7.28.10

MLB Boom Pack is Costly For Brian Wilson

words_Nick Engvall

It happened to Michael Jordan when he wore the Air Jordan I. Now Major League Baseball is taking the same path as the NBA did back in 1985, with fines.

San Francisco Giants closer was one of the lucky few Nike sponsored athletes at the 2010 MLB All Star game that received the MLB Boom Pack from Nike Training, but the gift just became costly.

Brian Wilson of the SF Giants is fined for orange Nike cleats.Wilson must have taken a liking to the Nike Air Max Diamond Elite, because he decided to give them another wear Tuesday night against the Florida Marlins. Apparently, despite being made up of nearly entirely orange which is one of the Giants colors, Major League Baseball doesn’t show the same affection for the bright baseball cleats.

According to the Associated Press, Wilson has already taken it upon himself to handle the issue…with a black marker.

Sneaker lovers may cringe, but remember Penny Hardaway had to do the same with the Foamposite One back when it originally released. Most of us hate the idea of having to deface an iconic shoe like the Foamposite One, but it seems that like it probably is for Brian Wilson and Nike, the defacing of a shoe may be costly, but worth every dime. The publicity is truly priceless.

One question I have though as a sneakerhead, what really is the pain of seeing the black marker covering the original colorway of the shoe?

MLB All Star Boom Pack - Nike Air Max Diamond EliteIn my mind, there is no dollar amount that could be applied to one of Penny’s game-worn and hand colored Foamposites. The same goes for Brian Wilson’s Air Max Diamond Elite’s for me as a Giants fan.

It seems the NBA has disregarded most of the rules from twenty-five years ago regarding the color of shoes. Major League Baseball has to take a slightly different look at this type of thing, specifically because Wilson is a pitcher. Major League Baseball will inevitably have to find a way to deal with this situation and others that will likely follow because just like the NBA, baseball players of the future are those that grew up with the sneaker culture. As for the difference between basketball and baseball, in the MLB, managers and players of the opposing team could argue that the shoes are a distraction, much like they would if the opposing pitcher was wearing a white under shirt. That is something that the NBA didn’t have in their rulebook.

With all of that said, the cleats are a definitely a distraction, and a beautiful one at that, in my opinion.

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9 Comments

  • oneonone:

    What AWESOME looking cleats.

  • teemasuoka:

    <3 Giants. Saw him pitch today (blew the save) but we still won in 10. I think he was fined $1000 or something for having no black on the shoe or something like that. This rule is stupid though

  • Nene33:

    They really should loosen the footwear rules, to at least include all the team colors, it’s kinda weird fining him for wearing Orange on a team that’s main color is Orange.

  • Hate Sabathia & NYY, but his Jordan cleats are tops. These are ok, but can’t mess w/either of these: http://images.sneakernews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/mlb-feet-cc-sabathia-summary.jpg

  • Lem:

    MLB is making a non-issue a issue. Players should be allowed to wear what they want on their feet as long as it coincides with the color of their uniforms.

  • TS:

    I could see some players getting fines for just wearing ridiculous colors that have nothing to do with anything – but like Nene said…. it’s Orange… and the Giants are Black, Orange, and Grey/silver…. MLB takes a turn towards the No Fun League

  • crunked:

    I really like this a lot. I like the shoes and I like that he is going against the rules. Could you image the NBA if they kept the old rules? Boring. Baseball is boring enough so at least light up the footwear.

  • if they made a non-cleat version, I’d definitely buy a pair, those look great.

  • I’d take these cleated or not πŸ˜‰

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