Ever since there were lockers, there has been a pecking order. Think back to your first locker. Perhaps it was in middle school or maybe high school? The location often times dictated some sort of unwritten social code. The way you decorated your locker also mattered.

Well, it’s not a whole lot different when you make it to the big leagues. Sure, players decorate their lockers with pictures of family and good luck charms.  The number of Phiten necklaces I see hanging from so many lockers is staggering.  What’s even more impressive are the mountains of footwear… several sets of spikes, several sets of turfs, two pairs of sandals (you know, one for the shower, and one for lounging around), the casual shoes, and the sport casuals or “lifestyle” footwear.  Sometimes you can feel definite turf battles. There are cliques massed in different corners, and some players hold court with their subjects.

Perhaps the most visible sign of locker room importance is the player with two lockers.  Now, some players probably do need two lockers.  For example, catchers.  They’ve got more gear than any other player on the field.  But usually the catcher’s bags are stored in the center of the locker room, down a side hallway that leads out to the field, or sometimes in a special equipment room or nook.

But more often times than not, players with two lockers don’t have enough gear to fill two lockers.   Sometimes that individual’s first, primary locker is sparsely filled.  Clearly the two lockers signify some sort of importance and/or dominance in the clubhouse because they are not serving any clear function.

-stan

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