A Friend of Unfair Park directs our attention this late afternoon to DropWear.com -- can't believe someone didn't think of this sooner. In short, it's a tee-shirt company run by Ticket listeners who plan on turning those catchphrases and out-of-context utterances into, right, fashion statements. Brilliant.
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But right now, there's a single design available: the "That's the way baseball go" classic-to-be featuring the man who made it famous, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington. (I could listen to this forever.) Brad Herbert tells Unfair Park he and his brother John and a friend named Cole Larson found the quote so endearing they printed up a handful of tees and started wearing them around town. Folks wondered how they could get 'em; next thing you know, the threesome had themselves a start-up.
"We've been wanting to do T-shirts for a long time and realized, 'Why don't we do T-shirts that feature popular drops?'" Brad says. "It doesn't have to be just sports, but whatever culture's going on at the time."
Yesterday they dropped a handful of tees by the Ticket offices; Norm Hitzges mentioned it this morning, the threesome hastily popped up a website to take orders, and the trio tallied more than 100 gimme-gimmes just like that. And they're trying to make more for those heading to the Ballpark in Arlington for tomorrow night's game (and Saturday's, if need be). They'll let us know if they have extras -- maybe we can sell 'em out of the Unfair Park lobby. Or there's always the Facebook page.
And, yup, I ordered one. The Ron Washington Magic 8-Ball told me to. I think.