Picture Day Causes Difficulties For Athletes

Even the professionals sometimes get it wrong. Chicago Cubs' outfielder, Junior Lake, (left) wore the wrong road jersey on April 3, 2014. (Photo courtesy of NBC Sports Network)

Even the professionals sometimes get it wrong. Chicago Cubs’ outfielder, Junior Lake, (left) wore the wrong road jersey on April 3, 2014. (Photo courtesy of NBC Sports Network)

GRAPEVINE, Texas – Picture day can be a stressful time for athletes. Between making sure makeup looks just right and keeping track of elusive order forms, it’s not surprising that there tend to be mishaps. Usually, these revolve around the athlete’s clothing.

Even the professionals occasionally grab the wrong uniform. Last year, Robbie Ross of the Texas Rangers wore gray when his teammates wore blue, and Junior Lake of the Chicago Cubs had a similar issue this year in a game against the Pittsburg Pirates. While his teammates’ tops said “Cubs” he wore a jersey with the word “Chicago” on it. At least Lake’s jersey was the same color as his teammates. On the other hand, everything about Senior Zane Smith’s uniform was wrong for the baseball team’s photo.

Varsity baseball coach Andy Postema planned for the varsity team to wear their white hats, white jerseys, and white pants. He even sent a message to the team with this information. JV players were to wear their red hats and jerseys with white pants. Smith somehow got confused and read the JV requirements and must have assumed that the gray pants belonged with red jerseys. “It was a bit of a party foul,” Smith said. He started out in red and gray, but luckily had his white jersey and was able to borrow a white hat. However, that didn’t take away from the gray pants that stuck out like a sore thumb in the middle of the team’s photograph. “Let’s just say I expected nothing less,” senior Zach Postema said.

He wasn’t the only baseball player who had wardrobe issues. Fellow senior Jake Smith was unable to do laundry after the game the night before picture day, and his jersey had a wonderful patch of brown dirt across the chest. “ I handled the situation by covering it with my arms–or a bat–whenever possible,” Jake said, “And people joked with me about it until Zane showed up.” 

Senior Brady Stallings had a minor issue after forgetting his belt, but he was able to “forcefully take” a belt from a freshman. “I got up late and forgot all my baseball things, then forgot to ask my mom to bring my belt,” Stallings said, adding, “I looked amazing in my pictures and will sign autographs any day.”

The seniors on the baseball team laugh while trying to hide Zane Smith's uniform mistake. Smith wore gray pants instead of white. (Photo courtesy of Andy Postema)

The seniors on the baseball team laugh while trying to hide Zane Smith’s uniform mistake. Smith wore gray pants instead of white. (Photo courtesy of Andy Postema)

The baseball team was not the only group to have difficulties. Golf and tennis had their fair share as well. “Our coach emailed us at midnight the night before and was like, ‘We have pictures tomorrow,’” sophomore golfer Jackson Markham said. This resulted in a large portion of the golf team missing photo day, and, like Zane’s baseball mix-up, another uniform discrepancy. “He said to wear our blue shirts,” Markham said, “but [junior] Josh King wore last year’s blue shirt.”

Senior Morgan Corn had her own unique problem when it came to photo day. Corn had all the proper attire, but it was in her car. No big deal, except when she walked out to the parking lot her car was missing. “My dad drove off with my car for a ‘surprise birthday oil change,’ and my clothes for pictures were in it,” Corn said. She was forced to borrow a teammate’s top and wear her school uniform skirt rather than a tennis skirt.

It happens to everyone. Perhaps the best strategy for photo day is to just bring all possible uniform combinations with you. It’s also a good idea to remember to bring them inside with you just in case your vehicle disappears. But don’t worry. Once you’ve covered yourself on the uniform side, something else will surely go wrong.

To see this article as it originally appeared in the Grapevine Faith RAWR, click here.

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