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2004 Iowa Cubs - Fresh Fitted Friday!!!!

Hello and Happy New Year to anyone reading today's post! And if you're reading this entry in March, I suppose it would be rude of me not to offer you the same courtesy. 

I want to start the year off with a bang but also want to honor my 2019 mission of chronicling the Pacific Coast League hats in my collection that I felt were ready for the spotlight.

So instead of coming out guns blazing, I'm going to kind of just kill y'all softly with a few caps from teams in the American conference of the PCL, starting with this Iowa Cubs hat from 2004.

This cap logo has been in steady use since it was introduced in 1988 however it's used more sparingly these days since it was designated as the team's road cap in 2006, which is also when the "I-Cubs" home cap debuted.

The first clue that this cap is from 2004 is this MILB tag came about that year (ok, maybe 2003) and was only in use for a brief time afterwards. Because the sweatband tags are of the pre-"2005 Blue Box" variety, we know that it has to be from 2004.

Red, white and blue batterman and a grey underbrim on a midwest team's cap are pure Americana.

An interesting item of note is that with this week's Iowa Cubs post, I've now featured all five of the MILB teams that play in Iowa. The Cedar Rapids Kernels, Burlington Bees, Clinton Lumber Kings and the Quad Cities River Bandits are all Class A teams so I tend to view the Iowa Cubs as the flagship franchise in terms of MILB teams in the state.

Because of that status, it's ironic they're the only one of those teams to not have their own unique identity. I suppose it's also possible that the team is proud of their long standing affiliation with the Chicago Cubs which explains why they have continued to ride the coattails of their parent club's identity rather than explore the possibility of a rebrand.

While I don't have any particular beef with the Chicago Cubs or their affiliates, I don't feel any connection to this cap logo so it's going on the Trading Block. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you want this or any other cap from that list and you are willing to part with any of the hats on my Wish List.

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