Major League Baseball hasn’t yet unveiled this year’s caps for Independence Day, but an industry source has provided me with images of this year’s designs for the Cubs and Tigers, as seen above. For now, those are the only two caps he’s shared with me, although I hope to have more to show you in the near future. The images were photographed directly off of a computer monitor, which explains the glare and the slight distortion of the caps’ shapes.
According to my source, all the caps this year are navy and red. And as you can see, they have a home plate-shaped side emblem featuring the team’s city and “USA” (although the Blue Jays will presumably have something different). Can’t wait to see how they squeeze city names like “San Francisco” and “Philadelphia” into that space.
The design approach is very similar to the format used in 2018, when all the caps were either navy or red with flag-desecration team logos, just like this year. But in 2018 the teams had their respective league logos on the side of the cap and also wore star-spangled jerseys. Here’s what the Cubs and Tigers wore that year, so you can compare the 2018 designs to this year’s:
As you can see, the stars/stripes patterns on the cap logos have been adjusted slightly this year, but it’s pretty much the same thing as in 2018.
Can’t remember what your favorite team wore in 2018? Here’s a graphic that SportsLogos.net put together at the time, just to refresh your memory:
Of course, if a team wore red (or navy) in 2018, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll do so again this year. The Cardinals, for example, could just as easily wear red this time around, and Atlanta might go with blue.
July 4 falls on a Tuesday this year. It’s not yet clear whether teams will wear these caps only on the holiday or for the entire four-day “weekend.”
Obviously, this is all just merch-dumpery, but that’s the uni-verse we now live in. At least these are less garish than last year’s embarrassments.