What Not To Wear (Part Two)

Game 32: A win would be pretty cool
Open Thread: Happy Mother's Day

There was so much discussion on yesterday’s post about what not to wear that I felt it was absolutely necessary to do a sequel. I wasn’t clear where I should have been, and people brought up some questions that I wanted to answer and arguments that I felt needed to be refuted. After all, there is nothing more important than dressing well for the game, short of winning.


First of all, I don’t care how old you are, how young you are, if you’re purple, black, green, gray, or white. I don’t care if you’re a girl, a guy, or you identify as some other gender. I don’t care if you’re from New Jersey, New York, Alaska, the moon, California, or France. Not taking the sticker off your cap looks dumb. If I saw Derek Jeter wearing the sticker on his cap, I would first stare with huge eyes, then turn to the person next to me and go, “Oh my god, Derek Jeter looks like a total moron with the sticker on his cap.”  No stickers on caps. For anyone. Ever.*

I realized afterwards that all the caps I posted were $35+ and up. You might have tight finances and still want a proper Yankees hat, so I’ll propose another option. Now, granted, I haven’t been to New York City in about four years now (this sucks), so maybe this assumption is wrong, but aren’t there those shifty stands run by people that sell bootleg Yankees caps for $5 or $10? Did I just make this up? Do they only sell hideously ugly oil spill caps? Did I just superimpose Oakland on New York (I’m so sorry)? Those caps tend to be black and white or navy and white. Cheap and fashionable, the perfect combination!

A few additional notes on hats:

  • The 2010 Memorial Day hats are a solid maybe. Go for it. The Yankees one is nice, but I’d be careful picking a team indiscriminately. Much like the quality of baseball, some of them are not as good.
  • Rally caps are okay in extra innings only.
  • You can wear your hat sideways if you are seven years old or younger. It’s cute. If you’re 35? Not cute.
  • Wearing your hat backwards is a maybe leaning towards no.
  • Adjustable caps due to ponytails are totally acceptable.


Again, there are financial ways to get a good jersey. There are plenty of fake jerseys you can buy from China for $20. A simple googling displays plenty of jerseys that are close to the authentic jerseys. Here’s some. They’ve got lots of numbers, home and away, and all for the low, low price of $21 plus shipping. Combine that with your street-bought cap, and you’re correctly dressed for the game for $30, give or take shipping and tax. Even someone living on a shoestring budget should be able to scrape that up, right? And if not, I don’t know if I’d advise going to too many baseball games.

There’s a lot of discussion on whether the named jerseys for the Yankees are okay or not. Well, I’ve decided that they’re acceptable stadium wear, but not advisable. Like above money-related issues, you might want to divide up your finances. Say you’ve got $200, but you want both a Rivera and a Posada jersey. If you’re looking to get both authentics, you’re out of luck. However, if you can tolerate the names, you’re in business! The Jeter replica jersey will cost you a cool c-note, where the nameless authentic is almost double. Can’t blame a guy for not wanting to drop an extra hundred bucks to lose fabric.

Alternately, if you do not want a fake jersey and can’t afford an authentic/replica, I would suggest a player-customized shirt, sometimes known as a shirsey. Even if you pick these up from MLB.com and they cost only $25 or so. You can also get them customized for an additional $10, give or take. The great thing about these shirts is you can wear them everywhere. Jerseys aren’t really good everyday wear, but you can’t lose with a t-shirt. Looking for an affordable piece of clothing you can wear in and out of the ballpark? Look no further.

I had a couple of specific questions that I’d like to answer before I wrap up Fashion Weekend on River Ave. Blues:

  • Rodriguez jerseys are stability jerseys. The guy’s not going anywhere, and he’ll be good for a while, probably.
  • I had a tough time deciding on Cano.  While I do truly believe he is going to be a great player for a long time, he’s still in the trendy jersey category.

I hope you all had as much fun with this like I did.

(*Mariano Rivera can wear the sticker on his cap if he wants, because he’s freaking Mariano Rivera.)

