This post is directed at the person or persons unknown who committed a vile act at Professor Thom's pub this past Sunday during the World Cup Final. Apparently, a very precious item that belongs to my friend and bartender Jim McGuire was stolen off the back wall of the bar. The item was a letter from the Boston Red Sox to Jim right after the 2004 World Series, thanking him for all he had done to make the Riviera Cafe such a wonderful place for Red Sox fans to watch the games in New York City over the past few years.
It was originally sent by the Red Sox front office to my friend Chris Wertz, who had all of us sign it, and we presented it to Jim back in January 2005. Jim was really touched by the gesture.
When Professor Thom's opened last December, Jim had it framed and it was put on one of the back walls, along with some other wonderful framed Red Sox mementoes and keepsakes. Jim didn't want to put it behind the bar because the patrons couldn't read it, so he put it where they could read all the words. It was a wonderful item that he figured all Red Sox fans would really enjoy seeing.
And just yesterday, Jim discovered it was missing, and presumed stolen. Both Jim and I are stumped as to why anyone would take it. It was really personal to him, and he's really hurt that it's gone.
More than anything, all of us, especially Jim, want it back. I'm really angry that anyone would take it. If the thief is reading this, I would hope you would have a heart and just bring it back.
Otherwise, Red Sox Nation and the Embedded Sox Fans will find you, and make you regret what you did. And that's a promise.