Uni-driven pandemonium at Shea Stadium yesterday, as Baltimore outfielder Ed Rogers’s jersey figured prominently in a key play. The follies began when David Wright hit a line drive to left, which Rogers short-hopped. But the ball, instead of bouncing off of Rogers’s glove or his chest, went up his left sleeve and then briefly lodged in the back of his jersey (you can see the bulge behind his neck here), where he pawed at it until it popped loose. Completely bizarre play.
Meanwhile, Major League Baseball was doing its annual Father’s Day routine to boost awareness of prostate cancer, with most players wearing blue wristbands, blue chest ribbons, or both. Umpires got into the act, too. But Uni Watch didn’t spot anyone wearing blue eye-“black,” like in some years past. Also, after all the fuss about the pink bats that MLB rolled out to promote breast cancer awareness on Mother’s Day, Uni Watch is surprised there were no blue bats yesterday.
Uni Watch News Ticker: One of the nicest things about interleague play: the annual appearance of the Phillies’ blue-brimmed caps. … Nice cap prank pulled on Fernando Rodney yesterday. … Used to be that a catcher had just one mask, which he wore for all games. But more and more catchers now have separate masks for home games and road games. And nobody’s masks are more highly differentiated than Victor Martinez’s. Check it out: home vs. road. … Eagle-eyed Bill Blevins reports that A-Rod appears to be wearing vanity-branded batting gloves. … Blevins also notes that the jersey-as-Kleenex phenomenon has been taken to new, uh, heights by T.J. Beam, who struck this pose after striking out in his first MLB at-bat on Saturday. … A-Rod isn’t the only one with personalized gloves: Check out World Cup goalkeepers Kasey Keller of the U.S. and Jens Lehmann of Germany (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Good to see Mark Prior wearing his usual stirrups during his return to MLB action yesterday. … Most of the College World Series teams are wearing the CWS logo patch on the right sleeve, but Georgia Tech has it on the left chest area. Either way, it’s way too big. … Auburn’s new football unis, produced by UnderArmour, will look like this (with thanks to Shane Maddox). … More Japanese baseball observations from Jeremy Brahm, who notes that Bobby Valentine’s Chiba Lotte Marines are wearing a “2005 Asia Champions” patch on their caps, sleeves, and pretty much anyplace else they can think of. … Kris Rose reports that the University of Cincinnati is ditching Nike and switching to Adidas. … Here’s something you probably haven’t seen before: Winky Wright entered the ring on Saturday night wearing a suit, instead of a robe, for his fight against Jermain Taylor. … Interesting note from sportswriter Jon Rathbun, who checks in with the following report: “I was covering a New York Collegiate Baseball League (summer wood bat league) game on Saturday and saw something I’d never seen before. Nate Carter, the third baseman for the Bolivar A’s from the College of the Ozarks, had strange black marks on the back of his cap. I got a closer look while his team was batting and it almost looks like he’s been using the back of his hat to wipe off eye black after games.” … Uni Watch has an old iBook laptop for sale. Utterly obsolete by modern computing standards, but perfectly functional for basic word-processing, e-mailing, and such. Interested? Get in touch.