Hey, Travis Wood: There's Something Wrong with Your Cap, Sir

Ian CasselberryMLB Lead WriterJune 26, 2012

Would we call this a wardrobe malfunction? (CSNChicago.com)
Would we call this a wardrobe malfunction? (CSNChicago.com)

Trading reliever Sean Marshall to the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher Travis Wood was not among Theo Epstein's most popular moves since taking over the front office of the Chicago Cubs.

While Marshall has continued to be one of the best setup relievers in baseball (and also took over the closer's role for a brief time) for the Reds, Wood has struggled. Going into Monday night, he had a 1-3 record and 4.14 ERA with 19 walks in 41.1 innings.

But Wood appears to be turning himself around. In his past five starts, he's allowed three runs or fewer. In three of those games, Wood gave up no more than one run. That includes Monday night's outing against the New York Mets, in which he pitched seven shutout innings and gave up just five hits. 

However, there was one problem with Wood's performance on Monday. It didn't take place on the mound, but while he was batting. There was just something off about his batting helmet. Maybe he had it on crooked. Something just seemed askew.

Let's take a closer look.


Nope, there was definitely something wrong with his helmet. I've examined this screen capture (and others supplied by CSNChicago.com's Scott Krinch), and I think I figured it out. Maybe you guys drew the same conclusion after looking at the same images. 

Not only was the red "C" on Wood's batting helmet moved from its usual spot on the front of the cap, but the logo was turned to its side, looking more like a horseshoe. If only Wood had a mess of pine tar on his helmet, like Manny Ramirez or Orlando Cabrera, maybe he could've hidden the goof.

(Just don't get that pine tar on your mitt. Davey Johnson will get you thrown out of a game.) 

Wood eventually struck out in the at-bat shown in those screen caps, as well as his at-bat in the fifth inning. But he's still batting .333 for the season, albeit in 12 at-bats. So maybe someone in the Cubs' dugout wanted to see if they could rattle him at the plate or spread some of his hitting mojo to the rest of the lineup. Or a teammate just wanted to embarrass the poor guy.

However, if Wood keeps shutting teams out or holding them to one run, he can probably wear his batting helmet in any fashion he chooses. Well, until MLB has something to say about it.

Let's just see the jokesters try this on Anthony Rizzo's batting helmet when the rookie sensation makes his Cubs debut on Tuesday night.


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