The letter “A” appears to be engaging in a labor action against MLB helmets. First, as reported here last week, it was Ervin Santana who wore an “A”-less lid; now it’s Braves catcher Brayan PeÃ±a, whose helmet was blank when when he batted in the 9th inning of Saturday’s game against the Cubs. Oddly, PeÃ±a’s “A” was fully present and accounted for earlier in the game. Keep your eye on A’s and Diamondbacks games to see where this wildcat strike turns up next.
Manicure Corner: Coupla days ago I asked if anyone had photos of Ramon Hernandez with his fingernails painted white (so the pitchers could see the signs better). Nobody’s come up with pics of Hernandez, but Erica Davis sent along this 2005 photo of the same phenomenon being exhibited by Johnny Estrada. “I don’t know if he’s kept up this practice while with the Diamondbacks,” she writes. Some quick photo research reveals, sure enough, he has.