Cleveland Indians Top 10 Shirseys

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Einar, Alomar, Broussard, Gerut, and Wright write-ups are courtesy of Al Ciammaichella, Indians fan and one of our bestestestestestestestest friends. Al writes for theclevelandfan.com and The DiaTribe. You can follow him @Gotribe31

System Quote: “Though we may know Him by a thousand names, He is one and the same to us all.”

Indians Top Ten:

  1.  Jordan Brown
  2. Grady Sizemore Haltertop
  3. Einar Diaz
  4. Fausto Carmona
  5. Ryan Garko
  6. Sandy Alomar Jr. 
  7. Richie Sexson
  8. Ben Broussard
  9. Jody Gerut
  10. Jaret Wright

Screen Shot 2013-11-23 at 5.35.50 PM1. Jordan Brown

 Size: M

Current Status: Available for purchase

Website: eBay

Price: $9.67 + $5.49 Shipping

 eBay Description: “Very Hard to Find , ?? BROWN”  

The Tools: 7 derp; 5 awesomeness; 8 player obscurity; 5+ design/color scheme; 6 price

What Happened to the Player in 2013: Okay, to be clear, we have no idea who this shirsey is supposed to be representing. If it’s actually Jordan Brown, who never even wore number 63 for the Indians, then he had a really funny year. I say this because he was one of 17 million strangers to get at-bats for the Marlins this year. 15 at-bats, to be exact. Yes, this year! After not playing a single game in the majors since 10/3/10, Jordan Brown managed to put on a Miami Marlins uniform for 14 games and actually play. Of course, if we’re not talking about Jordan Brown, I have no idea. I suppose the color brown had a decent year. A lot of people pooped.   

Strengths: 63 is a cool number to have on the back of your shirsey. Paired with the surname “Brown”, this shirsey would fool any pedestrian who happens to see it. It looks enough like an actual player to be convincing. The player obscurity is an elite tool because again, who is this? Currently, Justin Masterson wears number 63 for Cleveland. “Nice Justin Masterson shirsey”, an unbelievably illiterate person might say. The eBay description sums it up; this is VERY hard to find.

Weaknesses: Seriously, what the hell? There have only 107 players in MLB history to wear the number 63. Only one of them had the last name “Brown” and he played in 15 games for the Angels from 2007-2008. Only five of them played for the Indians, one of which was Rafael Betancourt. Ew, Rafael Betancourt.

Overall Future Potential: High 7; remarkable consistency as it never fails to confuse anyone that has followed the Indians for too long

Realistic Role: High 6; sticks around for a long time as that shirsey you can wear in any situation

Risk Factor/Injury History: Low; imaginary players can’t get injured

The Year Ahead: “Brown – 63″ will continue to not be an actual thing in the Cleveland sports community.

Wardrobe ETA: Never or always

Screen Shot 2013-11-23 at 5.38.43 PM2. Grady Sizemore Haltertop

 Size: One size fits all

 Current Status: Available for purchase

 Website: eBay

 Price: $15.00 + $4.50

 eBay Description: “I altered the shirt by my own halter top design to give you a great fit and a sexy look.”

 The Tools: 8 derp; 4 awesomeness; 5 player obscurity; 7 design/color scheme; 5 price

What Happened to the Player in 2013: Since the start of 2012, Grady Sizemore has played the same number of games as all the dead people have combined: zero.

Strengths: Most shirseys have the name on the back, but this monster flips the establishment on its head. Described by the creator as “D.I.Y.”, this shirt is a masterpiece of creative impulse. I’m not quite sure what the purpose was behind its creation, but it intrigues me in a way I cannot describe with words.

Weaknesses: If I wore it I’d  feel like I was wearing a regular shirsey backwards. Also, I don’t look very good in a haltertop.

Overall Future Potential: 7; if you saw a girl wearing this at a party, you’d approach her in a swift and decisive manner.

