[editor's note, by jbox] Just in case you aren't familiar with the story behind this story, let me bring you up to speed. Jon bought a jersey a few years ago at FriarFest. The name on the back of the jersey was "Arvesen". Turns out he was a scab player back in the early 90's when the players union went on strike. One of Scott Arvesen's friends emailed us seeing if Jon was willing to give it to Arvesen as a surprise.
Last summer a friend of Scott Arvesen contacted me and asked if I wouldn't mind sending Scott the now infamous Scab jersey. I was more than happy to, but for whatever reason I played phone and email tag for the next few months.
Well in December I finally talked with Scott. A real nice guy, we chatted for about twenty minutes about his experience, the strike, and baseball in general. Because the strike was settled before the scabs ever stepped foot on a major league field Scott had no idea they even printed up jerseys. Once I got off the phone I packed it up and after twelve years number 41 was finally headed home.
So yesterday when Jbox and I headed down to Friarfest we made a bee line for the garage sale. The sale is great, all kinds of used junk from banners to pants, to jerseys. Not to mention a huge box of autographed Carlos Hernandez bats that nobody seemed to want. Best of all, the money raised goes towards the Padres foundation.
I really wanted a replacement jersey and it had to be the blue and white pinstripe jersey the Pads sported in the `90's. As soon as we walked in the door there it was! Buried beneath by a pile of recent blue, white and sand jerseys only the sleeve was showing. I grabbed it out from underneath and as soon as I read the name on the back it had to be mine...A game used Chris Gwynn jersey with ketchup stain and all. So there you have it, a perfect replacement.