Billy Butler can’t wait to wear the white cleats

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From his welcome-to-Oakland presser today:

That’s charitable of Butler to say in front of his new employers. Though clearly disingenuous, as no one in the history of the world has ever truly liked white cleats on baseball players as they are an abomination unto God.

Fact: Charlie O. Finley put the Athletics in white cleats solely to spite the clubhouse attendants charged with keeping them clean, because Finley hated these men and boys with a fierceness seldom seen. “Watch those peons try to keep the white shoes clean!” he chortled. Finley was truly awful and if you like white cleats you’re basically advocating for all things he stood for.

But don’t just take my (correct) word for it. Ask anyone. Like this guy:

I don’t have time to check, but I am certain he speaks for the vast majority of people in this. Virtually everyone agrees that white cleats on baseball players are wrong, and if you disagree, you are, again, basically advocating for all things wrong. Don’t be wrong, you guys. Admit the truth: white cleats on baseball players are awful. And wrong.

In closing: black cleats only. If you say you like white cleats, I’m banning you. That is all.