Per request, I will pen another chapter in the, “This only happens in Minor League baseball” series. The subject of this installment is promotional jerseys, which are those unique creations that players wear during a one-time promotion or fundraiser.
This link inspired Chad’s request, and I will now run through a top 5 list comprised of the most outlandish jerseys that I have worn as a Minor Leaguer. The criterion that I used is limited to the following question that a player asks upon entering the clubhouse and seeing his team’s jersey for the night: “I’m going to play in that??” Regardless of whether he is asking the question because he is happily impressed or appalled, that question is the sole basis for the following rankings.
The Top 5
(5) Green and Yellow Hawaii Pattern: We wear these every Friday in Jackson as part of “Margaritaville Fridays.”
(4) Pink Camouflage: We wore these as a promotion to raise money against breast cancer. The jerseys were auctioned off after the game; my mom now owns the one with #38 on the back.
(3) Flaming Purple: ’Bright purple’ would not be descriptive enough to explain the fluorescence of these jerseys worn on Alzheimer’s Awareness night. The clubhouse reaction to these was strong enough to put them high on the list.
(2) Stormtrooper Uniform: During the night when the Bounty Hunter and other Star Wars characters cruised around Pringles Park, the rest of the Generals and I wore white jerseys with strategically placed marks that outlined our utility belts and other Stormtrooper gear. It is my hope that we played for the Dark Side on only one night this season.
(1) Backwards Jerseys: In High Desert the front office hosted a backwards night; the 7th inning stretch took place in the 3rd, Wooly Bully wasn’t introduced until the 9th, and us High Desert Mavericks wore “Backwards Jerseys.” If you’re in Southern California and considering going to a Mavericks game or an Angels game, maybe you should consider which will offer you a chance at seeing the jersey below.