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2002 Myrtle Beach Pelicans Snapback Hat - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

In last week’s Vermont Lake Monsters write-up I discussed how in addition to redesigning the current Vermont Lake Monsters logo, San Diego design-firm Brandiose was also recently hired to redesign the logo for the Norfolk Tides. 

The news definitely prompted my selection for last week's Fresh Fitted and it definitely has a role in this one’s as well, which - please Hammers, don’t hurt me - is actually a snapback of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans from the 2002 season.







One thing about bringing up the Myrtle Beach Pelicans reminded me that I had a Pelicans cap squirreled away that I’d never worn so that’s why I’m busting it out now. Like the Lake Monsters Cap from last week, the design on this cap is the one that was used before Brandiose worked their magic on it. In comparison to other redesigns that Brandiose has done, the logo on this week’s featured cap doesn’t vary too much from what they are using currently:



I love what Brandiose came up with for the Tides, but in retrospect I think th…

2009-2013 Vermont Lake Monsters - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

When I wrote about my Ft. Myers Miracle capa few months ago, I briefly mentioned Jeffrey Loria’s role in moving the Montreal Expos to Washington, D.C. Well, this week's Fresh Fitted is a Vermont Lake Monsters cap from 2009-2013 that I picked up a little while back and it ties back to that story...at least partially, but we’ll get to that later. 







The reason I chose to bust this hat out now is because the cap logo reminds me of the newly rebranded logo for the Norfolk Tides, which is my childhood hometown team. I don’t wish to take the focus too far off the Lake Monsters but I should note that immediately after the updated Tides cap logo and uniforms were unveiled on December 2, social media was ablaze with consternation over the new look.

If you’d like to see for yourself you can head over to the Norfolk Tides Facebook page but I must warn you: the one thing I will say about the Tides' history and background is that people in Norfolk aren’t too crazy about change when it comes to…

2014 Scottsdale Scorpions Cap - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!

The team logo for the Scottsdale Scorpions might not be widely recognized by most casual baseball fans but die-hard San Francisco Giants fans sure know it when they see it. 



Major League Baseball's teams typically send their top prospects to varying Fall League teams every year but the Giants have consistently sent their top prospects to Scottsdale since the 2006 season and possibly before. The first few current Giants who are Scorpions alumni that come to mind for me are Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford who both played for Scottsdale in 2009.




I wish I could share some fun relics of Posey and Crawford as Scorpions from yesteryear but all the photos I found had watermarks on them and it turns out nobody likes watermarks anyway. Thanks to all things good and holy, Fox Sports isn't stingy with its images, especially this one of Bryce Harper and Mike Trout when they were both part of 2011's Scottsdale Scorpions class.




As much fun as it must have been to watch the 2011 team in ac…

Early 1980's Tidewater Tides

If you are reading this post then you are probably some sort of a baseball nerd which means you know that the last time the New York Mets won the World Series was in 1986. If so, then it's also likely that you recognize this week's featured cap as one the Tidewater Tides wore in the early 1980's when they were the Mets' AAA affiliate.



I'm going to try to keep this gem as crisp as possible so for everyday wear, so I'm thankful that Ebbets Field Flannels has just released this reproduction of the 1983 version of the cap:






A good number of the players on that 1986 World Series team wore this pillbox style cap while making their way up through the Mets minor league system. I think now would be a better time than any to remember some of those Mets and Tides who back then were less than memorable but currently have big roles in Major League Baseball.  





When asked about his team's current success, Terry Collins is about as levelheaded as they come. His players are als…

2003 New Britain Rock Cats

Hey folks, wouldn’t you know, it’s time for the 2015 Back-to-School edition of Fresh Fitted Friday! Hopefully y'all had a great summer; I know it has been a fun one for me but one downside is I haven’t posted in far too long. Well all that changes today as I’ve got a new (to me) snapback that I’m excited to welcome to the family: a New Britain Rock Cats cap from the early 2000’s.



If i had to put a firm year on it I’d say it’s from 2003 based on the inside tags, which are identical to those found on this 2003 Buffalo Bisons Cap.




I have never attempted to hide my distaste for teams that utilize fictitious animals however, this cap has something different about it. Maybe I'll feel ok wearing this cap in public now because this logo has reached a new level of esotericism. As of next season, the Rock Cats will be defunct which means that as time goes by, fewer and fewer people will perpetuate the myth of this fantastical creature.



Make no mistake in that I realize how sad it is t…

1996 Greensboro Bats - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

I admit that I might have gotten a little case of Yankee Fever after last week's showcase of the 2007 All-Star Game cap. I wore that cap to the Yankees game that night as they hosted the visiting Seattle Mariners but the game was only exciting if you are a home-run addict.

The Yankees won that night and thankfully the run tally was not lopsided as it had been in a few of the recent games that I've attended. I also enjoyed a healthy serving of second-hand schadenfreude watching a former beloved Yankee struggle at the plate as a visiting player. Robinson Cano went 0-4 and the Yankees fans had a tad too much fun booing him every time he was denied access to a base.

Even though Cano had a rough night, he was 3-4 the next day and clubbed his 9th homerun of the season to boot. I'm sure even those who jeered him Friday could applaud his efforts Saturday despite him playing on another team. They probably won't though.

I can relate to the frustration that Yankees fans experienced…