Only 364 Days Until Next Year’s Stupid Caps!

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Paul here, pinch-hitting for Phil this weekend. Yesterday was Independence Day, so MLB honored the founding fathers by floating a new line of merch having teams wear really stupid caps. As you can see above, the American League caps were particularly problematic, because red clashes with so many teams’ color schemes. The N.L. caps, which were navy, were just as stupid but not as visually jarring. (The Blue Jays skipped the stars/stripes silliness and just wore their maple leaf caps, which made no sense and looked awful besides.)

Two other star/stripes items:

• Giancarlo Stanton, as he had promised, once again wore his flag-based arm sleeve last night. He had previously worn it on Memorial Day.

• Someone on the Tigers — not sure who — wore creative socks during pregame warm-ups.

Meanwhile, all MLB players, coaches, and umpires wore patches honoring the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest man” speech yesterday. The standard placement was the upper-right chest, but reader Steve Dodell notes that Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki wore it on the left side. (Interestingly, the Yanks had also worn the patch two days earlier, and Ichiro had it on the proper side for that game.)

And then there was Justin Upton of the Braves, who — well, here, see for yourself (click to enlarge):

Memo to MLB: Maybe you should think about sewing those patches on, instead of just using adhesive.

(Big thanks to Phil for his contributions to this section.)

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’Skins Watch: Remember the Native American activist who came face-to-face with the Indians fan wearing redface a few months ago? Here’s an article about him (the activist, not the fan), which includes details on some accusations that have been leveled against his nonprofit group (thanks, Phil). ”¦ During last Wednesday night’s Mets/Braves game, SNY cameras spotted this guy in the stands. Mets play-by-play man Gary Cohen said, “That kind of thing is generally frowned upon now — everywhere but here.”

Baseball News: Minor league teams wearing flag-based costumes yesterday included the Gwinnett Braves and Kalamazoo Growlers. … The Mets’ Frank Cashen memorial patch made its on-field debut last night. … Check this out: Walter Payton in a Cubs jersey (from Barry Brite). … For reasons that aren’t clear (at least to me), the Twins wore their road alternate at home on Thursday night. Have they been doing this all along and I just never noticed? … This is completely awesome: Baseball footage from the 1956 Olympics, where baseball was a demo sport. Look at those uniforms!! (Tremendous find from Cort McMurray.) … Was Steve Garvey wearing a green Dodgers cap, or was it just the lighting? (From Steve Hom.) ”¦ One good thing about having Bryce Harper back off the DL: these stirrups. ”¦ The Yomiuri Giants’ first victory was on July 3, 1936, so they had a pregame ceremony on Thursday featuring all their previous uniforms (from Jeremy Brahm).

NFL News: Quick quiz: When’s the last time the Packers wore white at home? Answer: They did so twice in 1989 but haven’t done it again since. Should they do it again, or is that a heretical thought? (Thanks, Phil.)

College Football News: Miami has updated the Florida outline decal on the back of its helmet, with the U now replacing the star. Here’s how it looks on the orange and green helmets (thanks, Brinke). … Hmmm, is this Under Armour’s new football design for Navy? (From Michael Korczynski.)

Hockey News: Here’s a look at what appears to be an early Blue Jackets prototype (thanks, Phil). … Check out this shot of Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard in a Canadiens jersey (thanks, Brinke).

NBA News: Based on a leak from KSEE-TV anchorman George Takata, who also happens to be a huge Kings fan, the Kings will apparently have new jerseys this fall. (And in a lesser development, new caps for the Warriors.) … Interesting to see that the Celtics are selling a green shirsey with “Boston” on the front, given that their green road jerseys have “Celtics.”

Soccer News: New kit for West Ham United. … Good interview with one of Puma’s typography designers (from Pete Woychick). … Soccer players usually switch jerseys at the end of the game. But Neymar did a jersey swap at halftime of yesterday’s Brazil/Colombia match, so he got a new jersey for the second half (screen shot by Jared Buccola).

Grab Bag: Love the block-shadowed, vertically arched lettering on this vintage basketball jersey. ”¦ Texas Gov. Rick Perry has stopped wearing cowboy boots. … Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has come up with new flight attendants’ uniforms for Virgin Atlantic (from Tommy Turner). … Roger Federer thinks Wimbledon’s all-white clothing rule is too strict. Further info here (thanks, Brinke). ”¦ And here’s a slideshow of past Wimbledon-in-white attire. … The Santa Barbara Fire Dept. wore camouflage for July 4th, presumably so the fire couldn’t see them (from Jack Martinez). ”¦ The CEV — that’s short for Confédération Européenne de Volleyball — and Mizuno have introduced a new volleyball for the 2015 CEV Champions League (from Jeremy Brahm). … People posted all sorts of fun July 4th-related items on Facebook yesterday. My favorite, by a mile, was this one.

