No more “Red” days
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Take today’s blog with a grain of salt. It is a sarcastic subject matter to me right now, but I am not trying to demoralize or discredit the actions of Major League Baseball in honoring the veterans who have served our country with their blood,sweat and for some, their lives.
I served in a National Guard unit based out of Kuwait City in 1991 and take my time serving this country with extreme honor and pride.
I am not great at sarcasm or comedy, so please do not beat me with objects that have nails, barbs or shiny objects attached to them. Red is a great color to symbolize courage and sacrifice. And for that I understand and commend MLB for using this color in their cap selection in 2009.
I have to tell you, starting today, I am going to start a grass-roots, special session, congressional investigation with full disclosure and penalties to the poor sap that approved the idea of RED caps to celebrate the holidays both this past weekend and during the Memorial Day ( May 25, 2009) games in baseball. It is with the full vocal backing of the fan bases of the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays that I try and make some logical sense to the unusual adherence of the Red color to these two teams cap collections during those holidays.
I am hoping to conclude and have all the data analyzed and processed by the next “Red Cap” day, September 7, 2009 when again the teams of the MLB will adorn their heads with these red caps.
Yes, do not be afraid, but be aware that this color of the Bull, this primary color selection has led several clubs to end this past weekend with either 0-4 records like the Rays and Jays, or to a 1-3 mark like four members of the Senior circuit. That is right, the Colorado Rockies, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs all have been tossed towards the dark winless side by the demon color.
It is not like the “Rays of light” or the nasty aggressive mannerisms of the Blue Jay could keep these losing feeling out of the grasp of their collective ball teams because of the regal and royal color selection. Such a color might be perfect for Royal coronations and stop signs, but it is as foreign as fine cognac to the boys in the dugouts of these two squads. How amazing it is and probably will merit a Nobel Prize for sports for me if I can find the correlation of the odd color’s demonic powers over the usually cool hued and color schemes of these 6 teams.
Of course only one of these teams is from outside the United States borders, and their finding might be found to be a non-issue since they do not observe the same holidays as our country. But the fact that a majority of their roster is consisting of a smattering of US citizens, it is a issue of national importance that we find a cause of this losing epidemic and transform some logic to seek a victorious release of wins come this Labor Day. So with the losing transformation creeping over the US border into Toronto, it is imperative that we find a cure for the losing and find it fast to secure our borders from this red menace.
The color red has been good to some of those who usually wear this passionate color for their uniforms. The World Champion Philadelphia Phillies went 0-1 before finally getting on board this past weekend to 3-0 and send the Mets into the cauldron with the five other teams to go teams. The Phillies, who always wear a smattering of red on their jerseys took the step as an alternative cap selection and did not heed the evil within the color scheme.
To really put an large exclamation point on all of this is to go into the statistics and see just how far these red caps took the two team into the depths of despair. The Rays during their first encounter with the red caps on May 25th were leading their contest against the Cleveland Indians 10-0 before the Indians, who have red piping and red alternative uniforms came back and smacked the poor Rays with their worst comeback in team history.
The Rays ended up losing that game 11-10 in the bottom of the ninth inning on a walk-off. Not the kind of start you want with a new cap color selection. But the best exclamation that this red scheme is counter-productive and must be stopped might be in this weekends three game series against the Texas Rangers. Here is a team that mostly sports a blue, gray and white uniform base with some red background colors in their jerseys.
They do not adhere to the basic red motif, but their alternative uniform is a red jersey that is accented by the MLB-ordained cap. So this past weekend they trampled onto the field with their red jerseys full pressed and ready for action. The results was that the red hued Rangers outscored the Rays 20-7 in the series and kept the Rays in check the entire 3-game series.
The Rays, who were the MLB leaders in runs coming into the series fell from the top spot for the first time in months and now gave that honor to the New York Yankees, who went a mysterious 4-0 on these dates. Could the Bronx squad have sold their soul to the red, or could there be another logical answer. The Rays also fell from their other top spot in the majors, On-Base Percentage also giving way to the crew out of the Bronx.
Could this red revolution be more centered into the top tiers of the league, or just a figment of our subconscious. Over the next few months I will dive deep and long into data and statistics looking for the ultimate cure for the summertime reds caused by this 4 game deceleration by the Jays and Rays. The cure might be as simple as putting a blue swatch of material into the inner headband of the red caps to give the team some superstition protection.
But it also might just be a case of the abnormal color playing weird and intense mind games with the two blue-hued teams. Toronto does have a small piping and edge of red in their logo and uniforms, and their home country does have a prominent red color to their flag. But what makes this Canadian team fall to the vices of this red epidemic.
It might be the last time in 2009 that we see those dreaded caps, but what will be in store for 2010? Why not go back to the individual stars and stripes logos the teams used in 2008 again. They are classic and better representation of the spirit and the contributions of the veterans of this great land. Red is the color of passion and in ancient Rome if a general came home victorious he was doused in red as a show of victory and power. The Rangers used their show of red to dominate, like a Roman general and put the Rays into a state of defeat in all three contests.
The red caps are not being used with evil intentions, but the finally decision is an individual one. Can the red horde be pushed back into the darkness and away from the psyches of the Rays and Jays in time to bring about a victory in the last day of the red cap for 2009. We still have a few months to find plausible and new methods to attack the red at its core and bring victory back to the blue-hued ones. The Mets, Rockies Braves and Cubs can also learn from this research to better develop a method of attack and perseverance against the red-hued psychological night mare.
I know that the marketing of the red cap is to increase and to fluctuate the common man with a multitude of MLB cap selections. But for these six teams, the red cap has been a thing of despair and grief instead of a triumph and glorious moment. But in all battles, even on the fields of play, there can be only one winner. Hopefully in the next engagement, the Rays and Jays can throw those caps to the air after the game in victory, not defeat.