You might remember several weeks ago seeing on TV or reading  a story about Fanatics and Major League Baseball teaming up to manufacture and donate masks and gowns for healthcare workers.

Fanatics is the global leader for licensed sports merchandise and they produce the official jerseys worn by MLB players. In full disclosure my son Brandon is the Director of Global Communications for the company.

What Fanatics did in late March as the pandemic spread was to stop making uniforms at their plant in Easton, Pennsylvania and begin making masks and gowns for healthcare workers in the same materials that players wear on the field with the first ones produced in Yankees and Phillies pinstripes. So why bring this up again?

This is National Hospital Week and frontline workers at RWJBarnabas Health locations throughout New Jersey became the latest recipients of this vitally-needed personal protective equipment.

Hospital staff wearing masks made from the material used to make MLB uniforms (Fanatics)

The health-care system received 30,000 masks and 600 gowns to be distributed across the state at their facilities which includes Community Medical Center in Toms River, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood and Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center in Toms River.

The masks and gowns distributed this week feature Yankees and Mets pinstripess. Sorry Phillies fans.

Fanatics has already distributed 500,000 masks and gowns to health care workers in nine different states and when all is said and done they plan to produce 1 million products with the company and Major League Baseball picking up the expected $3 million cost associated with the program.

Even if my son didn’t work for them I would laud this effort and I’m on the lookout for hospital workers wearing Mets gear. You know how I feel about the Yankees!


Hospital staff wearing masks and gowns made from the material used to make MLB uniforms (Fanatics)