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Greensboro Grasshoppers - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

As you know I’ve been wearing caps from visiting club’s minor league affiliates to games I’ve attended this season. So when I went to the Marlins-Mets series finale at CitiField this past Wednesday night, I wore a cap from the Greensboro Grasshoppers, who have been the Marlins’ Single-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League since 2003.

Even though this is not a rare or vintage hat, you can count on me to do some digging to tie in a cap’s present to its past. For me, the biggest connection is the Marlins new owner, Derek Jeter, who played in Greensboro when it was affiliated with the New York Yankees as did a few members of the current Marlins coaching staff who are also former Yankees.

The current the Grasshoppers logo is similar to the lowercase “G” cap Gonzales is wearing in the photo above so I wonder if the team would be open to doing a retro of this one at some point. I would love a straight up reproduction but would even dig it if they swapped out the yellow brim and letter outli…

1986 Hawaii Islanders Retro Cap- Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

Well, it looks like my super-awesome streak of attending an MLB game once a week is ending as the mini-trip I had planned to see the Padres play the Pirates in Pittsburgh is not happening. Nevertheless, I still want to share photos of the perfect hat to wear to the series: a retro 1986 Hawaii Islanders cap produced by Ebbets Field Flannels in 2016.

There are a couple of reasons why I could have worn this hat to the Padres series in Pittsburgh this weekend and the most obvious is that the former Pacific Coast League franchise was an affiliate of each club for many years.

Besides the history the Padres and Pirates share with the Hawaii Islanders, it would have been a propos to wear this hat to a series between the two teams in Pittsburgh as the cap’s “Ketchup and Mustard” colorway is a true homage to the colors associated with the city.

The brim is a tribute to yellow being the prominent color in the city’s professional sports teams and the red crown honors the ketchup produced by Heinz, …

1994-96 Nashville Sounds - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

I’ve been spoiled with all of the baseball games I’ve been to lately and it continues this weekend as I’m seeing the Oakland Athletics — who are, of course the natural geographic rival to my San Francisco Giants — on their annual visit to Yankee Stadium.

I’m the furthest thing from an A’s fan but it’s the perfect opportunity to wear this vintage Nashville Sounds cap to the game as Nashville has been Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League since 2015 and were also the Yankees Double-A affiliate from 1980 through 1984.

I’ve written about a Sounds hat before but this one is from 1994 through 1998 (but is mostly not from after 1996 because of the lack of New Era flag anywhere) and most of that time was spent as the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox in the American Association.Oakland's current player development contract with Nashville runs through the end of this season as do the contracts of the Washington Nationals and New York Mets with their respective T…

Augusta GreenJackets - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

While last week's first in-person game of the year was the true beginning of this MLB season for me, I’m even more pumped to attend my first San Francisco Giants game of 2018 this coming Saturday in Atlanta. Yes, I have to settle for an away game but it’s my first time at the newly built SunTrust Park so I’m commemorating the experience with a cap that honors both teams.

The Augusta GreenJackets have been affiliated with the Giants since 2005 and wore this logo from 2006 through 2017, which was their last year playing in Augusta, GA.

Wait, what? OK, so they’re still the Augusta GreenJackets but after the 2017 season, they moved from Lake Olmstead Stadium in Augusta, GA to SRP Park, which is located in North Augusta, South Carolina. Thanks to this newly learned factoid, I can’t stop thinking about other teams that play and/or have played in cities adjacent to a city with the same name in a bordering state.

For current MILB clubs, I’ve got Bristol Tigers and Bluefield Blue Jays and fo…