From a uniform perspective, the best All-Star Game moment was probably in 1985, when Lou Whitaker’s jersey got lost and he had to wear a replica jersey from one of the Metrodome’s souvenir stands, with his uni number Magic Markered onto the back. But hey, not every year can have a moment as perfect as that. Here’s what this year’s All-Star Game, which was played last night, had to offer:
• Speaking of A-Rod: He and Derek Jeter both wore CoolFlo helmets. This is pretty surprising, since the Yankee players refused to wear the CoolFlos during last year’s All-Star Game, when the newfangled helmets were first test-driven, and the Yankees have continue to shun the CoolFlo this season.
Pedro Relief Fund Tote Board: Okay, we’ve reached our goal. I’ll send out the check shortly (I’m gonna wait until the Mets’ next homestand) and will keep everyone posted. Thanks to all who contributed.
Op-Ed Update: Yesterday’s New York Times opinion piece generated lots of good reaction, requests for radio interviews, etc. As of last midnight, it was the 10th-most e-mailed story of the preceding 24 hours at nytimes.com, which either means we’re getting a lot of new converts or else a few of you were stuffing the ballot box. Either way, the whole thing was a very positive experience — big thanks to everyone who sent along congratulatory shout-outs.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Really good article here about the uniforms worn by park rangers, letter carriers, and other non-military government workers (with thanks to Charlie Frank). … Look who just won a big-shot design award. Must’ve been rigged. … Nice piece on World Cup typography here. … Last week I speculated that nobody would be able to tell the difference if Rafael Nadal‘s head was Photoshopped onto Amelie Mauresmo‘s body, and vice-versa. Reader Mike Lindsay has taken up this challenge, and sure enough, the results arguably look more legit than the original pics. … The Sabres’ new logo continues to draw lots of negative reaction (with thanks to Jon Muck). … Every year around this time, a few football fans get all excited (or, in some cases, upset) when they see the Bucs wearing these jerseys during training camp. So let’s try to nip it in the bud this year: These are only practice jerseys, people. They’re not new, and they’re only worn during practices, not in regular games. … In a bizarre move, 81-year-old Wayne Terwilliger, who coaches first base for the minor league Fort Worth Cats, has gotten an earring. Full details here and here. … I’m gonna be on the road for the next couple of days, so I won’t be responding quickly (if at all) to e-mails and comments. I’ll still have fresh content each morning, though.