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January 31, 2007

Asterisk 73 = $238.14.: Dave Doolin, a hardware engineer from San Jose, is a Giants fan. But he’s a little tired of the antics of a certain left fielder and his pursuit of certain baseball records. With MLB.com’s unwitting help, he did something about it.

posted by mr_crash_davis to baseball at 04:08 PM - 25 comments

i like it. And the great thing is they can't stop him from wearing it to the park. Very innovative.

posted by texasred at 04:24 PM on January 31

Yawn. Seriously, that's his "protest"? Wow, he sure showed MLB and the Giants by giving them $238.14! I guess his next step in protesting is buying a ticket, paying for parking, going into the stadium and buying beers and food! Somebody stop him before he does any more "damage" with his protest! If anything, MLB should put this on the front page of their web site and make sure everyone sees it. If they are lucky, maybe thousands of people will join the "protest".

posted by grum@work at 05:54 PM on January 31

Oh come on, it's just as cool as the Ron Mexico jersey.

posted by yerfatma at 06:09 PM on January 31

Clever. I hope he wears it to the park the day Barry breaks the all-time record.

posted by fenriq at 06:09 PM on January 31

If this "certain player"....saw this, he would probably stick his non-performance enhancing syringe right in this guys eye. Now that's entertainment!

posted by Warrior50 at 06:26 PM on January 31

I like it. Yeah, he spent $238.14 on it, but that's his choice. I think that the jersey will pay for itself one day.

posted by wingnut4life at 06:44 PM on January 31

Oh come on, it's just as cool as the Ron Mexico jersey. ...and this one doesn't require a preventative cycle of Valtrex.

posted by YukonGold at 08:14 PM on January 31

Wouldn't it have been more pointed if he had used Bonds's number instead? I dunno, as big as the single season home run record may (or may not be), that's not the one Bonds has his eyes on (755).

posted by psmealey at 06:40 AM on February 01

To each his own. If I'm going to pay over $200 for a team jersey, it sure as hell isn't going to be because I'm trying to make a point. Wait a minute....$200 for a jersey?!!? Is this guy on crack or what? Who in their right mind would pay that much for a jersey? Fucking idiot.

posted by BornIcon at 08:32 AM on February 01

Ah - this is a moderately clever bit of fun. I'm not really one for the Bonds' pile-on, but in the bid scheme of things, this jersey should inspire a few laughs and not much more. It's hardly a protest or even a big deal.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 09:15 AM on February 01

I thought the comment that was added to the article was much more humerous "Great idea. Not as funny as when I worked in Detroit during the Russian Invasion days and some guy ordered a customized “I. Beatov” jersey, but still well played."

posted by bdaddy at 09:36 AM on February 01

*bows* True story. We had all kinds of them, including "Cutcherkokov" and "Whakenov". Those clever Detroiters.

posted by wfrazerjr at 10:10 AM on February 01

I don't know much about the baseball jerseys, but with the NFL jerseys, you can purchase the $60 or so screen printed jerseys which fade over time or you can purchase a replica jersey with stitched numbers and names for about $100 or you can get actual game quality ones for around $200. I would guess this guy not only wanted to make his statement, but wanted the jersey to be of high quality. I'm sure he had cheaper options.

posted by Ricardo at 10:40 AM on February 01

I'm with grum and his post above. Major league baseball will take all the individuals they can find who wish to "protest" by purchasing their overpriced merchandise, attending games, etc. Way to bring them to their knees!

posted by dyams at 11:24 AM on February 01

I'm with grum and his post above. Major league baseball will take all the individuals they can find who wish to "protest" by purchasing their overpriced merchandise, attending games, etc. Way to bring them to their knees! I think people are reading more into the article than is actually there. He never uses the word protest and seems to have a sense of humor about it. He doesn't seem to have any illusion that this does anything more than get a chuckle out of a few people. Major league baseball will take all the individuals they can find who wish to "protest" by purchasing their overpriced merchandise Not true at all. Did you see all the words they've banned from being on a jersey? Try getting asterisk on a jersey now. Looks like they'd rather take no one who wishes to protest.

posted by justgary at 11:46 AM on February 01

I think people are reading more into the article than is actually there. He never uses the word protest He may not, but the "article" certainly does...heck, it's in the title.

