To all the wonderful fans of the 1997 American Association champions:
The greatest fans in the world finally have a championship in a major sport and I would like to thank you for your generous support this season.
As I slowly get back into my offseason routine of being a full-time husband and father, I often reflect on what a terrific season 1997 was. From the moment I returned to the Bisons in May, I had made it my personal goal to help lead the team to that elusive championship.
Over the past few weeks, I have received many fan letters which have been forwarded to me in California. Most letters thank me for identifying so well with the fans and community in my quest to win the championship. But personally, I would like each and every Bison fan to know how deeply I appreciated your endless support. From the many sellouts to the huge crowd who endured the rain to help us celebrate our joyous homecoming as American Association champions, you really made a difference.
I have played in many towns for many teams and can not take for granted the constant fan support shown in Buffalo. You are a first-rate city and the Bisons are very fortunate to play in such a tremendous stadium with such a solid base of supporters.
In my excitement at the victory celebration, I failed to acknowledge the following people who worked so hard behind the scenes. My personal thanks to: The Booster Club, Game Day operation, "Fan Fare," John Weideman, Tom Burns, Mike Reilly, David Delisanti, Jim Hornung and the crew, Ron Krauiza, Kevin Hodge, all the team doctors, Marv (our fan of the year), the "Baseball Junkies from the NAP" and the front office.
Finally, on behalf of the 1997 team, I would like to both thank and congratulate you, the fans, on our championship year. Together we made winning possible and 1997 will be a year that none of us will ever forget.