Brave Sir Robin was, perhaps, a little foolhardy,,,
So as today’s outfit touches on some 90’s trends, so shall we pop back into that glorious decade to enjoy the greatness of Robin Ventura. Robin started his MLB career with the White Sox, and spent nearly a decade as the team’s third baseman, racking up 5(!) Gold Gloves along the way, before heading to my Metsies in 1999 (where he scored yet another Gold Glove.) Beyond his stellar fielding skills and notable offense, however, you may remember Robin from his attempt at walloping Nolan Ryan, who beaned him with a pitch. If you know anything about the gnarliness that is Nolan, you can guess this didn’t end well for Robin…
Personally, though, my favorite Ventura moment was from his time on the Mets, on a woefully rainy evening. After the tarp was drawn over the field during a Subway Series (Mets vs Yankees) game, Robin got antsy, and decided it was time to play. Only, as Mike Piazza. On a tarp. With a drawn on beard. Piazza had several very noticeable mannerisms, and Ventura mimicked him effortlessly, much to the joy of anyone still in the stadium that night. You can see a low quality video clip of the hilarity here. After his career as a player, Robin worked his way back up through the ranks of the White Sox organization, becoming manager in 2012, and only just wrapping up last season. Though I can’t speak to his managing, his personality will always win me over 🙂
As aforementioned, today’s look also dips back into the 90’s, playing a bit on the edge of the pop-punk wave that spawned a generation of Warped Tour and the like. I personally and thrilled that stilettos are on their way out, so I’m testing out the flatform sandal trend with this ensemble, complete with Sox stripes. The muscle tee tucked into a maxi is one of my favorite ways to dress up some team gear, and instantly brings an air of chic to what would otherwise be a simple baseball outfit. I also managed to find some accessories that are *not only* made in Chicago, but around the South Side, which is home to the team as well. So gear up for the summer with comfy, but on-trend, team looks like this one, and, regardless of how your Sox do, you certainly can’t lose.