42 comments to Only 364 Days Until Next Year’s Stupid Caps!

  • Chris | July 5, 2014 at 7:45 am |

    I thought that patch meant Fire Collins.

  • Willard | July 5, 2014 at 7:51 am |
  • Eddie | July 5, 2014 at 8:17 am |

    Only 364 Days Until Next Year’s Stupid Caps!
    Thats a damn lie and you know it, memorial day next year is less than 364 days away.

    • John E | July 5, 2014 at 1:04 pm |

      Aren’t all the teams wearing stupid caps for the All-Star game festivities as well?? If so, then it’s only about a week away from the next set of stupid caps.

      • Eddie | July 5, 2014 at 4:15 pm |

        I was going to say that as well, especially the home run derby hats, yea there’s 2 sets of hats they will wear next week. MLB is getting wayyyy too greedy.

  • Steve D | July 5, 2014 at 8:51 am |

    (Interestingly, the Yanks had also worn the patch two days earlier, and Ichiro had it on the proper side for that game.)

    As I mentioned in the comments for that game which may have been missed, Ichiro was also seen in the earlier game with no patch and later had one. During one at bat with the patch, he was constantly patting the patch as if to try to keep it on. Just speculation, but I bet his unique left-handed swing kept causing the patch to fall off…wonder if video exists of it happening during an at bat.

    • Brad | July 5, 2014 at 10:03 am |

      The Yankees probably wore the Lou Gehrig patch at home last Wed. so they could wear it with the pinstripe jersey and then sell them, along with yesterday’s road jerseys, through partner Steiner Sports as a “special” jersey.

      • Steve D | July 5, 2014 at 11:07 am |

        It is kind of like printing money isn’t it? In the past, teams were cheap, often sending jerseys to the minors to be recycled. Now, for the better players anyway, jerseys can be a source of profit. Wear it and sell it for more than it cost the team.

  • Gill | July 5, 2014 at 9:45 am |

    Steve Garvey’s green cap is worn on a St Patrick’s Day during Vero Beach Spring Training. I used to live in Vero and this was an annual tradition for the team under the O’Malley Family ownership.

  • Gerry | July 5, 2014 at 10:07 am |

    I too noticed this “Boston” jersey tee. Do the Celtics have something cooking on this? After all, we are expecting gray uniforms this year as well.

    • Paul Lee | July 5, 2014 at 11:03 pm |

      “Interesting to see that the Celtics are selling a green shirsey with ‘Boston’ on the front, given that their green road jerseys have ‘Celtics.'”

      Even more interesting is the NBA Store’s description:
      It features a printed team name on the front, Marcus Smart’s name on the back and his number on both sides.

      So, Boston Bostons?

  • Belgium Endive | July 5, 2014 at 10:35 am |

    In regard to the Blue Jays wearing their Canada Day hats on the 4th of July, I can’t help but feel MLB is just lazy. For years they’ve never clued into it’s a bit strange to have the Blue Jays celebrate a US holiday while playing in Toronto, maybe they finally clued in a bit, gave it all of 5 minutes of thought, and came up with the brain wave of getting the Blue Jays wear their Canada Day hats on July 4th while playing a game in the US, which seems equally insensitive to having them celebrate Memorial Day in Toronto. It just strikes me as they don’t want to put any real thought on striking the right balance.

    I think most Canadians are proud of the close friendship to the US (although some times it feels like we’re the quiet nice kid in high school, who no one pays much attention to, next to the jock who has everything), MLB would be better off doing something that reflects that friendship (provided it doesn’t come across as an excuse for another revenue stream)

    • diggerjohn111 | July 6, 2014 at 9:03 am |

      I think the Blue Jays should have just worn their normal caps, just like opposing teams do on Canada Day. I never took that as disrespectful. I agree with you, I do think the Maple Leaf caps on the 4th were a bit much, and don’t reflect the Canadian virtue of “quite, polite pride”. Besides that really isn’t “our” Maple Leaf, just a stylized version for Jays’ marketing.