Realistic Role: 3; it’s actually just a rag

Risk Factor/Injury History: High; the back has the potential to come untied at any point

The Year Ahead: If Sizemore can send the owner of this… “thing” more nudie pics then we might have a love story for the ages.

Wardrobe ETA: No!

Screen Shot 2013-11-23 at 5.42.58 PM3. Einar Diaz

 Size: One size fits all

 Current Status: Available for purchase

 Website: eBay

 Price:  $14.99 + $3.99

 eBay Description: “Díaz was called up in 1996 by the Cleveland Indians to back up then-starting catcher Sandy Alomar, Jr. He played sparingly from 1996-1998, and in 1999 he got his first starting job with the Indians due to an injury to Alomar. From 2001-2002, Díaz was the primary starting catcher for the Cleveland Indians. Following the 2002 season, he was traded to the Texas Rangers to replace All-Star catcher Iván Rodríguez, who left for free agency. This was the last starting job Díaz would see. He continued his career as a backup catcher with the Montreal Expos in 2004, the St. Louis Cardinals in 2005, and the minor league Buffalo Bisons in 2006.”

 The Tools: 6 derp; 6+ awesomeness; 6+ player obscurity; 6 design/color scheme; 5 price

What Happened to the Player in 2013: Assistant hitting coach of the Baltimore Orioles. So nothing.

Strengths: He’s a catcher, therefore awesome. Was once traded as part of a package for Travis Hafner. Upon donning this shirsey, your ability to hose runners at 2B from your knees increases approximately 38%. Wear it to an O’s game to impress both Diaz and Jake.

Weaknesses: With the #2, could be mistaken for a Jhonny Peralta shirsey at a distance. He was really never any good. currently employed by another AL team.

Overall Future Potential: 6; if he becomes a major-league manager, this could become a fun shirsey to wear. Possible 7 if he becomes the Indians manager.

Realistic Role: 4; He’s already 40 (good God that makes me feel old), and is only an assistant hitting coach. Not likely to skipper a big league team, but could be a bullpen coach.

Risk Factor/Injury History: Low. Diaz should be pretty safe sitting in the O’s dugout. But then again that’s what we thought about Nolan Reimold.

The Year Ahead: Eating sausages in/outside Camden yards.

Wardrobe ETA: 2001

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Kansas City Royals Top 10 Shirseys

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John Buck, Country Breakfast, and Jeff Francouer write-ups are courtesy of the nicest Mark in America, Mike Ferrin. Mike is on MLB Network Radio because he is a big shot. You can follow him on Twitter @MikeFerrinSXM. You can listen to him share his baseball wisdom with us on our 10th Barbecast by clicking here. 

System Quote: “In a small way, having Chevrolet as a sponsor makes me feel like we’ve won the World Series.”

Royals Top Ten:

  1. Gil Meche
  2. Mark Teahen
  3. Chevrolet 
  4. Mark Grudzielanek
  5. Coco Crisp
  6. Mike Sweeney
  7. John Buck
  8. Country Breakfast
  9. Bizarre Eric Hosmer
  10. Jeff Francoeur

Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 3.05.10 PM1. Gil Meche

 Size:  

Current Status: Available for purchase  

Website: eBay  

Price: $11.99 as 2 for 1 with Mark Teahen  

eBay Description: “#55 MECHE SHIRT IS FADED AND SCREEN PRINT IS CRACKED/DISTRESSED”  

The Tools: 7 derp; 5 awesomeness; 6 player obscurity; 5 design/color scheme; 7 price

What Happened to the Player in 2013: Meche is still busy walking away from $12 million dollars. It’s unclear how far away he’s managed to get from said $12 million dollars.

Strengths: When people repeatedly ask you why in the world you would wear a derpy Gil Meche jersey, just remind them that Mr. Meche was drafted 662 spots ahead of Roy Oswalt in the 1996 draft. Yeah. That happened. You’re also getting a combo package with the equally derpy Mark Teahen.

