MLB already has game caps, BP caps, Elmer Fudd caps, St. Paddy’s Day caps, All-Star Game caps, World Series caps, throwback caps, futuristic caps, G.I. Joe caps, flag-desecration caps, wild card winner caps, division champion caps, league champion caps, World Series champion caps, snap-back caps, low-profile caps, distressed caps, and probably a few other caps I can’t think of right now.
Any reasonable person surveying this headwear landscape can only come to one possible conclusion: We need more motherfucking caps.
Fortunately, the folks at MLB have taken heroic steps to alleviate this tragic cap shortage before it reaches Irish Potato Famine-like proportions. Behold what they have magnanimously bestowed upon a cap-benighted world: the interview cap.
Every team will supposedly have one, but for now only the Mets’ version has leaked. No word yet on whether the Braves’ version will feature an Indian being interviewed. (Also no word on whether Cleveland will produce a special Albert Belle commemorative edition that says, “Fuck you, go away.”)
The Mets’ interview cap design was first leaked yesterday afternoon by a blog that now wishes to remain anonymous. According to that blogger, “From what I hear its purpose is to be worn during interviews and off-the-field stuff (charity events, blood drives, etc.). Unlike the NHL’s version, however, it will not be mandatory for players/coaches to wear the cap during interviews. It’s more if just a ‘Here if you want it’ type of thing.”
Yes, well, who wouldn’t want it?
Of course, as longtime readers may be aware, I have nobody to blame for all this but myself.
(Oh, nearly forgot: That is one ass-ugly cap.)
Meanwhile: New ESPN column today. Here you go.
PermaRec update: A cache of old rock and roll photos found at a flea market — including shots of Joe Jackson and Suzi Quatro, shown at right — lead down some interesting roads in the latest entry on the Permanent Record Blog.
Uni Watch News Ticker: In a story that’s basically just a branding boondoggle for T-Mobile, MLB is replacing dugout phones with cell phones. The phone system, which will look like this, is supposedly very high-tech and all that, but you just know there’ll be some snafus. Soon they’ll figure out that they can just slap a headset on the manager and put a green dot on the back of the bullpen coach’s cap — problem solved! … Very nice article about 49ers gold satin jackets. … Yesterday I Ticker-linked to a bunch of Penn State fencing photos. Now Zack Kurland has pointed out that several of the PSU fencers in that photo gallery were wearing “JVP” leg bands — presumably a memorial for Joe Paterno, whose middle name was Vincent. … As global climate change continues to result in ever-higher temperatures, Australian meteorologists have had to add new colors to their temperature maps — and one of the new colors, for the most beastly hot temperature range of all (at least for now), is purple. … “During the NHL lockout, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ players that stayed in North America and held their own practices wore NHLPA sweaters,” says Mike Slavonic. “But following the CBA deal, they were back in their normal practice sweaters on Monday.” … Justin Eller has written a summary of UVA’s 2012 uniform program. … Got a note yesterday from a company called Rock ’Em Apparel, which specializes in customizing the Nike Elite basketball sock. “We sponsor several top high schools in Florida and are also in the works of outfitting a few colleges, including Florida, Kentucky, and Ohio State,” says company spokesman Daniel George. This stuff looks horrific to me, but hey, different strokes and all that. … Boy, Alabama’s 1973 cheerleading pants looked like Indiana surplus (from Todd Herzog). … Another school with a counterintuitive color scheme and team name: Brown City High School in Michigan (from Christian Zummer). … New lacrosse uniform for Syracuse (from Joshua T. Gallo). … Here’s a nice video of the 2013 pro cycling kits, “though it’s much better with the sound off,” says <>Sean Clancy. … Korean baseball expert Dan Kurtz reports that Korea’s uniforms for the World Baseball Classic will be unveiled on Jan. 15. … Another example of Alabama’s helmet TV numbers being used to track the Tide’s national championships: Check out this gumball helmet set. That’s reader Steve Johnston’s son posing with his recent Christmas gift. I guess Riddell will have to update the ’Bama helmet. … The latest MLB video game has some serious throwback uniforms (from Paul Quinn). … The U. of Miami, of all places, has a new club hockey team. Their primary uniform is fairly predictable, but they also have this somewhat groovier alternate. “I’m not a complete fan of using the University’s crest when Sebastian the Ibis would have been a more appropriate choice, but all in all it’s a unique look,” says Miami alum Brian Bellows. … New soccer kits for FC Tokyo (from Jeremy Brahm) … Also from Jeremy: New alternate uniform for the Seibu Saitama Lions. “The right-patch is the Saitama Prefectural seal, which the government approved for use on the uniform,” says Jeremy. … Ever wonder what the storage archives look like at the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Glad you asked (from Thomas Langan). … Love this slideshow of old-fashioned soccer illustrations (from Robin Griffiths).