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Monday, May 19, 2014

DiMauro: My hat is not off to the Yanks

Hats off to (Frank) Lary. Someone else is killing the Yankees…

This just in: The New York Yankees wore navy blue caps with the white interlocking “NY” for all three games this weekend against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

This qualifies as news now.

The traditional cap, the one worn by Ruth, Gehrig and DiMaggio (they were good old-time baseball players in case all you stat-vomiting twentysomethings and thirtysomethings are unaware) wasn’t good enough for the series with the Mets. And so the Yankees wore white-brimmed caps at Yankee Stadium for the first two games of the series and gray-brimmed for the two games at Citi Field.

The slogan du jour goes, “The 2014 New York Yankees: Our history. Your tradition.”

Raise your hands, Yankee fans, if your tradition includes white-brimmed caps.

...The genesis of the bastardized caps was a marketing agreement with New Era, a cap company. New Era, no doubt, picked a high profile series to hawk a new product. And then selected dopes sitting at home, the ones whose biggest responsibility in life is to update their fantasy team, buy it. They just can’t be a minute out of fashion. A white-brimmed Yankee cap goes well with their dress sandals.

This is who’s important now.

The dopes.

...But this? This was nauseating. Almost as nauseating as the way it was completely ignored or mocked by all those big, tough media guys who issue a dismissive wave and act like they know one more fact than the rest of the world on the subject of bastardization.

Sorry. Fandom is important. I, for example, root for laundry. And the laundry for the Subway Series was an embarrassment to the franchise. A complete embarrassment.

Repoz Posted: May 19, 2014 at 05:46 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. boteman Posted: May 19, 2014 at 06:29 AM (#4709361)
Another exceedingly important must-read opinion piece for Baseball THINK Factory.
   2. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: May 19, 2014 at 06:42 AM (#4709362)
I completely agree with the author's sentiments, though that stupid looking cap wasn't by any means the most ridiculous uniform worn over the weekend.
   3. Ulysses S. Fairsmith Posted: May 19, 2014 at 06:53 AM (#4709364)
The Baltimore Black Sox played from 1916 to 1934. They won the Negro American League pennant in 1929.

Edit: This was in response to a comment that is no longer here.
   4. Lassus Posted: May 19, 2014 at 08:20 AM (#4709373)
Another exceedingly important must-read opinion piece for Baseball THINK Factory.

Anyone can submit articles. Knock yourself out.
   5. Howie Menckel Posted: May 19, 2014 at 08:53 AM (#4709378)

"New Era, no doubt, picked a high profile series to hawk a new product."

the Pirates have 1 winning season in 2 decades and now they're high-profile?
   6. SG Posted: May 19, 2014 at 09:08 AM (#4709386)
the Pirates have 1 winning season in 2 decades and now they're high-profile?


The odd caps were worn in the Mets series, which I guess is sort of high-profile.

What I don't understand is why people who sit at home updating their fantasy teams would be the target market. Do they wear hats while they sit at home?
   7. simon bedford Posted: May 19, 2014 at 09:20 AM (#4709390)
yeah but they are wizard caps for the most part, and not the basketball team
   8. JE (Jason) Posted: May 19, 2014 at 11:28 AM (#4709462)
(they were good old-time baseball players in case all you stat-vomiting twentysomethings and thirtysomethings are unaware)

Is it okay if I stop reading?
   9. Morton's Fork Posted: May 19, 2014 at 11:41 AM (#4709470)
(they were good old-time baseball players in case all you stat-vomiting twentysomethings and thirtysomethings are unaware)

Is it okay if I stop reading?

Yeah, when I read that I threw up a low batting average in my mouth.
   10. Lassus Posted: May 19, 2014 at 11:42 AM (#4709474)
(they were good old-time baseball players in case all you stat-vomiting twentysomethings and thirtysomethings are unaware)
Is it okay if I stop reading?


Young people - so, so, so, scary to old people.
   11. salvomania Posted: May 19, 2014 at 12:33 PM (#4709514)
EDIT: Wrong thread.
   12. Batman Posted: May 19, 2014 at 01:36 PM (#4709562)
Stat-vomiting young people should get their heads out of their baseball-reference spreadsheets and watch Ruth, Gehrig and DiMaggio on the field.
   13. Harry Balsagne, anti-Centaur hate crime division Posted: May 19, 2014 at 01:42 PM (#4709567)
Another exceedingly important must-read opinion piece for Baseball THINK Factory.


Intelligent people can speak intelligently on any number of dumb topics. For reference, head over to the soccer thread.

OOOH, burn! I'm out!

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