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Rays Break Out New Striped Stirrups Against Padres

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If you saw the game, or even just the highlights yesterday, you probably saw a couple a couple of players and Joe Maddon rocking some beautiful striped stirrups against the Padres.

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These things are a thing of beauty, no? If you are wondering about the backstory on the new hosiery, Paul Lukas from Uni Watch got the lowdown from Todd Kalas during yesterday's broadcast.

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The Rays have lost nine of their last 12 and are looking to turn things around, so Joe Maddon is sporting a new look today, along with a few of the players. [Equipment manager] Chris Westmoreland and some of the guys were watching the Cardinals play the other day, and they said, "Hey, that’s kind of a cool look with the old-style stirrups." So Evan Longoria, B.J. Upton, Sean Rodriguez, amongst the guys who are in the lineup today going with the old-style stirrups. Chris Westmoreland ordered them specially, and they came in today after he designed them.

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I'm always a huge fan of players going high cuff, and if the striped stirrups keep the Rays winning even better. I only hope this would catch on like the Rayhawks did two years ago. If that happens, we could be heading towards something special.

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