New merchandise

So it looks like the Mariners are taking a page out of the Giants playbook and are putting players’ hairy facial parts on wearable apparel. And they’re not the only ones. The Giants may not even be the first, but they have certainly been the loudest about this particular method of advertising their team. The unfortunate (??) thing about this, however, is that we don’t really have any current players whose facial hair or hair cut might garner them instant recognition (and I’ll be honest, I had no idea that was supposed to be Jay Buhner when I first saw these designs), so we have long-past Mariners doing the dirty work.

The first thing I thought of when I saw the second one was the Kenny Powers character from Eastbound and Down.

I am guessing these may sell well for the more long-time fans, but I don’t think I care for them very much. I can also safely say that even if they’d had a JJ Putz soul patch T-shirt, I would likely avoid it like the plague. I do, however, like the new practice jerseys, which I have heard a lot of criticism of, so to each their own. They can also be personalized. If I see anyone wearing one of the shirts above, I may not be able to help myself from looking at you funny. It won’t be on purpose, and I wouldn’t be doing it to be rude, that’s just the reaction I have to a piece of clothing emblazoned with disembodied hair.

I also kind of dig this jacket. If the weather here continues to disappoint and my bank account allows, I might be forced (forced, I say!) to purchase one.

It is currently raining outside, and looks like it will be tomorrow. This concerns me, because my first live sporting event of the year is a Sounders game against the Colorado Rapids tomorrow night after work. I have attended a match out in the weather before, and I found it to be very unpleasant. One of my biggest pet peeves is getting hit in the face with rain. I know that’s a strange thing to say in general, and even stranger considering where I’ve chosen to call home, but it’s a fact. I guess I need to man up and deal. I still have my cheap lime green poncho from the last rainy day game, so I’ll be stuffing that into my backpack before I leave the house tomorrow. A little rain never hurt anyone, right?

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