Because it's Fashion Week, here are the 10 boldest fashion statements in MLB history
Feb. 7-14 is Fashion Week in New York City, seven days of guessing whether that outlandish outfit on the subway belongs to a homeless person or a haute couture model and trying to remember that the key question isn't "what are you wearing," but "who are you wearing."
Baseball and fashion have a long and storied history, from the "original hipster" all-flannel days of the early 20th century up through the aqua and purple 1990's to the recent beard craze and beyond.
Let's count down MLB's top 10 fashion statements, from tamest to most daring:
10.) Long hair, don't care: Johnny Damon does his best caveman impression during the Red Sox "Idiots" run to the 2004 World Series title:
9.) Sammy Sosa, modern businessman and social media extraordinaire:
8.) The Marshall Mathers LP vaulted Eminem to rap superstardom in the early 2000's, and nothing was cooler than a platinum blonde bleach job. At least, Mike Piazza thought so:
7.) Mets manager Bobby Valentine went incognito with a vintage look after getting ejected from a game back in 1999. Absolutely brilliant:
6.) Was anybody really surprised when Brian Wilson showed up as a penguin at the 2011 ESPY Awards?
5.) You'd be smiling too, if you could grow an afro like Oscar Gamble:
4.) The best there was and the best there ever will be: Rollie Fingers' handlebar mustache:
3.) Shorts, of course: For some reason, Bill Veeck's 1976 masterstroke never fully caught on:
2.) Ted Kluszewski on cutting off his uniform sleeves: "[The Reds front office] got pretty upset, but it was either that or change my swing -- and I wasn't about to change my swing."
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1.) Was there any doubt? Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Edgar Renteria, Alex Gonzalez and Rey Ordonez pose in gold chains and baseball pants for a Sports Illustrated cover shot in 1997
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