Baseball recalls pro-Yankees T-shirts
Shirt saying â€˜who's your daddy?â€™ offended Red Sox fansThe Associated Press
Updated: 6:39 p.m. ET Oct. 11, 2004BOSTON - Yankees fans will need more than a T-shirt to taunt the Red Sox.
A day before Boston and New York started the AL championship series, Major League Baseball recalled a T-shirt it had sanctioned because it rubbed Red Sox fans the wrong way.
The message on the shirt that drew the negative reaction read: â€œHey Red Sox ... Whoâ€™s your daddy?â€
The shirt bears both a Yankees logo and a picture of a red pacifier with the letter â€œBâ€ on it â€” a reference to remarks Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez made after a recent loss to Bostonâ€™s longtime rivals.
â€œCall the Yankees my daddy. I canâ€™t find a way to beat them at this point,â€ Martinez said.
MLB began offering the shirt for wholesale distribution to licensed retailers over the weekend and promoted it on a Web site, spokesman Carmine Tiso said.
On Monday, the few thousand shirts that were made were recalled from retailers, and the shirt was removed from the Web site.
â€œWe did hear some feedback from the Boston fans, who didnâ€™t necessarily feel they were comfortable with the T-shirt and the message on it,â€ Tiso said. â€œSome fans felt it went a little too far, and obviously in this instance weâ€™re listening to our fans.â€
Although most MLB-sanctioned apparel promotes individual teams without denouncing their rivals, there have been some items that touched on baseballâ€™s biggest rivalries.
The ALCS starts Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. Last year, New York beat Boston on Aaron Booneâ€™s 11th-inning homer in Game 7.