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NL Finds New Way to Lose All-Star Game

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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:

• Those “RCW” wristbands that everyone was wearing — including the umpires — were for Roberto Clemente (whose full name was Roberto Clemente Walker).

• The National League was the home team, but Bronson Arroyo wore black sleeves (which the Reds normally wear on the road) instead of Cincy’s usual red home sleeves.

• Several players wore white shoes, including Albert Pujols, Vernon Wells, and A-Rod. Boy did they look like idiots.

• 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.

• Vladimir Guerrero, whose helmet is usually gunked up with pine tar — and who wore his regular helmet in last year’s All-Star Game — was apparently given a fresh helmet this time around.

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.

 

88 comments to NL Finds New Way to Lose All-Star Game

  • Jeff Fetzer | July 12, 2006 at 8:18 am |

    Can we officially change the name of the Buffalo Sabres to the Buffalo Slugs? Make it so.

  • Mark Mihalik | July 12, 2006 at 8:20 am |

    Vernon Wells wasn’t wearing white shoes lat night–he was wearing the Nike Huarache 2k5 cleats.

    http://us.i1.yimg.co...

    I sincerely hope that we don’t see much of this look next year. The 2k4’s have been annoying enough–I’m okay with them as long as the toe is the same color of the shoe, like this…

    http://us.news2.yimg...

    …but when they do the alternate color toe, especially make it grey or white, it gets under my skin…

    http://us.news2.yimg...

    So, getting back to the 2k5’s, we might be seeing the same kind of thing. A few players will wear them styled with a conservative look (dominantly one color) as Miguel Cabrera is doing here, but a few idiots will take advantage of MLB’s lazy shoe color policy and wear what Michael Young is wearing:

    http://us.i1.yimg.co...

    For this trend, we have Aramis Ramirez, Barry Bonds, Bobby Abreu, and others to thank, for what they’ve done in the past 3 years or so to make cleats look much less “uniform”.

  • Tim from MN | July 12, 2006 at 8:25 am |

    I remember a few years ago there was a ”Wayne Terwilliger Day” when he was still with the St.Paul Saints… I think they gave away a bobble head doll that had his hosiery in all its glory… This got me thinking about non-hosiery offenders such as David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez and Ken Griffey, look here…

    http://mlb.imageg.ne...
    http://mlb.imageg.ne...
    http://mlb.imageg.ne...

    Notice something? Why do these players, who constantly wear there paints low, get the pleasure of being memorialized with hosiery (stripes even) in bobble head form? Paul please investigate…

  • Dahntahn | July 12, 2006 at 8:39 am |

    Hands down white shoes look unreal. I think that every team should wear them. Here is why.
    White shoes make you look faster. This is true in the NFL, NBA, and NHL. If you watch a player from the Chi Bears run with their normal black shoes on, they look slow and sloppy. Then if you checkout a player on another team with white shoes, they look much more smooth and faster.
    http://www.newsday.c...

    Speed is the number one reason NHL players use white tuuks over the ugly black ones ala: Paul Kariya
    http://img.photobuck...

  • jesse | July 12, 2006 at 8:43 am |

    When my mom called me last night to ask if I knew what the RCW wristbands were about, I said with full confidence that I’d know in the morning, thanks to Uni Watch. Thanks for helping me keep my word!

  • Mark Mihalik | July 12, 2006 at 8:50 am |

    [quote comment=”2473″]Hands down white shoes look unreal. I think that every team should wear them. Here is why.
    White shoes make you look faster. This is true in the NFL, NBA, and NHL. If you watch a player from the Chi Bears run with their normal black shoes on, they look slow and sloppy. Then if you checkout a player on another team with white shoes, they look much more smooth and faster.
    http://www.newsday.c...

    Speed is the number one reason NHL players use white tuuks over the ugly black ones ala: Paul Kariya
    http://img.photobuck...

    They make you look faster? They also make you look like you’re wearing sneakers, like you’re rejecting the tradition of your sport, and in the long-pants era of baseball, they make you look like you really are wearing pajamas with feet.

    I’ll give it up to the Oakland A’s just because they started doing it years ago, and, when paired with yellow sani’s and green stirrups, makes one of the most unique looks in baseball, but when college teams switch to white, it’s just pathetic. Black shoes just flat out look better.

