What follows in an object lesson in having too many alternate road uniforms. Please do regard the forthcoming photo pairing from Thursday's Cubs-Pirates tilt, which comes to us courtesy of Gentleman Tom Fornelli of Eye On College Football fame and glory ...
Is this the most Cubs thing of all time? pic.twitter.com/KFUi1jlsUP— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) April 3, 2014
Pictured at left is Junior Lake, whose jersey reads "CHICAGO" in sans-serif font. Pictured at right is Anthony Rizzo, whose jersey reads "CUBS" in serif font. At this point it's worth noting that, on this day, the remainder of uniformed Cubs personnel were dressed like Rizzo.
By the second inning, though, conformity had descended, as Mr. Lake had procured and brandished the proper tunic. In his defense, road uniforms are supposed to feature the name of the team's city or sovereign state. So when the Cubs decision-makers tell the team to wear "Cubs" on their road jerseys, they do so in defiance of good taste and best practices. (To be fair, they have company around the league when it comes to this insolent flouting of tradition.)
In that sense, Junior Lake, for a little while on Thursday, was defiant in the name of a righteous cause. Then he succumbed.