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.â†µ
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.â†µ
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.â†µ
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.