Bomber Bowtie Back on TV
St. Xavier High School lovers who also happen to be St. Louis Cardinals haters, please put your anger on hold for at least one day.
While the Gateway City’s baseball team made the World Series this year, none of the two Jesuit high schools there will be part of the festivities. And while the Reds came up short on a postseason berth, Cincinnati’s Jesuit high school will be involved if the Series goes more than the minimum four games.
Fox baseball broadcaster Ken Rosenthal will wear a different Dhani Jones bowtie on the air during each game of the Fall Classic pitting the Texas Rangers and the Cards. The Series opens Oct. 19 in St. Louis. Barring a sweep, Rosenthal will don the St. Xavier High School tie for Game Five of the Series on Oct. 24.
Jones designed the blue-and-white neckwear with Gavin Gerundo (’11) to benefit the retention program at St. Xavier. The retention program assists nontraditional students by providing an opportunity to reach their potential academically, socially, spiritually and in personal development.
Fans across the country voted via Facebook to help Rosenthal decide which ties to wear. St. X was in the mix with ties benefitting such national players as the 9/11 Memorial and Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
According to Jones’ website, “The subtle X in the pattern of the tie reflects the school’s Long Blue Line tradition, while the geometric, contemporary design represents the Jesuit approach to leading within complex, changing environments.”
Jones and his BowTies For a Cause have working with the St. X community for nearly a year now. The tie – originally designed for sale during X-Travaganza 2011 in March – helped raise more than $30,000. Jones returned to St. X earlier this month to discuss day-to-day life at St. X with retention program students, as well as teach them how to tie his signature tie.
“It’s been a great partnership with Dhani,” said Ralph Nardini (’77), vice president for development. “He’s great with our kids. They look at him and see a former NFL player. That’s the inroad. But they also see a guy who sees a bigger picture beyond sports, who uses the platform of sports to reach out and serve a lot of different people. That’s right in line what we want to teach our kids, that idea of being servant leaders.”
Rosenthal already rocked a Bomber bowtie during the regular season, a Phillies-Mets Fox game of the week July 16.
Bomber bowties are available in the St. Xavier Spirit Shop; price is $57 each.