Some Red Sox fans made a pretty hideous shirt on Teespring in order to commemorate something David Ortiz said on the mound at the first game at Fenway Park after the marathon bombing. The idea of the shirt is a good one; the execution is rather poor.
So far they've sold more than 900 shirts.
I know my shirt is better. It represents everything that is good and pure and amazing about the Dodgers and baseball in general. It is clean and classy and not overdone. And I'm pretty certain I would believe this even if I weren't the shirt's designer.
I'm not saying I want to beat 900. I mean, of course that would be lovely. But I don't really have a number in my head. I just know that 57, which is where we stand as of this writing, is rather low, given the number of awesome Dodger fans out there in the world.
When the buyers receive these shirts, I want to see them at Dodger Stadium. I want to get emails of people taking pictures on field level, in the reserve section, in the parking lot with a security guard, outside the Vin Scully Press Box, at the Wells Fargo on Sunset where I used to get cash before I went to games. In short: everywhere. But that can't happen on any sort of large scale unless we spread the word.
If you have ideas on how to get the shirt out there in peoples' faces, I'd love to hear them. In the meantime, tell your friends. Buy some early Christmas presents. Let's show Vin and the Dodgers what they really mean to us.
Buy the shirt by clicking the picture above or right here.
Oh, and follow me on Twitter @proudagain, if you're into that sort of thing.
This is the third or fourth generation of Beantown West, my original site, which covered the Dodgers and Red Sox. "Robots..." will still have some things about those teams, but will also feature stuff about politics, living in Oregon, raising a son, and life in general. Hopefully there will be something for everyone. Until the robots take over, anyway.