posted by bdaddy at 12:28 PM on February 01

He may not, but the "article" certainly does...heck, it's in the title. And? As I said, he doesn't use the word. Perhaps you're unaware, but the press likes to exaggerate to get attention. He didn't write the article and doesn't control the title. He gave the quotes. This: “I figure I’ll either get a free beer or get a beer dumped on me, one or the other,” he says. Doesn't sound like a guy who takes it all the seriously.

posted by justgary at 12:43 PM on February 01

I think its clever and clearly the guy isn't protesting Bonds but rather making a mockery of him. I'd buy him a beer. Like Weedy said though, It's hardly a protest or even a big deal. You can tell the SF media is hunting for stories.

posted by timdawg at 01:39 PM on February 01

As I said, he doesn't use the word. Perhaps you're unaware, but the press likes to exaggerate to get attention. He didn't write the article and doesn't control the title. He gave the quotes. This: “I figure I’ll either get a free beer or get a beer dumped on me, one or the other,” he says. I understand the media's role. It also would appear this guy is looking for attention. It's not a huge deal, especially to me (I'm not a big record guy), but putting this on a jersey is an appeal for people to talk to you, talk about you, notice you, etc. Now that a little of this has happened, I don't think the guy should play the "Aw, shucks, I just wanted a free beer" line.

posted by dyams at 01:57 PM on February 01

Well, getting free beer or beer dumped on you is one form of attention. But I understand what you're saying about looking for attention, and I don't disagree.

posted by justgary at 02:02 PM on February 01

You can laugh about "a fool and his money..." but something should be done and its a start.Obviously the Commish doesn't have the cojones.Didja read his last statement?

posted by sickleguy at 04:10 PM on February 01

From the article: I was a little surprised the jersey made it through the filter, after the problems that ensued last year when a former professor of Randall Gay was stopped while trying to buy the Patriots cornerback’s replica jersey on NFL.com. I just love political correctness. I guess everyone by the name of Gay has to change his name now or risk being called a homophobe. Maybe Randall Gay will finally become known as Jose Maria Costa Rica. Two of the best that I have seen that slipped by the censors were first, a Toyota Celica, driven by a decent looking blonde, with the NH plate "4PLAY". Take that one any way you want. The second was some guy who got his picture in the local fishwrapper and had himself identified as "Jack Mehoff". Ah yes, there are those times when the watchdogs are asleep.

posted by Howard_T at 05:05 PM on February 01

And? As I said, he doesn't use the word. AND....you said "I think people are reading more into the article than is actually there." How can we be reading MORE into the article, when the article is saying EXACTLY that? We are reading from the article exactly what the writer intended. Based on your response, perhaps you meant "I think the writer was reading more into this than is actually there".

posted by bdaddy at 08:30 AM on February 02

AND....you said "I think people are reading more into the article than is actually there." How can we be reading MORE into the article, when the article is saying EXACTLY that? We are reading from the article exactly what the writer intended. Jesus bdaddy, I'm not going to argue semantics with you. We could discuss the writer's use of the word protest, but I'm not doing that. Most people understand the difference between a paper trying to get readers and what the guy actually said in the article. I'm discussing the guy who bought the uniform and what he actually said, not what the writer chose as a title. If a paper says 'patriots accuse officials of giving game away' and then inside brady says 'I thought they got the call wrong, but a game doesn't come down to one call' I'd hope you'd call bullshit on the article. If you personally have trouble separating the two for whatever reason, that's you. But part of sportsfilter has always been examining links/articles and calling bullshit when you see it. The guy doesn't use the word protest. I don't care what the writer wrote, I know what I read. So saying 'but but but the title says...' is like telling me it's dark when the sun is out. Meaningless.

posted by justgary at 10:46 AM on February 02

You can laugh about "a fool and his money..." but something should be done and its a start.Obviously the Commish doesn't have the cojones.Didja read his last statement? This is "a start"? A start of what? It does nothing. Especially if it isn't a protest. Obviously the Commish doesn't have the cojones. Maybe not, but the Commissioner does have the legal acuity to know that if he attempts to impose a punishment outside the framework of the collective bargaining agreement, he'll set himself (and the league) up for a large lawsuit.

posted by grum@work at 10:39 PM on February 02

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