Where do losing baseball teams’ postseason T-shirts end up? – Chicago Tribune

After the final at-bat of the 2016 World Series, as T-shirts commemorating the winning team hit retailers’ shelves almost as soon as they’re on players’ backs, versions celebrating the losers start a journey to the shredder.

It didn’t always work that way. In past years, retailers donated preprinted Major League Baseball championship merchandise for losing teams overseas.

Each new round of the postseason comes with new commemorative merchandise retailers can order in advance to guarantee they will be ready for post-win sales. But retailers who want to be ready for eager Chicago Cubs fans — who have had few chances to buy a shirt that says both “World Series” and “Cubs” — also risk ending up with unsellable apparel.

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