I was hanging out at the stadium before a game last week, and I saw a fan wearing a Dodgers cap. Sounds about right, yeah? But this wasn’t just any baseball cap; the nice blue L.A. logo was stitched onto the front, but it also had the stamp of a swanky clothing brand printed all over it. I pointed this out to one of my players, and he said that hat costs more than $100. For a baseball cap. That’s not even AUTOGRAPHED.
My buddy went on to tell me that one of the big sports brands recently came out with a baseball glove that costs several hundred dollars. This thing is made of top-notch Italian leather and is supposed to be a lot more comfortable and durable, but still, I can remember running down to the local sports-goods store in Brooklyn and picking up a perfectly good glove that’d last for years for around $15 or so.
So I’m starting to think this kind of status thing is L.A.-centric, what with Rodeo Drive and the high quantities of “beautiful people” residing here. Sure, New York has Madison Avenue and all the fashion mags, but what do New Yorkers do for four months of every year? Bundle up in huge scarves and big puffy coats, and stay indoors as much as possible, that’s what. L.A. is a fashion capital all year long.
What does this mean for me? Well, maybe nothing; after all, I clean up pretty good when I’m not in my uniform — no cut-off shorts or muscle shirts or anything. Then again, maybe you’ll spot me at a game wearing a swanky brand or an Italian leather something or other. But don’t hold your breath.
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