The ironic 2017 Cubs All-Star hat

Three years later, the 2017 Cubs All-Star hat is so tempting to get. What a handsome-looking cap.

  • The blue is a lighter tint than the normal Cubs royal blue. The heathered blue texture is nice.
  • The gold stitching looks really nice on the blue.
  • Great attention to detail on the vent holes as stars.
  • Even the little knobby thing at the top of the hat is gold.
  • Now it’s on clearance for $18 (instead of $40)
  • And it has the 2017 All-Star logo nice and big. Huh? Why would I want that big?

I’ll tell you the main reason why I want this hat.

The 2017 All-Star Game was the first All-Star game after the Cubs won the World Series in 2016. Awesome, right!? You’d think there would be a ton of players on that team. Nope.

Not one of the Cubs players on the World Series team made it to the 2017 All-Star team.

Wade Davis was the only Cub on the 2017 All-Star team. Davis didn’t play with the Cubs in 2016. He was traded to the Cubs during the December after the Cubs World Series championship. (The Cubs traded Jorge Soler for Wade Davis). Davis pitched only that one year with the Cubs in 2017, so he’s not even a long-time Cub.

The 2016 All-Star team was dominated by Cubs. Almost the entire NL infield was Cubs players.

What happened in 2017?

Our main infield of Cubs didn’t make it onto the 2017 All-Star team

  1. No Bryant. (Nolan Arenado, Jake Lamb, and Justin Turner were the 3B)
  2. No Rizzo. (Ryan Zimmerman, Paul Goldschmidt, and Joey Votto at 1B)
  3. No Baez or Zobrist. (Daniel Murphy, Josh Harrison, and DJ LeMahieu)
  4. No Russell. (Zack Cozart and Corey Seager at SS)
  5. No Contreras. (Buster Posey and Yadier Molina were catchers)

The 2017 Cubs at the start of the season just kinda fell flat with a 47-43 record at the break.

This has got to be some sort of record. Five Cubs on the 2016 All-Star team (Bryant, Rizzo, Zobrist, Russell, Lester). Not one of the five got onto the next year’s team. Has that happened to any other teams with five-plus players on an All-Star team? I’m guessing not.

That’s why I want this hat. Ironic? Yes.

Wearing this hat would say: “I’m a Cubs fan. I know my Cubs trivia–even the negative trivia about the Cubs. It’s rather subversive that I’m wearing this hat, but it’s just sports after all. I’ll support my team whether they win or lose. Whether they have All-Stars or not.

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