Put yourself in Eliezer Alfonzo’s place: You toil for more than 10 years in the minor leagues. When you finally get called up to the bigs, a thunderstorm makes it impossible for you to fly to join your team, so you take a three-and-a-half-hour limo ride through the storm — and then the game is rained out just as you get to the stadium. The next day, you arrive in the clubhouse and find the skipper has penciled you into the starting lineup. You’re so excited, you practically do cartwheels over to your locker — where you find your last name has been misspelled on your jersey. The day after that, even though newspaper reports have been mentioning the gaffe, your jersey still has the typo. “Hmmm,” you think to yourself, “this problem never came up when I played Venezuelan winter ball.”
And in a related item, the Giants have just gotten a résumé from that girl who won the spelling bee last week.
Whatever Blows Your Dress Up: Maria Sharapova was wearing a seriously frilly dress dress at the French Open yesterday. The skirt kept blowing up in the breeze, revealing some major camel-toe action. Uni Watch has been unable to confirm the rumors that Nike plans to plaster a swoosh on Sharapova’s crotch at Wimbledon.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Nice Negro Leagues tribute game in Milwaukee last Friday night, as the Brewers dressed up as the 1923 Milwaukee Bears and the Nationals became the circa-1940s Homestead Grays (additional pics here and here). …Genius observation by emerging Uni Watch go-to guy Bryan Redemske, who says, “Check out the wristband on Nick Peoples. Is he calling a 36 z-out, dog alpha left on two, or what? I can only hope that thing’s filled with bunt coverages and first-and-third defenses. But at this point in the season, you should probably have that figured out.” … Several readers have pointed out that Kenny Rogers wears a batting practice cap when he pitches, instead of Detroit’s regular cap. It’s tough to see in photos, because the Tigers’ BP caps are pretty much the same as their game caps, but you can spot a bit of the telltale puffiness on the BP cap’s brim here. Another giveaway: Detroit’s game cap undervisors are gray, but Rogers’s undervisor is black (on the road, too). … Michael Barrett has updated his road chest protector from this to this. Aside from the darker color and different padding style, note that protector’s collar now carries his name, which is a growing trend that’s shaping up as Uni Watch’s next documentation project. Contributions welcome. … A little birdie tells Uni Watch that the folks at Cutter & Buck, who make the Annika clothing collection, were none to thrilled to see Annika Sorenstram wearing a J. Lindeberg belt during last week’s Corning Classic. … Friday’s post about Groton prep school’s striped jerseys drew a response from Ethan Lewis, who reports that Groton’s archrival is St. Mark’s, a school that also knows a thing or two about jersey stripes. … Good article here about the Heat’s two road uniforms. … Add another name to our fraternity of catchers who wear their helmet with the brim facing forward: new A’s call-up Jeremy Brown (who perhaps got the idea from teammate Adam Melhuse). … Prediction: The tights that Terrell Owens wore a few days ago during his first Cowboys practice are what NFL pants will soon look like. No more knickers, no more socks — just leggings. … Cliff Floyd was the victim of a classic cap prank yesterday.