Every time we take the kids to a Brewers game, they ask for nachos. I like nachos as much as the next guy, but the added expense coupled with the relative unhealthiness compared to Lisa’s typical fare has resulted in our avoiding nachos. We even went to a couple of games with groups this year, and pretty much every other family got nachos or something just as naughty to eat. The kids whined, but we didn’t give in. Instead, I promised them before our last game that I’d get them nachos if any player on either team was named Nacho. I extended the promise to include Santiago and Rodrigo, since we have relatives with those names, and the names are kind of Nacho-like. However, since neither team had a player with the names required, the kids did not get their nachos. More sadness, so I made another promise for next year.

The new deal is that if the Brewers pick up a player named Nacho, Santiago, or Rodrigo, the kids get nachos. If the visiting team has a player with that name, the kids get nachos. If Helena and James each eat a jalapeno, they each get nachos. I figured the jalapeno dare would make it a done deal, but both kids don’t like hot food, so they’re hoping for the other possibilities. When Helena didn’t believe the Brewers would get the right player in the off-season, I told her she should write to them. I mean, there have been players with the last name Santiago in the league, and there have probably been a couple of Rodrigos here and there. The team has a guy named Scooter, so it’s not unheard of to draft a guy named Nacho. Or even have one of the players change his nickname to Nacho: Nacho Braun, perhaps. Or Nacho Lord Nelson. Or Nacho Maldonado, which has a nice ring to it. Actually, as I look over the roster, there are several other names even more obscure than Rodrigo or Santiago on the roster, so there may be hope.

Anyhow, Helena wrote the letter tonight, so I figured I’d post it for you all to read. I’ll also update this post with any kind of response. I had a student get a nice fan package from the Cleveland Indians when he sent the team a letter about how much of a fan he was. Take a look at what Helena wrote. I think it’s pretty good. I’ll leave the errors in because she’s still young and the mistakes are still cute.


Hi Brewers,

I love going to your Games. You are in awsome teem. I go to your Games at least 1 or 2 times a year. Maby more. I love to watch you run and score.

When i go, i want to get Nachos. My dad says that i can olny get Nachos if you have a player named “Nacho, Rodrigo, or Santiago.” Rodrigo and Santiago are my relatives names. My dad says i can get Nachos if i eat a Jalapeno, but i do not like spicy food.

It would be great if you got a player named Nacho, Santiago, or Rodrigo. You could also send me a coupon for Nachos or other cool stuff!

Thank you!



We'll see if Helena can get anything out of the letter. I told her it's not likely the Brewers will make a trade just for her, but she is using an effective format for writing letters that I've taught many students, so maybe she'll at least get a glittery hat or something.

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