Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tips on Caps, the Males Who Wear Them

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tips on Caps, the Males Who Wear Them

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Byline: Elizabeth Seney, Shorelines columnist

A new family moved into our neighborhood the other day. Rumor has it this very nice family has five boys. I watched from my study window as the moving van unloaded boxes. At one point, two burly men carried in a large, cumbersome cardboard box.

"I know what that is," I told my husband. "With five boys in the house, that must be the box carrying the ball caps."

The top shelf in almost every closet in my home is stacked to the ceiling with ball caps. For some reason, we still have the ball caps my sons wore when they were playing baseball for the local recreational league. There may even be a holdover from their tee-ball years. We have Jaguars caps, Orioles caps, Green Bay Packers caps, Titleist caps, Seminole caps, Gator caps, University of Virginia caps, Buccaneer caps and Quicksilver caps, just to name a few. But why, you might ask. Wouldn't just one or two caps serve the purpose?

" . . . Boys do not wear caps touting their favorite sports teams because they fantasize about belonging to that team. Caps are not costume gear for Walter Mitty dreams ("Hey, I'm Cal Ripken, and here's the pitch . . . "). Boys do fantasize like this sometimes, but the cap has nothing to do with it," Bruce Brooks writes in his book, Boys Will Be. "Instead, it's a matter of simply demonstrating an affiliation based on loyalty, to the game in question as well as to the team. My son has five Orioles caps -- differently designed -- that demonstrate his loyalty to baseball in general and to the Baltimore club in particular. What makes him pick one over the other on this day or that is less important than the fact that there is continuity. He also has a Mariners cap (gift from a friend in Seattle) and an Astros hat (friend in Houston) and a Yankees cap (fool of a friend in New York) and although he never wears any of these, he insists on keeping them every time his mother tries to clean off the cap shelf. …

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