Personal Stories About Ballcaps: Sofia Blues

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 cap of the multiple Bulgarian champion, Sofia Blues.

After spending a full week writing game reports and taking photos with the Federation Cup in Brasschaat in 2021, the local club, Brasschaat Braves, asked me to take some photos they could provide the WBSC Europe. So at times, I didn’t have to work, I spent on photography during the 2022 Federation Cup.

During the 2022 edition, I talked with quite some people. People from Austria, from Bulgaria, England, Belgium and so on. The Dutch pitcher of the Austrian champion, Diving Ducks Wiener Neustadt took a cap of the club with him, after I asked for it.

The Bulgarian champions, Sofia Blues, played with a snapback. Normally, I am not fond of snapbacks, but in this case, I wanted to make an exception. How many people in Belgium/the Netherlands have a cap of a Bulgarian club?

So during a game, I asked a player how I could get a Blues cap. He referred me to one of the coaches. I asked him and he told me he had to bring one from the hotel. We agreed on meeting two days later.
Two days later I saw the guy and he came to me with the cap.

One of the Bulgarian players was so friendly to remind me I had left the memory card of my camera on one of the seats of the bleachers, as I had left it there when I changed memory cards.

The Blues didn’t win a game, but surprisingly, they made the Brasschaat Braves go deep in their matchup. Thanks to this result, the Blues will be destined to play in a Federations Cup qualifier in 2023 and hope to return to the third highest level of European club baseball in 2024.

Play during the game between the Brasschaat Braves and the Sofia Blues

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