Then there are the pants. For some reason, about 15 years ago baseball pants styles started to cover the sanitary socks and stirrups. As the years passed, the pant style got low and lower to the point that today, ofter we see players tucking the bottom of their pants legs underneath the bottom of their shoe and tucked un under a cleat or two. Frankly I think the look is ridiculous. Others may think it's a new chic look. Take a look at this Phillies throwback look with Jimmy Rollins and then compare it to the look of Steve Carlton wearing the powder blue road uniforms from the late 70s.
There was a time when baggy looked good, but it was a natural baggy style, not a manufactured look for style purposes that exist today. The old baggy style - wool flannel uniforms certainly weren't made for comfort , but players from the era claim that they weren't overly uncomfortable as wool fabric breaths naturally unlike the modern poly fibers that are used. It is said that the flannels soaked up sweat like a sponge and on a hot summer day could pick up substantial weight due to that factor. Today's uniforms are light weight material and made for comfort and maximum athletic advantage.
|Spider Jorgenson, Pee Wee Reese, Eddie Stanky and Jackie Robinson pose in 1947 at Brooklyn wearing the wool flannel home jerseys. Note the socks worn low, the style for the day with only a sliver of the sanitary whites showing.|
|Dodger 70's infield in their tight polyester duds. High and tight stirrups on the sock category.|
|Baggier 2004 Dodger infield edition, (with Shawn Green even).|
Oh yeah, then there are the hats. I simply don't get this look. Off center with the flat brim. Add Juan Pierre and Justin Upton to the list of guys that like this look along with CC Sabathia.
With the uncurved brim, turned sideways look, my son's Junior College baseball coach would make them run laps if he caught his players wearing their hats in this fashion, and still, some players tried to get away with doing it anyway. We all remember George Sherrill wearing that uncurved brim with the Dodgers. Known as the "Brim Reaper," the look didn't do anything for me, but at least he'd center the thing on his head.
The Andy Pettite curved brim lowered to eye level was one of the most intimidating looks in the game. He used that fashion statement to his advantage and looked cool in the process, concealing his brow and parts of the eyes. Hitters won't admit it, but he must have used this look to his advantage on the way to a stellar pitching career with numerous post season wins.
My question is "What next?" Baseball fashion has been all over the map. From Baggy flannels to rainbow polyester, high socks to no socks, short pants to long pants. Well, there has always "Turn Ahead the Clock Days" that MLB tried at various ball parks in 1999.
Is this the look of the future?