GreenJackets' Kline draws attention with his beloved hoodie

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Few people can make a hooded sweatshirt into a sports story. Really, only Patriots Coach Bill Belichick comes to mind. But GreenJackets Pitching Coach Steve Kline is doing just that in Augusta.

"That's just been my thing all my life," Kline said. "That's what I wore as a bullpen guy. I'm like Bill Belichick I guess."

Kline's hoodie isn't quite making the same waves yet as the rag that New England's coach wears, but people are taking notice.

At home...

"Kline's a good guy, and he gives us a lot of crap, but we have to give it back to him every once in awhile," said Augusta Pitcher Martin Agosta. "It's all in good fun."

On the road...

"After my start in Charleston I came in to change," continued Agosta. "The announcer was giving a little crap to him. Like, 'Look at their pitching coach Steve Kline. It feels like it's 100 degrees out here, and he's still in a hoodie and a long sleeve.'"

And on Twitter, where beat writer David Lee has invented the "Hoodie Watch."

"I didn't even know they had a Twitter thing on this. Heck, I don't even know what Twitter is yet," Kline said. "But usually this is the get up I wear and go with."

So the real question is, why, when it's 100 degrees in Augusta is Kline sporting a black hooded sweatshirt day after day?

"When I was a farmer as a kid, we always wore long sleeves to do our work because the sun would just beat on you," Kline said. "So I just learned how to wear my long sleeves. Plus, I don't look great in my uniform, so I just try to keep everything covered up."

Regardless of the reason, "Hoodie Watch" lives on, and according to Kline he's planning to continue his iron man streak the rest of the season.

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