Weaknesses: You don’t want to be mistaken for Gil Meche, the guy who walked away from $12 million dollars. Also, much most Royals fans, this shirsey is DISTRESSED.

Overall Future Potential: 7; non all-star all-star level derp shirsey for all occasions

Realistic Role: 5; you walk away from it and never wear it again

Risk Factor/Injury History: Low; Meche isn’t coming back to baseball any time soon, so his beautifully mediocre MLB legacy should remain the same forever and ever

The Year Ahead: He’ll continue to walk away from the previously mentioned $12 million dollars. Maybe he’ll even start running away.

Wardrobe ETA: 1996

Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 3.07.33 PM2. Mark Teahen

Size:  

Current Status: Available for purchase  

Website: eBay  

Price: $11.99 as 2 for 1 with Gil Meche  

eBay Description: “#24 TEAHEN SHIRT HAS A SPOT ON FRONT SIDE STOMACH REGION”  

The Tools: 6+ derp; 5+ awesomeness; 6 player obscurity; 5 design/color scheme; 7 price

What Happened to the Player in 2013: Teahen started the year with the Rangers and played a couple months in Round Rock before his release. He then signed on with the Independent York Revolution and proceeded to revolutionize things.

Strengths: Just like the brother Gil Meche shirt, the lettering is not normal. It looks kinda skinny. I guess Teahen’s been working out. Despite problems that come with the white shirt, the material looks fantastic. Great price.

Weaknesses: There’s a stain on the front; common of white shirts which are prone to such staining. This shirsey will probably make you ground into a lot of double plays in daily situations. I don’t know what that means but Mark Teahen led the majors in GIDP in 2007 so that’s where that joke came from. Alright.

Overall Future Potential: 6; makeup shirsey that sticks in the wardrobe for way longer than expected

Realistic Role: 5; solid major league shirsey that sticks in the wardrobe for way longer than you want it to

Risk Factor/Injury History: Medium; the stain potential here is immense

The Year Ahead: Could be quickly transformed into a Teahen Tie-Dye shirsey and we all know how much we love/hate/love/hate/love those.

Wardrobe ETA: 2007

Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 12.15.09 AM3. Chevrolet 

 Size:  

Current Status: Available for purchase  

Website: eBay  

Price: $4.99 + $2.99 Shipping  

eBay Description: “Please let me know if you have any questions”  

The Tools: 7+ derp; 3 awesomeness; 2 truck obscurity; 4 design/color scheme; 7 price

What Happened to the Player in 2013: Chevrolet’s “STRONG” ad campaign drove baseball fans to the brink of spontaneous combustion. We retaliated with fire… and Rock Shoulders.

Strengths: “Who’s Chevrolet?” Your friends will ask “Did he play second base?” Because let’s face it, John Chevrolet sounds like a scrappy second baseman from somewhere in southern Indiana. Raised by Irish-American parents, he fought his way through elementary school, curb stomping bullies with his kid size 12 light up Mickey Mouse shoes. From there, he grew up to become the all time points leader for the Jebediah A. Whoppingham Junior High School basketball team as a 4’8 twelve year old. Chevy, as his friends called him, finally started focusing solely on baseball during his sophomore year for the Murray Stinkytits High School Fighting Root Canals. He went on to dominate D7 college baseball at the University of The Lord’s Redeemed Savior’s Holy Cross Christ Davis College in Jesus, Indiana. After being drafted 1st overall by the Royals he shot up their minor league system as well as heroine which unfortunately sidetracked his career and led to his untimely death in 1987. He is survived by his dog Abacus and his pet box of goldfish Mark.

Weaknesses: “Please let me know if you have any questions” Uh, excuse me, I HAVE ALL THE QUESTIONS.

Overall Future Potential: 6; it could be the kind of shirsey that helps you find your cow in the rain.

Realistic Role: 3; it will probably break down in Triple-A

Risk Factor/Injury History: High; a lot of miles on that bad boy.

