You may look at this picture of Joe Maddon and say, “Wow … those hats are worse than I feared. That’s a stain on the stylistically spotless (timeless?) Tampa Bay Rays chappeau.”
I, on the other hand, think that’s abso-fookin-lutely genius. I have a hat like that for cycling, to fit under the helmet while keeping the ears and neck warm. And the bill — don’t forget the bill. It’s easily the most valued piece of winter-weather gear. Other than these, of course.
In baseball, there are about two weeks a year where this hat could be useful — opening week and World Series week. That’s when the real weather extremes are still possible. Plus, it looks about 10 times better than the gamer over the stocking cap, or the stocking cap over the gamer, or this. Well, it would if the flaps were down.
This seems to be one of those use it-or-lose-it deals, though. If you’re going to put on the flapped hat, put the flaps down. If not, put on your standard 5950 and stand near the heater. Also unacceptable: One flap down. — Bryan