Buchholz teacher bids high on Andrew Miller's jersey


Red Sox pitcher Andrew Miller's game-worn, autographed jersey was one of 40 from Red Sox players auctioned off to benefit The One Fund Boston. The jersey is similar to the Red Sox's normal white home jersey as seen in this picture of Miller, but instead features "Boston" across the chest. (The Associated Press)

Published: Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 10:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 10:35 p.m.

Buchholz High School is making sure a piece of Boston stays with the Bobcats.

Last Friday, BHS biology teacher Scott Flamand successfully made a $4,100 bid to purchase the jersey of former Bobcats pitcher Andrew Miller, who now plays for the Boston Red Sox, during the online Boston BStrong auction.

Miller's game-worn, autographed jersey was one of 40 from Red Sox players auctioned off to benefit The One Fund Boston. Including Flamand's winning bid, the auction raised $310,741, with all net proceeds going those most affected from the Boston Marathon terrorist attacks on April 15.

“Scott brought it to our attention probably Wednesday, and everything was coordinated by him,” Buchholz athletic director Jay Godwin said. “He did a great job telling people.”

With donations nearing $2,700 on Friday afternoon, Flamand took the initiative to purchase the jersey out of his own pocket. Godwin said he is now trying to reimburse Flamand's efforts and still needs $1,000 to meet the mark.

When the jersey arrives at Buchholz, Godwin said it will be encased and displayed on the Bobcats' gym wall.

“Any more that we get will go to The One Fund Boston,” Flamand said. “It would be nice to get the $4,100, but it would be nicer to send them a check even bigger than that. I would like to keep this going and see how much money we can raise.”

Those interested in donating can send checks payable to Buchholz High School, noting the Andrew Miller jersey. Flamand can be reached for more information at flamans@gm.sbac.edu or 352-665-7020.

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