Braves sell more than 500 Heyward shirts and jerseys Monday

 Braves fans eager to commemorate Jason Heyward’s major league debut bought up more than 500 new T-shirts and jerseys bearing his name during Monday’s opener against the Cubs at Turner Field.

That’s saying something, since the Heyward apparel didn’t go on sale until the fifth inning.

By players’ association rule, a player’s apparel cannot be sold until he’s played in a major league game, and a game is not official until the fifth inning.

So that’s why Gavin Mikulak, 21, of Marietta, didn’t try on his new Heyward jersey for size, so much as just yell out “adult medium” through a crowd of people to Braves Clubhouse Store clerks, who were handing out the new jerseys from a back storage room.

Racks? What time for racks?

“It was awesome,” said Mikulak. “I was so excited to get one.”

He was so excited that he wore the new home white Heyward No. 22 jersey, with the tag still on, over another dark blue Braves jersey he had worn to the game, despite temperatures Monday afternoon in the high 80s.

Mikulak, who graduated from Lassiter High and attends the Art Institute of Atlanta, said he was in line for a beer when Heyward hit his first-inning home run off Carlos Zambrano, so he had to scamper to a concourse TV to see a replay.

But he was better prepared when it came time to buy the jersey. He headed out to the store in the outfield plaza in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Mikulak said he paid $130 for the jersey, not including tax. His was one of 108 Heyward jerseys sold Monday at Turner Field. Fans bought up 433 Heyward T-shirts.

Mikulak said he was at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium when Andruw Jones hit his first home run in 1996 and at Turner Field when Jeff Francoeur hit his first homer the day he was called up in July of 2005. But Monday was extra special, he said, because he played against Heyward in the East Cobb baseball program.

“Heyward pitched in high school some,” Mikulak said. “He actually struck me out a couple times. It was pretty intense. It was weird to think I’m 21, about to be 22, and he’s only 20 years old, playing for the Atlanta Braves. I’m happy for him.”

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Mark Lemke

April 6th, 2010
4:07 pm

Mark Lemke

April 6th, 2010
4:08 pm

I am the best second baseman/ pitcher ever.

Here Today

April 6th, 2010
4:11 pm

That would suck to be in line when Heyward batted I would have not left my seat until I saw him take his first AB

Dave Wilmot

April 6th, 2010
4:14 pm

I know I will be buying three as soon as they hit town here in Tennessee. One for me and one each Chris and Houston, Andy Wilmots brothers!!!

collegeballfan

April 6th, 2010
4:17 pm

I cannot comprehend buying a shirt with another person’s name on it.

steph

April 6th, 2010
4:31 pm

go to http://www.hey-maker22.com and purchase a HEY-MAKER t-shirt!!! All proceeds go to L.E.A.D….Jason is the honorary ambassador!!!! A great cause

Brandon

April 6th, 2010
4:32 pm

I sure as heck was standing at my seat for his first at bat. The beer can wait. Electric moment during that first at bat. I havent seen Turner Field this electric in a LONG time. I just hope it stays that way for the entire season. Should be a fun ride!

SC Smith

April 6th, 2010
4:32 pm

It’s been a long time, hell maybe never in ATL. sports history that anyone has captured the fans like J-Hey. But Carroll this off day stinks, need a Braves fix. Gonna be a boring sports nite.

Rafael Belliard

April 6th, 2010
4:37 pm

I could still be starting for most MLB teams!

Elliot Garcia

April 6th, 2010
4:37 pm

He must have been really excited to see Heyward bat….beer please!!

dan

April 6th, 2010
4:39 pm

can you get the jersey t-shirt anywhere other than the stadium?

Mike

April 6th, 2010
4:40 pm

What!!!?? $130 + tax for a Braves jersey!!?? I wouldn’t pay $5 for one. The Braves saw him coming.

John

April 6th, 2010
4:51 pm

So, if the jersey’s can’t be sold till the 5th inning of the players first MLB game then, where did J-Hey’s dad get HIS jersey? Maybe a “breech of contract” suit in the works?!?!? Hmmmm

DCBrave33

April 6th, 2010
4:55 pm

He was probably wearing a jersey given to him by his son, but you also fail to realize that you CAN customize a jersey at the team store or at the MLB Shop online with a # and/or name, so you could create your own Jason Heyward jersey beforehand!

J-Hey Kid

April 6th, 2010
4:57 pm

You can get the official “The J-Hey Kid” shirt for only $17 at http://sportscrack.com/tees_j-heykid.html

A portion of all sales goes to the American Cancer Society.

These were the shirts that were spotted all over The Ted yesterday.

http://jasonheywardfacts.com

Heyfever

April 6th, 2010
5:13 pm

Don’t worry about missing that homer kid, there will be plenty more to see.

