Fanatics CEO Finally Responds To See-Through MLB Pants: “We’ve Done Everything Exactly Right”

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It’s too bad that Fanatics CEO Michael Rubin couldn’t see into the future like baseball fans are seeing into MLB players’ pants.

If he could have seen what was coming, there’s a chance Rubin could have dodged the disaster that is the “new” uniforms the MLB rolled out in partnership with Fanatics and Nike. Surely you’ve heard and/or seen them by now? If you’ve seen them, there’s not a chance you could have forgotten them.

Needless to say, the pants of the uniform (at least the white ones) don’t leave much to the imagination:

We’ve already done some extensive reporting on the tragic roll out of the new MLB uniforms, which look cheap and are absolutely see through – to NSFW levels. How bad are they? Well, even cereal mascot Cap’n Crunch took the opportunity to roast them by posting this absurd, unhinged photo:

“No pants is better than see-through pants.”

I’d love to know who okayed that over at the Quaker Oats company.

All MLB fans want to know is why the sport of baseball seemingly cut corners (and fabric thickness) with the new jerseys, and Fanatics CEO Michael Rubin finally responded to his company’s NSFW uniforms. This is the first year that Fanatics has partnered with Major League Baseball for uniform distribution, and just based upon this quote from Rubin that the Athletic first reported on, it isn’t going as planned:

“We’ve purely been doing exactly as we’re told – we’ve been told we’ve done everything exactly right – and we’re getting the sh*t kicked out of ourselves every day right now. That’s not fun. Normally when I get beat up it’s because I actually did something wrong.”

In other words, Rubin wasn’t taking responsibility for the poor quality of the uniforms.

He doubled down on the opinion that he wasn’t doing anything wrong by deflecting some of the blame to Fanatics partner Nike, saying:

“In this particular case, Nike designs everything, hands us a spec and says, ‘Make this.’ We have made everything exactly to the specifications (that) Nike and baseball would say, yes, you’ve done everything we’ve asked you to do. Part of changing a uniform is people get uncomfortable, and it takes time (to adjust).”

Mr. Rubin, you don’t have to tell all of us that change can take some time. However, you can’t just use the word “changing” interchangeably with “cheaply making.”

Change can definitely be uncomfortable, especially if it means getting used to everyone seeing your private parts when the bright lights come on (or hell, even if it’s partly sunny skies outside).

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