Saturday, July 27, 2013

New Era Alphabet Challenge - D

Letter D was not as big of a challenge for me as the last few days. In fact this one should be fairly obvious, but that could have been said for the last two as well. However, this one is unique as it will always remind me of a television program from my early adolescence. So cue the Mike Post theme music... Representing Letter D is...

Detroit Tigers. Just so cool.

Anybody who grew up in the 80s has to have at some point stumbled across Tom Selleck in the fantastic show "Magnum, P.I." Say what you want, Magnum was just cool. He lived in a cool house in Hawaii and drove a cool car. Though I was in my early teens, the thing that always stood out to me was the fact that he almost always wore a baseball cap. Not just any cap, but a genuine cap of a Major League Baseball team. That team was the Detroit Tigers. This was long before sporting team merchandise was a thing. If you did see anyone wearing caps, it was of the mesh/adjustable variety. (myself included)  Magnum's appeared to be quite authentic. It sort of made me jealous that I didn't have an authentic Angels cap. This wouldn't have been possible in 1982 as there wasn't anywhere local to me that would have carried such an item. Nevertheless, the Tigers cap is as classic and timeless as any of the other logos that have been in use for the better part of 100 years. Though the Tigers have had some alternate caps in recent years, any change to the primary logo, in use since the early 1920s, would be criminal. So thanks to Thomas Magnum for inspiring me to have this cap in my collection. Okay, I would have this cap regardless, but I will always think of that show when I see the Tigers cap.

The coolest moustache outside of John Oates.

So since I've chosen the Detroit Tigers as my cap to represent the Letter D, here's the modest collection of other D caps I own.
Is it Denver Broncos, or Durham Bulls? (joking)

One last thing about choosing the Tigers cap. As most people know, my favorite baseball team is the Colorado Rockies. I've been a fan since Day One and I bleed Rockies purple. Nobody can question my loyalty that I have for this team. I own nearly 30 unique Rockies caps, by far more than any team in any sport. However, I am a collector, and as a collector I enjoy owning, and occasionally wearing caps of other MLB teams. There are many other people like me, and I don't think any rational person would question our loyalty to our favorite teams.

So imagine my amusement when I stumbled across this editorial on today (the day I'm wearing a Detroit Tigers cap) that more or less states that people who do this have "no excuse to wear the cap of a team you don't root for." The reason? President Obama.

Read it here.

1 comment:

  1. "There are many other people like me, and I don't think any rational person would question our loyalty to our favorite teams."

    couldn't have said it better.. I, too read that article on, and thought to myself, Although I am a HUGH Yankees fan, I also wear other team caps, as I am a cap collector. (however you will NEVER catch me wear, own, or even touch a red sox hat)