Google any Yankees player. Besides the normal results—news articles mentioning that player, and pictures and video—there is also a “shopping” tab included among the results.
For the well known players, let’s use Aaron Judge as an example, there are lots of jerseys, t-shirts, branded merchandise, bobbleheads and signed items. Judge is good and extremely popular, so the Yankees, MLB, and other licensed companies have and will continue to produce lots of stuff related to him.
Now search one of the less popular Yankees. The page of normal results is going to be largely similar: the player’s Wikipedia page, as well as their stats pages on MLB.com, Baseball Reference, and elsewhere. However, if you go to the “shopping” tab for those players, things can get weird.
There will still be the occasional jersey, baseball card, or signed ball. However, there will also be random, non-MLB/Yankee-branded t-shirts mentioning that player. Sometimes, they’ll be in Yankee blue, but they are very much not produced by either the Yankees, or any merchandiser associated with the team or the league. This post is about those.
Here is a perfect example. A “Keep Calm” parody shirt that appears to be from a website that probably shares a name with like 100 boardwalk t-shirt stores in whatever your preferred beach town is.
Let’s check out the best of those.
Wade is a billion times better of a baseball player than me. He made the major leagues, while I would have hit under .100 had I even played high school baseball. However, if I had to “choose” to be someone, there are several people higher on the list.
These t-shirt producers have not yet gotten the message that Luke Voit was traded from the Cardinals. If you are a Yankee fan looking to purchase this shirt, hopefully it won’t be long before you can get it in navy blue.
In doing research for this post, I learned that A.J. Cole is still actually on the Yankees. Anyway, the message of this shirt is debatable.
Maybe, but after watching him this year, I don’t know if that’s a good selling point.
Not a t-shirt, but that comes up for a search of “Jonathan Holder.”
Okay, that’s better.
I don’t doubt that a lot of people have said that. I do doubt that it’s for the positive reasons that the shirt seems to be implying.