The Phillies need to ditch the home run hat immediately
The Philadelphia Phillies currently rank 20th in Major League Baseball with 64 home runs hit on the season. They are 28-31 on the year and now a game and a half behind the Braves and four games out of first place behind the New York Mets.
Over the weekend, the Phillies’ debuted a new straw “home run hat” that JT Realmuto put on and then did a curtain call with after hitting his 100th career home run during a bizarre 4.5 hour 12-6 win against the Washington Nationals.
Phillies reliever Archie Bradley initially bought one and wore it into the clubhouse. The Phillies thought it was hilarious and decided to turn it into a team building, dugout home run hat. You have NBC Sports Philadelphia writing about how “cool” and “fun” the hat is and how we need more of that with the Phillies, who “need to loosen up.”
I honestly couldn’t disagree more. The hat is awful. Get rid of it immediately.
If you’re getting “this guy must be fun at parties” vibes from me while you’re reading this, I don’t blame you. But it’s hard to enjoy a party with no alcohol, music, or friends and that’s exactly what this hat embodies. The Phillies aren’t winning baseball games. They have the fifth highest payroll in baseball and haven’t made the playoffs in over a decade, so excuse me if I’m not excited about a home run hat.
When you rank in the bottom of Major League Baseball with 64 home runs, you shouldn’t have a home run hat. When you just let another game slip away last night against the Braves, Bryce Harper shouldn’t be flexing in the dugout when he hits a home run.
The San Deigo Padres have a home run chain. The only difference is that they are a good baseball team. The Phillies are anything but that. Win some games, then add some gimmicks once you’re not disappointing the entire city of Philadelphia on a nightly basis.
The Phillies are playing baseball like a .500 team and losing game after game that they should have won. Zach Eflin will take the mound tonight against Tucker Davidson. Leave the hat at home until you win a series against your division rivals, please.
Mandatory Credit: NBC Sports Philadelphia