On Saturday night I received an email from a Mets fan from New Jersey named Chad Dolby who told me a rather disturbing story about being in Yankee Stadium on Friday night for the Rays-Yankees game.
Apparently a group of Yankee fans grabbed a Red Sox hat off of a Red Sox fan who was at the game, and they proceeded to kick the hat all over the upper deck, until it reached the concourse area of the stadium. Chad told me that a friend of his found it, and wisely hung on to it. Chad said that the hat was well-worn and probably a favorite hat of whoever owned it.
Chad and his friend are currently looking for the Red Sox fan who owned the hat, and want to give it back to him. He's a Mets fan who is sympathetic to the Red Sox, and in his words, wants to "heal open wounds." Chad also told me that some Yankee fans, who thought he had the hat (his friend was holding on to it), threatened to bust his jaw if he didn't turn it over to them. (The Yankees were getting pummeled by Tampa Bay, so it's not a shock that the Stadium rabble were in a particularly foul mood on Friday night.)
So now Chad is looking to give the Red Sox fan his hat back. If the Sox fan who had it taken away is reading this, you can contact Chad at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's hope we can track down that fan, who was brave enough to show off his Red Sox pride in an incredibly hostile environment, and get him his hat back.
My thanks to Chad for contacting me.
UPDATE: Professor Thom's is offering a $50 reward (in bar gift certificates) to the person who gets the hat back to that Red Sox fan. So there's even more incentive to right this terrible wrong.