After Parkes introduced his version of The Jersey Code earlier this week, the comment section exploded with opinions on what was and wasn’t acceptable wear for the ballpark. The topic of hats (or caps, if you prefer) came up with a particularly sharp brand of hate reserved for the sometimes loud & colourful options available to the young world.
Some hate the bastardized versions of the tried and true ballcap, others (namely myself) feel an original creation based on a famous logo is all in the game. Which isn’t to say you’ll see me wearing a neon-green Jays hat with a scale model of the CN Tower sticking out of the button any time soon, I simply acknowledge their right to exist.
That said: I won’t let my appreciation for personal expression get in the way of some good natured snark. After all, some of these hats are true abominations, not fit for man or beast. Join me after the jump for a quick rundown of some of the worst re-imagined caps.
…and we’re off to a roaring start. Two things many Jays fans hate, together for the last time! The empty blandness of the “T” alternate cap combined with a derided logo to create an indecipherable mess. While not as loud a swag statement as some of the others below, still a regrettable choice.
The world famous L.A. skyline? Palm trees are always nice, especially on a hat refusing to include the Dodgers iconic blue colour scheme in any way. I have a strong feeling this hat sells a lot more in Saskatchewan than it does in Southern California.
Oversized! Stretched and blown out beyond most recognition, the very simple “SF” logo of the Giants is stretched within an inch of its life. A shame really. The Giants logos are the textbook definition of “less is more” but this just screams “more is less.”
From the off-putting to the ridiculous! This is the first hat I would deem officially offensive. So. Much. Colour. In all the wrong places. Another case of trying to take a simple logo and swag it out. I just cannot get behind this hat. Much like the Astros, I’d be much happier if it simply ceased to be.
I will admit it, I like this. The shape of the logo fits the hat and my eye quite nicely. No major color betrayals. This is not a hat I would wear into public beyond the inherent Yankeesness, but somebody who could pull it off could definitely pull it off.
Why mince words: this is awful. Another simple logo that doesn’t work at all in this format. So much so, they needed to add “REDS” across to avoid confused. Yet I’m still so, so confused. Who would buy this? Why would they buy it? Why must you give drop shadow such a bad name?
Credit to the designer of this hat, there is no mistaking it as a Tigers hat. Or, at the very least, a tiger hat. That is a big scary tiger, ready to KILL you. Just like Detroit! Brand synergy at last. Pretty good for a 120 year old franchise.
Wow. Just…wow. Like the first Jays hat, this black and white numbers tries marrying two logos together. Old and new, together at last! Whatever marks I would award this hat for subtlety I immediately revoke for crimes against humanity. Perhaps reversing the layout, using the popular old school jawn in front of the modern “J” would be more popular. Then again, nobody buying this hat cares too much for the old school. Unless you want to pay tribute to the forefathers by spitting on their grave.
All images courtesy of New Era.