How To Break In A Baseball Cap

We’ve all been there: after plunking down your hard-earned bucks on the latest and greatest team-boosting headwear, you slap the cap onto your head and look in the mirror and think, “Wow, I look like a geek in this.”

It’s not because your head is inherently un-baseball-player-shaped! I know of exactly one person who looks good in an off-the-shelf baseball cap, and that’s frequent Cheer-Clubber and Box-poster Useless Tyler. Last time I saw him, his cap looked as new as the day it was stitched together, and just right on his head.For those of us who aren’t Useless Tyler, we need to break-in our caps so we don’t look like locomotive engineers. Breaking-in a cap is a loving process that takes years of wearing it day and night until it takes on the contours of your own head. Well, some of us don’t have years. Some of us want our hats to look good on our heads now, in time for the upcoming baseball season. I ran into this problem in May of last year, when my wife bought me a new home grey Jays cap for my birthday.

I was going to break it in the old-fashioned way, by wearing it and wearing it some more, and bending the brim a bit into a nice, pleasant curve, but after enduring two weeks of “New hat, huh?” and “It’ll look better when it’s broken in” from the regular goons up in section 518, I decided I needed to do something about it a little faster.

(By the way, the cap in question is a fitted New Era 5950, the “authentic” hat sold at the Rogers Centre Bullpen Store, and the same style of hat that most MLB teams wear on the field. If you’re buying a sized Jays hat, you’ll be buying one of these.)

First thing I did was to try to work in the front panel, which sat up very high on my head. Well, nothing happened — the panel is designed to be stiff but flexible, and no matter how much I scrunched it or crumpled it, the panel just jumped back to the same shape it started at. I’ll admit I was a little irritated by this. So I turned to that amazing repository of all information, The Internet. Hey, if The Internet can give me instructions on how to build the Millennium Falcon out of Lego it can tell me anything!

Almost anything. Google was not very helpful, turning up hundreds of blog pages of people complaining about how hard it was to break-in their baseball caps, but no solutions or instructions. I was despondent; I couldn’t take another inning of razzing from the guys in the cheap seats. In my desperation I wandered all over the New Era website, reading anything cap-related, and I learned all about how many different New York Yankees caps are sold by just this one company…

And then finally, there it was, hidden in cleverly with the washing instructions. The 5950 cap is made of wool — if you wash it in warm water it will shrink, so you need to dry it on top of something similar to the size of your head, like an upside-down bowl or a basketball (you know who you are) or your actual head. If you dry it on your head, it will shrink precisely to the size and shape of your noggin… Well, that’s some mighty useful information!

I immediately leaped up from my desk at work and rushed to the washroom to soak my cap in warm water. Then I clapped it onto my head and waited for the magic to happen. After about ten minutes of wet-cap discomfort, I began to suspect that I was the victim of a savage burn laid upon me by the webmaster of the New Era website. Unpleasantly lukewarm water was tricking down my back and into my eyes. I began to plot my revenge. But then, as the cap dried, a miracle happened: the cap began to shrink down to the dimensions of my head, pulling the stiffened front panel backwards so that it no longer stood so high up.

And now, with some additional curving of the brim, I have a cap that’s very comfortably broken in. I highly recommend this method, despite the few hours of discomfort and the wet dog smell that will trail you until you have a shower, and not out of some perverse need to burn someone else as badly as I was burned.

Article Courtesy of Batters Box


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Mariah Carey-Cannon????

Did you REALLY think I was going to let this go much further before I commented. Mr. Nickelodeon Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey ran off and tied the knot. I’m shocked and appalled that this we the celebrity loving public didn’t even know that they were dating. How did we miss this?

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I won’t be judgmental, I won’t tell you what I really think, or any of my conspiracy theories. Here’s the story straight from People magazine:

” Yep, they did it! If there was any doubt Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s wedding was the real deal, they answer the question once and for all in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, speaking for the first time about their surprise nuptials – and showing off exclusive photos from their April 30 ceremony.

“We really do feel we are soulmates,” Carey tells PEOPLE, following their sunset ceremony at the pop star’s Bahamian estate. “I never felt a love like this was in the cards for me.”

Cannon adds: “She is beautiful on the outside and 10 times as beautiful on the inside.””


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Ryan Sheckler – Shoe Designer

In the midst of my boredom tonight, I took some time out to Google Mr. Ryan Sheckler. There’s been a lot of talk on the blog about Ryan and his MTV show, Life of Ryan, so I wanted to dig deeper. Much to my surprise, I discovered that Ryan is a shoe designer for Etnies, a leading skateboard shoe designer.

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I’ll find out if you’re the real deal Sheckler, if it’s the last thing I do 🙂 ! muwhahaha


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You know you have and EXTREME sport when its on a Pogo Stick!

Check out the hot tricks this guy pull off on a pogo stick. This takes extreme sports on a whole new level!


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What the Hell? Miley Cyrus / Hannah Montana Goes Topless?!?

Someone shot this too my email and I was laughing at it. But I had no idea that it was true. So Miley decides it is a good idea and daddy does too? Don’t we have kiddie porn laws in this country? WTH?

Then in true hollywood diva style she applogizes? WTH?

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Miley Cyrus, daughter of ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ singer Billy and star of Hannah Montana (like High School Musical but with just the one precocious brat) has apologised to fans after she posed topless for Vanity Fair. The actress did the ‘artistic’ photoshoot (that’s what they all say) for the magazine but some say it’s a bit suggestive for a 15 year old.

And even though her modesty is covered by a sheet, it’s still a provocative pose for a child. The actress said:

“I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be ‘artistic’ and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed.”


But the journalist has defended the feature, although we’re not sure why anyone allowed him to comment when he said:

“I think it’s really artsy. It wasn’t in a skanky way.”

Oh, thanks dude, that makes it better…NOT!

But she shouldn’t have to worry too much as according to reports she is now the wealthiest child in the world. She made 10 million in 2007 and her Hannah Montana franchise is estimated to be worth $1 billion by 2009. Which is good news for old Billy as Hannah Montana gave him something to do again as he was never going to be able to better ‘Achy Breaky Heart’…

See the photo over at Dlisted.


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President of 3rd Power Outlet guest blogs on some other blog (WTH?)

Now ain’t that some ‘ish? I can not get the boss man to pat me on the back, but he goes and writes on some other blog, LMAO. How did I get dissed here? Oh well, anyway…

John Lawson (3rdPO.com President)Today I get a call from the boss man and he is on the phone like….blah, blah, blah “print this!” What else can a brotha do? I got to print it. So I goes over to the Trading Assistant Journal and there he is. Wearing more fly ass gear with 3rd Power Outlet on it. I am still waiting on my first damn shirt and the boss got freakin’ sweat suits. Damn, I need to get up on my game, I needs me some fresh 3rd Power gear quick!

So you need to hit the Trading Assistant Journal and checkout our man and his story from New Orleans folk! This is blazing hot and funny as hell. I did not even know the prez get down and party like dat.

NEWSFLASH — I just got some love!

The Prez just hit me up, he scored me some tickets to the Hawks v Boston game Friday night! We going to the game live! Now I get to hit him up for that shirt dammit. I am out….GO HAWKS!


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