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2008 New York Yankees "Virginia Tech Game" Cap - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

New York Yankees Virginia Tech game cap hat front
The iconic Yankees logo, but with a little co-branding on the side!

And here's the classic Virginia Tech "VT" logo. Hopefully no one asks me if it's for Vermont...

Sweatband tags and 59Fifty panel liners, as per usual

The red, white and blue MLB batterman is a thing of the past, enjoy it!

Last week’s spotlight on the New York Yankees World Series cap from 1998 got me pumped to do another sort of “Flashback Friday” this time around. I decided to fast-forward ten years to the special edition on-field cap the Yankees wore on March 18, 2008 during an exhibition game played against Virginia Tech’s baseball team. The cap has major significance as this particular game was played in memoriam of the shooting that occurred on the school’s campus on April 16, 2007.

Yesterday marked the 8th anniversary of the massacre but I vividly remember that day. I also remember how sad this cold-blooded attack made me feel for a long time thereafter.

Tragedies like these are beyond words but this must have been especially painful for the Yankees to take because the wounds from the 9/11 were still relatively fresh. No matter what team you root for, it’s hard not to be impressed by the Yankees’ visit to the Hokie Stone memorial in Blacksburg, VA a year after the shooting. 

Because of this, I have made it a tradition to wear this cap to every Yankees game that I attend in April. It's a small but fitting tribute to those innocent people slain. I also do this as a sign of respect to the class the Yankees demonstrated in their response to this catastrophe.

The beginning of the baseball season is without a doubt my happiest time of year but as far as world events go outside of baseball are concerned, April is kind of a bummer month. This sentiment really hit home when I was visiting Colorado the day of the Columbine shooting on April 20, 1998. I was deeply disturbed by it and it was grievous moment for the entire nation as I remember it.

I always thought that Columbine was an isolated incident but the Virginia Tech shooting left me completely befuddled. The most recent example of humans doing sucky things in the month of April would be the Boston Marathon bombings that occurred on April 15, 2013.

The city of Boston rallied in support for one another in the aftermath, which was great to see. Also, I’m fairly certain that the Red Sox ended up winning the World Series that season because David Ortiz was allowed swear in a speech he delivered at the first game at Fenway after the attack: