OK, so maybe it’s not familiar to me, per se. But to someone on Facebook who saw the image of the Jays’ new batting practice caps that I posted earlier today it certainly was. And that’s because he’d seen the item pictured on the left above– the Canadian Soccer Association’s New Era cap, in the style of what Football Shirt Culture explains is the Umbro-designed kit worn by the national men’s team in a June 3rd match against the USA at BMO Field (and the women’s team later in the month), as part of the CSA’s centennial celebrations in 2012.
Now, there are reasons to think that it isn’t anything more than a coincidence. After all, the colours are common and make total sense for what’s being represented, and design-wise here, there are really only so many ways to skin a cat… or a giant, gaudy, blue-backgrounded maple leaf beating you senseless with patriotism, as it were.
Plus, as we learned over the many months– years, even– in which rumours rumbled that the Jays were getting a uniform overhaul, MLB’s graphic design changes don’t exactly happen at lightening speed. Canada’s centenary kits were revealed in a press conference last May 10th, as confirmed by a post from theScore’s own Richard Whittall of Counter Attack (who awesomely claims he went there for the express purpose of getting a free shirt). Could the Jays have whipped up their latest leaf-adorned monstrosity in the interim, or would they have been well along in the process of cutting through MLB’s red tape by then? I’m inclined to believe the latter until give some indication otherwise.
Still… those are some damn similar hats.