Game 32: A win would be pretty cool
Open Thread: Happy Mother's Day
  • Dan

    I still wear my Cano #24 shirt with pride.

  • Matt Montero

    One more question…

    What about a jersey with a current player but old number?

    Such as a Hughes #34 or Cano #22?

    • oh boy roberto

      this. I mean the guy’s been around since ot 5? I should be able to wear my Cano 22

    • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 Hannah Ehrlich

      You are more cool than anyone.

      • oy boh

  • http://twitter.com/#!/riddering Riddering

    I am surprised at how easily you sway in your concession re Yankee jerseys with player names on the backs! Where is your mental toughness?

    But both of these articles were great reads. It’s nice to have an easygoing palate cleanser between srs baseball talk once in a while.

    • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 Hannah Ehrlich

      I have always been okay with yankee jerseys with names.

      • Neil

        I saw a guy on line at the Court Deli with a Yankee pinstripe jersey with the following written where a name would go: NO NAME OF COURSE

        • SodaPopinski

          you like this.

  • http://nutballgazette.blogspot.com/ Larry

    I wear T-Shirts with the big NY on it with numbers and names of past stars, Mantle, Berra, Guidry etc, I just had made 2 custom ones, a #1 Murcer and a #32 Howard shirt.

  • Jericho Spade

    I think this two part article could be defined as “What Not to Write.” As even though people wear things that make them look foolish all the time, there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, I encourage it, because it is fun to stare!

    • Greg Golson’s Laser Rocket Arm

      #1. this article is awesome
      #2. It is put under the tag “Whimsy” so take it as it is labeled
      #3. Yes, the people who wear things that make them look foolish are hilarious to look at

      • Jericho Spade

        Hating on the Memorial day Yankees hat, which the team actually wears is utterly ridiculous.

    • BHC Matejek

      Ya actually i’m a huge fan of when Hannah goes off on tangents (not spelled right?) on the site. I consider it very amusing and its to take a break from the daily grind of yankee analysis.
      I also laugh at all the people who get all worked up and angree when she does these types of articles. Here’s a suggestion………….wait for it…………wait for it……………. DON’T READ IT! That sounds simple enough to me. And Cudos on another great article Hannah!

  • http://facebook.com/andrewjcalagna Drew

    The jersey shirt is my opinion is the only acceptable way for a person to have a name of a player on their back, if you are going to spend $ on a jersey, spend a little more and get the authentic. Like i said in my comment in part 1. A Jersey with a name on it looks stupid.

    • JU

      I agree with this completely. “Shirseys” are totally acceptable to have names on them – in fact I havent even seen one w/o a name since I bought #23 one in the early 90s. Any jersey (I.e. Something w/ buttons) that has a name on it is like wearing a name tag that says, “Hi, I’m ‘that guy’…you know, the Yankee fan that you unfairly get associated with, and consequently have to preface telling someone your Yankee fan with, ‘But I’m a real baseball fan'”.

      Incidentally, that would be a seriously large nametag.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      if you are going to spend $ on a jersey, spend a little more and get the authentic.

      Or buy your jersey off of eBay and get the quality, no-name, sewn-on tackle twill look without the high price.

      Reduce, reuse, recycle.

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    I still say pink hats are okay on Mother’s day and baby blue on Father’s day. The flag Yankee hat is bad ass, a classic look with a little something special. ONLY on Memorial Day, 9/11, and the Fourth of July, though. I’ll probably get something like that to wear to GZ on 9/11.

    • Whatev

      The flag hats are pretty appropriate at the WBC, too.

      • A-Rod’s Wingman

        Yes, I knew I was forgetting something.

  • Whatev

    I’m really starting to resent all this pressure to not wear my hats the way I want. I think the stickers look sweet (it’s like my hat’s made of GOLD!), so I leave them on until they fall off. Who are you (not you specifically, of course) to tell me that I look like a moron wearing my clothes the way that makes me most comfortable? Next you’ll tell me I can only be cool if I wear a navy hat with white letters.

