Ditching the Red Baseball Cap

Louis Orange, 27, a procurement analyst in Bloomfield N.J., did vote for Trump in 2016 and is able to vote for him as soon as extra in 2020, although he isn’t 100 p.c sure. Mr. Orangeo acknowledged he bought a MAGA hat after the election, “mainly to troll people,” nonetheless stopped sporting it as a result of damaging responses. “I hate having to explain it and defend it,” he acknowledged. “It always gets a look and a sneer.” He does place on a minor league baseball workers’ crimson cap hundreds and no particular person has ever acknowledged one thing.

But Mr. Peterson, the Orlando graphic designer, decided to mothball his crimson caps after his partner recognized the potential for confusion or confrontation. And others have made associated selections after noticing the responses to their crimson hats.

“One of my favorite hats is a red University of Wisconsin Badgers hat,” acknowledged Corey Looby, 31, a database supervisor from Madison, Wis. “But when I traveled, I would regularly notice glares from people I passed on the street. I don’t want to be associated with MAGA, even mistakenly, so I stopped wearing it.”

The phenomenon is by no means widespread; some red-capped followers acknowledged the potential MAGA connection had in no way occurred to them until a reporter launched it up. “I don’t like engaging in political conversations. I just want to be friends and talk about other topics, not politics,” acknowledged Jason Stygar, 34, an audio engineer in St. Louis. “But as a lifelong Cardinals fan, I love my red hat — I’ll wear it anywhere and everywhere. It had never even occurred to me, that someone would mistake it for a MAGA hat, and nobody’s ever bothered me about it.”

And some are sporting crimson caps in defiance, regardless of politics.

“I am not pro-Trump or anti-Trump, but I do have a Detroit Red Wings hat and get weird looks when I wear it,” acknowledged Nick Landry, 28, endeavor supervisor for a carpenter subcontractor in Milford, Mich. “I continue to wear it as a social experiment, hoping people will feel like idiots when they realize that it’s not a MAGA hat and that they’re feeling vitriol over something so stupid.”

Fans and teams alike, though, have long been cautious about inadvertent political messaging. In 1954, as an example, the Cincinnati Reds modified their official worker’s title to Redlegs, to steer clear of being associated with the communist scare. (They modified the title once more to Reds in 1959.)

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