Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happy Birthday, America!


It's America's birthday! MLB's gift to the country? The hideous cap you see pictured.

Don't get me wrong, the "Welcome Back Veterans" campaign behind them is well-meaning. But if MLB wants a portion of the proceeds from sales to go to charity, why make them so damn ugly? People have to actually want to buy them for there to be any proceeds.

I tend to be a sucker for promotional (for lack of a better term) hats. I love the flag patches whenever they're brought out, the World Series caps, and especially this year's All Star game patch.

And being the Virginia Tech alum that I am, there will always be a special place in my heart for this cap.

But these veteran caps are U-G-L-Y. I get the stars and stripes in the team logo: the flag, the symbol of our country, whatever. But why did they choose that shade of blue? I've seen them in person, and they just look off. It seems strangely faded, and doesn't match a single teams' uniform. The Blue Jays are somewhat appropriately wearing a different version; theirs features the Canadian flag, which they wore a couple of days ago on Canada Day.

I was going to give you a 4th of July, Bad Baseball featured ugly match up, but Major League Baseball has made it easy for me: all of them!

So enjoy your extended weekend and be sure to watch plenty of baseball. Just try not to stare at the caps.

In other Bad Baseball news from Thursday night...
Cardinals starter Mitchell Boggs posted a triple-double; 10 runs (11 earned) on 10 hits over six innings of work against the Mets. He walked six in the losing effort, to boot . . . The Diamondbacks score six runs on the bottom of the 9th to beat the Brewers. Though Salomon Torres was the losing pitcher of record, it was really a combined effort between him, Guillermo Mota, and Brian Shouse. The three combined to allow six earned runs on six hits, without recording an out . . . The Orioles watched a lead slip away as they gave up seven runs in the sixth inning to the Royals. Adam Loewen allowed three runs on three hits for the Birds. He was Brewer-esque in his appearance; he also failed to record an out.

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