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Monday, July 16, 2007
  Flat Cap Fever
There's a disturbing fashion trend winding its way into Major League Baseball. Walk past any group of teenagers and you're likely to see young men wearing baseball caps. You might be struck by the fact that all of them have bought hats that are far too large for them.


Or so it seems. In fact, this is to allow the brim of the cap to remain flat, which is now the preferred manner in which to wear a baseball cap. Long gone are the days when bending a cap's brim was the first thing you'd do in order to "break it in."

There was a hint of this in last year's World Series, with the emergence of Cardinals hurler Anthony Reyes, who irons his hat to achieve this effect.



Which is fantastic, if you're looking for aiming for this kind of look:




Seriously, can you imagine Dave Stewart trying his patented "death stare" from under one of those? Bob Gibson would throw at his own head before sporting a look like this in public.


Now, there has always been the odd player who wears his hat with some degree of eccentricity. Hall of Famer "Sunny Jim" Bottomley wore his off to the side, as does Indians starter C.C. Sabathia. But there are some worrisome signs that this flat cap thing is spreading. During Sunday's Cardinals/Phillies game, Phillies reliever Mike Zagurski was sporting a cap, the brim of which could've been used to serve hors d'oeuvres.
Then there's the Blue Jays' own Jesse Litsch.


While it doesn't appear that he goes to quite the same lengths as Reyes, don't you wish that Vernon Wells or somebody would put a bend in that thing? Maybe Arnsberg could do it on his next mound visit.

The Baseball Gods seem to be doing their part to combat this fashion nightmare, as Reyes is currently 0-10 and was recently dispatched to the minors. Hopefully Zagurski and Litsch will see the light before they're back riding buses. If a top star adopts this look, it will spread like wildfire, and that could leave the future of Major League Baseball looking like this:


Be afraid. Be very afraid.

 
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