  • Dahntahn | July 12, 2006 at 8:56 am |

    Kind of Uni Watch related:

    http://www.homerunca...

    “Although the name on the front of this 1997 Fleer Ultra card reads “David Arias”, this is the same David Ortiz that plays for the Boston Red Sox. His full name is David Arias-Ortiz.”

  • Stormy | July 12, 2006 at 9:03 am |

    Someone, please help me score one of those RCW wristbands!!

  • BStu | July 12, 2006 at 9:11 am |

    I actually like Pujols’ white cleats. Makes for an interesting look. Not sure its for everyone, but just think about a pitcher wearing white sneakers on a white uniform while pitching. Must be quite disorienting for the batter.

    A-Rod’s another story. Honestly, white shoes with gray pants? We get it. You’re heterosexual. No need to prove it in such a blunt fashion via such blunt fashion.

  • Rico Suave | July 12, 2006 at 9:13 am |

    The ebony/ivory shoe debate reminds me of the Philadelphia Eagles back in the early 90s, when (I belive) they started the season wearing white shoes and the players started wearing black shoes until the whole roster wore black shoes. One of the justifications was that black shoes make you look slower, so the other team wasn’t ready for your burst of speed. I’m sure Philly fans know the real story behind that, but that’s how I remember it.

    I just saw a feature on the morning news how there will be a “Stitch and Pitch” at the Twins game tomorrow night, were people will come in and knit during the game. Query: Why go to the game if you’re not going to watch it?

  • SD | July 12, 2006 at 9:17 am |

    [quote comment=”2478″]Someone, please help me score one of those RCW wristbands!![/quote]

    Give it three days… They’ll be on ebay.

  • Brandon T. | July 12, 2006 at 9:25 am |

    I dig the white sneaks on Pujols (and the yellow wristbands accentuate the yellow in the Cardinals logo quite nicely), but A-Rod, not so much. Perhaps if you matched the white sneaks with some stirrups, a-la the Oakland A’s, but not on the gray jersey.

  • Andy Head | July 12, 2006 at 9:29 am |

    I am having a heck of a time finding a picture, but what did those morons at MLB do to Carrie Underwood’s dress that she wore to sing the anthem? Two words: HID-EOUS. Good thing she looks good in pretty much anything she wears…

    Also, can’t believe no one’s commented on this classic look yet:

    http://msn.foxsports...

    I like what the RCW wristbands are all about, but wow, in typical MLB fashion they WAY overdid it. Even the afore-mentioned Underwood had to wear one to complement that already lovely dress.

  • Lee | July 12, 2006 at 9:33 am |

    Did anyone watch any of the older all-star games on ESPNCL yesterday? During the ’77 ASG highlights they showed Willie Stargell stepping up to bat in a Padres’ batting helmet. The narrator made no mention of this, and I didn’t have much luck with Gooogle, I’m sure someone here can help me out. What’s up with that?

  • Tom | July 12, 2006 at 9:35 am |

    I dont know what the Sabres are thinking with their new logo. They should definitely bring back the old look:

    Hockey logos (and uniforms) should be bright, colorful, even garish. Like this:

  • Tom | July 12, 2006 at 9:37 am |

    Sorry, screwed that up. Hope this works better…

    Sabres Uniform

    Penguins

    Nordiques

  • Rick V | July 12, 2006 at 9:52 am |

    I like the new Sabres “B” its sort of simple but nice.

    The Buffalo design is just WAY to stylized, without the horns I don’t know if anyone would be able to tell what it is. Even with them, I’d like to see the design used in a Rorschach test and see the results. I think they should have gone with some updated version of the “Buffalo w/ Crossing Sabres” logo like in the link above.

  • Matt | July 12, 2006 at 10:03 am |

    [quote comment=”2480″]Philadelphia Eagles back in the early 90s, when (I belive) they started the season wearing white shoes and the players started wearing black shoes until the whole roster wore black shoes.[/quote]
    No.

    Like the NFL would let a few players wear black spikes in the regular season…

    They wore the black spikes in the PLAYOFFS.

