Zobrist May Receive Fine for Game Shoes
“The league claims Zobrist is violating the rule that requires at least 51 percent “of the exterior of each player’s shoes be the club’s designated primary shoe color.” The letter claims Zobrist broke that rule on May 2 in a game against the Colorado Rockies.
In his Instagram post, Zobrist says he was inspired by great players such as Ernie Banks and Stan Musial and was “captured” by the uniforms and “all black cleats with flaps.””
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Dear @mlb, I still like you but this is rediculous. For the last two years, I have worn black spikes exclusively at Wrigley Field for Day games to pay homage to the history of our great game, and now I am being told I will be fined and disciplined if I continue to wear them. When I was a kid, I was inspired by highlights of the greats such as Ernie Banks and Stan Musial in the 1950s-60s and was captured by the old uniforms and all black cleats with flaps. @newbalancebaseball made a kid’s dream come true by making some all black spikes with the special tongue as well as the “Benny the Jet” @pf_flyers cleats. I am curious as to why @mlb is spending time and money enforcing this now when they haven’t done it previously in the last year and beyond. I have heard nothing but compliments from fans that enjoy the “old school” look. Maybe there is some kid out there that will be inspired to look more into the history of the game by the “flexibility” that I prefer in the color of my shoes. Sincerely, Ben Zobrist
SOURCE: ESPN, INSTAGRAM benzobrist18