12:20 pm, May 31st, 2012
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman returned last night to Atlanta’s lineup
after missing four game due to vision problems. Those vision problems were corrected thanks to a new pair of eyeglasses, and it showed in the box score: he went 3-4, including a home run in his first plate appearance. After the home run, his teammates jokingly ribbed him on his way back to the dugout, and the whole sequence got us thinking…
Glasses get a bad rap. Jack Donaghy once referred to them as “wheelchairs for the eyes,” and some notable NBA superstars have been
getting ragged on for their frames lately. But just because a man possesses a nice pair of bifocals doesn’t mean he can’t be a beast. We’d like to remind Jack Donaghy (and the men of Inside the NBA) of that fact, so here, now, are the best 11 pairs of glasses in sports history.
Grant often changed the color of the rims of his glasses to match his uniform. It's that type of dedication that would solidify his spot in the Nerd Sports Hall of Fame, were such a hall to exist.
Sabo was a pioneer of the rec spec, sporting these bad boys back in late 80's.
Russell Westbrook has no vision problems, but, despite what Charles Barkley says, he has no fashion problems, either.
Worthy was quite the basketball player, and also quite the fashionista. The member of the Showtime Lakers wore this signature goggles.
Under his helmet, Griese sported a pair of glasses that would put Buddy Holly to shame.
Contrary to popular belief, The Dream was not perfect -- eye issues forced him to wear these.
D-Wade showed up at the Dunk Contest wearing these; note the personalized Wade Band-Aid to compliment the colors.
After injuring his cornea in 2009, Stoudemire was forced to rock these frames to protect his right eye.
Freeman may have drawn the ire of his teammates, but the results don't lie.
NBA badboy, or big glasses wearing softy? OR A LITTLE OF BOTH? You decide.
The originator. Mr. October. The four-eyed masher. Reggie Jackson is the spokesman for sporty men who wear glasses.
Excerpt image via Rob Payne.