    This (SFW) is what my current favorite looks like, and I think it’s awesome. To shore up my perspective a little: I think wearing leggings as pants (plastic neon sunglasses, lumberjack shirts if you’re not a lumberjack, take your pick) looks ridiculous, but that doesn’t stop plenty of people from doing it with impunity.

    I’m only talking about the circular gold ones, not the brim-devouring New Era ads that they’ve started attaching to the whole front of the hat. Those do look stupid.

    • Now Batting

      You look like a moron keeping the sticker on your hat. Do you keep the tags on shirts or the stickers on jeans when you go out?

      • Whatev

        No, I think those have served their purpose once you’ve bought the garment. If they were stylized to the degree that my solid gold hat-sticker is, I might.

      • Now Batting

        Ya, the sticker on your hat that says the brand and hat size is stylized and made of gold…

    • Zack

      You resent the pressure about people making fun of the sticker you like, then point out that the other sticker looks stupid.

      • http://www.bronxbombersreport.com Craig

        That looks like the Yankees hat that a closet Philly fan would wear.

        • Whatev

          School spirit. Go Maroons!

    • Dr. O

      Nope, looks stupid. There is no positive spin. It’s called Feuxluxurious and the only people that aren’t laughing at you are the other people that wear their hats like that. I knew a guy that was trying to impress some girl we had a class with, after months of denial he finally asked straight up why she didn’t like him and she said that she thought the sticker being on the hat was him saying he was proud that he stole it or something. He told her the real reason and she said “Oh, well now I just think you’re lame”.

      • Whatev

        What you’re saying is true of any fashion trend. Some people like it, some people think it looks terrible. I get that you (and the author) think it looks bad, but can you tell me why? I personally find that I take better care of my hats when I keep the stickers on, and nice-looking stuff is always a plus. Also, shiny stuff is awesome. What about it makes me look stupid?

        (…what does fauxluxurious mean?)

  • JC

    What is said of a 20 year old with two Cervelli Shirtseys (#’s 29 & 17)? Does it help that my last name is Cantalupo haha?

    • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 Hannah Ehrlich

      You need to find a better player to love. That being said, the #29 shirsey is better than the #17, because it means you were a fan last year.

  • http://twitter.com/billreichmann Bill in Boston


    my favorite shirt to wear pre-Hughes arm problems.

    • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 Hannah Ehrlich

      Wear it during his arm problems. That way when he’s back and doing awesome, you can say, “I always stuck by him and wore his shirt when we were considering arm amputation.”

      If he comes back like Bonderman, throw it away. You don’t ever want to be associated with a pitcher lost to injury.

      • RL

        So is that like wearing a “Joba Rules” shirt?

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    You said shirsey. I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE.

    (I have honestly found this really fun to read.)

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    I bought a home white pinstripes jersey with sewn-on numbers-only #24. Used, from a fellow Yankee fan and fellow RAB commenter (so it’s the best of both worlds, a quality jersey at a quality price).

    #24 is my favorite number (from Ken Griffey and Rickey Henderson, whom I loved back as a kid before you start rooting for a team and when you just root for players you like). When Henderson went to the Yankees and kept #24, it was the perfect marriage of my favorite player and now favorite team.

    I now wear it in pinstripes for Robinson Cano, although if anyone wants to mistake it for Tino Martinez or Ruben Sierra or Rickey himself, or even Kevin Maas or Deion Sanders or Sidney Ponson or Al Downing, it’s all good.

    I love having a no-name jersey that isn’t an iconic, retired number, because that number includes more Yankees that bring a smile to my face inside its history.

    No name >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> name.

    • http://www.bronxbombersreport.com Craig

      Great point. You have eight jerseys in one.

  • No Name On Back

    Good article, but I would say one thing: as this site is affiliated with the YES Network, which is partially owned by an MLB team, I’d strongly discourage linking to places to buy Chinese knockoffs, or advising people to buy them.

