Wearing a Beatles shirt is the equivalent of saying 'Bread is my favorite food'
Imagine you're tasked with wearing your favorite band's T-shirt on a road trip. You can choose any band -- any single one -- out of the millions in the history of recorded music. You're a baseball player, so presumably overnight shipping is well within your grasp. And what you decide to go with is -- really? There's nothing you like more than The Beatles?
That’s Twins reliever Tyler Duffey's truth, at least if his outfit during the Twins’ recent themed road trip is to be believed. Please note that the theme was not, “What is the most inoffensive opinion you have?” or “Choose the shirt that the absolute most people on the planet own?” It was neither of these. It was "Wear your favorite band’s shirt."
This is the equivalent of saying “Bread is my favorite food.” It’s not wrong. It’s not bad. Bread’s delicious! But ... it's bread. It's like walking into a bar and announcing "my favorite beer is all of them." Out of all the millions of bands in the world that could have elicited any number of reactions, Duffey chose the one most likely to be playing at both weddings and over the pharmacy's speakers while you buy Pepto Bismol.
The music that was once been daring and exciting is the background muzak to modern society, playing at both weddings and over the pharmacy's speakers while you buy Pepto Bismol.
There’s a reason why people made a cheesy as hell movie that asked the question, “What would the world be like without the Beatles?” Because the Beatles have so deeply ingrained themselves in all facets of the world, have seeped so deeply into our collective unconscious that it’s absurd to even question their existence. The Beatles are the opposite of an opinion. To wear a Beatles T-shirt is to say, “I have woken up today and I have donned the first thing that I saw.”
That’s fine. But it’s boring.
Michael Clair writes for MLB.com. He spends a lot of time thinking about walk-up music and believes stirrup socks are an integral part of every formal outfit.