Q: I saw Hugh Grant wearing a New York Yankees cap once. Is he a fan?

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

I couldn't find British rom-com legend Hugh Grant ("Love Actually," 2003) on the record anywhere saying he even likes baseball, let alone the New York Yankees in particular. It's more likely he was wearing it the way millions of people all over the world do: as a fashion item.

"It's not just a symbol of baseball, but of America and Americana," New York Times baseball writer Tyler Kepner said in an interview with the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper (suggesting the Brits have a particular fascination with the hat).

There have been countless other think pieces about the Yankees cap's status in fashion — more than one of which was inspired by fashion house Gucci, which produced its own $500 version.

ESPN writer Sam Borden wrote a column about the strange experience of traveling the world and seeing the Yankees cap everywhere, from rural Bulgaria to urban Iceland. With that in mind, it's not so surprising to see one on Grant's head.

That said, while he's never openly expressed favor for the Yanks, one of his movies basically did the exact opposite — it featured their cross-city rivals, the Mets.

In "Two Weeks Notice" (2002), Grant's character attends a Mets game at Shea Stadium, where his assistant (Sandra Bullock, "Gravity," 2013) screws up a Mets play from the stands. That leads to Mets catcher Mike Piazza (appearing as himself) telling them to go to a Yankees game next time.

Not all stars are as flexible about wearing the logo of a team they don't support. Fellow heartthrob Ben Affleck nearly tanked his career renaissance when he refused his director's request to wear a Yankees cap in "Gone Girl" (2014) — as any lifetime Boston Red Sox fan would. They eventually reached a compromise: He wore a Mets cap instead.


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