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Those flag-desecration caps weren’t enough for some MLB players yesterday. Case in point: Mets catcher John Buck, who wore a flag-desecration necklace (lots of players wore those) and “patriotic” eye black stickers (I hope nobody else wore those). Buck then honored America by getting tossed from the game for arguing a checked-swing call.
Elsewhere, several teams had players wearing red, white, and blue arm sleeves, and Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals wore star-spangled batting gloves. I assume there was lots of additional silliness out there, so feel free to post comments about what you spotted.
(My thanks to Diego Bauzá, Mitch Mirsky, and Max Weintraub for their contributions.)
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