MLB just held its opening weekend following its postponement due to coronavirus. However, one of the biggest storylines to come out of the weekend wasn’t about the sport. Instead, it surrounded Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen. During the Saturday game against the Detroit Tigers, Lorenzen was seen sporting a pair of custom Vans cleats.
Now, the baseball player is getting quite a lot of attention from the internet over his new footwear.
Known for its skateboarding shoes, Vans does not manufacture baseball cleats. However, Lorenzen was seen wearing a pair of the brand’s signature Sk8-Hi shoes with customized cleat metal spikes on the bottom.
Typically, baseball players wear shoes made for baseball from brands like Nike, Adidas and New Balance. However, it appears that Lorenzen decided to show his own personal style on the baseball diamond this weekend. The custom shoes caught the attention of many on the internet including former MLB All-Star Jered Weaver.
“By far the sickest thing I’ve ever seen on a baseball field,” he tweets. “You don’t know how jealous I am of this… anyone who played w me knew I wanted to do this so bad… well done!!”
By far the sickest thing I’ve ever seen on a baseball field! You don’t know how jealous I am of this… anyone who played w me knew I wanted to do this so bad… well done!! pic.twitter.com/v0yWXSsChL
— Jered Weaver (@Weave1036) July 26, 2020
The unconventional shoes didn’t help the Reds win against the Tigers on Saturday. Nevertheless, Lorenzen’s latest fashion statement has led to a slew of memes and tweets since over the past few days.
I woke up thinking about Lorenzen’s vans cleats so yup
— Jami 🤸🏻♀️ (@jamiwithoutE) July 26, 2020
Can’t stop thinking about Vans cleats pic.twitter.com/h4q3CrzIlo
— Peter Dennis (@pdenner22) July 26, 2020
vans cleats. dude has vans cleats. this is the sexiest brand imaginable https://t.co/5gvXWu6YuD
— JANE CAMPBELL IS A CHALLENGE CUP CHAMPION (@sighborgs) July 26, 2020
116 tattoo and vans cleats. Michael Lorenzen is the youth pastor of MLB players. https://t.co/vvtPJnkPTU
— Dave Hallahan (@DHallahan5) July 26, 2020
Therapist: Vans cleats can’t hurt you, they are not real.
Vans cleats: pic.twitter.com/VOC4xHGkiy
— nick 🤠 (@daddyhalfstack) July 26, 2020
slept on it, & yep i still like Lorenzen’s vans cleats pic.twitter.com/VY4O1Ssquz
— megan YELI MVP brown (@thatgirlondeck) July 26, 2020
You can take the kid out of California, but you can’t take the California out of the kid. pic.twitter.com/3Er3vtoB9Q
— Cut4 (@Cut4) July 26, 2020
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