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.
“It was just us in the whole place, and we were just going room to room – just bouncing and flipping all over the place, hitting each other with balls, sweating, our shirts filthy,” Jacobs told Matt Burrows of the Sacramento Bee. “We were just dirty, stinky boys, you know?”A feel good story like this probably means nothing in the grand scheme, nor will it impact the Giants’ season in any sort of tangible, meaningful way. The biggest takeaway is Jacobs’ admirable behavior, his entirely unwarranted effort at brightening the life of one sympathetic fan. Behind all his pre-game posturing and his disdainful, brazen demeanor, perhaps there’s an element of Jacobs that plays this game not for the obvious, lucrative reasons, but for other less evident, more compassionate ones.