I saw one of the “cool” kids at my school wearing a Yankee hat the other day, and it really got under my skin. It bothers me how “popular” people get away with wearing a Yankee hat. Somehow, no one cares. No one brings it up. I wear mine two steps into the school and everyone notices, tries to steal it, and so on. The difference? It’s clear that I’m a fan. I don’t wear the hat to be “cool”. I wear it to support my team.
Now here comes the inner conflict. If classmates and celebrities are wearing a Yankee hat to be “cool”, I should be happy. People think that the symbol is cool! It is part of pop culture! Great! But since they’re not fans, do they deserve to be a walking billboard? Are they worthy? Both ways of wearing a Yankee hat are showing support. I’m supporting my team, they’re supporting the design. Downside–my support gets me glares, theirs get headnods and approval. Much like a cookie, I guess that’s the way it crumbles. Darn the “cool” factor!
It’s deja vu all over again.