This is how you know I’m a blogger and not some beat-down, emotionless member of the media herd: I was actually thrilled just to be in the presence of George Sherrill. Here is the Brim Reaper keepin’ it real with the flat bill on his fresh All-Star edition O’s cap. Note the girl with the camera, who was probably the only person more excited than me to be standing next to him:
The day before this photo was taken, I actually had the chance to talk with Sherrill during the player availability session. After every other media person was finished asking him how honored he is to be playing in the last All-Star game at Yankee Stadium, I asked him about the brim thing. I seem to have misplaced the audio, but it went something like this:
Me: So, how did the whole flat bill thing come about?
Sherrill: Well, I used to shape it in the Independent League, but one day in the minors, I just pulled a hat straight out of the box and wore it as is and pitched well. I’ve been doing it ever since.
Me: Do you think that’s, like, the best fashion statement in baseball?
Me: Cool story, Hansel.
So, that went well.
After the jump is a nice little before and after of Sherrill at the player-media clusterfuck and on the field with his hot fitted (because, let’s face it: The most interesting thing about this guy is his hat).