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The Curious Case of Denard Span's Pants

Ever hear the story about the Twins outfielder and his $1,000 pair of pants? I hadn't, either, until I tripped across the lead story in this Twins notebook from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune yesterday.

According to the paper, outfielder Denard Span has officially been put on notice that his pants are just too long and "sloppy" to be acceptable. Evidently Span was caught with the cuffs of his pants slumping over his pants in a game against the Orioles, drawing a warning from MLB officials that if it happened again, he'd receive a $1,000 fine.

Now, MLB is sending aggressive messages to the Twins insisting they, well, keep their players' pants up. And they included yet another photo of Span with pants that were torn on the back, where they had slipped over the back of his cleats.

"I didn't realize until after the game when I had a hole in the bottom of my pants from the cleat," Span said. "The following day, the USA Today showed me taking out the second baseman. If it wasn't for the picture USA Today took -- so I blame USA Today -- no one would have found out."

It's interesting -- and unfair -- that Span is the man being targeted for his apparel indiscretion. After all, Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz's pants are at least as baggy as Span's and, last we heard, they weren't getting messages from MLB. Barry Bonds never did either, for that matter.

It's almost as if the NBA tried to institute it's "suits in the interview" program by forcing Wizards guard Nick Young to ditch the t-shirts.

Personally, I don't think the policy is fair, anyway. The NFL and, to a lesser extent, the NBA have both evolved into dictatorial states filled with uniform and wardrobe police when there's really no need for them to be. If Span wants to wear baggy pants that are going to tear when he runs, let him wear baggy pants that tear when he runs.

As long as he's hitting and moving around the base paths, the Twins could probably care less what looks like, and that's as far as MLB should care, too.

By Cameron Smith  |  March 24, 2009; 1:57 PM ET
Categories:  Twins  
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The lesson is, you can't wear long, baggy pants until you're already a superstar.

Posted by: adampschroeder | March 24, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Same goes for fungus on your shower shoes.

Posted by: CJ Holley | March 24, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

As long as the pants slipping over his cleats don't trip him up on the base paths, I would tend to agree.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 25, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

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