CLASSY AND CONFIDENT: Yankees Captain Derek Jeter humors Red Sox fans at Fenway Park. (Photo courtesy of Sully’s Brand)
I grew up with a homemade “Official Yankees Hater” poster in my childhood bedroom.
But I never understood Red Sox fans who hate Derek Jeter, who probably has taken the brunt of the mockery on Boston’s raunchy souvenir t-shirts over the years.
Turns out that these kind of crass souvenirs don’t sell well in Boston anymore, but they are selling like hotcakes in the Bronx.
I explore the fascinating reasons why in The Atlantic:
Bronx t-shirt vendor “Bald” Vinny Milano shows off his wares after a Yankees-A’s game. (Double click to read the story)
Abraham "Bob" Tubin discreetly hands over the cash to Red Sox star Mike Andrews.
Speaking of Red Sox Opening Day, I coincidentally just stumbled across a copy of one of my favorite family photos of all time — my Grandpa Bob with 1967 “Impossible Dream” second baseman Mike Andrews.
The picture looks like he’s handing over some money to treat Andrews to a few Fenway Franks. The stack of Fives and Ones — even in 1969 or 1970 when this was taken — hardly made my grandfather come across like Donald Trump or Daddy Warbucks. He was a delivery driver for the Boston Herald and drove a cab on his day off to raise money for The Jimmy Fund, the official Red Sox charity for cancer research.
Mike Andrews later became the chairman of The Jimmy Fund.
But as nice as all that philanthropy stuff is, the real reason I love this photo is because Grandpa Bob is solely responsible for brainwashing me to be a Red Sox fan. I still can picture myself as a 9-year-old dozing off on his living room couch as Butch Hobson or George “Boomer” Scott went deep.
In later years, he became disgusted by player salaries and called them all “primadonnas.” But he still watched.
You can read more about my amazing Grandpa Bob here.
And if you’d like to send your own bundle of cash to The Jimmy Fund, it would be most appreciated!
If this photo were taken today, my grandfather would have been posing with Tim Wakefield and Clay Buchholz.
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(For the record, Red Sox-crazy celebs like Jennifer Garner show up to Fenway Park in much classier outfits!)