In an Instagram post on Saturday, Zobrist criticized MLB for its “ridiculous” decision to threaten him with a fine if he continued to wear black cleats with his home uniform during Cubs’ day games at Wrigley Field:
“I have worn black spikes exclusively at Wrigley Field for day games to pay homage to the history of our great game,” he said. “When I was a kid, I was inspired by highlights of the greats such as Ernie Banks and Stan Musial…and was captured by the old uniforms and all black cleats with flaps.”
Zobrist also included a picture of the special “PF Flyer” cleats that he had made to honor the baseball film “The Sandlot,” and expressed annoyance that MLB was only choosing to crack down on his shoe choices now.
In a letter Zobrist included in the post, MLB says that Zobrist is in violation of baseball rules because his shoes aren’t comprised of at least 51 percent of the Cubs’ colors of red and blue.
Most fans replying to Zobrist’s post were supporting him in his objection to the MLB ruling, but it’s unclear if he will continue to wear the offending cleats during home games.