What. The Hell. Is This About? Frankly, it’s not at all surprising, I suppose, especially when given the level of marketing and promotions within Major League Baseball already. I’d love to know more about this, since I assume it has something to do with knowing these guys will be on camera after games doing interviews, so it has to have something to do with that, i.e., marketing a new sales opportunity, I guess. Anyway, we know from past drama that all-things-hats is a league issue, not a team issue, so there is no way this is exclusive to the Mets… I hope. – Matthew Cerrone, Metsblog
It is truly amazing what Major League Baseball will do to make a few bucks. The different hats for road games and home games, batting practice caps, batting practice uniforms, alternate uniforms are all for the sake of getting you, the fan, to spend a few bucks to dress like your favorite team.
I can understand that and I think that if your job is to make money, then you are going to do anything you can to do just that. Major League Baseball wants to make money and this is just another avenue to do just that.
I’m 100% sure that I will see people at Citi Field this year wearing this cap in the stands and it will probably be in the $30-$40 range to buy such a hat.
In terms of the look of it, I think that it is ok, but not something that I would want. The Mets and Major League Baseball have a great traditional look but for some reason seem obsessed to add on to it with lots of bells and whistles.
As Matt mentions above in his post on the subject, the Mets have had to deal with the “Hat Police” when it comes to Major League Baseball before. This was the case in 2011 when their was a controversy about whether or not the Mets would wear first responders hats instead of the patriotic hats that MLB had come up with for holidays and other day of significance in America.
Now, apparently this is an optional cap for everyone to wear and I think that you wont see it that much on a Mets player or any player around the game. I’m happy that its optional, but, lets be honest, the fact that they even came up with this idea is silly enough.
At the end of the day, this is a money grab from MLB and the Mets, along with the 29 other clubs are going to following along and have the hat ready for sale and for the players to wear. Is it necessary to have a hat for just interviews? Not at all. But, does MLB find it necessary to make money. Yes.