If Congress really wants to protect the American flag, they should stop promoting bogus Constitutional amendments that circumvent the Bill of Rights and instead turn their attention to Major League Baseball, where the flag patches worn on caps for major holidays have become a major embarrassment. When MLB began this holiday policy in 2002, the flags were woven into the caps. But last year they started using cheapo glue-on patches that don’t stay put. In the past season and a half, we’ve seen flag patches coming loose, flag patches falling off and being put back upside-down, and, of course, flag patches ending up upside-down in the wrong spot.
Yesterday offered more of the same. For starters, there were lots of inconsistencies: While most teams wore flags on the left side, the Mets wore them on the right. Some of the Indians didn’t wear them at all (look at Jason Michaels at the center of this photo), and neither did any of the Cubs (here’s the left side, here’s the right). And Nate Robertson apparently couldn’t wait for the holiday — he wore the flag on July 3rd.
But the best flag follies were, appropriately, in Washington, where the flag on John Patterson’s cap came loose in the 4th inning and somehow became ensnared in his sideburn. Patterson remained completely oblivious to this state of affairs for about 90 seconds, until catcher Brian Schneider went out to the mound and did some on-the-spot grooming for his batterymate. (Thanks to Perry Gattegno and Jordon Banfield for their reports on this one.)
Uni Watch News Ticker: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau was wearing a Reebok/NHL shirt under his game jersey on July 3rd, complete with the NHL logo visible near the top button of his jersey. What’s the deal? An anonymous source with the Minnesota Wild explains: “Morneau and Joe Mauer frequently come down to our dressing room at Xcel Energy Center. They live together in Saint Paul, about four blocks from the rink. As a native of British Columbia, Justin is a huge hockey fan and enjoys spending time hanging out with our players and staff. We’ve given him just about everything we give our own players, and he obviously wears it around the ballpark.” … Tsuyoshi Shinjo has officially gone off the deep end with his wristbands (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … You probably know that many MLB teams recycle their used jerseys in their minor league systems. They probably recycle their pants too, but I’d never really thought about that until Tyler Kulasza sent along this photo of a West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx player. Note the Cubs logo on the upper thigh, just like the parent club uses. Although the minor league pants have green piping (not found on the MLB pants), it seems pretty obvious that they just added the piping to the used pants, especially since the Majestic logo on the back pocket is blue, just like on the MLB pants, instead of green to match the piping.