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Today’s Geek-Out: Post-Clemens “Muscle Jays”

Submitted by on May 17, 2013 – 10:39 am

By Tom Jackson
Cap Geek

Funny thing about today’s featured May Jay’s Days cap: When I see it, I think of a juiced-up Roger Clemens, who won a pair of Cy Young Awards for the Blue Jays after his career appeared definitely on the decline with the Red Sox. However, as this nifty table shows, this logo didn’t come into existence until Rocket moved onto the Yankees — completing his descent to the Dark Side.

That bird is RIPPED!

That bird is RIPPED!

But let’s face it: This Jay bird, which appeared first as an alternate cap logo in 2000, a full two seasons after Clemens’ final season in Toronto, looks totally juiced. I mean, LOOK at those guns! Cut like a freaking diamond! And the smirking (yes, that’s a smirk — take a closer look!), arrogant way he’s showing ‘em off! TOTALLY anabolic!

This Jay even got himself a maple leaf tat.

To be honest, I really liked the logo when it came out. It finally got the city’s first letter on a cap, kept the Jay bird and the Canada-maple leaf thing going. And in case anybody got confused as to whether this tough Canadian team played hockey, soccer, or their bizarre north-of-the-border variation of football, this bird’s got a ball and bat!

Nothing but baseball, eh?!

By 2003, this logo graduated from alt status to full-time. Unfortunately, it enjoyed that status for just a year, after which the team adopted its puzzling “Gray Jays” look.

The uniform combos that the Jays wore in the Clemens-era through 2003 weren’t nearly as nifty as the look during the World Series years (why they switched, I’ll never know — especially since they’ve returned to that winning look today), but they sure beat the what the Jays wore from ’04 through ’11.

Because, y’know: A team called the Blue Jays really needs its main color to be blue. Am I right?

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