BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – There aren’t too many places you would find a guy in a Mets cap hanging out with a Yankees fan. But at New Era Cap headquarters in downtown Buffalo, men wearing head wear of rival teams sat next to each other at their cubicles on Monday. Each year, the company’s employees come to work ready to root for their team on opening day of Major League Baseball.
“It’s cool, just walking around the office,” said Basketball Coordinator Trevor Sokolowski. “Everyone’s decked out in gear. It’s a cool environment to be in.”
Soculowski was still celebrating the Blue Jay’s win Sunday night when he got dressed in his Toronto gear.
“Luckily I had this all put together,” he said. “It was a pretty quick process. I knew what I was going to wear. I was excited for today.”
That’s not the only opening day tradition at New Era. The company makes and markets the official caps of MLB, and its employees take the afternoon off to watch the games.
“All the TV’s turn to baseball games, we go upstairs, we have hot dogs, and popcorn, and we just kind of hang out and celebrate,” said New Era Spokesperson Dana Marciniak.
It’s also the first chance the cap designers have to see their hard work in the spotlight. For lifelong baseball fan Drew Zaborowski, it’s always a special moment.
“To see my stuff that we developed as a team here at New Era, and see fans love it, see the players wearing it, it’s gratifying,” he said. “We just have a lot of fun doing it.
Thanks to social media, fans are getting in on the celebration this year too. The hashtag #CapsOn was top trending topic online all day, with thousands of tweets and Instagram posts.
“We want people to put on their caps, show their love of the game, use hashtag and put your picture out there,” Marciniak explained. “It’s all about getting ready for baseball, and getting ready for spring which we really need right now.”