Jimmy Ethyl 2
Originally uploaded by bridgeportseasoning.
I stopped at Freddie's this evening on the way home from the White Sox game for a bite and saw Jimmy Sabbia standing around. He's not getting around as well as he used to, folks. He's also not feeling as well as he usually does - he didn't go through the whole "You know Gene?" routine. So help him out if you have a chance. At the very least make sure he's okay.
Which is what I was doing. Anyway, he took a look at my t-shirt with the '83 Sox logo and "Obama" written underneath. Turns out Jimmy's up to date on the current political landscape.
"Oooohh-Bah-mamamamamamama," he croaked.
"Just, 'Obama,' Jimmy," I replied.
What followed shocked me, even knowing Jimmy's outbursts all these years. "Why are you wearing that shirt? This is Bridgeport, you know that?" He asked.
"It's 2008, Jimmy. Get with the times," I said.
Jimmy continued, "This is Bridgeport. We don't don't vote for..." I cut him off before he could start dropping racial epithets while the black family in front of me waited for their Italian ices.
"It's okay, Jimmy. the 11th Ward Local Democratic Organization endorsed Obama."
That set Jimmy off. "The 11th Ward? Where's that?"
"Here, Jimmy. This is the 11th Ward."
Jimmy then proceeded to give me a lesson in Bridgeport political history you don't find in newspapers or textbooks. "I grew up in Chinatown. You know the Bertuccis?"
"I know of them." (In fact I think I may have written about them in regard to the Jimbo's saga.)
"They run this neighborhood, from Chinatown. They'll kick your ass for wearing your Ooooh-Ba-mamamamamama t-shirt." Then he staggered away south on Union.
If what Jimmy says is true, it looks like I might be donating to the Order of St. Rocco next month.