Ever since the 2005 Red Sox pioneered the use of gold-trimmed uniforms to begin the season after winning the World Series, almost every defending World Series champion has done likewise. The only exceptions have been the 2006 White Sox, the 2008 Red Sox, and the 2010 Yankees. There’s been no reason to believe the Rangers would buck that trend, and now we have confirmation that they will indeed be going for the gold this spring — but possibly with a twist.
That word comes from a trusted source in the retail industry who I heard from earlier today. They said:
Was checking some incoming inventory for my store and noticed that we are getting the Rangers’ gold championship hat, but it is saying the color is navy. Thought that was weird, considering the Rangers normally have royal blue caps.
My source sent along this screen shot from his computer:
That does seem odd, doesn’t it? The Rangers have never worn navy!
Wondering why the screen shot shows broken images instead of thumbnail photos? So was I, so I asked my source about that and got this response:
When we get these new style numbers in, they have a hard sell date, and usually that means they won’t show the picture until a day or two before. For example, we have hard sell dates for the new clubhouse hats, spring training hats and the St. Patrick’s Day hats, and they all show the same broken image thing when I type a style number in.
Meanwhile, if anyone knows more about this navy Rangers cap, and/or about the corresponding gold-trimmed jersey that will presumably go along with it, feel free to be in touch. Anonymity assured, of course.
Update: Reader/commenter Tom Raimonde points out that the team’s City Connect cap is navy (although it’s really, really dark, almost black). So maybe the gold-trimmed cap is based on that..?