I just got my obligatory A's shop email from MLB, inviting me to to make a "fitting tribute" and "Commemorate a true legend" by shelling out $184 bucks for a farking #42 jersey, or other gear. No mention of donating proceeds to Jackie Robinson's foundation--sweet-fark-all-nothing.
It's enough to bring out the Nico/BBG activism that's lain dormant for lo this several decades. So I wrote to the Commish, whose used-car-salesman ethic may lie behind this latest commercial idiocy, and where these bucks stop, regardless:
firstname.lastname@example.org (I made that up, but it hasn't yet been returned by that 'mailer demon' guy)
Look, I'm a businessperson, but you guys don't know when to trade a few bucks profit for a wealth of goodwill. You're shamelessly hawking Jackie Robinson merchandise without one word about whether proceeds ($184 for a freekin' JERSEY??) will go to his Foundation. So I must assume they're not. And that's a great opportunity lost to Greed.
Jackie did not stand for maximizing your tawdry profits--he stood for courage, dignity and the overpowering strength of the human spirit. Turning his memory into a cheep-ass merchandizing ploy tarnishes his good name by association with your base instincts.
I'm not buying any of your overpriced crap again, and you're at-risk for losing a fan. I'm tapped-out.
Okay, so I lied about that last part, but if anyone cares to add a voice, I hope you will.
The foundation website is here: http://www.jackierobinson.org/