Daric Barton with the flag patch placed right along the back seam of the first panel, right above his ear.
Remember when New Era announced that they would be selling the flag patch caps again this year? Upon further inspection, what they are selling is not what the players are wearing.
The 59Fifty caps from New Era are the same ones the players wear on the field. That’s how they’ve been marketed to us and it’s true. But for the 9/11 flag patch, it’s a different story. I’ll use screen caps of the A’s game I am watching now.
(Scott Kazmir didn’t have his flag patch, but his teammates did. Did it fall off?)
As you can see by the link I have above, the flag is placed in the middle of the first side panel of the cap. But as you can notice by the image above (and around the league), it’s not placed in the middle. Instead, it’s placed all the way to the right of the panel before it hits the seam. The slight placement is minor, but it still makes a difference.
Last season, all teams wore a flag patch on their caps on September 11. This was what MLB did following the aftermath of the attack in 2001.
It was announced by New Era that they are doing that again.
I actually am a fan of this. This is simple, not a gimmick like other things MLB does, and more importantly, it takes us back to when MLB first reacted towards the attack. Simple and very honorable.
(Although I am confused as to why they have old cap designs with it. It must just be extra in inventory and they slapped on the flag onto it for merchandise sales.)
What do you think of the flag?
Over the summer, there was a contest that wasn’t well publicized that asked fans to design a flag for their favorite football team. This is a cool concept to get the creativity of the fans involved. And surprisingly, a good portion of these turned out pretty well.
CHECK OUT THE FLAGS HERE
Looking at the 49ers flag, the one thing that I don’t like is that the flag doesn’t feature the “SF” logo. Instead it features the team name wordmark. The “SF” is way more iconic and it stands out.
But here are some things I do like. The sunset is a great touch because if you’ve gone to Candlestick Park, Journey’s “Lights” is played after every game.
“When the lights go down in the city / And the sun shines on the Bay…”