MIAMI — The fan perceived injustice and took action, to the extent that he could. When Less Antman read that the players' union had prevented reliever Brendan Donnelly's name from appearing on T-shirts and other memorabilia commemorating the Angels' championship season, he composed and circulated an online petition urging the union to lift the ban.
Donnelly served as a replacement player during the 1994-95 strike. The union does not admit those players as members, thus denying them a share of licensing revenue. The petition took no position on the membership issue but argued the omission of Donnelly's name from the World Series championship roster printed on T-shirts and elsewhere was an act of historical revisionism that made the union appear "petty, vindictive and ridiculous."
Antman, a personal financial advisor from the San Diego County town of Bonsall, gathered 798 signatures and recently presented a copy of the petition to Donnelly. Antman got an autographed picture with the inscription, "Thanks for everything."
Said Donnelly: "It's not going to change anything. But it's cool that someone took the time to do that and people took the time to sign it."