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The Cal Ripken Nats Jersey Foul

We’ve seen some pretty egregious jersey fouls lately (see: the RGIII O’s jersey, see also: the Tebow O’s jersey), but this is the foulest. It’s a Cal Ripken Nats jersey (via John Collings), which is like a Ryan Zimmerman O’s jersey, except 2,632 times worse.

Ripken is basically Mr. Oriole. He’s one of the greatest of all time, and he played every game of his illustrious career for Baltimore, of course. Washington is also Baltimore’s rival, if it has one, and D.C. even has its own team now!

In any event, this does not compute. You either wear a Ripken O’s jersey or you wear another guy’s Nats jersey. Or, better yet, you don’t wear a jersey at all and opt for a shirsey. It’s cheaper/less ridiculous.

You do not under any circumstance customize a Ripken Nats jersey. But if you must, don’t wear it out in public, especially to Nats Park, and especially not with mandals.

D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.



  1. TJL

    June 19, 2012 at 9:41 AM


  2. WFY

    June 19, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    In the fall, he wears a Ray Lewis Redskins jersey.

    That’s just an awful, awful jersey, though had he used Billy Ripken’s number, that might have been so perverse that it was awesome.

    Also, why the mandals hate? Shoe and socks are overrated.

  3. Jamie Mottram

    June 19, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Mandals are fine, so long as you’re comfortable not caring about your appearance in any way whatsoever. They’re kinda like Crocs that way. Actually, Crocs may qualify as mandals; they might as well.

  4. Nate

    June 19, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    i may get sick

  5. Donk Donkerson

    June 19, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Crocs do not belong on men. Period.
    Anyone remember sperry topsiders with white socks? AKA – “docks ‘n socks”

  6. Jamie Mottram

    June 19, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Topsiders + socks is old-man casual to the max.

  7. AE

    June 19, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    next you’ll see a Tebow O’s jersey.

  8. ILM

    June 19, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    My dad rocks topsiders with socks. He’s 70 and just plain dont give a fu$%. He would not, however, rock the Ripken Nats jersey

  9. DB3

    June 19, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    This way he can go to Nats or O’s games, depending on who isn’t doing worse.

    I understand the appeal of the jersey, but c’mon man

  10. Tony meola's mullet

    June 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Crocs are wicked comfortable!

  11. Jules

    June 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Crocs do not belong on anyone. Period.

  12. Chad

    June 19, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    I have lost all hope for humanity.

  13. Tom

    June 19, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    I’ll say this. I grew up basically an Orioles fan since we didn’t have a DC team and I will always Ripken. In some sense , even though I am a Nats fan, I still feel like Ripken in part belongs to us.

  14. John

    June 20, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    What about a Hanesworth Natinals jersey?

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