This routine where MLB players untuck their jerseys at the conclusion of a game has gotten way out of hand. As reader Chris Velardi points out, “I was thinking how ridiculous this practice would look if it were applied to other professions. For example, a school teacher when the bell rings, or a lawyer (or, worse, a judge) when the verdict is read. I’m a television news anchor/reporter in New Haven, and I was thinking maybe I’d try pulling out my shirt right right after I said, ‘Thanks for watching, have a good day.’ Or … maybe not.”
This practice reached a new low in the 8th inning of yesterday’s Mets/Marlins game, when Jose Reyes — a habitual postgame untucker — pinch-ran for Paul LoDuca. Interestingly, he didn’t enter the game at the beginning of an at-bat — the count was already 0-and-2 on Carlos Beltran when Reyes trotted out to first. As Reyes prepared to take his lead, he was fidgeting with the back of his jersey quite a bit, and soon we found out why: As he reached second base on Beltran’s single and turned his back to the camera, it became apparent that his jersey was untucked, and he’d been trying to tuck it in. It came loose even more as he scored on David Wright’s homer later in the inning.
The obvious conclusion: Reyes was sitting around the dugout with his jersey untucked for the entire game, and he wasn’t able to pinch-run at the beginning of Beltran’s at-bat because he needed a few seconds to get at least his front shirttails stuffed into his pants. How pathetic is that? It’s bad enough to pull out your jersey when the game’s over, but could you at least keep it tucked in while the game is still in progress?! Jeez.
Pedro Relief Fund Tote Board: We’re now up to $20.18 in our attempt to help bail out Pedro for his long-pants fine — only $17.56 to go! Because I know you care, deeply, I also know you’ll want to PayPal a buck or two to the fund (using firstname.lastname@example.org as the payee). And meanwhile, add Junior Griffey to the list of players we may have to bail out in the near future.
Uni Watch News Ticker: So were those Futures Games unis a total embarrassment or what? But it’s good to see that at least one young player is adept at proper pants-cuffing protocol. … Oh, and one of the Futures players appears to be headed for a Pedro-esque pants-under-the-spikes fine. … In happier news, those Seattle Pilots throwbacks that the Mariners wore yesterday were awesome! Bonus points for the players who wore their stirrups just right (a topic that merited a small article in today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer — thanks to Nick Collecchi for the link). The Tigers’ throwbacks were also nice, but the shoulder numbers looked too big compared to the ones on the 1969 unis, and they shouldn’t have worn their orange-logo road caps, which didn’t exist back then. Couldn’t they have brought their white-logo home caps along for this game, just for accuracy’s sake?. … Looks like FSU will be wearing throwbacks against Boston College this fall (with thanks to Walker Hicken). … As longtime readers will recall, the Cubs are the only team that uses an embroidered logo appliquÃ© (instead of a decal) on their batting helmets. It’s a cool detail, but sometimes it bites them in the ass, as it did yesterday, when Michael Barrett’s logo was peeling off and Angel Pagan’s was sliding down too close to his brim (it’s hard to see, but you can sort of get an idea here). … During that same game, Juan Pierre’s rear-jersey typography appeared to be rather askew (thanks to Jim Freeman). … On July 6th, when Yadier Molina was hit by a pitch and had to leave the Cards/Astros game, pinch-runner Gary Bennett was wearing a logo-less helmet, joining Brayan PeÃ±a and Ervin Santana as players who’ve exhibited this glitch in 2006. Bennett had a regular helmet when he batted two innings later (with thanks to eagle-eyed Jordan Hirschfield). … Logo Creep Alert: Although not strictly uni-related, this Wrigley Field photo is pretty disturbing. “Wrigley Field has always taken pride in the lack of advertisements cluttering the ballpark, so this certainly strikes me as sacrilegious,” says Brian Newport, who took the photo. “On a brighter note, our bleacher seats allowed me snap some up-close shots of Juan Pierre’s fantastic hosiery.” . … What the hell’s going on with Lance Berkman’s spikes? On Opening Day he was wearing Nike; by June 15th he’d switched to Reebok; on June 25th he was back to Nike; and then on July 7th, as Ryan Barto points out, he was suddenly wearing UnderArmour. What’s with the constant switcheroos? And could one of you sneakerhead types let us know if Berkman is the first MLB player to wear UnderArmour footwear? … Big article here about baseball pant length. And here’s how the print version looked (with thanks to Warren Thompson and Bryan Redemske, respectively). … Speaking of which: A few hundred well-chosen words by your truly, addressing the crucial topic of MLB pants and socks, are slated to appear on the Op-Ed page of tomorrow’s New York Times. I’m told that the essay could still get bumped at the last minute if something “important” happens (like if North Korea launches another missile or something), so keep your fingers crossed in hopes of a slow news day.