This series is inspired by the must read book “All Caps, Stories That Justify an Outrageous Hat Collection” by Craig Colby. Craig wrote this book about the many caps he has and the stories behind it. Anyhow, this series will be about the caps I own and the stories behind them.
In this episode of “Personal Stories About Ballcaps,” we pay attention to the former cap of the Greek national team.
In the episode about the former cap of the Croatian national team, I told you about the Dutch-Venezuelan manager of the Greek national team, who was a stand in for the previous manager who left the Greek team shortly before the 2016 European Baseball Championship.
I told you already about the experience I had at this tournament: I was awarded a press card, so I could get on the field during warmups and take pictures. I also could enter the press room to work on game reports. It was a great experience. Perhaps the best part of this gig was the fact I had an interview with former Atlanta Braves great and Dutch coach Andruw Jones (see photo).
But back to the Greek cap. During the final game of the Greek national team, their manager told me to wait at the promo village, an area with several stands where they sold all kinds of baseball merch. After waiting a while, he showed up and emptied his bag. He got a cap of the Greek national team for me. But that was not all. If that cap wasn’t enough, he also gave me the road jersey of the Greek team. I was flabbergasted and asked him if this would not get him into trouble. His answer was negative.
Even though the cap is made by my favorite brand Richardson, it doesn’t have the look of a real baseball cap. Anyhow, what I like about the cap is the front logo. It shows the Greek name for Greece (Hellas) in the shape of an ancient Greek temple. Likely one would buy a cap like this in a souvenir shop in Athens or on Crete. The cap also sports the Greek flag at the back of the cap and the word Greece on the side. He gave this to me because he knew I am an avid baseball cap and jersey collector, and because he knew I would appreciate this.
I am still thankful for these additions to my collection.