The Year Ahead: If we fix the rear axel and tweak the steering dynamics, we might be able to salvage a career for Chevrolet. If not, we’re looking at a shirsey you wear at the gym and eventually use as nothing more than a rat tailing weapon.

Wardrobe ETA: 20STRONNNNNNG

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Farewell To Cole and Mort

Best friends of the BBQ Jason Cole and Zach Mortimer are leaving Baseball Prospectus and the internet world to go work for actual baseball teams. We met both of these guys in July at the DC BP event and they have been fantastic friends ever since, except for Cole.

We decided to make them a tribute video. Here it is:

Episode 16: Cool Off and Get Smart

It’s the Barbecast’s Sweet 16 and we celebrated by talking to an entire Triple-A baseball team…kinda. Our special guest this week is the MASTERMIND behind the Sacramento RiverCats’ Twitter account, Mark Ling. Mark turned out to be significantly cooler than Daric Barton and gave some great insight on what it’s like to work in minor league baseball. No baseball talk this week because I, Jordan, is/was deathly ill BUT we managed to include another war of old baseball player names found in the depths of baseball-reference. Tales from Logdog with Lana Berry was all about Jake going to the SMARTEST SCHOOL IN AMERICA. Another solid crop of e-mails this week; my 12-year old brother made another appearance and Big Poop let us know how much he misses baseball. Thanks for listening <3

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Minnesota Twins Top 10 Shirseys

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Most of the Boof, Nishioka, Rauch, Blyleven and Neshek write-ups are courtesy of our buddy Brandon Warne. Brandon is the Twins beat reporter for ESPN 1500 Twin Cities which is funny because that means he actually gets paid to write about baseball. Unlike us. Thanks, Brandon <3 

System Quote: “There are two things in life for which we are never truly prepared: twins.”

Twins Top Ten:

  1. Boof Bonser
  2. @DannyValencia19
  3. Tsuyoshi Nishioka
  4. Jon Rauch
  5. Adam Everett
  6. Delmon Young
  7. Kevin Slowey
  8. Pat Neshek
  9. Scott Baker
  10. Bert Blyleven

Screen Shot 2013-11-16 at 5.20.05 PM1. Boof Bonser

 Size: S

 Current Status: Available for purchase

 Website: eBay

 Price: $20.00

 eBay Description: “This is a MINNESOTA TWINS #26 BOOF MLB BASEBALL T-shirt”

 The Tools: 7 raw derp; 7+ awesomeness; 7 player obscurity; 6 design/color scheme; 5 price

What Happened to the Player in 2013: Spent time with Triple-A Fresno and Columbus. Finished up the year pitching with a team called the President 7-Eleven Lions in Taiwan. Seriously.

Strengths: Name, for obvious reasons. The only other player that can get away with his first name on the back would be Ichiro. Absolute toolshed. Boof is risky because of the questionable nature of the seller, but the tools are unreal. Shirsey is red, white, and blue (‘MERICA) which means you can fit right in on stars and stripes day (Thats July 4th for you commies out there.)

Weaknesses: Name, for obvious reasons. The shirt says BOOF on it, you guys. Risk of being labeled a boof for the rest of time.

Overall Future Potential: 7; Slots somewhere between tuxedo t-shirt and Superman ringer tee in your wardrobe.

Realistic Role: 5; Cheap joke potential at parties.

Risk Factor/Injury History: High; Boof has been consistently injured throughout his big league career. There is little reason for this to change.

The Year Ahead: Beats the hell out of me. Maybe he’ll sign with the Mets.

Wardrobe ETA: The sooner the better. More precisely, spring 2014.

Screen Shot 2013-11-17 at 4.33.36 PM2@DannyValencia19

 Size: Unknown

 Current Status: Owned by @Ovie1390

 Website: Twitter

 Price: Ask @Ovie1390

 eBay Description: N/A

 The Tools: 8 raw derp; 5 potential awesomeness; 6+ player obscurity; 5 design/color scheme

What Happened to the Player in 2013: Valencia emerged as a decent platoon option for the Orioles against lefties, which is more than I can say for you.

