BRYAN- The Brazos Valley Bombers host the Victoria Generals again tonight at 7:05.
Every baseball player, fanatic or casual fan knows what the term “Rally Cap” entails. What is a Rally Cap you might ask? Well, the “RC” can take on many shapes and sizes. The most common form is when an individual wears their hat inside-out. Other forms of Rally Caps include wearing the hat backward or in the Brazos Valley Bombers’ case, folding the hat in half and wearing it like a Mohawk.
The Rally Cap originated in the 1942 season, when the Detroit Tigers fans would turn their hats inside-out to in order to spark a late inning comeback. This act spread like wildfire throughout the Tigers fan base and even the Tigers’ players. The “RC” phenomenon had become a Detroit superstition and it gained national attention during the 1945 World Series between the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago Cubs. In the 7th inning of a crucial game 5 with the series tied at two, the Tigers were spotted by the radio announcer wearing their hats inside out. In the 7th inning, the Tigers scored four runs and engineered a magnificent rally that led to the Tigers victory. This rally led the Tigers to a World Series Championship in seven games over the Cubs and even more importantly led to national appearance of the Rally Cap.
The Rally Cap made a special appearance last night as the Brazos Valley Bombers trailed the Victoria Generals by the score of 3-1 in the 8th inning. At the beginning of the inning, members of the Bombers’ organization were seen sporting the “Mohawk Rally Cap.” In the top of the inning, the Bombers quickly retired the Generals to 1-2-3. Then, in the bottom of the inning, the Bombers loaded the bases for Danny Hernandez. Hernandez doubled to score Joe Craven from third and Joaquin Hinojosa from second. With the score tied at 3, the Bombers once again loaded the bases. This time it was Casey Dykes’ turn to double, which scored Brett Parsons from third and Danny Hernandez from second. Hinojosa came in to close the door on the Generals and succeeded, as he struck out the first two and got Travis King to fly out to center.
The Bombers got help from the Rally Cap last night, as they came up with the big victory over the first-place Generals. The next time you’re at Brazos Valley Bank Ballpark and the Bombers are in need of a rally, just fold your hat in half and join in the fun!