The coronavirus pandemic has had an unprecedented effect around the world, but Nationals manager Davey Martinez has one message: “Stay in the fight.”
On their way to winning their first World Series in franchise history last October, the Nationals rallied around that phrase while overcoming a 19-31 start to the season and postseason full of comeback victories. Now, Martinez is hoping to apply that to the real world, where thousands have been hospitalized and even more are losing their jobs.
Washington, D.C.-based sports apparel company BreakingT partnered with Martinez to produce “Stay in the Fight” T-shirts that were worn by players and sold at Nationals Park throughout the season. When the company decided to start making sports-themed face masks in wake of the pandemic, it was only a matter of time before the two ideas collided.
“As coronavirus hit and things unfolded, it took on a new meaning,” BreakingT president Jamie Mottram said in a phone interview. “We noticed fans who had bought ‘Stay in the Fight’ shirts and coffee mugs we had made were posting them on social media as a motivational message.
“We put it together and asked him what he thought about working with us on ‘Stay in the Fight’ masks and he was all in. It happened quickly from there.”
Proceeds for the masks, which you can purchase here, go toward nonprofit Direct Relief’s initiative to provide resources for doctors and nurses on the front lines around the world. Martinez has already started distributing masks to his players in hopes of promoting both others wearing masks and the cause to benefit Direct Relief.
Mottram says Martinez is also working with his agents at Octagon Sports & Entertainment Agency, which represents athletes across all sports such as Steph Curry and Vladimir Tarasenko, to push the message to “Stay in the Fight” beyond D.C. and help get the masks to all corners of the country and the world.
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