Tariffs Foul Up Baseball Uniforms For The DuPage Pistol Shrimp

Rick Gregg
May 30, 2019 - 6:00 am

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- When the DuPage Pistol Shrimp take the field for their inaugural game Thursday night they'll be missing one thing: their jerseys.

"We had ordered our uniforms well ahead of time, back in February," says Pistol Shrimp co-owner and head coach John Jakiemiec. "But it turns out, with the tariffs with China, a lot of manufacturing's moved to other factories in southeast Asia countries. So, it's completely gummed up the works."

Jakiemiec said the Pistol Shrimp organization thought the team’s road jerseys would make it in time, but those got pushed back, too. Instead, players will wear batting practice T-shirts with their numbers taped on the back. One key member of the team doesn't have that luxury, though -- the mascot.

"Southpaw Sam will not be making his debut," Jakiemiec told WBBM Newsradio’s Rick Gregg. "He would be naked if we brought him out, so we won't bring Southpaw Sam out to the yard until we have him fully outfitted in a home uniform."

It's an unfortunate situation, but easy enough to handle.  It’s at least easier than the other shipping issue the Prospect League faced. Its order of 40,000 baseballs finally reached teams yesterday.

The Prospect League is a collegiate wood-bat summer league.  The 60-game Pistol Shrimp schedule includes 30 home games at Benedictine University in Lisle. Tickets start at $5.

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