Last December 10, the Houston Texans walked into Gillette Stadium wearing letterman jackets. They were blue, with leather sleeves, and meant as a sign of camaraderie. They wore them on they boarded their team plane and traveled from Texas to New England.
Then they got steamrolled by the Patriots, 42-14. The jackets didn't seem to do much good.
But that failed experiment will not deter the Tampa Bay Rays. Four months later, to the day, the Rays will board a plane for a flight from Texas, bound for New England -- and here's what they'll be wearing:
Our first themed dress trip of the season: letterman jackets from Texas to Boston tomorrow. twitter.com/RaysJoeMaddon/â€¦— Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) April 9, 2013
Themed trips are nothing new for the Rays. They've had many, starting last year with a "minimalist" excursion. They've also had a "Ring of Fire" trip. During a three-city trip in 2011 they wore a grunge look to Seattle, had a Beach Boys theme en route to Los Angeles, then wore pajama pants for the red-eye to Baltimore. They've worn hockey jerseys, and dressed up like golfers, and nerds, and last time they were in Boston they set out with a "Wigs Gone Wild" theme.
They've even worn letterman sweaters. But the letterman jackets are a fresh look. And a fashion statement the Texans would probably advise against.
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