Throwback Thursday: The Case of the Mysterious Bumble Bee Jersey Guy

Back on April 9th of 2017, Andrew Fillipponi noticed a man in a #7 “bumble bee” jersey rise up out of the crowd waiting for Sergio Garcia’s Masters victory:


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Who was that mysterious fan? Mr. Burt Lauten, the Steelers Director of Communications swore it wasn’t him!


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While we were left wondering for several days, the mysterious fan finally stepped forward:

“I’m the Bumble Bee guy!!”


A gentleman by the name of Ron Manz saw the tweets re-posted here, and emailed us!


“It’s an absolute thrill to be featured on Ben’s website! I had no idea that things would explode as they have when I wore his jersey to The Masters.

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh and graduated from North Allegheny High School and Clarion University. I have lived in Charleston, SC for the past 15 years and I am President of Charleston Seafood. I actually ship seafood to many customers in the Pittsburgh area, which gives me an opportunity to ‘talk Steelers’ with them. I’m so very proud of my Pittsburgh roots, and my entire family still resides in the North Hills.


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I’m fortunate enough to attend The Masters every year, and when Ben announced he would return – I had to wear his Jersey on the final round on Sunday. I travel to see as many Steelers games as possible, but when in Charleston, I watch the games with 50 to 60 of my closest friends – all wearing Steelers jerseys and waving our Terrible Towels!


Steeler Nation is alive and well in Charleston!” — Ron.



And what happened to that jersey? Will Ron wear it again this year to The Masters?


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No way! He sent it later that summer to have Ben autograph it, then had it framed, along with the tweets, to remember his very different day at The Masters in 2017!



*Ron, thank you for sending us a photo of the framing! Enjoy this year’s Masters!



And speaking of The Masters….


What’s this we hear about not being able to yell, “Dilly Dilly“?


Surely this is an act of tyranny!


But that’s fine, we’ll just repeat it here! #DillyDilly!!



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