Baseball is America’s favorite past time, at least during the summer months. Fans love to show off their favorite teams by wearing their team’s MLB Uniforms. You can almost tell what city you are in just by watching the caps worn by the citizens of that town.
To some fans it is part of the ritual of going to a game. You have to pick out at least one article of your team’s MLB uniform. At the very least you need to wear a team cap. For the more serious fan, you will also need to have a jersey also. It doesn’t matter whether the cap and or jersey is neat or just down right ugly. It is YOUR team and you have to support it by wearing part of the uniform. But this is by no means limited to just going to games and showing off the team colors.
Wearing your team’s MLB uniform cap is a year round thing for many. It is just part of your apparel. This is also not a gender thing. Of course more men typically wear the cap than women, but you will see many women also wear their favorite team’s cap. Traveling in other parts of the world, I have noticed that women wearing caps seems to be an American thing.
If you will indulge me in a short story to illustrate this American custom. My wife and I take people on antique buying trips to England. One of the girls said she couldn’t understand how they knew she was American before she opened her moth. I told her to just look in the mirror. She had her hair in a pony tail with the “tail” sticking out of the back of her cap. I asked her how many English women had she seen wearing caps. The American women stood out like sore thumbs with their cap and pony tail.
Of course Major League Baseball promotes the sale of the MLB uniforms because it is a good source of income. You can tell how popular a team is by the number of caps you can see people wearing, even in cities where that team is not located. You will see Yankee hats all over the U.S. Nearly everyone has a definite feeling about the Yankees, you either love them or hate them. You can check online and see which teams sell the most gear and thus rank the popularity of each team.
Some teams have special hats that may not be apart of the official MLB uniform. After a world series win, the players may wear a special hat that shows they won the world series. There are other just special hats that teams have to help generate more income. Besides the standard team logo, there may be special colors or designs. Again there seems to be a fascination with baseball caps in our society. Of course it now is not just MLB that has hats. Nearly every sport has a cap to promote their team.
Lately nearly every generation has its own special way to wear their MLB caps. It started with wearing the hat backwards like the way catchers used to wear them. I remember the stink that Ken Griffey Jr. created when he wore his backwards while taking batting practice before a game. Some traditional fans thought this was a disgrace. Baseball is a sport steeped in tradition. This was followed by young people wearing them at all sorts of odd angles. But however they are worn, fans still love their MLB uniforms.