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Best Players' Weekend cleats: Big Papi, 'The Office,' Nipsey Hussle


The 2019 Players' Weekend has arrived, and with it comes all the glory of wild monikers, uniforms, and customized cleats.

The following shoes are just a few colorful examples of what major leaguers will be rocking.

Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts is going all-out in a tribute to David Ortiz after a shooting in June left the legendary slugger hospitalized for almost seven weeks:

Catcher Christian Vazquez is showing off his spider senses.

Betts and Vazquez's Boston teammate Michael Chavis is proving that just because "Game of Thrones" is over doesn't mean its cultural impact isn't felt among players:

New York Yankees outfielder Mike Tauchman is also a fan of the show:

Left-hander CC Sabathia is clearly a fan of another drama:

Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. documented the moment he unveiled his kicks:

Chicago Cubs left-hander Derek Holland, meanwhile, dedicates a pair of cleats to one of the most popular TV shows of all time and another to one of the most successful superhero films ever made:

Fellow Cubs player Kris Bryant channels the streets of Chicago for a great cause:

On the South Side, Chicago White Sox rookie Eloy Jimenez reminds people he's still just 22, despite his massive frame:

Minnesota Twins reliever Sergio Romo was thinking of his four kids when selecting his footwear.

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge got some help from players in the Little League World Series for his design - all of them, in fact:

Texas Rangers pitcher Shawn Kelly honors two of the most important things in his life - family and whiskey - with this sleek scheme:

Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart pays tribute to an animated blockbuster with a design featuring plenty of visual pop:

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Tommy Pham shows some love for a slain rapper:

Pham wasn't alone. Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Jones also paid tribute to Nipsey Hussle:

Rays hurler Ryan Yarbrough brought big-time color:

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Trevor Williams has his eyes on the skies with these alien-themed cleats:

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler went very bright indeed.

And finally, Cardinals right-hander Jack Flaherty is paying tribute to his friend Tyler Skaggs:

Best Players' Weekend cleats: Big Papi, 'The Office,' Nipsey Hussle
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