After rehabing a calf injury the last few weeks, Derek Jeter last night returned to the Yankees' line-up against Cleveland, going 0-for-4 in his leadoff spot. To the dismay of Yankees fans everywhere, Jeter's underwhelming performance during last night's game prompted Indians manager Manny Acta to comment, "Not sure I've ever seen one player ground out weakly to second that many times in a row." But we're not here to talk about Jeter's performance, so let's rewind...
On Sunday Jeter did his second Double-A rehab start for the Trenton Thunder against the Altoona Curve. He drew a franchise-record attendance of 9,212 to the afternoon game Seizing an opportunity to capitalize on the presence of Mr. Six Hits Away From 3,000 in South Jersey, the team decided to freshen up their jerseys for the holiday weekend. After the game, Jeter said he felt "uncomfortable" in the patriotic red, white, and blue jerseys. The outfits also caused quite a bit of vitriol from the sports blogosphere, with Sports Grid calling the uniform "so hideous that no one even tried to pretend it was anything but horrific," digging the knife deeper by adding "America, you are owed an apology… as is everyone who’s looked at (to say nothing of worn) this thing."
Hmm... Really?! Can't say we agree with you there, buddy. Because we're American, love baseball, love our flag, and the Fourth of July is bar-none our favorite holiday, we sorta really, really like the Thunder's novelty outfit, cheesy or not. Call us suckers for Uncle Sam, but we love flashy, over-the-top displays of patriotism, especially on the Fourth of July. Surely plenty of Bros were out yesterday rocking American flag pants, shorts, shirts, and other random miscellany. The fact that it's more or less modeled after the 1994 World Cup uniforms just ups the ante, even if certain New York media outlets are calling it "a fashion faux pas."
But, what are your thoughts? Was the jersey too much or was it so fresh that you'd order one for your collection of red, white, and blue swag collection?