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Alex Torres thinks safety first -- not fashion -- with gigantic cap

Alex Torres thinks safety first -- not fashion -- with gigantic cap
San Diego Padres pitcher Alex Torres wasn't trying to show off his fashion sense with the big cap he wore Saturday against the Dodgers. (YouTube)

Didn't San Diego reliever Alex Torres look adorable Saturday night, out there pitching against the Dodgers in that oversize cap just like a little kid wearing his dad's gear?

Not the look he was going for?

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Well, how about trend-setting, like maybe he was trying to start a new fashion craze kind of like those dudes who wear their gigantic jeans down at the knees?

Still no?

OK, fine. I'll just say it -- he looked ridiculous.

But that's not the point. Actually it was all about safety, as Torres became the first major league pitcher to wear a protective cap approved by MLB back in January. He said he's had it for about a month, getting used to it while playing catch before trying it in a game.

“If it can save your life, why wouldn't you?" said Torres, who was with Tampa Bay last season when Rays pitcher Alex Cobb was struck on the ear by a line drive and suffered a concussion. "I'm not worried about how it looks if it works.”

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