Strengths: The best part of this shirsey is that the number on the Twitter handle doesn’t match the number on the shirt. Valencia changed his number between 2011 and 2012, but didn’t change his Twitter handle. Another important question to ask is why the Twins felt it necessary to make a twitter handle shirsey for someone who just slashed .246/.294/.383 in 608 plate appearances. Both of these factors contribute to maybe the best derp in the game. It’s the kind of derp you can dream on. The only other plus tool here is player obscurity which grades out as a legitimate weapon.

Weaknesses: It’s a Twitter handle shirsey. Despite such impressive derp, it might play down a grade because of the dorkiness of having a Danny Valencia Twitter shirsey.

Overall Future Potential: 7; the derp allows for a high ceiling you can dream on.

Realistic Role: Low 6; it’s derpy enough that you’ll be able to wear this to any black tie event.

Risk Factor/Injury History: Low; many moons will rise, many babies will be born, many years will roll by…but this will always be a Danny Valencia Twitter shirsey.

The Year Ahead: If Valencia can continue to market himself to the social-media savvy members of the Cuban-Jewish community, this shirsey should start flying off the shelves.

Wardrobe ETA: 2@19

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Chicago White Sox Top 10 Shirseys

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Shingo, Fukodome, Podsednik, and Garcia write-ups are courtesy of Matt Adams (no, not that Matt Adams). Matt is a writer for the blog Southside Showdown and you can follow him on Twitter @2014WhiteSox.

System Quote: “One must not let oneself be overwhelmed by sadness.”

White Sox Top Ten:

  1. Shingo Takatsu
  2. Albert Belle
  3. Carlos Quentin America
  4. Fukudome
  5. Philip Humber
  6. Brian Anderson
  7. Scott Podsednik
  8. Freddy Garcia
  9. Baby Buehrle
  10. Orlando Cabrera

Screen Shot 2013-11-13 at 6.56.38 PM1. Shingo Takatsu

 Size: L

 Current Status: Available for purchase

 Website: eBay

 Price: $28.99

 eBay Description: “MENS-LADIES-CHICAGO WHITE SOX-TAKATSU-10-BLACK SHIRT-L”

 The Tools: 6 derp; 5+ awesomeness; 7 player obscurity; 6 design/color scheme; 3 price

What Happened to the Player in 2013: He gong! Shingo is gone but not forgotten as far as MLB action goes, but 2013 marked his return as a civilian as he found the time to show up to the White Sox Social Media Lounge at U.S. Cellular Field to sport some White Sox sunglasses and make all the kids ask “who is that guy?”

Strengths: Marked as a Mens-Ladies, it switch hits itself into a wonderful tandem gift for your favorite White Sox loving couple.

Weaknesses: When sharing a semi-classic White Sox shirsey with your love, there is no clear platoon split. There are 7 days in a week and that’s an odd number. Something’s gotta give.

Overall Future Potential: 6; can confuse everybody for approximately one year. “How does he look so good?” they will ask. Ultimately they will realize…you don’t.

Realistic Role: 5; can flip those with those Frisbees up there but not going to give you much more than that.

Risk Factor/Injury History: Low; can’t hurt a low-mileage shoulder that’s sitting idly on the shelf.

The Year Ahead: Purchasing an MLB.TV plan like the rest of us.

Wardrobe ETA: 2010. Full disclosure: I own a Shingo jersey as a hand-me-down (hand-me-up?) from my little sister (Mens-Ladies!). It is 2-3 sizes too small which plays up the derp considerably.

Screen Shot 2013-11-13 at 6.56.56 PM2.  Albert Belle

 Size: L

 Current Status: Available for purchase

 Website: eBay

 Price: $13.74

 eBay Description: “Shirts are pre-owned and may show signs of being old school.”

