Latest member of Stirrup Nation: Marlins pitcher Burke Badenhop (whose name is a perfectly baseball-ized version of Boris Badenov). He’s apparently been wearing them all season long — and also last year, and also in the minors — but I wasn’t aware of it until Milwaukee broadcasters Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder had the following conversation during last night’s Brewers/Marlins game:
Brian Anderson: Badenhop’s wearing the old-fashioned stirrups. You don’t see guys wearing the stirrups very often. That’s a lost art, the stirrups. Those are old-school. Normally guys just wear, y’know, the black socks, the full socks.
Bill Schroeder: Right. I didn’t think they made ’em anymore.
Anderson: I think they’re making a comeback.
Schroeder: I think you have to special-order those online.
Anderson: Gotta go to the, uh, the retro department?
Schroeder: Right. Those are not in the, uh, the sanitary sock bin in the clubhouse. [Chuckles. Anderson chuckles back, although nobody has said anything funny.] That’s not an option.
Anderson: Those are a custom job, you say?
Anderson: I’ve seen a few players wearing them, though, you know. I think there’s a little bit of a comeback comin’.
Schroeder: Yeah. Have to go to a local sporting goods store, maybe, pick some up.
Anderson: That was the best day of the year, wasn’t it? Go get your uniform…
Anderson: …get those stirrups wrapped up.
Schroeder: You ever cut the bottoms of the stirrups and put the elastic in?
Schroeder: So you just had that one strip goin’ up.
Anderson: And then, you know, when you get to high school, and you get all the hand-me-down stuff, you know. And so they’ve been through the bin a few times. They’re all stretched out and then you’ve actually gotta flip ’em over your foot to get ’em back down again. Did you ever do that?
Schroeder: Probably not.
Anderson: Big leaguer.
Schroeder: I don’t know what you’re talkin’ about.
Anderson: Oh, you take — so, the stirrup is high. [Schroeder chuckles for some reason.] So you pull it down, then you loop it…
Anderson: …wrap it around your foot…
Anderson: … and it brings it down into this position.
Schroeder: Doesn’t that bundle up under your foot?
Anderson: Well it does, but you, you’re more impressed with the aesthetics than you are with the…
Schroeder: Not when you’re catching.
Anderson: …the wad in your foot. That’s one of those things you probably didn’t have to deal with at Clemson, or in the majors.
Schroeder: Oh, yeah. I player high school ball. Remember?
Anderson: You did? I thought you went straight from Little League to Clemson.
And from there things got seriously silly. Gotta admit, I’d never heard of the looping/bunching maneuver that Anderson described. Anyone else?
(Special thanks to reader Geoff Poole for alerting me to this one.)
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