Reporting Jamie Samuelsen
By: Jamie Samuelsen
Major League Baseball is always looking to commemorate something. Or it’s always looking to make an extra buck. We’ll let you be the judge.
On Memorial Day, every team will wear a camouflage version of its normal jersey. Since the Tigers are home hosting the Pirates at 1:08, Detroit fans will get to see the “Olde English D” in camo.
It will look like this…
And the hats will look like this…
Some fans will think this is a cool tribute to the military. Others will think it’s a gaudy way to sell alternate jerseys. Memorial Day after all is meant to honor those who gave their lives for our country. Is this the right way to do it?
Paul Lukas of ESPN’s popular Uni-Watch Blog doesn’t think so. He wrote, “Memorial Day is not a day for celebrating the military. It’s a day for honoring the military dead. A more appropriate gesture would be an MLB-wide black armband. An even better gesture would be a pregame moment of silence, without anything on the uniform. But as is so often the case nowadays, merchandising and pandering trump common sense.”
So what do you think? Good call or tasteless?