Monday, March 05, 2007
The New Wick-A-Way Caps
Major League Baseball has changed the Batting Practice and Game Caps for 2007, for every single team. And, Our Washington Nationals have decided to make an additional move, moving farther away from the "DC" Logo. The Logo that has been so popular during the first two seasons of Nationals Baseball. Now, don't get me wrong, I love The Curly "W". That is one sharp logo. Any Cap with that Curly "W", I wear proudly. But, I really loved that Blue with Red Bill, "DC" Logo Batting Practice Cap, too.
The Lerner Group, along with Team President Stan Kasten are enamored with The Curly "W" and we shall see it more and more as time progresses. Unfortunately, The "DC" Logo Batting Practice Polyester Stretch Cap has been replaced this spring by an updated Blue Curly "W" edition. When the African Queen and I went to Nationals Spring Training recently, we got a first hand look at the new practice cap. We didn't think much of it. The Red Half Moon on either sides looks a little silly. And, the Blue Curly "W" Batting Practice Pullover Jersey with two Buttons, just a bit boring. Although, I applaud the return of player/coach names to the back of the jerseys. All the Gold Trim that we witnessed the first two years of Washington Baseball, has been eliminated in the new practice attire.
The good news about the new Curly "W" Cap is the quality weave of the polyester. The "DC" Logo cap was a fairly flexible lighter material. The New Blue Curly "W" polyester is a thicker, more professional weave. It does stand up nice and remains in form, while on the head. Unlike the "DC" Cap, which tended to flop in the back (And, I am not talking about my man "FLop"--Felipe Lopez).
Today, I happened to actually have an off day from work, and walked into Modells Sporting Goods, at Springfield Mall, to see if any of the New Line of Nationals/Majestic/New Era Gear has shown up in their stores. In fact, that new Curly "W" Practice Cap was for sale. But, more interesting was the Special Display Cases with, not only that cap, but the New Red Polyester Curly "W" Game Cap. These Hats are supposedly durable, and made to wick-a-way perspiration, provide a more comfortable feel during the Hot Summer Months. The New Game Caps are not available for sale, until Opening Day, 2007.
The obvious differences were REMARKABLE!!
The New Game Cap still sports a FLAT BRIM. So, "The Chief", Chad Cordero can rest easy. That Brim is flat and as hard as a steel beam. I doubt if Chad will even have to Iron the brim. Its that hard!! (Cordero just doesn't look GOOD in that curled brim Batting Practice Hat. Image Is EVERYTHING, for "The Chief") At first glance, the new 5950 New Era Game Cap looks similar to the old Wool/Cotton blend. But, the new short style brim of the head piece looks very strange.
The New Game Cap Brim is only 2/3rds the size of the old Game Cap. Unfortunately, Modells did not have a old cap to compare. And, I was wearing a Nats Fashion Cap today. When looking straight down from the top, the New Cap Bill truly gives the impression of a Duck Bill. And, due to the shortness in length, New Era has added what appears to be a 1/2" to the side of the cap brim. The Cap looks oblong. The Brim is WIDER THAN THE CAP TOP! I got the impression a short snort "DAFFY DUCK" was standing in front of me.
When I am accustomed to something for a long period of time, my adjustment period for something new is arduous, at times. I can remember when The Denver Broncos changed their uniforms from their "Orange Crush" Days to their current Blue with White/Orange Swirls, I didn't like that new Broncos Uni, at first. Now, I realize Denver was well ahead of the times. The Current Broncos Uniform and Helmet is pretty cool. Time away from the old Broncos Uniform gave me comfort (Although on the days teams wear retro uniforms, I remember them all, fondly).
I imagine the same situation will remain true with Major League Baseball's New Game Caps. I will get use to them. The New Polyester 5950 Caps will become the standard. And, In a few short years, I will not notice the difference.
Unless Major League Baseball's New Caps, go the way of "New Coke" and the NBA's "New Micro Fiber Ball."
PS--(A little off tangent, but worth noting) There is one uniform that I have loved since Childhood: The San Diego Chargers Powder Blue Uniform with White Helmet and Yellow Lightning Bolts. That Jersey and Helmet brings a smile to my face, each and every time San Diego wears it on "Retro" Sundays during the NFL Season. Its so popular, I have never understood why The Chargers never re-adopted their original togs full time. Just a BEAUTIFUL UNIFORM!! And, you better believe I own that Lance Alworth Mitchell & Ness Vintage Style Jersey. I just LOVE IT!!
PSS--Many thanks to Jeff, The Store Manager for Modells at Springfield Mall for being kind enough to pull the display caps out of their cases and being my hand model for the pictures. Of course, it helped that I spent nearly $60 in the store buying Nats Gear. As much as I don't like it, I still had to buy the New Batting Practice Hat (If you need to ask me why, you don't understand me), plus two terrific clearance items. The "DC" Batting Practice Cap for $10 and a Gorgeous White Pullover Curly "W" Long Sleeve Sweatshirt in Red/Blue Trim for $15. Yeah, I know, you thought I owned EVERYTHING!! Pretty close, but still short a few apparel items. Fortunately, The African Queen is out of town on business.