words // Brandon Richard
With the 2013 MLB Playoffs now in full swing, today’s Eastbay Memory Lane takes us back to 1994, when the season was prematurely shortened due to the infamous players strike. That didn’t stop Nike, who linked up with us for a special all-baseball edition of the catalog.
Gracing this page is the Nike Air 24 Diamond, a lightweight cleat worn by two-sport athlete and then Atlanta Braves outfielder Deion Sanders. The Air 24 Diamond, which shared cues with Prime Time’s classic Air Diamond Turf trainer, was highlighted by its layered full-grain leather upper, cross-strap for support and neoprene inner bootie.
You also can’t overlook the Air Clipper and Air Clipper XTR Hi, the latter equipped with a high-ankle strap system similar to what you’d find on the iconic Air Carnivore.
The page wraps up with a blurb about another two-sport legend, Bo Jackson. In 1993, Bo made the long journey back from hip replacement surgery and belted 16 home runs for the Chicago White Sox. In ’94, he played his final season in the majors with the California Angels.
Yesterday, the Tampa Bay Rays joined the Pittsburgh Pirates as this year’s Wild Card round winners. This year’s NLDS matchups are the Pirates vs. the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. the Atlanta Braves. In the American league, the Rays will take on the division rival Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers will square off against the Oakland As. Check out this throwback Eastbay page featuring old school Nike baseball cleats and let us know who you think will win this year’s World Series.