ATL Fan

April 6th, 2010
5:14 pm

OnWARD, UpWARD and HayWARD!!!

Chuck

April 6th, 2010
5:24 pm

I was listening to the simulcast on the internet at work and couldn’t help putting my arms over my head and doing the fist pump right at my desk. Great call on the radio, whoever that was. As Hank Aaron is my favorite player of all time, that day won’t be topped for a long time. Hopeful for a new era in Atlanta, just like every year since 1966 – but this year I mean it! I was so young in the 70s and early 80s that I didn’t know they would stink before the season got started – kinda neat back then. This year they’ve got a shot at the wild card for sure. The first inning yesterday was certainly a test for the new Zambrano. There were, what, four seeing eye hits, at least two broken bats, and a base running error that turned into a run? The pitch Heyward hit was actually a little out of the zone low, although in the middle of the plate. But Zambrano pitched better than his 54 ERA would suggest. :-)

Captain Midnight

April 6th, 2010
5:33 pm

Obama couldn’t name one Chicago white sox player when asked by the announcer who his favorite player was. The great White sox fan couldn’t name one player.
This guy is such a fraud.

Steve

April 6th, 2010
6:27 pm

Jim Powell made the call — Honestly, I’ve never heard him call anything like that before. It was a great call. I couldn’t tell either.

Who called it on T.V. If it was Chip, I thought he was channelling his dad, Skip. Honestly, listen to the replay on MLB, there are some similarities in the higher pitches.

Steve

April 6th, 2010
6:30 pm

Check that, you’ll have to go to YouTube to hear the TV call. The call on the MBL highlight reel is Jim Powell’s call.

eric the elder

April 6th, 2010
6:35 pm

Carroll, I hope you will follow O’Brien’s policy on keeping politics out of your blog. We get enough of Captain Midnight’s vitriol all day long.

Can of corn

April 6th, 2010
6:36 pm

Enough with the off days. This feels like the playoffs with too many off days. I want Braves baseball every day. One game and then a day off, sheeesh. Go Braves #1

Explain

April 6th, 2010
6:49 pm

What makes a grown man purchase a shirt with a professional athlete’s name on it?

An eight year old I get; but a grown man?

Time to put Captain Midnight to bed

April 6th, 2010
6:54 pm

The question was:

“…I know how the cubs fans and white sox fans go back and forth, who was one of your favorite white sox players growing up?”

Since he explained he wasn’t a White Sox’ fan GROWING UP, it’s perfectly consistent that he couldn’t name off the top of his head, a White Sox player while he was GROWING UP.

You’re dismissed Midnight.

t

April 6th, 2010
7:07 pm

could not name one player growing up? hell I could name ONE player from a team I didn’t are about growing up. Fraud

ATL Fan

April 6th, 2010
7:08 pm

Explain, you question why an adult might buy a shirt with a professional athlete’s name on it. There could be various reasons, such as “proceeds to benefit (name the good cause)” or perhaps he is a friend or a relative; or maybe the parent wants to buy the same jersey that the kid wants to wear, thereby bonding with the kid.
It doesn’t necessarily mean that the adult idolizes the player.
I have never bought one, but I would consider buying one that had Bobby Cox’s name and number on it out of respect for what he has meant for the Braves.

Explain is a douche

April 6th, 2010
7:21 pm

Explain,

It’s called being a fan you loser. No wonder Atlanta gets ripped on by every other city in the country for being such a waste land of sports, if idiots like you live there. You stupid douche bag.

paw paw

April 6th, 2010
7:22 pm

To the Lemmer Me and both my boys remember you as to BOMB We need more players in the league that play as you did..

eric the elder

April 6th, 2010
7:23 pm

“could not name one player growing up? hell I could name ONE player from a team I didn’t care about growing up. Fraud”

You could name a White Sox player from the days you were growing up in Hawaii? I think we know who the fraud is. “t” = “Captain Midnight”

Anonymity is a way of being ignorant, but it’s no excuse for it.

scottbravesfan

April 6th, 2010
7:28 pm

It was crazy in the Turner Field store yesterday I was going to get a Heyward shirt for my wife but the crowd was insane. I’ll just order her one online from the mlb.com store.

And Explain you are an idiot. All fans wear jerseys to support the team no matter what the sport. Baseball, football, basketball, hockey, not to mention European football. They do it in every culture and country.

jcwfalcon

April 6th, 2010
7:32 pm

I am 30. I bought a Heyward jersey. Its bascially a shirt to wear to games or show support around town. Whats the big deal? He seems like a cool kid. He should be a Brave for the next 5-10 years. Hes exciting to watch. It doesnt mean I idolize him or worship him.
I have a Falcons jersey with my own name on the back, but thats only because after buying a Jamal Anderson (32), Tim Dwight, Michael Vick, etc jersey I got tired of always having to get a new jersey after they left.
I have a friend who always says “I refuse to wear a jersey with another mans name on the back.” I just laugh. Hes obviously homophobic or has some issues related to it, but its ok, we all have our quirks.
Wear what you want. Others will wear what they want. Different things have different meanings for different people.

jcwfalcon

April 6th, 2010
7:48 pm

Well Adam, he asked for an explanation…it didnt take the shirt off my back to give him one. :)

Self explanatory

April 6th, 2010
8:06 pm

ATL Fan did present some good reasons an adult would purchase a jersey.

