Ah, nothing like taking the case study of an innocent man brutally beaten into a coma and suffering brain damage to make a completely irrelevant, incomprehensibly inane argument about laundry.Maybe someone can ask Stow, if he ever comes out of his coma, why he thought it was a good idea to wear Giants' gear to a Dodgers' home opener when there was a history of out-of-control drunkenness and arrests at that event going back several years.
Remember when it was the kids who were wearing the team jerseys to games? It was a common sight to see an adult male coming through the turnstile dressed as a regular human being with a kid dressed in a "real" jersey holding his hand.
Are the 42-year-olds who find it necessary to wear their replica jerseys to a road game, those kids who are now fathers who haven't grown up?
Are there really 40-something men who think that wearing the jersey makes them part of the team? It was cute when a 10-year-old kid got that feeling by showing up at Three Rivers Stadium in a Pirates jersey, but when did little boys stop growing out of that?
Now, you may mistake this article as pointlessly contrarian and self-aggrandizing. But clearly, this guy who makes a living writing about sporting events is in a position of such hefty importance that he can, nay, MUST take to task those horrible overgrown man-children who dare wear professional sports jerseys to sporting events. I mean they don't even PLAY for those teams, but they still wear the jerseys! Luckily, this urbane sportswriter isn't fooled -- that 40-something guy sitting in the stands wearing a jersey is actually NOT Tim Lincecum, despite what his deceitful attire (which, apparently due to some MLB oversight, was mass-produced for and marketed ad-infinitum to adult males) may suggest.
I'm so glad somebody had the guts to tell that coma-ridden, brain-damaged slacker to act age-appropriately. Act like adult, for pete's sake! Do something like, say, whine about how a bunch of internet rapscallions (who have probably never even been on "the beat") can do your job better than you.
Listen, we all feel bad that this man was mercilessly and, perhaps undeservedly, beaten. On the other hand, though, at least it did give one of our wise sports philosophers a chance to address this laundry issue that has so terrorized our nation.