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I love it, too, but "Vintage Cream"? Ew.

It's just been in the back of the fridge for about 8 or 9 months.

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Welcome back to the front of the line, white-panel hats!!!

I know they never disappeared completely, but since the Orioles decided to bring them back they now seem to be in every new set... even those where they obviously do not fit...

(and I love some of the designers' lame excuses explanations for including the white-panels: "Oh, it's part of the team's heritage, because in 1981, when the team was located in Poughkeepsie, a hot-dog vendor at the stadium mistakenly wore an Expos hat with a white panel... so, there you go!!!)

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Welcome back to the front of the line, white-panel hats!!!

I know they never disappeared completely, but since the Orioles decided to bring them back they now seem to be in every new set... even those where they obviously do not fit...

(and I love some of the designers' lame excuses explanations for including the white-panels: "Oh, it's part of the team's heritage, because in 1981, when the team was located in Poughkeepsie, a hot-dog vendor at the stadium mistakenly wore an Expos hat with a white panel... so, there you go!!!)

It's a terrible time we live in...

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Welcome back to the front of the line, white-panel hats!!!

I know they never disappeared completely, but since the Orioles decided to bring them back they now seem to be in every new set... even those where they obviously do not fit...

(and I love some of the designers' lame excuses explanations for including the white-panels: "Oh, it's part of the team's heritage, because in 1981, when the team was located in Poughkeepsie, a hot-dog vendor at the stadium mistakenly wore an Expos hat with a white panel... so, there you go!!!)

The Bulls have worn the white panel hats for a few years now. I am not a fan.

I wish they would bring back the "texas orange" caps that they had in the mid 90's and get rid of the white panel one.

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God, these white panel caps are terrible.

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The Worcester FCBL expansion team has posted a teaser of their new uniforms by tweeting a graphic of the cap on Thanksgiving

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That Kingfish logo is fantastic. Great colors, too.

That logo and typeface is right up there with Bosak, Simon, and Radom, each of whom I have a tremendous amount of respect for.

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The New Britain Rock Cats (Double-A Eastern League) have unveiled a new alternate logo. The mark, which will be featured on the Rock Cats' caps several times next season, depicts team mascot Rocky wearing a Metallic Red, Elvis-inspired jumpsuit. The Rock Cats - and/or design partner Brandiose - have stated that the team is the first professional sports franchise to use Metallic Red in their team identity.

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According to team owner John W.S. Creedon, Jr., the team name has two significant components.

The word “Brave” recognizes Worcester’s brave men and women in uniform, those serving both locally and abroad. In particular, the word serves as a tribute to Worcester’s fallen firefighters, such as the six heroes (Paul Brotherton, Timothy Jackson, Jeremiah Lucey, Jay Lyons, Joseph McGuirk, and Thomas Spencer) who perished in the December 1999 Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire, as well as Jon Davies who gave his life in December of 2011. Today marks the fourteenth anniversary of the Cold Storage Warehouse firefighters’ bravery, and this coming Sunday marks the second anniversary of Jon Davies’ bravery.

The word “Hearts” is a reference to Worcester’s nickname as the “Heart of the Commonwealth.”

Team General Manager Dave Peterson described the logo design as being, "heavily inspired by the colors and symbols of the Worcester flag, including the red heart and green laurels on a white seal against a green field." Peterson added that the top of the shield featured in the logo was meant to represent, "Worcester's proud blue collar heritage and economy driven by the remarkable work ethic of the city's citizens."

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The New Britain Rock Cats (Double-A Eastern League) have unveiled a new alternate logo. The mark, which will be featured on the Rock Cats' caps several times next season, depicts team mascot Rocky wearing a Metallic Red, Elvis-inspired jumpsuit. The Rock Cats - and/or design partner Brandiose - have stated that the team is the first professional sports franchise to use Metallic Red in their team identity.

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Please. Make it stop!

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What's so wrong about that? It's a rockin' cat. They're the Rock Cats. It's minor-league whimsy, and I like the look.

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Because the "rock" in "Rock Cats" presumably means stone, so in other words, "mountain lion," more or less. The "rock" in "rock and roll" is a separate word meaning "to sway," so going in both directions at once destroys whatever precious little semiotic integrity "Rock Cats" could possibly have. But that's kind of Brandiose's schtick, to have one degree of separation too many between the name of the team and the iconography. It would be like if they made the Charlotte Knights' logo a moon wearing sunglasses like the old McDonald's logo, because it's night (Knight) time.

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...really? That's a long way to go to basically say "I don't like Brandiose".

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At least the Elvis cat is well drawn... I thought it was a Simon drawing.

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Surprised the elvis-cat isn't swinging the mic stand off his back foot, like a baseball bat.

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Because the "rock" in "Rock Cats" presumably means stone, so in other words, "mountain lion," more or less. The "rock" in "rock and roll" is a separate word meaning "to sway," so going in both directions at once destroys whatever precious little semiotic integrity "Rock Cats" could possibly have. But that's kind of Brandiose's schtick, to have one degree of separation too many between the name of the team and the iconography. It would be like if they made the Charlotte Knights' logo a moon wearing sunglasses like the old McDonald's logo, because it's night (Knight) time.

They've always used a rock n roll cat image, for their entire existence. So what's your point?

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Because the "rock" in "Rock Cats" presumably means stone, so in other words, "mountain lion," more or less. The "rock" in "rock and roll" is a separate word meaning "to sway," so going in both directions at once destroys whatever precious little semiotic integrity "Rock Cats" could possibly have. But that's kind of Brandiose's schtick, to have one degree of separation too many between the name of the team and the iconography. It would be like if they made the Charlotte Knights' logo a moon wearing sunglasses like the old McDonald's logo, because it's night (Knight) time.

The "rock" in Rock Cats has never referred to stone, nor has the team's mascot ever been meant to be a mountain lion.

When cartoonist Gil Gilchrist helped the New Britain Red Sox rebrand in 1994, he chose the name Rock Cats as a tip-of-the-hat to rock 'n' roll music. When he learned that the team's owner - Joe Buzas - had purchased his first minor-league team in the 1950s, Gilchrist hit upon the idea of paying homage to the decade that birthed the term "rock 'n' roll" by creating a guitar-strumming, sunglass-wearing, pompadour-sporting feline mascot - "Rocky". Gilchrist combined the logo with the Rock Cats moniker and the place-name Hardware City, long a nickname for New Britain.

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Because few people outside of Connecticut knew that Hardware City referred to New Britain, the place-name was eventually changed and a new logo, incorporating stylized "NB" initials, was unveiled to go with it.

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The Rock Cats' current primary mark...

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... was designed by Dan Simon and introduced in 2007.

So, by portraying the Rock Cats' mascot as a singer in an Elvis-inspired jumpsuit, Brandiose actually brought the team's identity back to its original inspiration.

Incidentally, Gilchrist designed the logos for the Portland Sea Dogs, Norwich Navigators, and Binghamton Mets, as well as the mascot for Shimizu S-Pulse of soccer's J-League.

http://articles.courant.com/2009-05-17/news/cthistory0517.art_1_cat-s-face-cool-cat-new-britain-red-sox

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I only knew the last logo and figured a rock cat was a mountain lion. Mea culpa.

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