When it comes to Yankee hats for different occasions, I consider myself something of a connoisseur. I have hats from various World Series and other special events dating back to 1996 when the MLB patch craze kicked off. I might skip this year’s Memorial Day tie-in.
For the second year in a row, as part of an effort to fund the veterans’ organization Welcome Back Veterans, MLB teams are donning special hats. Last year, the hats were blue with a flag logo. Every team, no matter their regular colors, wore that blue hat.
This year, the hats look a little different. As Darren Rovell reported this week, the Memorial Day hats will be red this year with the stars and stripes logo. At $37, they cost a pretty penny, but all of the proceeds go to Welcome Back Veterans.
Personally, I love the idea but hate the execution. I can’t argue with MLB’s efforts to aid veterans support groups. But can’t we do it in a way that won’t have my favorite team sporting the Fred Durst look on Monday? The Yankees are definitely not doing it all for the nookie, and red hats are so 1999.
A tip of the hat to WasWatching for teeing up the hats this morning.