But by looking at most of the rest of the responses, you could conclude that for some fans, it’s an extension of juvenile behavior on into adulthood.

I guess they have to wear something on days they aren’t wearing their favorite WWE T-Shirt.

jcwfalcon

April 6th, 2010
8:19 pm

Now hes too good for rastlin too. Man…that guy is Captain No Fun. :)

To each his own. I have fun, got a great education, have a very good career, and still watch sports, wear jerseys to games, watch rastlin, play fantasy sports, and play video games. I like it. If you dont like those sorts of things, I hope you find some fun in whatever it is you do.

Jimmy Buffett said it best I think “Growing older but not growing up.” And he meant it in a good way. We could all use a little good clean ‘juvenile’ behavior now and again. Or you can just live and die with that sour puss look on your face for the last 20-60 years. Not me.

jcwfalcon

April 6th, 2010
8:20 pm

Now if you own a John Cena T-shirt and you are over 25, you MIGHT need a little help…but then…to each his own. Maybe the guy is just a big fan of jorts?

bravefalconhawk

April 6th, 2010
8:21 pm

LOL @Explain…. You sound like a bitter and miserable person

NO MORE BOBBY

April 6th, 2010
8:27 pm

I was at the Braves store in CNN Center today and it looked as if every customer was buying a 22 jersey or tee. Hope these same people don’t give up on the guy if he struggles later. Remember he’s only 20. Crap! When I was 20 I was still living at home and playing church softball. Ha!!!

Self explanatory

April 6th, 2010
8:30 pm

I’ll will admit that ever since the dry cleaners ruined my signature blazer that I bought from Gordon Solie at a yard sale, I have become slowly disillusioned about professional sports.

Manu Ginóbili

April 6th, 2010
8:38 pm

Basketball is a black sport? Does that mean I have to give my 3 title rings and my Olympic gold medal back?

jcwfalcon

April 6th, 2010
8:38 pm

uh…Gordon Solie? Really? Dont hate. Great announcer for wrestling that has nothing to do with sports.
Ya know…its considered pretty juvenile to blog on the sports page of a local paper too. You might want to go find a car to fix.

Self explanatory

April 6th, 2010
8:45 pm

jcwfalcon, I would be happy to help someone repair their car, but that would require me leaving the basement, and then having to hear my mom b!tch about how I haven’t taken out the garbage.

Heyward fanatic

April 6th, 2010
8:49 pm

If it makes you feel any better explain you should know that some of those shirt sales goes to a good cause like the ACS. I would wear a J-Hey shirt anyways but knowing it goes to help the fight against cancer is something eveyone can support.

http://sportscrack.com/tees_j-heykid.html

Tron5000

April 6th, 2010
8:50 pm

What a fool. Waiting in line for a beer when Heyward comes up for his first AB. I wasn’t leaving my seat until I saw the kid swing the bat. Hope that $6.50 beer was worth the memory you missed out on. Good grief.

SWAT Native

April 6th, 2010
8:51 pm

For what it’s worth, I just got an great deal on a red alternate Heyward jersey on EBay – I’ll probably have it by Saturday. They got a bunch of ‘em on there already.

jcwfalcon

April 6th, 2010
8:55 pm

SWAT, thats where I got mine too. Same- red alternate. JerseyStore on eBay. It was easy to order, and the guy on the phone was polite. It was $80 plus shipping. Looks like it comes with all the official labels and everything is sewn. Definately not a bad deal. The Braves store online wanted over $200 for a similar jersey.

Manu Ginóbili

April 6th, 2010
8:55 pm

Chris, wouldn’t be obvious if you were responding to someone on a blog, that they would be a member of the species Homo Sapien and therefore you wouldn’t have to refer to them as such?

SWAT Native

April 6th, 2010
9:03 pm

jcwfalcon,

Yep, that’s the one I got. Always get your jerseys on EBay – they’re a fraction of the cost.

BossLady

April 6th, 2010
9:04 pm

I wear jersey’s with names on them because it congratulates the men for doing their jobs well. My jerseys consist of Glavine(cy young 300 wins) Andruw (10 Golden Gloves) R Moss (Touchdowns) Vick (yard leader)
Sheffield (top Player) P Manning (Best Qtrbk) I’m in the market for a Bobby Cox #6 and a McCann #16 and HEYWARD #22 all of which are superb
If there was a DOB jersey I would get it based on job well done, Okay?

