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Early 2000's Hagerstown Suns hat

Over the next few weeks I've got a special theme cooking to feature all Maryland-inspired caps. Now that there is no baseball for me to watch at night, I'm revisiting old seasons of The Wire so I'm fully immersed in Balmer, hon and that's truth. First, let's heat things up with this Hagerstown Suns cap from the early 2000's:

Look at this happy little guy! Actually if logos aged like people, he'd almost be old enough to rent a car without incurring a Young Driver Surcharge. That's right: the Suns have used this exact logo since 1993.

There's also a good chance I'll be spending this Thanksgiving with friends in Maryland so these next few weeks are going to be a warm up for that. As the weather starts to get chilly in most places, nothing heats you up better than the Suns, amirite? Try the veal. 

Actually, I chose to start the Maryland-fest off with this Suns cap because of my appreciation of the MLB teams that have had farms in Hagerstown. The Washington Nationals are currently the club's parent team but the New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles have all set up shop there over the years as well.

We know from the orange and black colorway that this snapback is from the Giants' days in Hagerstown (2001-2004) however you'll see in the next photo why this cap is from the earlier years of that period.

 The sweatband tags and lack of New Era branding on the taping remind me of the 2002 Myrtle Beach Pelicans cap that I featured a few years ago so I'm convinced this one is either from 2001 or 2002. 
Of course, as a Giants fan I'd be remiss not to share an image of Boof Bonser who was their first-round draft pick in 2000 and played for the Suns in 2001:

I realize the cap Boof is wearing has an alternate Suns logo unlike the cap shown above but his sweet mustache will make you forget about that, right?

 Here's another card from 2001 and the logo Boof is sporting is the same as this week's featured cap.  The mustache shot here is just ok but it'll do.

Time for some emotional talk: It's tough for me to think about Boof and not get upset thinking about that wretched trade the Giants made in 2003. I harped on about it when I wrote about the Early 2000's Minnesota Twins hat a while back but every time I think about that trade my blood boils, man. 

I even thought about that dumb trade during the only two Dodgers batters that Francisco Liriano faced in the 2017 World Series. Maybe if that trade never happened, Liriano would still be a Giant today and he'd have three World Series rings instead of one! Or not!

Well, I'm glad I was able to write about a former Giants farm team and hopefully you enjoyed reading about it so make sure to come back next week for the continuation of Maryland-fest.

This cap isn't for sale or trade however don't hesitate to reach out if there's something you like on the Trading Block and you are willing to part with any of the hats on my Wish List.

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