THEY'RE more than mere numbers, and there's more to them than meets the eye.
From important dates in their lives to lucky numbers to a happy coincidence, there's usually a compelling story behind the numbers your favorite players wear on their backs.
And more often that not, these stories will either surprise you or make you feel closer to your sports heroes.
Here's No. 13 of our Jersey Story Series:
COMING from a family of basketball players, Barako Bull sophomore Carlo Lastimosa had an outright choice for a jersey number.
The 25-year old young gun from Cagayan de Oro, after all, is a nephew of PBA great Jojo Lastimosa, who wore jersey No. 6 in his entire professional career.
So it came as no surprise that the former College of St. Benilde star and 2010 NCAA Rookie of the Year didn't need to think twice when he decided which jersey number to pick.
“Dahil sa tito ko ‘yun syempre idol ko ‘yun dati hanggang ngayon,” said Carlo, son of Jolas’ older brother Danny, a power forward during the brothers' Mama’s Love days in the old PABL.
Jolas, 51, racked up an impressive resume in his career. He played 15 seasons from 1988-2002, a former Rookie of the Year, part of the 1996 Alaska grand slam team, a three-time Mythical First Team, member of the league’s 25 Greatest Players and recently named as one of the 30 Greatest Alaska players in history.
But the flashy guard said there’s no pressure on his part to live up to his uncle’s legacy, now that he's donning Jolas' celebrated jersey number.
“Wala naman pressure. Since Benilde naman ‘yan eh, No. 6 na talaga ako eh sana lang magtuluy-tuloy lang ang magandang laro,” he said.
The young Lastimosa shared his uncle, now an assistant coach in NLEX, and his father based in Cagayan de Oro guided him since the start, saying their words of encouragement are his comforting words.
“Syempre lagi naman ‘yun andyan pag may masama akong laro tatawag-tawag naman, lalo na kapag magkalaban kami. Sabi niya, ‘Wag ko daw i-shoot, ok ‘yun, close kami,” he said.
“And my dad din kasi laging tumatawag kapag masama ang laro ko, kapag down ako laging ina-up ako,” he added.
Showing off his natural humor, Carlo said Uncle Jolas also has one constant reminder.
“Pabiro lang sinasabi, 'O, baka ‘yang number na ‘yan mapasama, na-retire ko ‘yan sa Alaska,” he said laughing. “Pero happy naman siya na nare-represent ko pa rin ang family name namin.”