In what’s now close to nine years ago, I bought an Andy Pettitte 2001 American League All-Star Batting Practice Jersey.
It was sort of an impulse purchase. But, not completely. I’ve always been a big fan of Pettitte. And, I thought this would be a unique item to own.
As it turns out, the jersey is rather distinctive. Andy’s only been named to two All-Star squads (in 1996 and 2001). And, this BP shirt is from the only All-Star Game where he’s made an appearance in the game.
The funny thing is…in the near decade that I’ve owned this jersey…I’ve only worn it a few times. Seriously, probably less than five. Initially, I was trying to keep it pristine (for some opaque reason). But, later, it was because the shirt is somewhat confusing on the eye.
Why is it visually disconcerting? First, the jersey is Seattle Mariners green and has a small Mariners logo on the front – as they were the host team in 2001. Secondly it’s says “American” across the chest – with the only “Yankees” mention being a Bat-in-the-Hat patch on the right sleeve and “Pettitte” with the number 46 on the back.
The few times I thought about wearing it to Yankee Stadium, I pretty much stopped in my tracks right out of the chute because it just seemed too odd to go to a Yankees game in a BP jersey that was Mariners green.
However, recently, I wore the jersey to a minor league baseball game and was surprised that a couple of guys – who were complete strangers – went out of their way to approach me and comment on the shirt. I guess there are more Andy Pettitte fans out there than meets the eye? And, now, I’m thinking it’s time to wear this one more often.
How about you? Own any Yankees gear that you wore less than you expected or that you only started to wear until you had it for several years?