[...] • The Braves report that they sold 500 Jason Heyward(notes) jerseys at Monday’s game and if you’re not impressed with that number, please consider that they didn’t go on sale until the fifth inning. I didn’t know this, but a team can’t sell a player’s memorabilia until he’s played one game in the bigs. Atlanta had to wait until the game became official to start selling. Atlanta Journal Constitution [...]

Johnboy

April 6th, 2010
11:04 pm

Perhaps the best reason for wearing a jersey is that it WAS YOUR # way back when because you liked it!
22 has ALWAYS been my favorite number ” Bullet” Bob Hayes was the first… I’m glad there is a BRAVE wearing it now ! It’s a fine thing that a local boy with seemingly solid values and a humble attitude represents this city HELL YES WE ARE PROUD !! Few other events UNITE strangers for so simple a reason as supporting a fellow citizen to do well….

Frankie

April 7th, 2010
8:30 am

I personalized mine through the website as soon as they announced his number.
Got it the day before the opener! Love it! Go Braves!!

Don

April 7th, 2010
9:10 am

Heyward does not seem to be swinging at the first pitch or overswinging trying to hit the long ball. His priority seems to be to make solid contact. SO, PLEASE, PLEASE, KEEP HIM AWAY FROM BOBBY COX.

Fillin' up @ Juniors

April 7th, 2010
9:34 am

EVERYONE NEEDS TO JUST CHILL OUT, and buy me season tickets. Because in the words of Aerosmith, “I don’t want to miss a moment”…*tear*

Dean

April 7th, 2010
10:00 am

I have been a loyal Braves fan since I was 10 y.o. when they beat the Yankees in the World Series in 1957. The only other Brave I saw hit a homer in his first at bat was Bob Horner against Bert Blyleven. Although Mr. Aaron will always be my all-time favorite Brave, this young man, Mr. Heyward, will gives us fans years of hope and enjoyment.

Ryan

April 7th, 2010
10:44 am

For those of you wanting to by a Heyward shirt I recommend ordering from the Braves Clubhouse Store in the CNN center. The shirts are $25(not including shipping) opposed to the $38+ on mlb.com. Just wanted to help everyone save a little cash.

Ryan

April 7th, 2010
10:50 am

Also, for those of you buying the red alternate Heyward jerseys on eBay, I bought a Smoltz jersey from them about a year ago. At first glance in the pictures it looks Authentic, but its actually a replica jersey with the Authentic tags sewn on. In a way the guy selling is smart for fooling people, but it’s basically a scam. If it doesn’t bother you..no problem. Just be careful knowing your not getting a real Authentic jersey.

jfreak13713

April 7th, 2010
11:05 am

It didn’t take long for RACE to enter the Heyward discussion and frankly I’m tired of it! Shame on you Hank Aaron for stealing this guys spotlight! Why can’t he just be a good ballplayer with the high potential of being one of the great ballplayer? Why Hank? Heyward is 20 years old not 70 and I’d bet he doesn’t want his success through the lens of RACE. I say again shame on you! America for the most part has moved maybe it’s time you did as well?

falcoholic

April 7th, 2010
11:54 am

jfreak dude hank aaron is a great ball player so why shame on him???

Blue Fox

April 7th, 2010
12:23 pm

Anybody seen Perimeter Perez?? Is he still circling ATL??

SWAT Native

April 7th, 2010
12:40 pm

Ryan,

I understand that you get what you pay for. I did note that the EBay seller didn’t call the jersey “authentic” in his description, and I understand the difference. I still think it’s cheaper than getting a replica at the Clubhouse store – if you can find one right now.

Algenis

April 7th, 2010
2:39 pm

Can’t wait to wear mine at Citi Field

Bravoholic

April 7th, 2010
4:13 pm

I got my J-Hey Kid shirt on now and heading down to Turner! Who’s going to join me? Go Bravos!!!

http://jasonheywardfacts.com has all the Hey-fever shirts you could want!!!!

Coach Mick

April 8th, 2010
11:07 am

Ok Gavin – when the heck did you bat against Jason Heywood in high school? Oh, now I recall. It was right after the game when you homered in the bottom of the 7th when Francour was pitching for Parkwood.

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Scott Munn

May 1st, 2010
10:21 pm

Check out this page on Facebook and the www site…
“THANKS BOBBY!” t-shirts and fan movement…
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thanks-Bobby/114355171912243?ref=sgm
http://www.thankbobby.com

jessis

August 21st, 2010
11:04 am

Check this site and you will see a lot of jerseys you want:
http://www.nfljerseysworlds.com

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