The Orioles' player-designed t-shirt giveaway series has been a bit of a mixed bag during this season. The idea was a great one, because getting something different on an orange t-shirt rather than just "Orioles" script on the front and the name/number on the back is progress.
The results have not been perfect, for different reasons. The Zach Britton "Rock the Yard" shirt was a fantastic start. A Bud Norris-designed shirt was a good idea when the series started but, after his performance in the season up until now, it was less of a good idea. Still a cool shirt, though. The next one to be given away is the J.J Hardy-designed shirt that's basically just a glove on the shirt.
On Thursday morning, the Orioles unveiled the final two designs in the series. A shirt whose design was inspired by the elaborate Manny Machado-Jonathan Schoop hand shake will be given away to fans on August 19. The final giveaway in the series is a Miguel Gonzalez-inspired "El Mariachi" t-shirt, which will be given away on September 30.
The release announcing the t-shirts makes note of Gonzalez being a "talented mariachi performer," which means it is a serious missed opportunity that there has not been any kind of Jumbotron segment showcasing this over the time Gonzalez has been with the team.
What do you think? Do you want the handshake?
Now get the "Handshake" T-shirt on 8/19 as part of our Player-Designed T-Shirt Series! Tix: http://t.co/N6wOOGE7Mt pic.twitter.com/EPa91ooCHu— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) July 23, 2015
Or would you rather get your hands on El Mariachi?
The final installment in our Player-Designed T-Shirt Series, Miguel Gonzalez's "El Mariachi" T-shirt giveaway 9/30. pic.twitter.com/H6FAMWqrpZ— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) July 23, 2015
Of course, nobody says you can't have both. You just have to go to both games. I think we all need the angry Oriole Bird playing the trumpet in our lives.