Hat on a Hat: Beer City Bung Hammers 2019

 

We finish Whitecaps Week with the team’s new version of their fan favorite alter ego from the 2018 season. The ‘Caps crushed it last season with the Bung Hammers and may have just out done themselves in 2019.

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Logo Quality: 9/10

Bung Hammers is a great name. Like “Udder Tuggers,” it seems dirty on its face but has a legit story behind it. Last year everyone outside the beer world had no idea what a bung was or the hammer that hits it into the bung hole. This logo tells the story for you. Gets away from the baseball but I ain’t mad at it.

Colors: 9/10

The white panel, the tri-colors, the bright and expressive logo….damn near perfect. Not a huge orange fan but it fits the theme. But that’s literally the only reason it isn’t a 10/10 in my eyes.

Creativity: 9/10

I loved last year’s logo and this one is even better. PLUS, the colors and tri-color design push it to the next level in creativity. The Bung Hammers dipped their toe in the water last year and jumped full in with a cannonball this year.

Wearability: 5/5

You can wear this anywhere at anytime with almost anything. Forward or back, it will be a nice look and a conversation piece.

Overall: 32/35

As disappointing as the Calaveras hat was, this hat TOTALLY redeems the Whitecaps. I bought a Bung Hammers hat as soon as possible last year and may just have to get the updated version this year. This is great. A MUST BUY.

West Michigan Whitecaps Team Store

 All-Time “Hat on a Hat” Rankings

1. Wisconsin Udder Tuggers – 33

2. Beer City Bung Hammers (2019) – 32

3. Beer City Bung Hammers – 31

4. Derby City Mint Juleps – 28

T5. Lansing Locos – 27

T5. Louisville Murcielagos – 27

T7. Traverse City Pit Spitters – 26

T7. Louisville Mashers – 26

9. Great Lakes Loons (Road) – 25

10. West Michigan Whitecaps – 22

T11. West Michigan Calaveras – 19

T11. Wisconsin Brats – 19

Hat on a Hat: West Michigan Calaveras

We continue our bounceback week focused on West Michigan and today we dip back into the Copa de la Diversion set with the Whitecaps offering, the West Michigan Calaveras.

 

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Logo Quality: 5/10

It looks fine but as I will explain below, I don’t really get it.

Colors: 7/10

Best part about the hat. Sticks wth the theme and really stands out. Good summer hat. Fun and eye catching.

Creativity: 4/10

I don’t get it. Most of the Copa de la Diversion hats seem to have a local tie or a hispanic twist on the normal team name. Calaveras means “skulls.” So, like they are white and the cap to the brain so they are Whitecaps? Even then, the waves under the skull make it look like a ghost, which confuses even more.

Wearability: 3/5

Doesn’t go with much because the colors are so loud but it’s not offensive. Looks sharp and unique.

Overall: 19/35

When MILB announced the Copa de la Diversion, I saw a few from a bunch of teams and LOVED them and the concept. I quickly searched for the Whitecaps’ version and was pretty disappointed. DIdn’t seem as fun and creative as others. Not West Michigan’s best offering but hey, they have crushed it elsewhere.

West Michigan Whitecaps Team Store

 All-Time “Hat on a Hat” Rankings

1. Wisconsin Udder Tuggers – 33

2. Beer City Bung Hammers – 31

3. Derby City Mint Juleps – 28

T4. Lansing Locos – 27

T4. Louisville Murcielagos – 27

T6. Traverse City Pit Spitters – 26

T6. Louisville Mashers – 26

8. Great Lakes Loons (Road) – 25

9. West Michigan Whitecaps – 22

T10. West Michigan Calaveras – 19

T10. Wisconsin Brats – 19

Hat on a Hat: West Michigan Whitecaps

 

Well, it has been a while since we have updated the blog but we are back and refreshed. As we look to get back into the groove, we are going to come back home and hit the West Michigan Whitecaps for three posts this week. First up will be the standard home caps.

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Logo Quality: 6/10

It’s a standard logo. Gets the idea across and is clean. You’d probably think the team was named the “Waves” or something like that if you came to it new and you wouldn’t be far off. But how else would you do a “Whitecaps” logo.

Colors: 5/10

Nothing special. They are clean and inoffensive. They are what they are and they work.

Creativity: 7/10

Like I said, how else would you portray a whitecap? The baseball is a bit random in the middle but at least you know the sport. The eyes make it menacing. They did good.

Wearability: 4/5

You can wear this anywhere. It’s a standard hat. Wear it anywhere with anything. I wear my old one to cut the grass. You won’t stand out but you won’t offend either.

Overall: 22/35

It’s a good hat. The score compared to others right now will make it look worse but that’s because we are still early, as more hats come in, more will fall below it. The Whitecaps hat is a winner, just not elite.

