Britt Ghiroli, who writes about MLB for The Athletic, has just produced a spectacular piece of reporting on Mets manager Buck Showalter’s windbreaker habit. This is award-caliber stuff, so you should definitely read the whole thing, but here are a few highlights:
- “Showalter does technically wear MLB-issued stuff, but none of it is new. He instead wears previously OK’ed items from years ago, a loophole he thinks drives the league nuts and one they’ll probably try to close when he’s done managing.”
- The article quotes former Mets pitcher Trevor Williams as saying that Mets equipment manager Kevin Kierst would scour thrift shops, eBay, and Craigslist in search of “old Mets stuff and try to get a cool one-of-a-kind windbreaker” for Showalter.
- Showalter has “heavier and lighter jackets, the latter of which have the lining removed to keep them even cooler during the summer months.”
- I’ve written a lot about MLB managers wearing front pants pockets back in the day. According to the article, Showalter has had this same pocket in his pants throughout his managerial career, but it’s apparently not visible because it’s usually covered up by his windbreaker.
And there’s more — a lot more. Read the whole article here. First-rate uni coverage!
The only downer comes at the very end, when Showalter says he can’t understand why he’s being asked about his wardrobe. “Who is going to read this story?” he says. “Must be a slow news day.” Oh, Buck — we all know you’re one of us, we all know you Get It™, so don’t apologize for it. Maybe one day you’ll be able to say it loud and proud.