We thought we’d get back to this here, if only to set the record straight. The reason New Yorkers cringe at the site of SF’s “Series Champs” cap is because they’re embarrased for SF. It’s not just that it’s an ugly cap (though it is that). It’s the bad taste in wearing the cap around New York that’s so unseemly. The only reason to wear such a hat is to make a public display of oneself. So New Yorkers figure you’re either childish or trying to rub in your victory (making you a sore, spoiled winner) or both. So it’s not really the hat that repels, it’s the person wearing it.
What kind of reaction would you expect if you wore a Team USA cap down a Parisian street? We’re guessing there’d be a few turned heads. Would all those head turners be haters of our nation? Probably not. What they’d find distasteful would be having someone shove their (foreign) allegiance in their faces. And–guess what–they’d be right.
Now I’m sure SF has some defense for his behavior—”I’m expressing my joy! It’s been 86 years! It’s a free country! Yankee fans can dish it out but not take it!”—but as far as we’re concerned, a tant is a tant.