With the changing of the guard at Fenway Park we have seen also the changing of the socks.
For many years Jason Varitek, known for his notable big C on the chest, was dubbed official "Captain" of the team. One of the unwritten signs he was the old fashioned task master was the way he wore his red stockings.
Varitek kept them like knee socks. High and red were his hose, kept as did Carleton Fisk so many years earlier. It was a sign of a no-nonsense, old-fashioned player.
Younger, more relaxed Red Sox players have no sign of red stockings to be seen. A flash of red seems to have gone the way of the horse-and-buggy for modern ball players.
Yet, this season, the new addition of Cody Ross brought back the old-fashioned look of a leader. He wore his socks proudly at the knee. That is, until yesterday.
We thought we were looking at Ross, but to our amazement, it was Dustin Pedroia. For the first time that we can recall in our collective memory, he wore the uplifted knickers with the tall Red Sox.
Was this the torch being passed? More interestingly, Cody Ross went back to the long white trousers to his ankles. He had switched his red hose with the second baseman.
For those who read augurs and omens as part of the game, as well as part of voodoo, this minor action seems to mirror the green sneakers worn by one Boston Celtics player in a game. Usually that fashion statement went either to Paul Pierce or Rajon Rondo. On rare occasions, Ray Allen wore two-tone green sneaks.
There may be a connection here between symbols of distinction and success as the team leader. We will continue to monitor the fashion statements on the field.