The baseball cap has done remarkably well for itself, considering that it originates from a sport that has failed to catch on in any significant way beyond North America. We may not have gone mad over the USA's glorified version of a school game, but we can't get enough of the revolting headgear that it spawned. I have no idea why.
If we had fallen in love with baseball as a sport, I could at least understand why the baseball cap has become so popular - but we haven't. And yet, everywhere you go you see people - young and old - sporting these titfers with various logos that often have nothing to do with baseball.
Why? They have no aesthetic appeal whatsoever, offer very little real protection from the elements and once you've put one on you are unable to take it off as doing so leaves your hair in a mess and a stripe across your forehead. Worse still, having bought the damn thing, you then give free advertising to the company that sold it to you! They should be paying us to wear them!
Perhaps the most perplexing decision to start wearing baseball caps comes from cricket teams who, on the whole, have abandoned the traditional cricket cap in favour of baseball versions - the exception being Australia who retain the "baggy green" which they wear with pride. Good for them!
I have no objection to people wearing hats - indeed, I wish more of us would wear fedoras, panamas, homburgs, trilbys, cloth caps or whatever takes your fancy, but not revolting baseball caps.
I hate them.