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What’s the deal with spring training caps

Teams wear strange and different caps for spring training than they do during the season. I suppose it’s obvious why they do this -- to sell caps to dorks like me who will actually buy them -- but it’s rather startling to hear someone admit it. Here’s ESPN’s uniform dude, Paul Lukas:

Uni Watch posed that very question the other day to Todd Sokolowski, an executive at cap manufacturer New Era, who turned out to be refreshingly candid. “Truthfully, it’s mostly an opportunity for fans to buy additional caps,” he said. “So the reason we keep changing the design? Yeah, it’s for retail.”

Wow. I never actually thought they’d just come out and admit it. It’s a candor so refreshing that I may actually go out and buy a spring training cap.