    I’ve gotten to know some of the sports apparel industry pretty well, and that practice is strongly looked down upon, considering those companies are infringing upon copyrights and cutting into their business. I personally don’t have a problem with someone buying a Chinese knockoff (if they can find a well-made, accurate one), but I know MLB, the Yankees, and Majestic/New Era DO have a major issue with it.

    Plus, they’re typically of terrible quality and easy to spot a mile away.

  • first time lawng time

    I still don’t see why people here make a big deal over jerseys with players names.

    Especially if youre a girl and all the women’s jerseys have names on the back.

    Cool post though. (and I agree about stickers on caps)

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      It can be a bit frustrating trying to find a good Yankees jersey (men’s or women’s) with no name on it.

      It’s worth the extra effort, though. Yankee jerseys with names on them just look weirdly off-putting, IMO. Be patient and keep looking and don’t settle for a name jersey.

      • first time lawng time

        Yeah i get what you’re saying, especially because the players don’t have names on them.

        But I’m petitte so I can’t fit into a mens jersey and women’s have names.

        So I think there are exceptions.

  • first time lawng time

    Lol you forgot the green body suits!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

    Will I get a ticket if I don’t follow this article?

    • fire levine

      Its New York we’re talking about. Of course you’ll get a ticket.

  • Ori

    Backwards hats are fine, this is America.

  • justin

    i have actually boughten the jerseys from China and im actually amazed how real they look feel,etc. not too bad for 88 bucks for 3 jerseys, and my Ted Williams one had the 250 dollar price tage like u would see in a store, Cooperstown and everything

  • NyGuy

    It’s a free country how about wear whatever you want. On a personal note, Hanah you’re not a very good writer and your blogs are never knowledgeable and usually filled with errors. I’m surprised these guys keep you around.

  • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

    I’m late to this so probably no one will read it but:

    I wear jerseys with names on the back. Why? Because I am a 5’6 somewhat skinny female and even the smallest size of an authentic jersey fits like a dress on me. So I wear kids sizes. And they happen to have the name on the back.

    On the positive side, sometimes this is awesome like in the case of my Cano 22 jersey, because it’s Cano and it’s 22.

    My favorite jersey though is my Teixeira kids size that has the WS ’09 champs patch on it and actually doesn’t have the name on it. Thanks Mom.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Clearly the Yankees are missing a big market niche in not providing petite women with good no-name jersey options. I’m sure if such items were more readily available, the team would make more money selling them to ladies like you and FTLT rather than those cheaper kids versions.

      Get on it, Levine. (I enjoy blaming him for things, so why not this?)

  • bonestock94

    Bought a real mo jersey when it was 40% off, came in just under 100. Love it. Don’t care what the fashion police say, Mo > you.

  • Chris

    What about an authentic BP jersey if you don’t want to blow $200 on a jersey and don’t like the names on the replicas? They go for 80 bucks.

  • justin

    the ones i bought from china(btw NOT the site that has the link above) but ortiz….EXACTLY like u see him wearing everything sewn, majestic logo on sleeve, RED SOX on front, stiched 34 (no name on back)

  • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

    You did forget one important thing in this weekend series:

    Never wear anything with rhinestones or sequins or any kind of sparkle. And never go to Yankee Stadium wearing a shirt form Victoria’s Secret that reads “I only kiss Yankee fans.” Because, let’s be honest, that’s probably not true.

  • Clint Holzner

    Scale of 1-10 how cool is it when I wear my “24 Martinez” jersey?

  • Melissa

    I have a jersey that kinda looks like a batting practice jersey (it’s not authentic, or anything), but it’s #21 O’Neill, and I still wear it because I live in Seattle & people here just do not like O’Neill (at least they didn’t used to, because they always thought he was mean or something, just because Lou didn’t like him way back when, although I think enough time has passed that most people here have forgotten). Anyway, I’ll still wear my jersey at least once when the Yankees come to town.

