Every ballplayer’s dream is to make it to the Show. That’s the pinnacle of it all, right? You make it to the Show, what could be better?
Its days like these when we realize it might be worth the extra hacks off the basement tee to shoot for the All Star Game. The royal treatment that these guys are getting is simply unprecedented. Not only do many of them walk away with some Monopoly money (below), but it has become a “Procession of Gifts” for the manufacturers. This post is the first of a few tonight that’ll show you exactly what I mean.
The superstar treatment not only rewards the best players in baseball for their hard work, it turns the game into an athletic fashion show. If you’re on this website you’re probably lovin’ it.
What New Balance has done around this year’s festivities is a great example of the spoils of being an All Star.
This year, NB-wearing All Stars get their own one-of-a-kind 4040v2 cleat, which New Balance styled as an ode to Minnesota and the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” with a commemorative Bass fishing-inspired crest on the tongue and inner sole. Below are some of the guys you can expect to see wearing each color.
- Miggy Cabrera – Orange
- Jose Bautista – Royal
- Scott Kazmir – Yellow
- Salvy Perez – Royal
- Erick Aybar – Red
- Yadi – Red
- Madison Bumgarner – Orange
- Jonathan Lucroy – Navy
- Pat Neshek – Red
- Daniel Murphy – Royal
If that’s not enough, the cleats will be waiting at each player’s locker in a one-of-a-kind Tackle Box complete with a custom NB x Shimano rod-and-reel, lures and other fishing gifts from Dexter, Savage, Missile Baits and Rapala, along with some more apparel (including a custom trainer and a custom turf).
Yes, very cool. Yes, you might not know what the fishing stuff is but you want it. As do I. Unfortunately, the tackle box and cleats are exclusive to the All Stars. However, New Balance has created a limited run, the “Bass Pack” to compliment the All Star spoils, and that is available to us all.
The Bass Pack, a cleat and turf (sold separately), has a very subtle “fish scale” element, along with the gold trim that we see in the All Star versions. The one difference is the gold plate on the cleats, which is only available to the All Stars. The “Bass Pack” is limited to less than 500, and available at the following retailers: