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Every MLB Team Will Wear Camouflage On Memorial Day, Which Some People Think Is A Dick Move

Memorial Day is next Monday, and there will be 16 MLB games. That means that every team is playing (and there’s a doubleheader)! Reportedly, they’ll all be wearing camouflage uniforms.

At first glance, this sounds great! Right? Well, Paul Lukas of Uni-Watch disagrees, quite strongly.

Memorial Day is not a day for celebrating the military. It’s a day for honoring the military dead. A more appropriate gesture would be an MLB-wide black armband. An even better gesture would be a pregame moment of silence, without anything on the uniform. But as is so often the case nowadays, merchandising and pandering trump common sense.

I’m not really qualified to judge here, but Lukas’s reasoning certainly makes sense.

What do you guys think? Is MLB a bunch of unsympathetic capitalists, a bunch of great pals of our brave, fallen soldiers, or something else? Chime in with comments below, or Tweet us @SportsGrid or me @Mattrud.

The one certainty is that the disembodied bats and gloves floating around will make for great television.


  • Larry G

    I’ve actually seen a couple of teams wearing the uniforms already, a CWS v LAA game on Saturday May 18th. I believe the uniforms are being worn in the month of May to celebrate Military Appreciation Month, not just on Memorial Day. MLB is a business, as a consumer you decide on what to purchase. I have considered purchasing a cap with the camo pattern.

    If they were only wearing the camo pattern on Memorial Day, I would be much more in agreement with the “unsympathetic capitalists” take. But given teams have been wearing the uniforms already, I think I’ll choose the “pals of the military”. I would like to see them add a black band, ribbon, POW/MIA patch, or something to commemorate our fallen and missing brethren.

    As a former US Army 19K tank crewman, I will be celebrating the memory of those I have served with that have lost their lives in combat and family members that gave their lives for our country.

  • Jerry Baustian

    May 18th was Armed Forces Day, which was a good day to wear the camouflage uniforms.

    Memorial Day is designated to honor those who fell in battle — we have Veterans Day for the ones who survived. But I guess any tasteful gesture that honors the military is okay, anytime.

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