Jonny Gomes auctioning off ‘Stars & Stripes’ jacket worn to White House (photos)
Have you always wanted to dress like the Statue of Liberty’s pimp but lack the necessary and appropriate wardrobe to pull off the look? Well, do I have good news for you. Jonny Gomes is auctioning off his infamous “Stars & Stripes” jacket the left fielder wore to the White House on April 1 when the Boston Red Sox paid a visit to President Barack Obama to commemorate last season’s World Series title.
Bids can be made on the jacket, which boasts signatures of 30 Red Sox players and coaches, at the MLB Auction site. As of Friday morning, the winning bid sits at $5,100. The auction closes on May 4, so expect that number to increase substantially in the coming days.
The item’s description:
Bid now on this Jonny Gomes American Flag Jacket. Gomes wore this jacket during the Red Sox visit to the White House on 4/1/2014.
All net proceeds will benefit the Travis Roy Foundation. The Travis Roy Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the life of individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families by providing adaptive equipment and to finding a cure through increased funding of research, resulting in self-reliance and the ability to be as independent as possible.
See below for the list of players.coaches who signed this jacket:
Jonny Gomes, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, John Farrell, Burke Badenhop, Arnie Beyeler, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Craig Breslow, Clay Buchholz, Chris Capuano, Mike Carp, Greg Colbrunn, Felix Doubront, Jonathan Herrera, Brock Holt, Jon Lester, Dana LeVangie, Torey Lovullo, Andrew Miller, Edward Mujica, Mike Napoli, Juan Nieves, Jake Peavy, A.J.Pierzynski, Victor Rodriguez, David Ross, Grady Sizemore, Junichi Tazawa, Shane Victorino,
Quite the prized piece of memorabilia.
And why did Gomes elect to wear such a garish jacket to such a prestigious event, you ask? Simple. America, f**k yeah.
“I’m a pretty patriotic person, you know,” he said, via Boston.com. “Whether it’s my outfit or what I stand for so I didn’t want to be too much of a distraction. I hope it’s not but just true blessed for my freedom and everything that the flag stands for.”
Gomes also brought along a matching jacket for the President. So, what did Obama think of the stars and stripes suit coat?
“He approved,” Gomes said. “He made sure to tell me he liked it and he thanked me for his and the team signing it and he definitely approved. He made sure, he looked me right in the eyes ‘nice jacket.’ Just a true great opportunity to share this with all the teammates as well as all the people behind the scenes. We shared a lot of failure, a lot of success but to really cap it off here at the White House is pretty special.”