Darren Rovell at CNBC brings us the list of the top selling Major League Baseball jerseys from 2010, but before we get to that, we should talk about The Jersey Code.
The Jersey Code goes a little something like this:
Rule #1: Do not get your own name and favourite number printed on the back of a baseball jersey. The only bigger faux pas at a baseball game is interfering with play by grabbing a baseball to the detriment your home team and then not giving that baseball to a nearby kid.
Rule#2: No matter how old you are, you must at least struggle with the idea of purchasing the jersey of a player that is younger than you. This rule used to be a lot more strict, but that was before I turned 28 years old.
Rule #3: Do not wear a former player’s jersey to a game unless: a) he played on a championship team, b) there’s an element of irony attached, or c) he’s a personal friend of yours and scored you the tickets.
Rule #4: Buying a promotional third or fourth jersey with a zany colour is regrettable about 238 seconds after you hand over the money for it.
Rule #5: Jersey Ts are only allowable if you’re a student. After that, you might as well just tell the whole stadium that you’re unemployed.
That about does it. Here are the top ten MLB jerseys sold in 2010 (not including eBay purchases from Taiwan or the $20 Gardner jersey you haggled for outside of Yankee Stadium.
1. Derek Jeter, Yankees
2. Joe Mauer, Twins
3. Roy Halladay, Phillies
4. Chase Utley, Phillies
5. Cliff Lee, Mariners and Rangers
6. Albert Pujols, Cardinals
7. Josh Hamilton, Rangers
8. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
9. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
10. Tim Lincecum, Giants