I was recently sharing with the Ladies… one of the few beefs I had about my visit to Yankee Stadium in September: the womens’ wear shop. Now mind you I was on a mission for something very specific (a womens’ cut Swisher or Hughes tee) and the chances of snagging it were slim. Needless to say, I didn’t find it. I did find an awful lot of pink tees, caps, bats and foam fingers. And Jeter and A-Rod shirts. And rhinestones.
Fortunately MLB.com has plenty to offer according to one’s taste, but some of the selections still leave us scratching our heads. Join me as I play second-rate fashion critic after the jump.
Cutesports brought this lovely Brewers bag to our attention. Very LL Bean, but very impractical to lug a ball game. Trust us: unless it’s water-resistant and full of snacks to keep the kids occupied, the big bag needs to stay home. The big bag also needs to stay home when you’re at a rock show (Sorry. That was directed at the sadly inebriated student that kept bumping her big purse into my friend Karen at a Joel Plaskett show late this summer. It was annoying! Let’s get back on topic…)
It’s also $99! Save the money for a jersey.
Speaking of jerseys, I’m glad to see that MLB.com makes them available in a womens’ fit. But…pink? I have nothing against pink – really, none of us do (see: our banner). But until the Yankees actually adopt pink as a team colour, I’m not wearing a pink jersey. I can live with a tee, but not a jersey. I mean, have you ever seen a pink cardinal?
Now here’s a use of pink that doesn’t completely turn my stomach, though I will understand if Cutesports does not want Santa to leave this in her stocking:
One beef I have with MLB.com is the inconsistency of item availability for women. Put it this way: if you’re a fan of teams like the Yanks, Sox, Dodgers, Cards, the selection of clothing and accessories is outstanding and varied. But if you’re a fan of say…the Royals, not so much. What gives? Every woman deserves cool fan gear in the team of their choosing. This situation could use a bit of improvement, so we hope you’re listening, MLB.com. I found seven womens’ ball caps in the MLB.com Royals store: only three were blue, and one of them looked like this:
This is courtesy of Alyssa Milano and her Touch line. Again with the rhinestones!! I’m sorry! The sight of rhinestones on ball caps brings back cheesy memories of Mary Hart in her studded L.A. Kings cap watching Gretzky when he was with the team. Mercifully, Alyssa’s cap is less gaudy.
And of course this crap isn’t limited to ball caps. Here’s a selection that brings together two of my least favourite things: Swarovski Crystals and the Red Sox:
If you expect me to handwash that to keep the crystals from falling off the hoodie, get real! (Too bad, because it’s a nice hoodie in spite of the team logo..)
Back to Alyssa for a moment. I feel a tad hypocritical for feeling the least bit annoyed when I see her modeling a Yankees hoodie. After all, she’s like us: a gal who blogs about baseball and daydreams about dating a few of these fine men. Except…she actually did date a few of these guys, and then there’s that whole “Who’s The Boss” thing, and then there she is infiltrating other professional sports with her fashion line. I’ll work on that internal struggle, but I think we can all agree that Alyssa hits a home run now and again. This Phillies jacket, while a bit petite, is awfully cute:
Here’s a tank that’s neither pink nor studded. But holy high contrast pattern, Batman! Are we cheering for the Mets, or going sailing?
For all my complaining, I still like to shop on MLB.com because quite frankly, I can’t get this kind of selection at my local Sportchek in Canada. I don’t have an issue with the exchange rate – it’s fairly decent for us right now. I don’t care for the international shipping charge that gets slapped on my annual purchase but I deal with the trade-off. It’s the only cross-border shopping I do in a year.
Now, if I was a Jays fan, I could shop online in the special Jays shop with Canadian pricing and no evil international surcharge. MLB.com’s store links to this in the U.S. Jays team shop. It’s worth a visit, since the womens’ wear selection is sad on the U.S. side (yes, it’s unfair). Only in Canada can you score this:
Now this is cute! Stylish, comfortable, easy to care for, and makes excellent use of team colours and Baltimore’s mascot. I’m not an Orioles fan and yet I would totally wear this. But $44.99?! It’s 50/50, for heaven’s sake!
It should not cost that much to look awesome.
I’ll conclude by saying that I appreciate MLB.com for making the effort, because we didn’t have so many attractive options for fan gear even five years ago. The NHL could take a cue from this (we’ll save that rant for another day) I just wish manufacturers would realize that women are not crows – you don’t need to put shiny things on T-shirts to get us to buy them. Just make them stylish, tasteful, practical and easy to care for. And please resist the urge to dip them in pink. Please.
What do you love about fan gear, and what do you loathe? Are we being too hard on those who dig a little bling on their hoodie? On what occasion should I wear those velour pants? Have at ‘er below.