  • kevin | July 5, 2014 at 10:49 am |

    Also only 364 more days until another stupid article like this one

    • Ryan | July 5, 2014 at 11:03 am |

      Technically, it’ll be a full year, or 365 days. Though, at this point, maybe 364 days and 20 hours or so.

    • Paul Lukas | July 5, 2014 at 12:45 pm |

      Kevin, I explained why I think the caps are stupid.

      Could you please explain why you think today’s article is stupid?

      • Eddie | July 5, 2014 at 4:18 pm |

        I think the headline is stupid, not only does it sound immature, but its not true as there are various times, including next week when mlb teams will be wearing hats that can be deemed stupid (HR Derby hats on one night then the front paneled ones on the all star game) PLUS the camouflage hats.

        Hey just be happy today’s main article is about actual uniforms unlike a few days ago lol.

      • Andrew Y. | July 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm |

        I didn’t think the article was stupid at all. Quite accurate actually. These caps really are stupid and I simply don’t see the point of them.

    • Buzz | July 6, 2014 at 12:09 am |

      Only 364 days until another stupid article? I give it less than a month.

  • robert brashear | July 5, 2014 at 10:53 am |

    It does seem just wrong to have all teams wear something that is just visually jarring. Special cpas should at least look like they belong. Seems to me last year’s were better. This year’s Memorial Day camos at least looked good colorwise. I have to believe esthetically better would even increase sales…

  • Kevin P. | July 5, 2014 at 11:42 am |

    That guy in the Native American attire is a special-needs man that has been at every Braves game (yes, in that same outfit) since 1992. He’s in his 40s but has the mindset of a 10-year-old child. Good on you, Mets broadcaster, for pointing him out and making fun of him for his passion fur the team he loves. Is the outfit racist? Maybe.. but if you ever get to see this guy root for his Braves, you’d know he has no intentions of racism or hatred in his heart. We should all be so lucky to be able to have that sort of team spirit in an all-too-serious time.

    • Paul Lukas | July 5, 2014 at 12:47 pm |

      Could you please explain how Gary Cohen was “making fun of him”?

      I’d also be interested in hearing why you think it’s OK for a 10-year-old child (or someone with the mind of same) to wear an outfit that you yourself say may be inappropriate.

  • Jeff Bernstein | July 5, 2014 at 11:49 am |

    I am a skins fan who is probably 50/50 on changing the name, BUT I am very upset with the ‘Skins watch’ catagory, not with the idea but with the title, because like, for example, today neither link had anything to do with the skins

    • Paul Lukas | July 5, 2014 at 12:48 pm |

      If you’ve been following the site for any length of time, then you already know that ’Skins Watch is a catch-all category for issues relating to Native American imagery in sports. I chose the name because the ’Skins were (and still are) the highest-profile example of that issue, and the one that’s most frequently in the news.

      And if you haven’t been following the site, well, now you know.

  • Robert W. | July 5, 2014 at 12:55 pm |

    Not sure if they were the only AL team to do so, but the Tampa Bay Rays wore the blue caps last night instead of red. Why?

    Also, Brad Ausmus had the Lou Gehrig patch on his undershirt last night during the press conference.

    • Paul Lukas | July 5, 2014 at 1:04 pm |

      When the 7/4 caps were unveiled, the Rays’ design was shown in navy, not red, and I recall someone saying it was because they knew they planned to wear their navy alternate jerseys on 7/4.

      In other words, the Rays saw the problem coming and sidestepped it. Not sure why other A.L. teams couldn’t/didn’t do the same.

      • allen | July 5, 2014 at 3:49 pm |

        the rays are a very impressive organization.

  • Josh | July 5, 2014 at 1:02 pm |

    Really surprised to see Terry Francona wearing that feather hat.

  • hofflalu | July 5, 2014 at 1:02 pm |

    Yep, as I understand it, they got rid of the “Twins” alternate for, I believe, this year. Can’t recall where I read it. I was my first Target Field game of the 2014 season this past Tuesday when they wore the navy “Minnesota” alternates, and was thinking to myself “This is the first time I’ve seen the Twins in-person in the ‘Minnesota’ jerseys because of the switch this season.”

    • Paul Lukas | July 5, 2014 at 1:07 pm |

      Yes, they got rid of the navy “Twins” jersey. But the navy “Minnesota” jersey is specifically listed in the style guide as a road alternate — not for home use.

      The only home alternate, supposedly, is the cream throwback. But I guess they’re taking some liberties with the protocol.

