A St. John’s athletics communications student intern is a Phillies fan, and decided to wear a Phillies jacket to the SJU-Georgetown game at the Mets new stadium.
The Mets weren’t pleased. A Mets employee told him to remove the jacket. He refused. It was cold and rainy.
One of his superiors at St. John’s reminded him they were guests of the Mets, brought him a St. John’s jacket to wear instead, and he refused to remove the Phillies jacket. He was then escorted out of the stadium (and then went home to whine about it to a Phillies’ blog).
This behavior isn’t acceptable. And it’s not because I’m a Mets fan.
If one of my students came to work one of our football games at the Superdome in a Falcons jacket, we’d make them take it off.
If one of my students came to work one of our basketball games at NO Arena in a Spurs shirt, we’d make them change.
If one of my students came to work one of our baseball games at Zephyr Field in an Alburqueque Isotopes hat, we’d make them take it off.
ANY team that competes with the home team, the gear is not acceptable. It’s either your school, the home venue’s team, or no team logos at all.
The reason is: These people are doing your school a favor by letting you play at a their venue. Therefore, the Mets Staff and St John’s staff are essentially the same for that day. If a Mets employee wore Georgetown gear, he’d be reprimanded as well. No Superdome, New Orleans Arena or Zephyr Field employee is going to wear LSU gear, or another college teams’ gear to our game at their venue either (probably because we’d make them change and give them a new piece of clothing if necessary).
The fact that the kids’ boss offered him a St. John’s jacket and he refused to remove the Phillies jacket shows not only bad judgment, but extreme stupidity, since he could have nabbed a free Red Storm jacket.