Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Minnesota Twins Rain Delay Special

Thanks to Al Gore, it's been raining for the last eight weeks.  As a result, the Twins haven't played since Saturday.  That doesn't give a Twins blog-guy much to write about, so I came up with some rain delay programming.  If you really need a baseball fix, here's a link to the Monday Morning Madness from earlier this week.

I often comment on how players wear their caps.  In fact, I've been critical of how players wear their caps in the past.  Former Twins' center fielder Ben Revere was a player I often singled out.  Here's a picture of Mr. Revere wearing his cap:

Revere doesn't wear his cap poorly, he just has style.  I have no style whatsoever, so whatever Revere wants to do with his cap is totally cool with me.  However, his solid cap-wearing did inspire me to look at how other Twins players wear their caps.

Let's start with the most straight-laced player in the history of the Twins, Mr. Joe Mauer:

Nothing special here.  The guy just wears his hat centered with an adequate amount of curve on the bill.  No fuss, no muss.  Here's another player with a pretty straight-forward hat, Mr. Wild Sam Deduno:

Pretty shocking.  You'd think Deduno's cap would be all over the place, but I guess he wants to keep at least one part of his game predictable.  He wears his cap a little lower than Mr. Mauer, but he keeps it right down the middle of the head strike zone.  

These two just wear caps like one would expect.  Right down the middle, some curve to keep the sun out, logo visible, nothing fancy.

The rest of the team has a little more flash, a little more style, a little more individuality.  For instance, Brian Dozier wears his cap high upon his beautiful mane.  He doesn't sport the curly locks any longer, but when he does, he needs to be able to keep his cap from messing his hair.  Now Mike Pelfrey, well, he has the ability to shrink his entire head beneath his collar.  Like a turtle.  It's really something.  Of course, not to be outdone, Eduardo Escobar can actually draw his entire body into his cap, like a super turtle, or ninja turtle, if you will.  Check these three out:

Adaptations!  I don't remember that Target Field sign.  It must be new.

If Pelfrey or Escobar get scared, they can retreat with ease.  Of course, not all of the Twins wear their caps as a survival mechanism.  Oswaldo Arcia likes to show off his hair too, but also prefers to not lug around a heavy cap.  Chris Colabello didn't work his butt off for nearly a decade in Independent Ball to lose his cap now.

 Some of the Twins don't even wear their caps out of survival or necessity, some wear their caps for style.  The new style in cap-wearing is to leave the tags on.  Well, Trevor Plouffe takes that to a whole new level by actually adding tags to his cap:

Aaron Hicks doesn't wear a standard cap.  He actually requires his cap to be painted on the top of his head.  Unfortunately, his painter doesn't know what a baseball cap looks like and does know what Cap'n Crunch's cap looks like:

Phil Hughes doesn't approve of logos and he takes that disapproval very seriously:

Finally, Glen Perkins will not be outdone:

Now that we've investigated the Twins' caps, we can come to only one conclusion:  We need actual baseball games.