    Also, non-fitted caps are, aside from being good for ponytails, a great alternative for those allergic to wool :-/ Trust me, I found that out the hard way ;-)

    I almost agree w/ you on pink. My mom loves that color, and I can’t seem to get her to stop (it *could* be the reason we stopped going to games together). I think pink on Mothers Day weekend is okay… and I think it should be ok on any girl under the age of 10 or old ladies over 80.

  • Bernie

    I’m sorry I have been trying to ignore this for a longtime but this article has finally put me over the edge. I can not stand Hannah’s articles. They all have a lower standard compared to the elite writers of the site. The quality isnt very good, actually that cause there is no context to the articles. I could go out and find these articles any where, nothing against her personally but I do no think she has shown any reason why the guys at RAB picked her

    • http://riveraveblues.com/2010/02/2010-preseason-top-30-prospects-21281/#comment-779224 LET SBGL BACK ON BRACKMAN’S DEBUT

      get a grip, dude. this article isn’t serious, it’s a fun and relaxed look at baseball apparel. i don’t know what you expect from an article labeled “whimsy”. this article is for fun, not for high quality baseball literature, or whatever you were expecting.

      even if you feel so harsh about her writing, you don’t HAVE to read her articles, or even if you for some reason feel the need to read every article, you don’t have to make the opinion known. or you could make it less harsh and douche sounding.

      • Dave the Ox

        +1. I find Hannah’s writing witty (when under “whimsy”) and her style fluent. Like SBGL said, if you don’t like her pieces, no reason to spend your time reading and critiquing them.

    • BHC Matejek

      Please refer to my post before…..

    • BHC Matejek

      Please refer to my earlier post in the article………

  • noseeum

    Anyone who wears a Yankee hat that not’s an actual Yankee hat is weak sauce.

    This is the freakin’ Yankees fer chrissakes. Do they change their pinstripes? Do they even change their away jerseys? If you want to wear pink hats or red/white/blue hats or camouflage hats, be a Padres fan.

    Nothing beats the real deal. If you want to wear something different, wear one with the other Yankee logo and mix it up. But the NY hats should be the original.

  • Clint Holzner
  • Matt NJ

    What about wearing one of the Cooperstown “World Series” hats from before you were born? I only ask because I love the old hats with the green lining under the bills but, I’m 26 and I think they stopped wearing them way before 1996. Is it cool for me to rock one from the 50’s-70’s?

  • beantownbosoxh8er

    i can see the iffy-ness on the Cano jersey….but his current number was also worn by one of my all time favorites growing up , Mr. Ricky Henderson.

  • Guy

    I know I’m really late to the party on this one but I have a very nice jersey my wife bought for me(she spent some $$ on it). It is a home pinstrip jersey with the number ‘7’ and the name ‘Mantle’ above it. I am a lifelong Yankee’s fan and am old enough to have seen The Mick play. And of course I am well aware that the Yankess do not put the player’s names on their jerseys. My wife however, was not aware and was so excited to get this for me I didn’t have the heart to return it. So, despite general opinion and my own misgivings about not being truly ‘authentic’, I don this jersey each time I go to Yankee Stadium and wear it proudly!

  • Bill

    She’s not a good writer. Never read anything I liked from her. I’d like to know how old is she, I would be sad for her if it’s older than like 15-16.

    • BHC Matejek

      Dude u need to chill out. Then dont read her articles if you dont like them. Majority of people love her funny articles. It nice to get away from the serious stuff sometimes. Get over it! What does it matter her age? Her articles obviously appeal to all kinds of people so i think your opinion has been overruled

    • Clint Holzner

      As everyone else has told you, no one is making you read her stuff. The majority of people on RAB enjoy her writing, myself included. There really is no need to be rude. You have a mouse and an “X” in the upper right corner of your screen (left if you are on a Mac) next time you see one of her articles instead of crying about it, just click the “X”. Problem solved.

  • Josue Triola

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