Star-spangled style: Red Sox player dons patriotic jacket for White House visit
When the White House honored the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, outfielder Jonny Gomes decided to honor America as loudly as possible.
Gomes broke out a patriotic red, white and blue, stars-and-stripes jacket when President Barack Obama honored the team for winning the World Series last year. While his teammates opted for suits in muted colors, Gomes earned some props from teammates David Ortiz and Mike Napoli for going all out on the patriotism front.
This isn't the first time that Gomes has let his appearance do the talking. During Boston's run from a last-place finish in 2012 to a World Series title in 2013, Gomes was at the forefront of Red Sox players growing bushy beards that became their trademark in their improbable turnaround. He shaved his off for charity in the off-season, but has grown another one in time for this season.
He also has been busy planning his fashion choices, as he gave a sneak preview of his jacket last week. Gomes was the only player to follow through after it was hinted that the whole team might show up adorned in red, white and blue.
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Ortiz wore a black suit, but as always, Big Papi made his presence felt. He snapped a selfie with President Obama during the ceremony after presenting him with a No. 44 Red Sox jersey.
Gomes and his eye-popping jacket are only the latest in questionable fashion by athletes, including several eyesores created in support of the stars and stripes. Here are some other fashion sins committed by athletes or forced upon them when they competed for their countries.