Thursday, January 24, 2013

January 24- Boston Red Sox

If you’re anything like me, you know how to appreciate a variety of styles on New Era caps. And no, I’m not talking about custom styles. I’ve always been a huge fan of having at least two different styles of game hats, one for the road and one for at home. Sometimes an alternate is a nice change of pace, except when teams go overboard on them. This is pretty funny for me to say considering the fact that I’ll buy it anyway. But that’s not the point, too many hats are way too distracting, and too few hats can be quite redundant. I realize that the New York Yankees and their fans would completely disagree with me on this point, but then again, we are talking about Yankees fans. The Boston Red Sox had been one of those teams for a while too, only rocking one style of cap with the exception of 1974-1978, but only after the “B” logo was introduced in 1933. In 2009 the Red Sox introduced this cap to the field. An alternate style taken from the patches the players had been donning on their sleeves for over 50 years.

I scooped this one up in New York, of all places, at the New Era Flagship store right across the street from the MLB Fan Cave. It was kind of funny considering its popularity and availability, but it’s also not every day you’re going to be in New York and be able to stick it to Yankees fans roaming the street. Yah, I’m a bit of an instigator. Like all the dozens of hats I had bought before, I retreated back to a decent enough chair to get some leverage, opened the cap, set it on my knee, grabbed a silver Sharpie and got to it. Since the hat has only been in use for the last three seasons, it made it easy to know in advance what numbers to drop.

#33- Unless you’ve been under a rock (or in denial) for the last eight years, the Red Sox did in fact win two World Series titles in 2004 and 2007. See, here’s proof…

Why yes, that is me with Hall of Famer Jim Rice and the two trophies. DEAL WITH IT YANKEES FANS! Moving on; there was one player who stuck out the most in both of those series, the captain of the team; no, not Jose Canseco. Jason Varitek, despite being drafted by the Seattle Mariners, played his entire career (1997-2011) for the Sox, and is hands down one of the most notable players in the franchise’s history. He also had a pretty decent beard on his face. Not as sweet as mine, but for a guy who stuck it out in the northeast, it was pretty solid. But most important, he was the field general for both Series.

#47- I really felt that this one has way more of an impact than any other number I could have thrown on. Terry Francona is the mastermind who was able to get a rag tag bunch of misfits to overcome adversity, get their heads straight (even for just a few games) and play giant killer in the 2007 American League Championship Series. Coming back from down 0-3; ridiculously impressive. But with the Curse of the Bambino finally in its grave along with Babe Ruth himself, Francona decided to be a wise guy and make a run at a second World Series in 2007. I mean, the Colorado Rockies didn’t really have much of a chance. So kudos to Francona and company. Now, I realize that this hat wasn’t worn when they won both World Series; however, they were two of the only guys still left on the squad in 2009.

#46- I don’t really throw numbers on the opposite side of my hats, only in a few cases, and this one seemed pretty good. There’s always been a speculation that any rookies, or minor league veterans, donning jerseys in which the sum of the numbers add up to more than 10, there is very little chance that the team will call them up. Obviously 4 + 6 = 10, which in the circumstances of the last two guys to rock this number, both of them got called up to the Show. From 2007-2009 a quick, hard-hitting Mormon kid from Madras, Oregon won a World Series ring with the team in his rookie season, and was a member of the 2005 Oregon State College World Series team that lost to Baylor in the early rounds. Now, he’s wearing #2 and still plays outfield for the Red Sox; Jacoby Ellsbury.

The second player made his first Major League appearance in 2009 wearing the #68.; bad sign. In 2010 he came back again wearing the #39, but switched after Ellsbury made the change to #2. In 2011 he switched again to #16, but was ultimately traded after the season closed to the Oakland Athletics for Ryan Sweeney and Andrew Bailey. In 2012 dude pal kept the #16 and in this time he crushed 32 bombs, won a Gold Glove in right field and was an all-around Billy Badass for the club. Josh Reddick, I applaud you sir!

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