West Michigan Whitecaps Team Store

 All-Time “Hat on a Hat” Rankings

1. Wisconsin Udder Tuggers – 33

2. Beer City Bung Hammers – 31

3. Derby City Mint Juleps – 28

T4. Lansing Locos – 27

T4. Louisville Murcielagos – 27

T6. Traverse City Pit Spitters – 26

T6. Louisville Mashers – 26

8. Great Lakes Loons (Road) – 25

9. West Michigan Whitecaps – 22

10. Wisconsin Brats – 19

Albert Pujols Hit A Home Run And We All Got Dumber

Sometimes something innocent comes along and sparks a nationwide discussion that just proves just how dumb we can be as a nation. And also how little problems we really have because we can put so much attention to this nonsense.

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Well, anyways, Thursday night Albert Pujols hit a home run. He’s done that a lot. So much so, the home run was his 2,000th career RBI. A fantastic milestone hit by only two other players ever.

And that’s where the fun begins. According to this story by the Detroit News’ Tony Paul, the man who tracked down the milestone home run was a 33-year old law student named Ely Hydes. Other than spelling his name weird, this is where I start to not like this guy. 

As could be expected, the Tigers tracked him down and started negotiating. According to Paul’s story his friends said the negotiations weren’t impressive.

According to Hydes’ friends, the first offer was a Pujols autographed baseball; the second an autographed ball and a meet-and-greet with Pujols; the third a Pujols autographed ball, a meet-and-greet and a Pujols jersey; and the fourth all that, plus some Miguel Cabrera memorabilia.

Hydes stood firm, said he wanted the ball for his soon-to-be born son or his big time Cardinals fan brother. The team came back and said they could not authenticate the ball so it would be worthless if he tried to sell it later. He said he didn’t want money.

Good for him. He didn’t want the payoff, he wanted the heirloom but then the story didn’t end there.

He started getting interviewed by local radio and other news media. He started diving deeper in to his side of things. He went on to say he still has the ball because the Tigers staff was disrespectful and treated like a garbage bag for catching a baseball. 

He has since apparently changed his mind and will give the ball to Pujols or to Cooperstown but it doesn‘t wipe away his decision to overreact and get emotional over a situation like this. 

The Tigers probably always get the fan to agree. They keep upping the offer until the fan gives over the ball. The story is the best part of it all anyway. The times they don’t get the fan to agree, odds are that fan is planning to sell it later for more money. That makes sense. So it makes sense for them to get pissy and tell him it’s not going to work like that. They probably were stern. They probably were rude. But Hydes was also being difficult.

His reaction, his being “treated like a garbage bag” is worthy if they confiscated the ball without any trade. If they kicked him out. Of they assaulted him. They got pissed he wouldn’t give it back. That’s it.Remember that doctor that was screaming as he was dragged off a plane like two years ago? This guy is him, just with a little more dignity.

This has sparked debate online and in comment sections on how ridiculous the Tigers look. They are bullies, they say. Then others are calling this guy a soft loser. Either way, we are all dumber for caring so much. And I’m even worse for writing a post about it.

But as I said, he seems to be changing his mind. I’m sure the deal is gone so it’s just a kind gesture now. The internet shamed him. Even if you are within your rights, just don’t be a douche. The internet doesn’t like douches.

Hat on a Hat: Beer City Bung Hammers

We continue our tour through Michigan with a stop in Comstock Park. This is where we start getting the GREAT logos and team names. It is a popular move by minor league teams to do alter ego teams with creative team names and logos and West Michigan of course went beer themed with the Beer City Bung Hammers.

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Logo Quality: 9/10

Just awesome. It is complex but simple at the same time. Some can be too busy when going for a complicated logo like this. The pint glass is hitting a bung with a bung hammer, easy to see and interpret.

Colors: 7/10

Nothing uber-special but they are effective. Black hats always work and the rest of the color scheme just fits accurately for the logo. It’s clean.

Creativity: 10/10

Of course any Grand Rapids based alternate team is going to be beer related. A bung is the cork that goes into a beer or wine barrel, into the bung hole. The bung hammer is used to hit the bung tightly into the bung hole. Got it. It fits with the theme and is absurd enough to catch a laugh and some questions. Plus it’s just great merch for any beer fan.

Wearability: 5/5

As I said above, this will get questions, laughs and looks great. Black always works with everything. You get your money’s worth with a hat like this.

Overall: 31/35

It seems like every minor league team tries to one up the last team with these new alter egos. In 2018, the West Michigan Whitecaps introduced the Bung Hammers for a game and it was a monster success. This is a hat and logo that I’m sure received orders from all over the country, any hat fan, beer fan or Tiger fan would love to have this one.

West Michigan Whitecaps Store

 

All-Time “Hat on a Hat” Rankings

  1. Beer City Bung Hammers – 31
  2. Lansing Locos – 27
  3. Traverse City Pit Spitters – 26
  4. Great Lakes Loons (Road) – 25

Hat on a Hat: Great Lakes Loons

We broke into Northern Michigan last week with a strong appearance by the TC Pit Spitters and now we start making our way down south again with a stop in Midland. The Los Angeles Dodgers ‘A’ team offers a few different logos for their hats and I decided to start with their road cap.

