I grew up a kid in the 50's (think Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle) and followed the game. Had baseball cards of hundreds. Threw them away when I went to college. Grr. I wanted that crisp pin-stripe. Polished cleats. Batting helmets shiny for the World Series. But am watching the Red Sox in Game 1 and am truly appalled at the appearance of these "players". Grubby, unkempt, many unshaven for a day or two. Big chaws. Batting helmets look like they were just picked up off the dirt. People say it doesn't matter, it's how they win the game. But I contend that this slovenly change is not helping the image of the "national pasttime". Thoughts?