From Sporting News:
Cincinnati Reds rookie catcher Devin Mesoraco was red-faced last week over a batch of 700 or so red T-shirts designed by his parents and made in his honor.
Mesoraco was upset when he learned, via Facebook, that his mom and dad had hatched the plan. The shirts contain his nickname, “Mez,” and an image of him throwing on the front. His name and uniform number are on the back. (You can see the shirt on display in the accompanying video clip.)
Devin Mesoraco is none too pleased that his parents had T-shirts made in his honor. The feud is settled when the folks agree to donate the proceeds to a charity Mesoraco supports.
“I didn’t even tell Devin, and somebody put it on Facebook,” his mother, Laura, told the Punxsatawney Spirit newspaper. “I got a text from him at one o’clock in the morning that said, ‘No T-shirts!,’ but I told him some friends approached us and wanted shirts to wear to support him, so Doug (Devin’s dad) and I sort of took it on so we could get the design we liked.”
Just goes to show that even highly drafted prize rookies can’t overcome proud parents….Devin did relent and made sure that the money went to a charity (Make A Wish) that he’s involved in and he’s matching the money raised.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.