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In Praise of Carlos Correa's Manly Headwear

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The rookie is all over the media these days, and his trusty fedora is right there with him.

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The Houston Astros very own phenom Carlos Correa has been in the spotlight a bit this past week, even though their season ended in mid-October. He has been hanging out at the World Series, trying out his reporting skills for MLB.com. He spent quite a bit of time at the World Wide Leader on Friday, being interviewed on Sportscenter and on the Mike & Mike radio show. Besides being one of the top young players in baseball, he is winning over folks from coast to coast with his great personality, and also (dare I say) his hat.

Hats have always fascinated me, although I don't wear one myself (unless you count the wool flat caps I wear on the few South Texas days that I need to keep my head warm.) I experimented with a fedora when I was in college in the early 90's, also known as the decade that fashion forgot. That ended when I realized that people (girls) were not saying "look at the dapper fellow with the hat" when they whispered and giggled to each other. My friends were probably also relieved that the hat went into the closet. They no longer were referred to as "those guys who hang out with the weird hat dude". So for most of my life, hats have been restricted to baseball caps.

Personally, my feeling is that even though the reasons men wore hats "back in the day" have gone away, they still are awesome.  When a guy wears a hat he looks dignified and proper. Maybe it's because I grew up loving old movies, but I equated the guys who wore hats with an air of authority. It doesn't matter whether they were the good guy or the bad guy, a hat showed that they meant business and weren't going to take any guff from the likes of you. Then along comes Showrrea to let us know it's ok to wear a non-baseball style headwear out in public again. This is because he also means business. Also the guff part, probably. Haberdashers of the world, you are put on notice. When the Best Shortstop In Baseball shows up all over the media in his sweet fedora, expect that the masses are about to bust down your doors. Are you guys with me?

Here are some action shots of the man and his many hats.

At a Rockets game...

Flying to NYC for a game...

Out visiting fans...

Talking with the media after the postseason elimination...

Hanging out with Ant Man...

Reporter stuff...

on the WWL...

Carlos is already making inroads in the clubhouse..