 The Tools: 5+ derp; 6+ awesomeness; 4 player obscurity; 5+ design/color scheme; 6 price

What Happened to the Player in 2013: No one is quite sure but most think that Belle spends his time pushing over old people at his local country club.

Strengths: If you want to be a badass who doesn’t give a flying shit, then this is your shirt. This shirt warns those around you named Fernando to get the hell out of the way. Great price for product. Doubles as a below average Beauty and the Beast costume for those who don’t know much about baseball.

Weaknesses: Questionable makeup questions. Shirt has the potential to tear or rip at any point without warning. Don’t speak poorly about the shirt because it will come back at you in the media.

Overall Future Potential: Low 7; shirt could throw some blows. “F some S up” as the kids say.

Realistic Role: Low 5; you’ll be amazed by it at first, but you’ll soon realize how angry it makes you.

Risk Factor/Injury History: High; despite granting you mental invincibility, the violent rages that this shirt could send you into are undeniably dangerous.

The Year Ahead: Just tryna stay outta trouble.

Wardrobe ETA: *punches space-time continuum*

Screen Shot 2013-11-13 at 6.59.01 PM3. Carlos Quentin America

 Size: L

 Current Status: Available for purchase

 Website: eBay

 Price: $19.99 + $ 5.99

 eBay Description: “Look great in this White Sox player t-shirt from Majestic”

 The Tools: 7 derp; 5 awesomeness; 5 player obscurity; 3/7 design/color scheme depending on HOW MUCH YOU LOVE THIS COUNTRY; 4+ price

What Happened to the Player in 2013: Carlos finished his first full season with the Padres by playing another half season with the Padres after his half-season in 2012 with the Padres. Yeah. That’s what he did.

Strengths: I called Carlos Quentin asking for a quote on the shirt. This was his response: “No one loves America more than Carlos god damn Quentin and don’t you forget it. Oh, and screw you Greinke. You broke my collarbone. I didn’t whine like a baby like you though. Also, #FollowMort.”

Weaknesses: Any America related merchandise is a sad attempt by MLB to sell you shit you just don’t ever need.  Advertised as a stars and stripes jersey, the shirt seems to focus more on the stars part of that. Shirsey is too dependent on American holidays to maintain relevance. Is this shirsey really a subtle attempt to remove the thirteen original colonies from the greater United States to form their own country called Quentinia? Probably not, but a man can dream.

Overall Future Potential: 6; when Quentin hits a homer on an American holiday, you’ll probably be on TV.

Realistic Role: 4; you’ll look dumb

Risk Factor/Injury History: High; considering America could fall apart any minute now, this jersey is a high risk. If America crumbles, so does the value of this shirsey.

The Year Ahead: If America can reassert itself as a confident and influential world power on a global level, this shirsey could gain traction. If the perception of America around the world continues to spiral downward then we could see a steep drop in the number of Carlos Quentin Stars and Stripes shirseys sold.

Wardrobe ETA: July 4th, 1776

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Episode 15: Gettin’ Zonked With Big Time Timmy Jim

We made it to Episode Half-of-Thirty which is remarkably insignificant but we’ll celebrate it anyway. Our special guest this week is some random unemployed guy named Danny Farris (the guy in the Angels hat smiling in the picture above). He watched literally all of the baseball games this year so we talked to him about that and what it was like living in the Fan Cave. Tales from Logdog covered GRONKFEST and how Lana survived playing semi-drunk football with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Lana wrote about it here. E-mails included a gem from my 12 year old brother David, Ric Flair AGAIN, shirsey limits, and another incredible story from Big Poop. Baseball talk included a war of 19th century baseball names (let us know who won), and more shirsey talk. This was a fun one. Rate and review us on the iTunes. It helps a lot and we want more people to appreciate our questionable humor in audio form. Thanks <3

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Oakland Athletics Top 10 Shirseys

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Suzuki and Inge write-ups come to us courtesy of our most recent podcast guest and good friend, Jason Wojciechowski. Follow him on Twitter @jlwoj and go listen to his mediocre jokes on our less than mediocre podcast. 