      • 1434 | July 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm |

        Yeah, they have been doing it all season. It drives my buddy and I crazy. We are no fans of the off colored navy alts anyway, but especially of them wearing the road jersey at home.

        We talk about it every time we see it at the ballpark, but nobody else seems to notice or even care. Guh…

        By the way, what really bugs me about those “Navy” alts is that the navy isn’t as dark as the navy blue of the caps and simply doesn’t match. These navy tops were born in the 90’s while the Twins played indoors at the Metrodome. My question is, was this lighter “navy” chosen because of how it looked under the teflon ceiling of the Dome? Meaning, maybe it looked correct then, but now obviously looks wrong outside?

        I’m probably over thinking it.

        • Caleb Berg | July 7, 2014 at 10:45 am |

          It could simply be a different shade due to different manufacturer. I read somewhere once that the actual shade of the Twins hat is called midnight navy or something like that. Also read once that the cool base jerseys don’t always come in all colors so sometimes they don’t match. Sometimes this was noticeable on road grays. Jersey wouldn’t match pants. I don’t know could be lighting too though.

  • quiet seattle | July 5, 2014 at 1:12 pm |

    That Worcester hoops jersey is a beauty.

  • Kevin P. | July 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm |

    When someone is pointed out on regional television, it’s typically in jest. I’m in Atlanta, GA so I didn’t watch the Mets broadcast, but I’ve seen plenty of games in which the broadcasters point out fans and it’s rarely in any manner besides one of poking-fun.

    And in response to your question of why I think it’s ok, I just think when our team is called the Braves and the man is special and just trying to support his team, there is a no harm, no foul mindset. My great grandfather was full-blooded Cherokee and nobody in my family, myself included, are offended by the Redskins name nor any other native American team names. Personally, I have always thought it was a tribute to Native Americans, in the sense that it keeps alive the history of the teams and, therefore, the people that those teams originally intended to represent. However, I also feel that everyone is entitled to an opinion, even if it’s not something I agree with. In a nutshell, I just think it’s a situational thing where a man that’s mentally challenged should be able to innocently represent his favorite team without being spotlighted by the media. Then again, I have met and talked to the guy, so I know the background. I’m sure if you didn’t know he was special, you’d think he was just being a racially insensitive, backwards thinking prick.

    • Paul Lukas | July 5, 2014 at 2:04 pm |

      When someone is pointed out on regional television, it’s typically in jest.

      In other words, you ignored the direct quotation I provided and substituted your own predetermined narrative.

      I just think when our team is called the Braves and the man is special and just trying to support his team, there is a no harm, no foul mindset.

      I didn’t ask about his mindset. You said he’s a functional 10-year-old — taking you at your word, I ask again: Why is it OK for a 10-year-old to dress inappropriately? Does he not have a guardian, a caretaker, or someone else to explain to him what’s inappropriate, just as one would do with an actual 10-year-old? If he engaged in lots of other objectionable behavior, would that also be OK? I’m not addressing his personal culpability; I’m addressing the the point that *someone* is personally responsible for him. I’m addressing the act, not the actor.

      I understand your apparent fondness for the fellow. But I think you’re letting that fondness get in the way of engaging with the actual issue.

  • Rich Paloma | July 5, 2014 at 1:48 pm |

    When is MLB going to get a clue that non-red/navy blue teams look ridiculous in these things. The same now applies for the all-star caps intro’d for this season. What’s in store for Cincinnati next year? All about marketing $$.
    Home Cap, Road Cap, Alt Cap, BP Cap, Camo (Mem.Day)Cap, July 4 Cap, All-Star Cap………

  • KC | July 5, 2014 at 2:46 pm |

    I came to the site today hoping for analysis of the NBA Summer League unis…

  • allen | July 5, 2014 at 3:45 pm |

    ebbets field is selling the USA cap from the 1956 Olympics.

  • Josh Claywell | July 5, 2014 at 4:13 pm |
  • Chuck | July 5, 2014 at 4:52 pm |

    I cannot recall the last time the Dodgers wore their script LA road jersey. Have they made the script LA their alts now? Are they on the way out?

  • Jim | July 5, 2014 at 11:34 pm |

    Packers wearing white at home is definitely heretical. Green (occasionally navy) and gold all the way.

  • REByrnes | July 7, 2014 at 2:33 am |

    You’re ‘very upset’? Because the section’s title uses the most well-known example and the section’s content discusses the issue generally? Is ‘very upset’ worse than ‘offended’?