Some Phillies took the field yesterday wearing specially made t-shirts with the words Fake Tough surrounding the Liberty Bell.
The shirt, which makes fun of Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo calling Cole Hamels “fake tough” for intentionally hitting Bryce Harper, is meant to be a joke.
Wait, why’d the music stop?
What’s that, Scoob? A last place team wearing fake tough t-shirts isn’t funny because it’s actually kind of sad and a bit true? Crap! Does this mean the Phillies wearing high socks was also a fruitless effort to lighten the mood and reverse their luck?
Our fashion editor Dan Fuller certainly thinks so:
The socks and the shirt, by themselves, are good looks. I love the high socks– think they should be required in baseball. The t-shirt is pretty funny, too… if the Phillies were playing the Nationals… and if the Nationals weren’t NINE AND A HALF GAMES AHEAD OF THEM!!
I’m yelling now (!!!).
That’s like the 2008 Mets beginning the season with Team to Beat Nike Dry-FIT undershirts. Doesn’t work. Can’t do it. Can’t poke fun at the team running away with the division. Like, how embarrassing can this season get? Just in the last week, Freddy Galvis broke his fucking back, the Phanatic got sued, and now the team’s self-awareness has completely eroded away.
Unless, of course, this is just gallows humor. In which case– carry on, Phillies.