The hate features the single block letters “GL” for Great Lakes with a majestic Loon taking flight in the background. Hard to be excited to be named after a duck but the Loons pull it off.

 

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Logo Quality: 7/10

I really like simple lettered logos and I think there is a good touch adding the flying loon in the background. It won’t catch a lot of eyes but it is clean and it works.

Colors: 8/10

Sometimes green and red come off too much like Christmas but the black dominates so much, the two colors are just enough to pop and not make you miss December.

Creativity: 5/10

Don’t have to be crazy. This is a logo that just gets the job done and is an everyday wear. What is the team? The Loons. Check. Where do they play? The Great Lakes. Check. Sometimes creativity is in the simplicity.

Wearability: 5/5

This whole series has been bad for my bank account. Now I just want all of these hats. This one is a great every day wearer. It’s not outrageous to be distracting but it is clean enough to be proud to wear.

Overall: 26/35

The early rankings have it falling to last place but again, it’s early. This is still a winning hat to wear but the competition is stiff. This is the best of the hats they offer right now. The simplicity makes it very wearable but doesn’t shock the world.

Great Lakes Loons Store

 

All-Time “Hat on a Hat” Rankings

  1. Lansing Locos – 27
  2. Traverse City Pit Spitters – 26
  3. Great Lakes Loons – 25

Hat on a Hat: Traverse City Pit Spitters

Eventually this series will stretch beyond Michigan but while we get it going, let’s show off the best of Michigan. For the second installment we head to Traverse City for the new college summer league team, the Traverse City Pit Spitters.

Formerly the Beach Bums, the West Michigan Whitecaps ownership group bought the team, moved it from the independent Frontier League to the Northwoods League and we have a fresh new start. And that means a fresh new logo.

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Logo Quality: 7/10

I got very excited when I heard about the team and the name. I wanted this hat. The logo doesn’t disappoint. It’s fitting, it’s unique and fun. But I am interested in what kind of alternate logos they can come up with in the coming years. Some teams benefit big time from alternate logos and this could be that case.

Colors: 7/10

It was basically made for them. Black, red and green. It’s clean but, again, alternate caps could jump these scores.

Creativity: 8/10

The name is a winner, the logo is fitting and the concept is great. I knock a point because they didn’t go with my suggestion of the Grand Traverse Grape Vines but, whatev. I’m not bitter.

Wearability: 4/5

Black hats go with almost everything and the logo is perfect to get a nod from fans around Northern Michigan and then questions when out of the area. The best for minor league hats.

Overall: 26/35

It’s a must buy. I will have one by the end of the summer. A great debut for the new kid on the block. The new blood will work well in Traverse City this summer.

Traverse City Pit Spitters Store

 

All-Time “Hat on a Hat” Rankings

  1. Lansing Locos – 27
  2. Traverse City Pit Spitters – 26

Hat on a Hat: Lansing Locos

This is going to be a series I plan to do with this blog. “Hat on a Hat.” In football it means to have a guy blocking each person on the defense and in the blog world it means critiquing logos and team names. One of my favorite things in life are minor league baseball hats. The names, the logos, the colors and the effort. All are exciting. So as we go along and I see, or hear about, a new logo or team name, I will come to GTS and give my opinion.

If you have a unique or creative hat/logo that you see out there, let me know. The possibilities are endless.

And with the first installment, I will begin with the Lansing Lugnuts entry into the Copa de la Diversión series, giving a nod to the Latino roots/influence into the game. For four games in 2019, the Lugnuts will become the Lansing Locos.

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Logo Quality: 9/10

Simple yet detailed. Some of these logos can get too detailed and busy, some are just plain. This one hits the sweet spot. You instantly know what it is and yet it is not overwhelming. You may think I overanalyze these kinds of things but this is the crap I think about in the first second I see these logos.

Colors: 7/10

These Copa de la Diversión logo/teams are all going to be bright and vibrant. Showing off the hispanic culture and heritage. This one works. Not sure how much of a connection the two main colors have to Lansing or Michigan but they at least work well together.

Creativity: 8/10

Locos is a simple name but I like how this works on a few levels. The Lugnuts are a piece of hardware but they also have a saying, “Let’s go ‘Nuts!” Get it? “Let’s go crazy!” Like loco. So, fitting that with the alliteration and adding in a cuckoo kind of bird, it works on different levels. I like it.

Wearability: 3/5

I like the hat. I like the logo and I like the colors but when a hat is as loud and bright as this, it’s not going to work with a ton of things you are wearing. You have to be wearing a pretty plain black or white outfit to be able to pull off a loud hat like this. You quickly get into Rickie Fowler Puma territory if you try to match the colors.

Overall: 27/35

A very nice start to the series. You can do a lot worse and this will stand as a winner when it is all said and done. Loud, bright, clear and fun, you can’t go wrong with grabbing any Lansing Locos gear this summer. It will be a conversation starter and a nice break from the simple logos you find in the majors.

Lansing Lugnuts Store