People are paying $50 for a Kansas City cap that looks like a bootleg

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As a guy who finds two shirts he likes and the proceeds to get three or four of them in assorted colors, I’m not exactly the target audience of fashion designers. That said, I do get baseball caps — I’m a bald guy who likes baseball, see, so I’m something of an expert — and I am completely confused by why anyone would pay $48 for a cap with “KC” on it when you can get yourself a nice Royals cap way cheaper:

Matt Baldwin, the designer behind fashion company Baldwin Denim and Collection, created a topper with letters bearing the initials of his city, KC, in 2009, as a love letter to his birthplace. In the last month, since the Royals started winning, sales have spiked a whopping 30 percent.

“We’re having a hat moment for sure,” boasts Matt Baldwin. “SNL” star Jason Sudeikis, another Kansas City native and a pal of Baldwin’s, has been spotted proudly wearing the cap on the streets of New York this past baseball season.

They come in assorted colors and look like this:

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I got the last one.. Both stores are sold out suckas #baldwin #kc #royals #powderbluefreshness

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I could see getting one if the Royals caps looked dumb, but Royals official caps are pretty cool. They’re simple and almost elegant, I’d say. And they cost a lot less.

Oh well. I guess since they don’t sell them at Barney’s they’re not as good.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”