The visiting team clubhouse at Tropicana Field has a contraption I’ve never seen anywhere else: an electric hat stretcher.
This device heats up to 120 degrees. Then you place your cap on this metal dome and spin a hand crank that opens the dome and stretches the material. It looks like some manner of medieval torture device.
Phil Hughes has a fairly big head (sorry, Phil) but refuses to wear a bigger hat. He rips out the lining and constantly stretches his hat out. Ian Kennedy finds this hilarious.
Phil saw the hat stretcher today and decided to try it out. With Kennedy helping, they heated the machine up and started to stretch the hat. I stood by watching, fearful that I would have to write a story about the aftermath.
“Young pitchers injured in hat machine explosion”
Fortunately, the Franchise and IPK survived and the hat fit a little better. All’s well that ends well.