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Gov. Dannel Malloy would rather be seen in Yankees pinstripes than anything with a Red Sox logo, but he made an exception on Friday.
Malloy actually wore a Red Sox jersey when the Red Sox Foundation was here to announce Connecticut Red Sox license plates that will benefit charity.
Sam Kennedy, the executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Red Sox, and a former Trinity College baseball player, presented the governor with a Red Sox jersey with “Malloy” and the number 1 on the back.
Kennedy said the Red Sox Foundation leadership attended a baseball owner’s meeting in Phoenix and a conversation ensued about the great battleground between Yankees and Red Sox fans in the state.
The Yankees officials proudly commented that Malloy is the Yankee’s top fan in the state, but Kennedy took it upon himself to invite Malloy to leave the “Evil Empire” of the Yankees and join Red Sox Nation and presented him with the jersey.
Malloy accepted the jersey, but was quick to comment.
“For charity,” he said.
The Red Sox Foundation will run the charity license plate program to help fund a soon-to-be-formed scholarship program for Connecticut public high school students who demonstrate academic talent, financial need, and a commitment to community service.
The total cost of the Red Sox charitable plate is $115. Of that total, $65 goes to the state's DMV to cover plate production costs, and $500 goes to the Red Sox Foundation to raise funds for academic scholarship programs in Connecticut. If you wish to order a new vanity Red Sox plate, the total cost is $184.
Malloy said education has been one of his primary focuses and commended the Red Sox Foundation for its charity work and commitment to helping Connecticut students fund higher education.
“I couldn’t be prouder to be here. I couldn’t be prouder to wear this shirt – today,” Malloy said.
If you would like to order a Red Sox plate, you can learn more on the Red Sox Foundation Web site.