As there has been a lot of controversy over what is right and what is wrong in the world of baseball, another issue that comes up is “dress code”.
Compared to other sports like the NBA and NFL, baseball teams tend to enforce a stricter dress code, such as coat and tie when travelling for away games. Players like Bryce Harper have been trying to change the way people perceive baseball so it can be more appealing to the younger generation. And so is Joe Maddon, the manager of the Chicago Cubs.
Just last week, a few established players and Joe Maddon gathered in the clubhouse to discuss team policies for the upcoming season and dress code was one of them. But the meeting ended really quickly when Maddon simply said,
“If you think you look hot, wear it. That’s our dress code.”
He went on to say a few more things about the previous generation of baseball.
"The previous generation really frowns upon non-collared shirts, which I’ve never understood. They’ve always been in favor of the collared shirt and that being more acceptable than the non-collared shirt. I’ve never understood that logic. For me, there’s no such thing as having to have a specific shirt on. The biggest topic of discussion was shorts or not on the road. And again, if you wore shorts on the road I would never recognize that, so you’d get away with it. The $5000 suit on the airplane ride makes no sense to me whatever. I don’t know who you’re trying to impress.”
Now that was easy.
It seems like there is a lot of talk surrounding what is right and what is wrong in baseball as we constantly try to enforce the “unwritten rules of baseball”. Joe Maddon is certainly not the one to enforce the “traditions” of baseball. And I think his approach to run the Cubs will help them to a World Series this year.