keep up the good work, Baby.


Sincerely,

Sarah


PS - I would be honored if you knocked off my hat in the midst of a game-winning celebration, or in any context for that matter.


PPS - What is the deal with your playoff faux-hawk?

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