All across SB Nation this week, it’s jersey week. Today, we’re sharing some of our writers’ jerseys they had some regrets about. Feel free to share yours in the comments.
Today’s question: What’s the jersey you most regret that you own, or used to own?
Success in professional sports can be a fickle thing. It’s there one day and it’s gone the next, or maybe it’s there one year and it’s gone the next, either because of an injury or because of the entropy that governs all closed systems. Orioles fans have experienced plenty of flash-in-the-pan types over the last decade, players whose success did not long outlast anyone’s “I’m gonna buy his jersey!” impulse.
There’s also a different category for jersey regret. Maybe you just had the poor fortune to decide to buy, or be given, a jersey of a player just in time for him to leave. There’s probably someone out there who shelled out big bucks for a Manny Machado Orioles jersey in the run-up to the 2018 season, or even into the summer of 2018 when you could go into the Orioles team store and find all Machado apparel to be discounted as an “All-Star Special.”
Here are some of our writers’ biggest regrets about jerseys, shirseys, or other Orioles clothing they possessed at some time or another. What are yours? Let us know in the comments below.
I’ve gone on a bit of an eBay kick the last month or so. I purchased a Brooks Robinson orange pullover, but it felt a little snug. I’m not sure if that says more about the jersey or my eating habits during this quarantine period. Actually, I know the answer to that. Regardless, I’m choosing this one by default.
The worst O’s shirt I ever paid money for was Sidney Ponson. On top of him turning out to be a bad baseball player and a bad human, I bought it at Camden Yards so I paid top dollar. I may have had a few beers first.
(Ed. note: At least she didn’t punch a judge after having a few beers.)
The only jersey I regret owning happens to be the first one I bought with my own money. It was a Javy Lopez black t-shirt jersey that I purchased prior to the 2004 season. I remember standing in the team store in York and choosing Lopez over Miguel Tejada. I still wear shirt jerseys of Matt Wieters (number 15) and Brian Roberts occasionally, but I got rid of Lopez because it doesn’t bring back any good memories.
For some reason, I bought a Chris Davis shirsey that has camouflage on the name and numbers. I think it was on sale at Kohl’s, and I’m a real thrifty shopper. My problem with the shirt is not that it is for Davis. He has still been a really good Oriole overall, and I’m cool with rocking his shirt. The big issue is the camo. I am not a camo guy. I do not hunt. I do not own a pair of those purple and black pants commonly seen at Ravens tailgates. Camo is for some people, but I am not one of those people.
In my teens I got a Miguel Tejada #10 Orioles jersey for Christmas. At the time I was very satisfied. But I only had it for one season before Tejada was traded to the Astros the following offseason. That one bugged me for awhile.
I’ve only ever had two Orioles jerseys and I’ll save the story about the one I regret for tomorrow when it’s “first jersey you bought with your own money.” There’s also a Nick Markakis jersey in my closet that I don’t want to wear again until he retires from MLB. He was a fine Oriole though, so I don’t have any reason not to wear his jersey in like 2027 and beyond.
What about you? There are no wrong answers, only things that seemed like a really good idea at the time.