The Orioles posted one of those “Packing up and heading to spring training!” videos yesterday (shown above), and it includes something intriguing: At the 0:19 mark the camera shows a cap sitting atop a stack of boxes — a cap that doesn’t match up with anything the Orioles have previously worn:
As you can see, the cap is hybrid. It features the team’s primary cap logo from 1989, but set on the black/white template that’s normally used for the team’s “cartoon bird” logo:
It’s hard to know what to make of this cap’s appearance in the video. We know it’s not a spring training cap, because it doesn’t have the proper logo on the side. I asked my source who has access to the 2024 MLB Style Guide if this cap appears in the Orioles section and was told that it does not. It might just be a fashion cap, but why would the O’s equipment staff be packing that for the trip to Florida? Is it a hint of something to come? Are they just fucking with us?
Personally, I really like the hybrid design and hope it turns out to be an on-field option. Meanwhile, if anyone knows more, feel free to be in touch. Anonymity assured, of course.
(My thanks to Marcus Hall and @NicksProps for bringing this one to my attention.)