Friday, July 13, 2012
A little birdie told me to write this
Some Orioles fans wanted me to show a card of their favorite team in the last Allen & Ginter post. ... OK, one Orioles fan did.
I didn't show it because, well, because it's an Orioles player. I don't think about the O's much. I think about them when I stray onto an Orioles card blog and when I talk to my brother, who is an Orioles fan and who I hassled because he was an Orioles fan. But that's about it.
I didn't show any Cubs, A's, Diamondbacks, White Sox or Marlins cards either, but, no, Commishbob tells me I've got to show the Orioles card.
Fine, here you are:
Adam Jones, wearing the retro Orioles logo cap.
I have no idea if he's wearing a cap in which the Oriole is also wearing an O's cap, or if it's a cap with just splotches of orange and white on it. I don't even know if I'm understanding the explanation by another O's fan -- Kevin -- correctly. Reading it was like trying to crack the Ginter code. You fans of teams and your marketing departments.
Here's another card of Adam Jones, wearing the retro Orioles logo cap. Is this an alternate cap? Is it the regular cap? Is it some special cap they only break out on Sundays? Is it a cap that's not really on Jones's head and Bowman photoshopped it on there? Am I really typing this?
Here is Adam Jones wearing what I think -- I think -- is last year's Orioles cap. Maybe they still break it out when fans are getting nostalgic over 2009. Every third Tuesday, let's say. The Orioles P.A. system announces next Tuesday will be "Remember when they were uncovering a new girlfriend of Tiger Woods every day?" night, and fans will run en masse to the memorabilia shop and buy up all the orinthologically-correct caps.
Here is Adam Jones wearing an orinthogically-correct Oriole helmet. And a whole bunch of Orioles fans just bought up all the Orinth-Cor Oriole helmets.
This is not Adam Jones. Or, at least, it's a different Adam Jones. He is not wearing an Orioles helmet. He is wearing a Titans helmet. I know even less about the Titans than I do the Orioles. I don't know if the Titans have more than one logo. I don't know if they wear different logos on Thursday nights. I don't know if the Titans logo is orinthologically correct.
So, let's move on.
Here is some Orioles prospect who is new to me. His name is Nick Delmonico. I know nothing about him and I don't want anybody to explain who he is in the comments. I prefer not knowing. Unless he makes the majors. Then I'd like to know. Or maybe not. He's an Oriole.
He's wearing a helmet with a big "O's" on it. Do the Orioles really wear these helmets with this O's logo in MLB games? I don't know. I rarely watch the O's. It's possible. It's possible they wear them only Fridays. It's possible, again, that Delmonico is not even wearing an O's helmet and he's really got a pizza box on his head. Those Bowman/Topps people are so tricky.
Here is Oriole Bird. He's wearing a cap with a logo of himself on it. That strikes me as odd. What if everybody did that? I think I'd have to sign up for space travel if that happened.
So, there you are, a whole bunch of different Orioles caps that I can't sort out at all.
Now you know why I don't show Orioles cards that often.
The Dodgers make it simple.
They've worn the same cap since they moved from Brooklyn.
Well, except for the rare time or two when their marketing department cornered someone.