Rarely do the two forces converge, so clearly we live in halcyon times when the aura of a Red Sox World Series championship and the annual sugar-buzz creativity of Halloween come together to form something curiously symbiotic.
But we are in that bold new world. And there was 11-year-old Richard Jabba on Thursday afternoon — a half-day removed from the Red Sox’s third World Championship of the past decade and mere hours away from the candy-coated grip of All Hallows’ Eve — finding a way to merge the two seminal events.
The sixth-grader from O’Maley Innovation Middle School decided the perfect Halloween costume would be to dress as Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli and, toward that end, journeyed down to Palazola’s Sporting Goods on Main Street with his mom, Mahroussio, and his 5-year-old brother, Rafael, to nab a Napoli jersey.
Why Napoli? Why not? One beard brother is as good as another.
Richard had actually penciled the BoSox burly first baseman into his Halloween lineup before the World Series. But the six-game run past the Cardinals made it all the more appropriate.
Richard was one of the many Red Sox fans who set out Thursday to pay homage to the Olde Town Team’s exhilarating romp to the top of baseball’s gilded heap.
And what better way to show the love than to plunk down a big chunk of cheese for an official Red Sox World Champion hat or other apparel that will for years — or at least until lost or ruined in a freak washing machine accident — harken the passage of Boston’s boys of summer to its men of autumn?
Jack Palazola, owner of the Gloucester Main Street sporting goods store that bears his name, said he spent much of Thursday fielding calls and explaining to visitors that he wouldn’t have the official World Series Championship apparel until today.
“I knew when I came in today that the phone was going to ringing with people asking for World Series championship hats and T-shirts,” Palazola said after getting young Richard squared away. “To have the stuff (Thursday), I would have had to drive down to Rhode Island on Wednesday night to pick ’em up. You have to order this stuff months in advance, and a month ago I said I’m not going to drive down to Rhode Island.”
The Olympia Sports store at Gloucester Crossing got its first shipment of Red Sox World Championship apparel within 12 hours of the Sox clinching the title. Two hours later, it was all sold out.
“We’re going to have multiple deliveries all throughout the weekend,” Olympia Sports store manager Mile Malloy said as the afternoon darkened on its journey toward dusk. “I’ve had people asking for it all day.”
Dawn Burke was standing nearby as Malloy finished his conversation and was disappointed to learn she got caught in the rundown between deliveries.
She was asked if she planned to wear her Red Sox World Championship stuff as part of a Halloween costume.
“No,” Burke said. “I was looking to wear it (today). I teach seventh grade at O’Maley, and I thought the kids would get a kick out of it.”
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