LIDS Minor League Baseball selection is yet another example of you wanted it, we listened and now it’s in stock. In a grass roots effort stemming from customer requests in our stores for hats bearing local MiLB teams, the program initially started out with five skus and has quickly grown to what will be nearly 200. As online sales through the LIDS website continue to fuel the demand, the question that now comes to mind is whether or not the increase in popularity is due to a fan driven interest in the league or just another fashion craze?
When looking at MiLB attendance stats, numbers have been on the rise. According to the latest digits posted by the league, so far in 2010 more than 21 million fans have come out to root on their favorite teams. This is up from 2009, which was recorded at nearly one million less for the same period. Seemingly, the famous American Pastime no longer appears to be a thing of the past. So are reasonably priced tickets and ballpark food the reason behind the cap craze, or is it something entirely different? Could it be MLB fans have discovered a new appreciation for the affiliates of their favorite major teams?
As a fashion-conscious society, it could be that we are just craving a little diversity in our sports fashion. Spotting local trends, teams representing the colors light blue and dark blue have primarily done quite well. Other trends could be affected by an affinity for different mascots. A few teams that have been rocking the popularity charts include the defunct Albuquerque Dukes (they are now the Albuquerque Isotopes), Everett Aqua Sox, Quad Cities River Bandits (primarily due to their new logo) and the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
So for all those fans rockin’ the latest LIDS MiLB fashions, tell us which one is the reason behind your decision. Is there a particular local team you follow?