Well, yeah, if the following report from The Syracuse Post-Standard’s Elizabth Doren :
Van Buren Elementary fourth-grader Nathan Johns thought his teacher was kidding when he instructed him to go to the bathroom and turn his Yankees T-shirt inside out.
The blue shirt read œNew York No. 52 on the front and œSabathia for the New York Yankees™ pitcher CC Sabathia, on the back.
œ I thought to myself ˜Is he serious or is he kidding,™ said Nate, 9, a student in Peter Addabbo™s fourth-grade class. œBut he had this look like he wasn™t kidding at all.
Nate complied, and said he was later told to wear it that way until dismissal. At lunch, Nate said the fifth-graders made fun of him because he wearing his shirt inside out.
.œJust because my teacher doesn™t like the Yankees I should still have the right to wear a Yankees shirt, Nate said Thursday after school. The teacher has Boston Red Sox paraphernalia all over the classroom on display, he said.
Baldwinsville Schools Superintendent Jeanne Dangle said Friday morning the district is conducting an investigation into the incident, and has told the parents she will get back to them on the issue in a few days.
I can understand trying to tell the kids that CC’s a poor role model in these fitness-conscious times, but what’s up with the Red Sox shrine in a Syracuse classroom? Sure, I had my own rumpus room in Austin, TX decorated with game-worn Matt Ginter and Terry Blocker jerseys, but I never asked anyone to remove a Yanks or Phillies hat or anything.