The 10 best All-Star fashion moments of the recent past
During the regular season, a ballplayer's fashion decisions are largely limited to the height of the socks, bagginess of the uniform and fold of the cap's brim. But the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard is different. It's a time to let your hair down and let your spikes shine. After all, it was at the All-Star Games of the 1970s when players broke away from the black cleat restrictions to wear sparkling white shoes.
Here then are 10 of our favorite All-Star looks:
The best All-Star Game uniform: 2004 All-Star Game
Before the Astros went back to the throwback look with rainbow piping, the 2004 All-Star Game jerseys honored the heritage of Houston unis of yore with the star and orange piping down the sleeves.
Most '90s uniform: 1999 All-Star Game
Sure, they may not be the most aesthetically pleasing now, but these jerseys will go perfectly with your collection of "Pete and Pete" DVDs and snap bracelets. Let the nostalgia just wash over you.
Best socks: 2016 Home Run Derby
In their first season as MLB's sock provider, Stance rolled out these glorious numbers that threw it back to the days when the Padres were brown and yellow.
Best cleats: 2012 All-Star Game
Adam Jones went old school with the cream-colored cleats. The added orange soles and laces make them look like a delicious creamsicle.
Best cleats that double as a pun: 2014 All-Star Game
At the age of 22, Mike Trout was already making his third All-Star appearance in 2014. What better way to celebrate your leather anniversary on the All-Star stage than with his "Rainbow Trout" cleats?
Best cleats that double as a biography: 2014 All-Star Game
Before Derek Jeter figuratively hung up his cleats, he wore these silver duds absolutely loaded with his career highlights.
Coolest on-field vehicle: 1991 All-Star Game
Forget the bullpen cart, that's for the commoners. When Fay Vincent rode out onto the SkyDome turf before the 1991 All-Star Game, he came out in style.
Best throwback dance number: 1996 All-Star Game
That's Chubby Checker with the Phillie Phanatic. (Notice Checker's right foot. It's amazing.)
Best red-carpet outfit: 2012 All-Star Game
The perfectly fit gray suit, the bleach-tipped dreads and the burst of brilliant scarlet with the bowtie? This is a baseball formal.
Best catcher pretending to be a robot:
I. Am. Matt. Wieters. I am sent to destroy. I mean. Catch. Baseballs.