BJ Upton To Become The Official Baseball Sartorialist
BJ Upton has always been a frustrating player. Despite being blessed with an endless array of tools and abilities, Upton has never come close to matching his 2007 season when he hit .300/.386/.522 as a 22-year-old. Since that time, and despite three 40+ steal seasons, Upton has batted only .250/.337/.408, just barely ahead of league average, and has been accused of occasionally taking it easy in the field.
Well, no longer.
The good folks at Rays Index took a look at Upton’s season and discovered something that is quite extraordinary: when Upton goes with high pants and stirrup socks, he performs exponentially better than when he goes pajama panted or with a single-colored sanitary socks. While Upton has an embarrassing .655 OPS with his ankles covered, that jumps to .938 when he gets all immodest and lets those calves shine.
Even better, Upton took this highly scientific information and decided to do something about it. From the Tweeter machine:
Considering that the Rays may have the best looking socks in baseball, that deep navy blue being intersected by fundamentally perfect slices of white and sky blue, it’s mind boggling that the entire team doesn’t wear them all day, everyday, whether they’re at the park or not.
Maybe now that Science and Art have intersected, that will change.
(h/t Getting Blanked)