World Series costs Demopolis workers

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Who would have thought a Major League Baseball game could have any sort of impact on the small town of Demopolis, Alabama.

Even better &045;&045; or worse in this case &045;&045; who would have thought a World Series game could impact the way a business operates in Demopolis.

That’s exactly the case for New Era Cap Co. in Demopolis, where the outcome of this year’s World Series could have dramatically changed the output from the local manufacturer.

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It all makes sense after that, considering the possibilities for New Era just a few weeks ago.

But the Marlins?

Of course, those two winning seasons also amounted to World Series rings.

Though neither the Cubs nor Red Sox made it to this year’s World Series, Williams and the employees at New Era did have one saving grace.

Well, the Yankees didn’t pull it off either, leaving New Era grappling for people who might want to all-of-a-sudden jump on the Florida Marlins’ bandwagon.

This year, the numbers didn’t work out quite right, and as expected, a Marlins’ win meant fewer caps that could be purchased. More importantly, a Yankees, Cubs and Red Sox loss cost New Era thousands of dollars.

Now, that cost has hit the local manufacturer squarely in the face.

Williams didn’t say that employees have been laid off because of the Marlins’ win, and he expects the need for hats to pick up soon.