New WS gear player tested, fan approved
Wear the same hoodies, T-shirts and caps as the Royals and Giants
KANSAS CITY -- Welcome to the 110th World Series. Fitting for a first-of-its-kind Fall Classic matchup, there is a fresh and must-have look being modeled by the players themselves on the field for Workout Day at Kauffman Stadium, and now it can be yours.
When Game 1 gets started on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on FOX, the Royals will make their first World Series appearance since 1985. Celebrate with the "Royal oKCtober" On-Field 59FIFTY cap from New Era, the same one Royals players will wear for on-field workouts. It features the distinctive, long "KC" script within the wording.
Most of the Royals said the "Royal oKCtober" slogan on their workout gear symbolized the essence of their brand of baseball.
"We're playing in the World Series, that's what it means," third baseman Mike Moustakas said. "Biggest stage in baseball, it's going to be awesome. The gear is awesome. It's comfortable, I'm stoked, I'm wearing it. I'll give some of the stuff away to my parents, let them hang on to it, but it's going to be fun."
"It just means everyone's enjoying this," first baseman Eric Hosmer said. "It's all great gear. Anytime you get something new in your locker, it's fun to see what it is. Anything that says postseason or World Series, it doesn't matter what it looks like. It's going to look good on anybody."
Outfielder Jarrod Dyson broke out the Royal oKCtober 2Tone Stripe Pom Cuff Knit Cap from New Era, to go along with the fleece. "I rock it all. I'm a fashion guy, and I like looking nice," he said.
Then he replaced the knit cap with the 59FIFTY for batting practice.
"It means a lot to be able to wear this in October. And [to still be] wearing it right now? Going to the World Series? Man, I need to collect more of this gear right now," Dyson said. "Who knows if I'll have it on again ever again? You never know in this career, so you have to take advantage of where you're at right now in your lifetime."
Speaking through an interpreter before taking the field, Royals right fielder Nori Aoki looked down at the wording on his own Royal oKCtober quarter-zip hooded fleece and said: "It's a special meaning. Just being able to play baseball in October, that's what all baseball players play for."
The Giants are taking aim at their third World Series title in five years, and there is some fresh gear just for the occasion. Order the Orange October quarter-zip hooded fleece right now and get ready for the weekend action at AT&T Park, starting with Game 3 on Friday at 8 p.m. ET.
Giants catcher Buster Posey sat behind his table at the interview session late in the afternoon and marveled at that same orange hood that teammate Travis Ishikawa -- hero of the National League Championship Series clincher -- was modeling at the table to his right.
"When I see a sweatshirt like that, I think about fans," Posey said, between answers about Madison Bumgarner's success and trying to contain Kansas City on the basepaths. "It makes me proud that I get to play at AT&T Park. Those fans come out strong all year, so it's exciting to us to get to play at this time of the year at AT&T Park."
"They keep changing it up and it never really gets old, getting all the World Series gear," shortstop Brandon Crawford added. "It's always fun to be back here. We definitely have some postseason experience, and the same core group of players have been here for a lot of postseason games. We'll see if it's any kind of advantage. [The Royals] are playing real well right now. They're going to have something to prove also."
Outfielder Gregor Blanco was wearing that same orange hood in the interview session and said it was "a dream come true" when he saw the new gear in his locker.
"To be able to see a World Series in 2014, and all the stuff we have from the World Series -- the hat, the field with the logo -- that's a dream come true for everybody," Blanco said. "To me, 'Orange October' really means the blood, like our faith in the orange and black, you know? Our faith in our team. Instead of red blood, we should have orange, because we really believe in each other and we give everything to the team."
Major League Baseball's line of World Series merchandise is also available right now, including the Women's Half-Zip Wind Jacket from Nike Golf and the Always World Series Hooded Fleece from Majestic Athletic.