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Injured Dallas man turns Manny Machado's punch into a T-shirt

Injured Dallas man turns Manny Machado's punch into a T-shirt
Manny Machado is shown punching Yordano Ventura on this T-shirt offered on the website Nine Eight Twelve.

Manny Machado's infamous punch of Yordano Ventura has landed on a T-shirt, and the shirt has an unusual backstory.

James Stewart, who produces the shirt, started his own online shirt shop after being shot March 29 in Tallahassee, Fla., and taking a leave from his job as the senior director of operations for a student housing company in Dallas.

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Stewart, 26, fired one of his employees at his company's University Trails apartment building in Tallahassee. After the employee called her husband, Christopher Weigly to inform him of the news, Weigly drove to the apartment and shot Stewart multiple times with a semi-automatic firearm, according to an arrest affidavit from Florida's Second Circuit.

Tallahassee police charged Weigly with attempted murder.

Stewart was shot once in each shoulder, once in the left arm and once in the right ankle. He spent a week in the hospital. Since he was released, he has started his own T-shirt company, Nine Eight Twelve — for his wedding anniversary, Sept. 8, 2012 — to stay busy while he recovers.

His recent creation displays Machado landing a right hook to Ventura's cheek from the June 7 Orioles win. Stewart said he has sold about 40 of the shirts so far.

"It's something cool — it's a piece of Orioles history now," Stewart said. "I thought it'd be cool for all fans that were there [to have]."

Last month, Stewart, who lives in Dallas, designed a shirt portraying Texas Rangers infielder Rougned Odor punching Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista. That shirt reads "DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS" with the shape of Texas in the background.

James Stewart, a Dallas-based designer behind 9812, an online T-shirt company, wears a shirt he designed of Rougned Odor punching Jose Bautista. Stewart recently designed a shirt of Orioles infielder Manny Machado punching Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura.
James Stewart, a Dallas-based designer behind 9812, an online T-shirt company, wears a shirt he designed of Rougned Odor punching Jose Bautista. Stewart recently designed a shirt of Orioles infielder Manny Machado punching Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura. (HANDOUT)

A casual Orioles fan, Stewart then gave Machado's punch similar treatment. Stewart, an art school graduate of North Texas, draws the images and prints them on fabric. Other shirts commemorate the Pittsburgh Penguins' recent win in the Stanley Cup Final or remember the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla.

Stewart is still in physical therapy and on leave from work while he nurses his injuries. Despite a broken left arm, he uses his right to draw the images for the T-shirts.

After seeing an advertisement on Facebook for the company Shopify, Stewart used the online service to create the website and secure financial transactions for his business. He said he would love to make his new shop a long-term project, since it would mean that people appreciate his art enough for him to make a living off it.

"It really started as a way to keep the PTSD at bay," he said. "Since I can't work right now, I'm just making these shirts."

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