MONDAY, JULY 08, 2013 |
Posted by: Austin Knief
Move over Chico's Bail Bonds, The Black Keys are stepping up to the plate. The blues rock duo has chosen to sponsor a Little League team from drummer Patrick Carney's hometown of West Akron, Ohio. By paying a fee of $300, Carney (former West Akron Little Leaguer) and singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach had their band name imprinted on the backs of the young athletes (and in the minds of the mothers who do the kids laundry everyday).
As you can see, these jerseys are pretty sweet. The picture above serves as photographic evidence taken from Carney's instagram account. It's hard to imagine a bunch of 8-year-olds looking more badass as they stroll into the dugout with their over-sized glove, untied cleats, and Gatorade coloring all over their faces. So for that, we thank The Black Keys. We'd also like to thank other sponsors of the West Akron Little League, such as the T.V. show Hot In Cleveland (the one with Betty White), for not attempting to make a better jersey.
To top it off, Carney and Auerbach promised to autograph each and every jersey at the conclusion of the team's championship run. "But why only this team?" you ask. "It's not fair to the other kids!" you say. Well this particular team happens to feature the little brother of Carney's childhood friend. So refrain from skepticism and let the kids play. As Tom Hanks once enlightened us: There's no crying in baseball.
We're beginning to think the Keys have a soft spot for America's pastime. Remember this?