WPW On-Field: Astros @ Angels, Players Weekend (Springer’s Vapor Ultrafly 2)

WPW caught the Sunday matinee of the World Champion Astros vs Angels.  Here’s what we saw.

Gray is one of our favorite colors and this is a classy look from Carlos Correa on his Afterburner V cleats.  The giant signature is just so Big League.  Notice that Correa’s ABV’s have Boost material in the sole.  This is exclusive to Correa.  Shop the Afterburner V here.

Stance might have been a little too excited about the color freedom last year, making the league-issue socks a little bit too clashy with many of the Players Weekend unis.  Stance rarely misses, and they cleaned it up beautifully this year.  The confetti-style color pop with black base seemed to match everything… not an easy task.  Shop the Stance Players’ Weekend socks here.  Tony Kemp’s Afterburner Vs (above) were some of the sickest cleats league-wide.

  • 615 area code = Franklin, TN (hometown)
  • Nashville skyline = Vandy boy
  • Kempin Ain’t Easy (cuz it ain’t)
  • Houston Strong
  • Fire paint job

Not to be glossed over, the MLB logo with yellow, teal, and cherry red.  This is notable because this is the first time we’ve ever seen non-standard MLB logo colors.  If you know of another time this happened, please let us know.  Ya dig?

Andrelton Simmons had an interesting pair of Afterburners (we promise there were other cleats out there).

The cleats paid tribute to Andrelton’s home country, Curacao, with a painting of the colorful Willemstad shoreline.

Albert Pujols, who sadly just lost the rest of his season to knee surgery, is and always will be “The Machine.”  His Nike PEs also featured Albert’s Pujols Family Foundation.

If you follow us on IG you may have already seen this: Josh Reddick’s New Balance 3000v4 cleats featured his favorite superhero, Spiderman, along with all his homies.

Get the 3000v4s at this link.  They have ’em in this exact colorway without the Spiderman swag.

Rookie 2-bagger David Fletcher also wore NB 3000v4s with some simple custom paint.

The Astros jerseys were blindingly orange.  Also of note, Correa was almost definitely trying to bait Altuve into a rap battle.

Altuve didn’t bother customizing his cleats.  He laced up his regular New Balance 4040v4s in white.  Astros Lokai bracelet also made an appearance.  Altuve’s Lokai bracelet is buyable.

The Victus custom bat was slick per usual.  “Tuve” swung a 33/31 JA27 Maple bat.  Jose’s bat is a 238 profile renamed for the MVP.  The closest alternative to Altuve’s bat is an APV.

Yuli Gurriel used Mike Trout’s Millville High School colors to his advantage on these Trout 5s.  Trout wore these on Friday, too.  Shop Trout 5s here and here.

Mike Trout’s Trout 5 cleat colorway was his standard white and red.

Otherwise Trout kept it simple.

Baseball is a kid’s game.  Watching Jose Altuve play the game is a constant reminder of this fact.

Marucci had a little fun with the paint job on Bregman’s custom Marucci.  The closest alternative to Bregman’s RC cut is the MM20, available here.

All the guy does is get knocks.  Easton gave Bregman’s already sick Walk-Off batting gloves an upgrade for Players’ Weekend.

The close-up of the batting gloves also gives a good look at Bregman’s wrist tape.  Lots of people ask about this, and for those interested, that is Andover Powerflex tape.

Bregman looks like he’s got a new piece with that reptile look that we’ve seen from other Easton Small Batch gloves.  Its a pretty little thing, though we haven’t seen it for sale.  Instead, shop Bregman’s OTHER 2018 gamer (on back-order) here.

Another late pinch-hit appearance from George Springer gave us our first GOOD look at a new cleat from Nike, the Vapor Ultrafly Elite 2, due this fall.

Springer has been wearing these unreleased cleats (expect them 10/1) since the All-Star Game, and it seems Nike wanted these to fly under the radar (blame the swag bloodhounds at WPW) with their subdued tones.

We do see a hybrid configuration carried over from the previous show-stopper, the original Vapor Ultrafly Elite.   Springer has already told WPW he loved the originals.  Could he love the 2s even more?

Its gonna be hard to top the look of the original Vapor Ultrafly, considering the Arenado versions won BEST OF WPW 2017.  With that said, lets hold off until we see a less incognito colorway before we make our judgment.

#Shotime happened late in the game with a pinch hit appearance.  Look closely and you can see that Ohtani’s got a new pair of batting gloves from Asics.  We’ve seen Ohtani’s model, but not this colorway, available on Rakuten.

adidas did a nice job with Roberto Osuna’s EQT glove.  adidas gloves are available in an array of colors (not Osuna’s), including this pattern, at JustBallgloves.com.

Did we miss anything?

2 comments

  1. The adidas glove that Osuna has is going to be available, also, all adidas gloves on customizable on their miteam website.

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