At first, I thought maybe my TV was just a little off because, sporadically, it seemed like some of the players’ heads last night were bigger – you know, like when you got the “oversized heads” code in “NBA Jam” for Sega Genesis back in the day.
Then I realized it wasn’t the TV – it was the helmets. Remember when Francisco Cervelli got all the grief from his teammates for using the big “Gazoo” style helmet after suffering a head injury during spring training? Well, the company that makes those extra-padded helmets has come up with a (slightly) more streamlined version and a number of players wore them during the All-Star Game (including Albert Pujols, Joe Mauer and Torii Hunter — the only Yankee who did was Nick Swisher). Kudos to good buddy Big League Stew for getting to the bottom of the story.
So will the look catch on all over the league? Who knows. But since Cervelli was the first player to wear the helmet consistently, it’s only fair to think of him as the trendsetter if it does.
*That’s Matt Holliday rocking his Gazoo helmet.