This unnecessary decoration is just that — a decoration. A decoration that ruins an otherwise fine piece of headwear. A decoration that continues the silly trend of destroying the sanctity of on-field hats with patches for various events: spring training, the All-Star Game, the postseason, the World Series. That’s not even counting the logo for New Era, MLB’s cap manufacturer, which will adorn on-field hats during the regular season for the first time in 2017.
I suppose the idea is to sell more hats by advertising them as event-specific headwear, hoping to persuade fans that by forking over $35 they’re getting something special, a real novelty. Except, of course, that these patches only serve to make the hats ugly. As was the case with Friday’s announcement, the unveiling of the hats is often met with fire emojis on social media.
I suppose this means some people think hats still look sharp, even with the patches. These people are wrong. Even the most otherwise attractive hat is rendered unpurchaseable (is that a word?) with the addition of a patch.
Here’s what you need to know about the 2017 Hall of Fame announcement and induction ceremony.
We won’t know for certain until the announcement, but favorites include Astros great Jeff Bagwell, who narrowly missed induction in 2016, Former Expos All-Star Tim Raines, who’s in his last year on the writers’ ballot, former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman, who’s in his second year of Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys eligibility, and former Rangers catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, who’s making his debut on the writers’ ballot.