The Toronto Blue Jays were part of a new MLB hat rollout for Independence Day, celebrated in the United States every year on July 4.
It’s one of the biggest holidays on the American calendar, known for barbecues, fireworks, concerts, and any other way to simply have a good bit of patriotic fun.
Each of the 30 MLB teams were given a new stars-and-stripes featured design in order to honour the celebration of the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
Celebrate freedom and America’s Pastime with the Official On-Field Cap of Independence Day, manufacturer New Era’s website reads.
There’s just one obvious problem with the hat: the Blue Jays, as you’d likely know, don’t play their home games in the United States.
Blue Jays fans (and others) took to Twitter to express their frustration, anger, and more than anything else, confusion with the bizarre hat.
This is the worst hat I've ever seen. https://t.co/wkLhKSXU1k
— steve-o (@freerange_steve) June 20, 2022
— tom howden 🇨🇦 (@Thomas_Howden) June 20, 2022
— sjglass 🇨🇦🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@UrquhartMP) June 20, 2022
This is the ugliest Blue Jays’ hat ever made. pic.twitter.com/20CSH7ME5x
— Chris Hartjes (@grmpyprogrammer) June 20, 2022
Given that Canada Day is July 1st so the two holidays often share a weekend, wouldn't it be fairly simple to just do Canada Day hats for the Jays? https://t.co/kSgkPDqk9x
— sworded doggy kitty girl (@rebeccamcglass) June 20, 2022
— 🍁 Brian 🍁 (@yateball) June 20, 2022
Some people are pushing back on this by saying the Toronto Blue Jays do not need a Fourth of July hat. I'm going to push the other way and say please match this by giving the 29 U.S.-based teams a Canada Day hat. https://t.co/yC7cbpcfR0
— Emma Baccellieri (@emmabaccellieri) June 20, 2022
1. The Blue Jays aren’t an American team. 2. Where is the Canada Day Hat?! Why should the Blue Jays be forced to celebrate the Americans on July 4th (the only Canadian Team) but none of the 29 American teams have to wear a Canada Day hat. This is disgusting! #NextLevel https://t.co/lu5xoyTAfu
— Alternator (@foreverlys) June 20, 2022
This assault to eyeballs costs close to $50, but I don’t think there is a dollar amount you could pay me to wear it. pic.twitter.com/L7I0WOTWfJ
— Ruth Kapelus (@RuthKapelus) June 20, 2022
@BlueJays you cant srsly call yourself Canada’s Team & wear this ridiculous hat! Visiting teams dont wear the maple leaf when they visit on Victoria/Canada Day(nor should they!) So why are the Jays expected to cover themselves in the stars & stripes for Memorial/Independence Day? pic.twitter.com/cqIrNeF05O
— Christina V (@vitts44) June 20, 2022
They do realize the blue jays aren’t an American team right? Who the hell would buy this?!
— Snowphie 🌸 (@snowphieee) June 20, 2022
The Jays will be playing in Oakland on July 4.
If you’d like to get your own, various styles of the the hat retail for $48.99- to $59.99 via the MLB Shop. At the very least, you’ll stand out among your friends.
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