Children are often unfamiliar to the particulars of professional sports? free agency systems. Their naivete and carefree, blissful dispositions towards the players and their performances can dominate their perception of the sport more broadly, which, at a young age, is probably the best general approach to take.
In this news-bereft lull between minicamp and training camp, stories like Joseph Armento and his good-willed financial investment remind us of the strong, lasting connections that innocent, youthful observers build through TV screens, radios and magazines with their favorite athletes. It was just three weeks ago that Joseph, after learning of Jacobs? new deal with the San Francisco 49ers, emptied his piggy bank and packaged its $3.36 of funds with a truly heartwarming letter, all in an effort to keep Jacobs with Big Blue.
Jacobs was touched by Armento?s sincerity, and repaid him with a $5 bill to refill his piggy bank as well as a signed Giants? helmet, but he wasn?t done helping Armento grieve over his favorite player?s relocation. Upon returning to the East Coast for a final pack-up, clean-out mission before moving to San Francisco, Jacobs joined Joseph with his five-year old son, Brayden, at the Jump On In bounce house in Boonton, N.J., for two hours of non-stop trampoline fun.