From the New York Daily News comes a story of extreme fan loyalty.
The fiancee of a crane operator killed in last week’s tragic collapse on Wednesday rejected an offer of help from Mets star Ryan Church because her future hubby was a Yankee fan.
A day after burying Donald Leo, Janine Belcastro said she couldn’t accept the offer from the right fielder and his wife.
“Don was a die-hard Yankee fan,” Belcastro said in a statement. “It would not respect his memory if he accepted this.”
Now, I understand when fans throw back home run balls that are hit by the opposing team. You’re not giving up anything of any real value in that situation, just sentimental value. But throwing back money just because it comes from a cross-town rival, well, that takes a fervor that I don’t posess.
You’ve got to admire Ms. Belcastro, who did what she thought her fiance would want. But her actions are further proof that fan loyalty almost always outpaces player loyalty. Ryan Church is currently a Met, but he’s also a free agent at the end of the season and if the Yankees make him the highest offer, is there anyone who thinks he’d turn it down?
Here’s hoping a Yankees player steps in and repeats Church’s generous offer. And for irony’s sake, let it be Mr. Loyalty himself, Johnny Damon.