System Quote: “Yes time travel is possible. Will explain later.”

Oakland Athletics Top Ten:

  1. HD Baker
  2. Kurt Suzuki Puka Shells
  3. Jose Canseco
  4. Mike Piazza
  5. Cespedes “Grass and Dirt”
  6. Brandon Inge
  7. Jeremy Hermida
  8. Matt Holliday
  9. Brian Fuentes
  10. Jemile Weeks

Screen Shot 2013-11-11 at 3.57.12 PM1. HD Baker

 Size: M

 Current Status: Available for purchase

 Website: eBay

 Price: $9.99

 eBay Description: “I don’t know who “HD Baker” is.  The back screen-printing is subtly different than the front screen-printing so I’m guessing this is a custom shirt, or a Little League shirt or something of that nature.  But if you want an obscure A’s t-shirt you have some to the right place.”

The Tools: 8 derp, 6 awesomeness, 8 player obscurity, 5 design/color scheme, 7 price

What Happened to the Player in 2013: Hard to say, considering HD Baker is not a person.

Strengths: A customized shirsey that someone no longer wants is nothing short of a treasure. The shirt strayed from its original buyer and somehow wound up in the arms of a man or woman with an eBay account. A quick Google search reveals that HD Baker is not a thing nor has it ever been a thing. Searches on Bing, Yahoo!, Zappos, and LinkedIn also come up blank. A mystery HD Baker is and a mystery he (or she) will remain. Just tell all your friends that you misspelled HR Baker, the greatest home run hitter in the 1900’s. Baker was so good at hitting home runs that they renamed him Home Run. Where were we…

Weaknesses: Purchasing this shirsey means you’ll have to explain its meaning over and over. Considering you don’t actually know the meaning behind it, that seems like a drag. The mystery surrounding this shirt also has the downside that you have no idea where it’s been. Basement, brothel, sheep’s vagina; all legitimate hypotheses as to the previous location of this shirt. Maybe HD stands for High Definition… wait no that doesn’t make sense either.

Overall Future Potential: 7; Home Run Baker was a legend

Realistic Role: 4; you end up confusing the crap out of your friends

Risk Factor/Injury History: High; depended on the reading ability of the people around you.

The Year Ahead: I literally don’t know. HD Baker? What?

Wardrobe ETA: Right now. Buy it right now.

Screen Shot 2013-11-11 at 4.02.48 PM2. Kurt Suzuki Puka Shells

 Size: M

 Current Status: Available for purchase

 Website: eBay

 Price: $19.99 Buy It Now/$4.99 Starting Bid + $3.50 shipping

 eBay Description: “Suzuki and Oakland have had a reunion for the playoff run and this is your chance to support the team.”

 The Tools: 8 raw derp, 6 awesomeness, 6 player obscurity, 6 design/color scheme, 6+ price

What Happened to the Player in 2013: Suzuki had his second straight garbage year at the plate and met with the indignity of being traded to a playoff contender in August to paper over an injury-riddled catcher situation and to receive absolutely zero playing time once the real players got healthy. Luckily, said playoff contender was Oakland, which is the only MLB city where anybody would be happy to see him.

Strengths: The puka shells are the real standout here. Pre-accessorized clothing can’t help but kill. It’s inherently strong. And pre-puka’d clothing is easy plus-plus. Also green and gold are the best colors in baseball.

Weaknesses: So why only a 6 awesomeness grade instead of an 8? Because pre-accessorized clothing is also inherently awful. It kills, yes, but the main thing it kills is your chance at positive attention from members of your preferred sex. Normally this simultaneous 8/2 situation would balance out to a 5, but we’re talking puka shells here. Puka shells! So it’s …

Overall Future Potential: … a low 6. Nostalgia-kitsch use is the main approved function, though it can also be worn once a year when he’s traded back to the A’s in August. Nobody else will wear this shirt. That’s somethin’.

