Back in May of ’08, The Fightins proved their love for Phillies color commentator Gary “Sarge” Matthews by debuting The Definitive Sarge Matthews Hat Collection. It was pretty much the greatest blog post of the year, and set us apart as the biggest Sarge fans on Earth. We even have a section of Sarge’s wiki page giving us propers for outing him as such a big hat enthusiast.
And because we continue to grow as a site and don’t rely on the same gimmicks year-after-year, I kind of shied away from posting about Sarge’s hats recently. That doesn’t mean I still don’t marvel at Sarge’s ability to match his Kangols perfectly with his broadcasting attire, because I do, I just thought it could get a bit tiresome and wear out some of the Sarge Hat appeal.
Well, I can’t take it any longer. So we are proud to present to you this TheFightins.com EXXXCLUSIVE of every single hat/cap/fedora that Sarge has sported this year in chronological order. All 95 of them.
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Tell ‘em, slideshow:
After the jump, I’ve gone ahead and tallied up how many times Sarge has worn each cap so you can get a sense of which ones are his favorites. Believe me, it was my pleasure.
Which hats did Sarge wear most frequently? I’m glad you asked:
- Navy Kangol: 18
- Sky Blue Kangol: 13
- Baby Blue Kangol: 9
- Red Kangol: 9
- Sarge Father’s Day Cap giveaway from ’10: 6
- Tan fedora: 6
- Sarge signature New Era jeff cap: 5
Sarge signature New Era fedora: 4
- Black Kangol: 3
Black fedora w/ brown stripe: 3
- Tan Kangol: 3
- Lime Green Kangol: 2
- Navy fedora w/ white stripe: 2
- Straw hat: 2
Unidentified brown jeff cap: 1
Maroon Kangol: 1
Black fedora w/ brown stripe: 1
Brown Kangol: 1
Grey Kangol: 1
Philadelphia Stars Negro League cap: 1
Black Kangol w/ white stripes: 1
White Kangol: 1
White Phillies cap: 1
Powder Blue Phillies Cap giveaway from ’11: 1
This post would’ve never happened if it weren’t for the painstakingly long process of screen-capping each Sarge pre-game and/or booth appearance this season done by our very own @Petzrawr. The least you could do is follow him on twitter and say thanks.