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No, You Can't Buy an "Adenhart" Jersey

The tragic death of young Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart -- a suburban Md. native and devout Redskins fan -- led to makeshift memorials and tributes propped up outside Angels Stadium, near his high school field, at the site of his deadly crash and in the vicinity of just about every other Angels outpost of note. The tributes were universally touching, and all done in the best spirit of remembering a bright young talent who died far before his time.

Unfortunately, Angels fans who want to remember him more permanently, by purchasing a custom "Adenhart" "34" jersey, aren't able to do so. And in being stopped, they're not even doing anything wrong.

According to Yahoo!, via Deadspin, you can't wear an Adenhart jersey because Major League Baseball has deemed such custom jersey requests as emeting the league's criteria for customization rejection. Essentially, that means that MLB thinks putting "Adenhart" and "34" on the back of an Angels jersey is offensive.

It's possible that Adenhart's family requested his jerseys be stopped -- they did fight to make his funeral as private as possible -- but that seems a bit far fetched. Instead, MLB is left looking like it's being preposterously overprotective, keeping devout fans from honoring a player they loved by wearing his jersey.

Think back to Redskins safety Sean Taylor's untimely death, and the reaction was completely different. Did some opportunistic street vendors take advantage of Taylor's death? Sure. But most people -- and certainly all those who bought the products -- seemed to gain a sense of permanence and positive memory by memorializing the player with a variety of memorabilia.

So why would MLB block the "Adenhart" and "34" jersey requests? It really is a mystery. Maybe they're doing the right thing, but I have a hard time buying it. Forget about me, what do people think? Should people be allowed to buy "Adenhart" jerseys? If you're an Angels fan, would you want one?

By Cameron Smith  |  April 21, 2009; 4:46 PM ET
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If the family doesn't have a problem with it, why should MLB?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 21, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

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