In Dramatic Reversal, MLB Allows Joe Maddon's Hoodie
Playing in chilly Chicago tonight, the Rays' players showed support for their manager and for the decision by filling the dugout with the now MLB-approved sweatshirts. The initial report says that Maddon put his hooded sweatshirt back on as well, perhaps reveling just a bit in the most famous sports hoodie this side of Bill Belichick's famous hobo-chic gray number with hand-removed sleeves.
The "dugout outerwear" debate pops up every few years in baseball, and every time it seems to revolve around whether managers (or sometimes players) should be allowed to dress comfortably, even if doing so gives a less-than-formal appearance. It's true that the hoodie is a pretty casual look, but then, a 50-plus year old man dressed in a baseball uniform isn't exactly the most elegant-looking sight in the world. Hooded sweatshirts in the dugout can't be the end of the world, can it?