Kind looks like a cheap Tampa Bay Rays knock-off cap, right? There is only one problem with that theory: That image is from 2000, seven years before the Rays switched from green to blue caps.
The image is a screen grab from the video for the song “Adam’s Song” by Blink 182, a song that was released as a single in 2000. Forward to the 3:53 mark and watch very closely as the video scrolls through a bunch of still images.
The cap is very similar to the ones worn by the Rays since 2008. Here are the two side-by-side…
The image quality on the left is poor so it is difficult to tell how similar the blue is, and the thickness of the letters are clearly different. But the orientation of the letters are identical, and the font appears to be the same on both caps.
So where did this cap come from? Only professional teams in the area use “Tampa Bay.” As far as we know, no minor league teams in the area have ever used “Tampa Bay.”
That blue narrows it down to the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Tampa Bay Storm. Both are unlikely as it is clearly a baseball design and there is nothing else to associate the cap with either team (e.g. a logo) as would be expected. Also, correct us if we are wrong, but we believe the Storm were using a much lighter blue in 2000 (apparently not, see comments).
So, is this a cap from a local semi-pro or amateur team? Might it just be a Do-It-Yourself project that somebody created and just happened to predict the Rays caps of the future? Or does the “TB” stand for something completely different?
We are at a loss. Anybody have an answer or a theory?