Sentimental value only

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A reader from California named Jordan e-mailed today regarding Adrian Gonzalez and said he sympathized with the fans in San Diego who could lose their first baseman.

His wife, he said, has owned t-shirts bearing the number of Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez and now has Jonathan Papelbon

“Sorry, but I have secured his future as the replacement for Mariano in the Bronx in 2012,” Jordan joked.

That got me thinking. How many of us own jerseys or t-shirts celebating a player who has since been traded or left the team we root for? When I moved in December, I left behind two perfectly good Patriots jerseys in a Goodwill bin back in New York: Mike Vrabel and Richard Seymour.

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I wonder how many such jerseys are sitting in the back of America’s closets or are consigned to the lowest drawer in the dresser just in case somebody asks you to paint a house? Probably millions. New England is probably awash in Damon jerseys alone. People loved the guy.

Teams should take trade-ins. Bring in your old jersey, donate it to charity and get 15 percent off a new one. It would be like gun amnesty, only with fewer gangbangers.

So what old jerseys are hanging around your house? C’mon, admit it.

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