The Best of the 2012 NLCS In Jerseys


The 2012 St. Louis Cardinals won’t become the first team in franchise history to win back-to-back World Series. They won’t even be the first to win back-to-back NL pennants since 1967-68. It’s a total bummer, but the dream of 12 in ’12 is over (not to mention 13 in ’13, 14 in ’14, 15 in ’15, 16 in ’16…okay, you get the idea). But if the NLCS was any indication, Cardinals fans will always be number one in odd jersey choices.

Even when the team doesn’t, Cardinal fans always step up their game for the playoffs. The things they’ll put on their backs can be more unpredictable than a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven series. So let’s look back at some of this year’s best.

Ben Roethlisberger Miami of Ohio Jersey

This guy is the ultimate jersey gypsy.  At first glance, you probably wouldn’t even notice that this jersey is neither associated with the team nor the sport everyone came to see today. You might even think it was a special St. Louis football Cardinals Jim Hart jersey from his rookie season, when he wore number 7. That would at least be the right city.

It’s actually pretty brilliant, attempting to blend into crowd of Cardinals sporting the colors of a Red Hawk. For a regular season game, maybe we could let this slide. But this is what you choose to wear to an NLCS game?

All I’ve got to say is, this guy must really love Ben Rapelisberger Roethlisberger.  Just keep him away from the bathroom.

Mary Jersey

This woman needs no introduction. She is known to all simply as “Mary” – like Madonna or Rihanna or Charo.

The other thing Mary doesn’t need? A number. Doesn’t believe in them. Never has, never will. A number would only detract from the fact that hey, this is Mary here.

I guess it’s kind of the opposite theory of teams like Notre Dame that don’t have names on the backs of their jerseys. The statement Mary is making here is that this IS about the individual, not the team.  This is about Mary.

Beltran and Freese Epiderseys

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t enjoy heading over to the Cardinals Team Store and plopping down hundreds in hard-earned cash for an authentic Cardinals jersey? It’s a venerable rite of passage for most Cardinals fans. But why do that when you can just make one out of your own skin? What could be more authentic than that?

Here at JSF, we call this the “epidersey.” The best part is, when your favorite player retires or leaves for greener pastures (literally) via free agency, you just paint yourself up a new jersey. Problem solved.

Depending on the game forecast though, you might want to bring an umbrella, or that newly-painted Freese epidersey could quickly turn into “Cheese” or “Reese” or even “Scorsese.” And that would make about as much sense as “Mary.”

Waino Sandwich on Two Kinds of Matheny

It’s not an actual sandwich – although it does sound delicious, doesn’t it, ladies? Anyway, we received this photo of a modified Albert Pujols jersey, cleverly converted into an Adam Wainwright. Sitting to his left, a Cardinals Mike Matheny shirsey – on the other side, a Mike Matheny San Francisco Giants jersey. Hold the Milwaukee and Toronto, please.

Caranals Shirt

Okay, so we didn’t actually spot any fan wearing this shirt, but with any luck we will. I’m told low-cut tops are all the rage in women’s fashion, and five out of five men agree: the lower the better.

Except perhaps when it’s cut so low that it lops off the top half of the “d” and most of the “i” so that it looks like the shirt you’re wearing spells “Caranals.” Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to look your sexiest while rooting for the home team, just make sure you’re not sending out the wrong signals.

After all, you never know when you’re going to run into Ben Roethlisberger.


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