Haven't the Bridgeport Bluefish ever heard of the movie "Batman & Robin"? The Connecticut minor league team recently tweeted one of its jersey designs for military appreciation night, and the design apparently (and inexplicably) featured nipples.
The 1997 Joel Schumacher film still receives brickbats because it featured George Clooney's Batman in a suit with nipples. "I wasn't thrilled with the nipples on the batsuit," Clooney told Rolling Stone in its January issue. "Batman was just constantly cold I guess."
So what's Bridgeport's explanation? General Manager Ken Shepard told The Huffington Post Monday that he believes in pushing the envelope. He wanted to go beyond the overused camouflage motif. So this is what the design company came up with.
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The Bluefish Military Appreciation jersey design. Pretty original! What do you think? pic.twitter.com/c9iN8Kuxfi
— Ken Shepard (@bluefishgm) 25 Juillet 2014
According to Twitter followers, it was a strikeout.
"We got the message loud and clear," Shepard said. "That's what social media is all about."
So it's back to the drawing board for the jerseys, which will be worn on two military nights at the ballpark, Aug. 30 and Sept. 11.
This time, guys, no nipples. That's an order.
Thank u all 4 your input on a design 4 our Military jerseys. Love how it has taken on a life of its own. Additional designs coming soon.
— Ken Shepard (@bluefishgm) 28 Juillet 2014