The baseball references are so thick here, its hard to see much else in the midst of them. He’s wearing a jersey and cap. Fine, no big deal. His name sounds suspiciously similar to that of the supposed inventor of baseball. Uh oh, I don’t like where this is heading. His hometown is Cooperstown–okay, that’s it. I have to invoke the file card infield fly rule.
All kidding aside, the not-so-subtle details about the character are the kind of little touches in the Joe line that have always made me smile. It’s like the first time I read Cutter’s file card and saw that his real name was Skip A. Stone. Yeah, it’s dumb, but I don’t care. The same thing applies here. A baseball jersey and cap make absolutely no sense on a real battlefield, but are completely acceptable in the GI Joe universe. That’s why I don’t want my Joe universe to get too grim and gritty. I want the sense of fun that allows for ninjas, shape shifters, genetically engineered villains and the like to inhabit the line, along with baseball themed grenade troopers.