Most of the greatest players of all time spent the final year or few years on teams for whom they did not spend their entire careers, and it just didn't seem right.
Whether it was Willie Mays with the Mets, Hank Aaron with the Brewers, Babe Ruth with the Braves, or Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker and Eddie Collins with the Athletics, seeing iconic players in some strange team's uniform is always unsettling, like when your grandfather needs help going to the bathroom.
Guess what? Major League Baseball currently sports a gaggle of such players. Let's have a look.
You went to New York in 2004, and it was the worst season—and look—of your career. Now you are back there again in 2010.
Credit the drastic change in appearance once he joined the Yankees, but Johnny Damon has had two iconic periods in his career: The hits-like-Jesus, throws-like-Mary look in Boston, and the clean-cut professional hitter in New York.
Now, I don't even know how to process this look.
Jason has been a journeyman the last few years since leaving Oakland after a long career with the Pirates. But now, with the Royals, I feel like I don't even know him any more.
He looks as lost in a Colorado Rockies uniform as he does at the plate for the Rockies.
We hate to see him go out like this—once an icon of the San Francisco Giants, then a World Champion with the Phillies.
Actually, the Giants don't hate to see him like this.
They just want assurances that he won't be back.
You know what it is about Contreras? He is just classically an American League pitcher. He is a big, giant bruiser, and looks silly as a Phillie.
See what I did there?
Though he is now with Giants, when Burrell was with the Rays, and he looked like an actor playing a baseball player in a movie that couldn't get MLB licensing so they had to make up fictional teams.
Figgins isn't even that old, but for so long he's been synonymous with the Los Angeles Angels that it doesn't really make sense to see him in a Seattle uniform.
His bat seems awfully confused as well.
Man, is that San Diego Padres uniform slimming or what? Stairs looks so foreign in that uniform it is as though he lost 40 lbs just by putting it on.
Well, he's in the AL Central where he belongs—he's always looked right in the Indians and White Sox jerseys, never in the Phillies and Dodgers jerseys—but somethin' just ain't right about seeing him in a Twins uniform.
It's like seeing Derek Jeter in a Toronto Blue Jays uniform. It just isn't right.
Okay, so he has been with several teams since leaving the Texas Rangers in 2003. But last season he went back to Texas and you know what? It felt right. Now he is in Washington with those generic jerseys and that horrid stadium and that lack of tradition—oh wait just a second, I need to help my grandpa go pee.
To me, Scott Rolen is like Stan Musial—he belongs in a Cardinals uniform and anything else is inadequate.
But hey, you know what? He looks a lot better in a Reds uniform than he did in a Blue Jays uniform.
See Scott Rolen comment. Actually, see Johnny Damon comment.
Edmonds was iconic as an Angel, and he was iconic as a Cardinal.
He looked odd as hell as a Cub and as a Padre, and he looks odd now with the Brewers.
After some major struggles in Los Angeles the last couple of years, no one deserves a year in baseball's the Ballpark at Arlington—baseball's version of the Fountain of Youth—more than Vlad.
Doesn't mean we need to like you in that Rangers uniform, though.
No comment necessary.
It just ain't right.
Sometimes during a Brewers game, if you squint your eyes just right, it looks like Trevor is still wearing a Padres jersey.
No amount of squinting can make Hoffman look like he's pitching well, though.
You may just have to close your eyes.
Remember Andruw Jones, the young charismatic Gold Glove center fielder for the Atlanta Braves? Remember the Joneses? Remember the greatest defensive center fielder since Mays?
Now Jones is fat, doesn't even play in the field anymore, and is wearing a freakin' Chicago White Sox uniform.
And don't go sayin' it looks kinda good on him. That uniform looks good on everyone.
If the Chicago White Sox end up accidentally opening up a time-warp on their field this season and magically get transported back to 2002, they are going to have a sick defense.
How it is that a guy who has been a liability at first base for the nearly a decade has decided to spend the final days of his career in the National League is beyond me.
Giambi may just be hiding out. Despite having Todd Helton, a future Hall of Famer, and two of the most exciting young players in baseball in Troy Tulowitski and Ubaldo Jimenez, the Rockies are guaranteed only minimal, if any, coverage east of the Deepwater Horizon.
Manny is in his third year in Los Angeles, and he still looks terrible in a Dodgers uniform.
You know what I think it is? The dreadlocks. That would probably work in Oakland or Kansas City, and might even look good in Tampa, but in Dodgers Blue it just looks bad.