Realistic Role: Also low 6. There is a 0% chance of this shirsey not reaching its potential. It’s a pre-finished product.

Risk Factor/Injury History: Low. I just said. Christ, you people sometimes.

The Year Ahead: Suzuki won’t re-sign with the A’s, so unless he ends up in San Diego or something, there aren’t going to be more puka-shell shirts produced. Oh, the player? Who knows. He’s a catcher. He’ll go somewhere.

Wardrobe ETA: Tomorrow. The auction ended. Nobody even bid $5. E-mail the seller and it’s yours.

Screen Shot 2013-11-11 at 4.07.28 PM3. Jose Canseco

 Size: M

 Current Status: Available for purchase

 Website: eBay

 Price: $17.99

 eBay Description: Literally nothing

 The Tools: 6+ derp, 5 awesomeness, 5 player obscurity, 7 design/color scheme, 4 price

What Happened to the Player in 2013: Jose Canseco used Twitter to further cement his legacy as a legitimate crazy person. Posting disturbing pictures like this, this, and sadly even this, will get you to crazy person level.

Strengths: Like Canseco himself, the name/number/logo are almost too huge and barely fit the jersey. Despite questionable characteristics, Canseco was a pretty badass player. The darker green pairs swimmingly with the gold to provide a classic yet refreshing square dance of the rainbow. 33 is a plus-plus number.

Weaknesses: People may criticize you for wearing a shirt associated with such a vilde chaya. The oversized logo on the front is huge as is and may get even larger as it ages and develops. Concerns about the body are valid.

Overall Future Potential: 6; the dark green makes the other tools up

Realistic Role: Low 5; second division shirsey

Risk Factor/Injury History: High; unpredictability in regards to player, size of logo on front

The Year Ahead: Unfortunately, Canseco’s unpredictability is a double edged sword. While his posts about poop are hilarious and entertaining, it’s a legitimate possibility that you open the newspaper tomorrow morning and the headline reads “FORMER BASEBALL PLAYER CANSECO ARRESTED FOR STEALING 17 VENDING MACHINES FROM LOCAL OLD FOLKS HOME.” Whether his reckless approach acts as a benefit or a detriment has yet to be seen, but it is certain that Canseco is a shirsey to watch.

Wardrobe ETA: Whenever he gets arrested.

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Ain’t Nobody Fuckin With Mike Leake

You know that Kanye Song, the audacious one, the one with the other rappers, yeah that one. Who knew it was about mediocre Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake? I certainly didn’t until Kanye released this brand new music video (exclusive to our blog)

Shout out to @tamareisen95 for the concept… sorta.

Passionate Curveballs By Big Poop

If you don’t know who Big Poop is, go listen to our podcast. The following is his email/poem from a couple weeks ago titled passionate curveballs:

The sky was an ocean without waves, the waters still calm, save for a rogue ripple of a cloud, sailing slowly overhead.

“A lion” says Jose Fernandez, young stud phenom pitcher for the Miami Marlins, flashing his 80 grade smile, “it looks like a lion”
I smile and take a bite of the strawberry his fingers brought elegantly in front of my face. “You know, it does look like a lion.”
Jose’s grin remains and he finishes off the strawberry, which his immaculate hands still held. “Big Poop, I got you something” he says, boyishly breaking our eye contact. He reaches into his pocket and produces a small charm bracelet.
My eyes moisten as I put the trinket on. “Thank you so much Jose, I will cherish this forever”. We embrace each other for some time, our bodies melting together as a love cocoon, and after several moments of listening to the sounds of each others hearts beating, that love emerged as a butterfly.
I lay looking at Jose’s bronzed chest. He truly is immaculate in every way. I try to stifle my anticipation, but eventually I succumb, and scream for Jose to give me the curveball…
But alas, he only gives me the dick, and even in my disappointment, I am satisfied.

#OBP