    You may be confusing the black shoes with the black stripe of electrical tape the Eagles wore to remember Jerome Brown during the 1992 season.

  • Matt | July 12, 2006 at 10:08 am |

    or how about just 2 crossing swords…
    here a some logos so fan made up and are completely just fan made that are much better than what the logo designers came up with

    http://www.celsiusde...

  • Tom O'Grady | July 12, 2006 at 10:41 am |

    UniWatch help request?

    Does anyone know much about the bandanna that Manny Ramirez is wearing underneath his batting helmet and on the bench the last few weeks?

    It started like a Reebok NFL product like this:

    http://editorial.get...

    but now has a Boston Red Sox B on it…like this:

    http://editorial.get...

    Any information/help here would be very appreciated.

    Tom O’Grady
    togrady@gameplan.com

  • Tom O'Grady | July 12, 2006 at 10:43 am |

    Paul-

    http://www.cooperhew...

    Surely Nike did not win the award based on their work for the Oregon Ducks…

    The Ekin’s must be high fiving themselves on the old Knight Campus this morning…

    T.

  • Brett | July 12, 2006 at 11:03 am |

    Somewhere Billy “White Shoes” Johnson must be smiling about the look sported by Pujols in the ASG. However, I am sure even Billy wishes that Albert would have shown some leggings.
    http://www.crazy8opi...

    As for the Cool Flo helmets, I will make no mention of the aesthetics, but of the many flaws, they sit too low on the players heads. They come down too far on the ears of the open side and too far over the players’ eyes.

  • Joe Hilseberg | July 12, 2006 at 11:07 am |

    [quote comment=”2491″]or how about just 2 crossing swords…
    here a some logos so fan made up and are completely just fan made that are much better than what the logo designers came up with

    http://www.celsiusde...

    The head on Buffalo is awesome!

  • SleepyFloyd21 | July 12, 2006 at 11:15 am |

    I thought the Eagles black stripe in ’92 was for their QB coach who passed away during the year? The guy’s name escapes me now.

  • Micah | July 12, 2006 at 11:21 am |

    The ripping on Nike’s designs are understandable, considering some of the stuff they put out there. But they do a lot more than just uniforms. You have to consider their shoes, obviously, and equipment. The Mecurial Vapor ball is superior in design, the Air Max 360 is an incredible feat of engineering and design, along with a lot more. Just look past the mis-matching sleeves and Oregon unis (for some) and they have a lot more to offer.

    Mark, thanks for the pics of the cleats. The 2K5 cleats are releasing to consumers October 1st of this year; presumably the 2K6’s will be made into a cleat for next baseball season. I personally like the multi-colored toes, especially Beltran and Reyes’ blue/orange/black ones. And, c’mon, callin’ Young an idiot after the game-winning hit??? That’s just harsh!!

  • lifeform | July 12, 2006 at 11:43 am |

    [quote comment=”2497″]I thought the Eagles black stripe in ’92 was for their QB coach who passed away during the year? The guy’s name escapes me now.[/quote]

    The QB coach who passed in 1992 was Doug Scovil.

  • Tom O'Grady | July 12, 2006 at 11:44 am |

    Uniwatch reader (and passionate follower) gets some love in the NY Times today on Team Naming…

    As they say about Chicago elections, vote early and often…

    http://www.nytimes.c...

    Let’s see… hmmm… The New York Mets, Jets, Nets how about the… New York Sublets? I like it.

    T.

  • dave | July 12, 2006 at 11:46 am |

    I absolutley HATE when baseball players wear shoes that are a different color than the rest of the team. I admit that I’m partial to the A’s being the only white-shod team because they’re my my favorite team and I like them being unique, but it also does look better with their unique stirrup/sani combination. Also, I don’t mind if a small part of a player’s shoe (like the toe) is a different color, but some of the Huaraches (like Michael Young’s) have more gray or white than the color they’re supposed to be. If an entire team switched to white shoes, I could live with it, but it just seems like players are trying to stand out above the rest of their team when they are the only ones wearing them. Also, why do the All-Stars not wear the All-Star jerseys during the game?

  • Erik | July 12, 2006 at 11:49 am |

    John Gibbons, who is seemingly allergic to wearing a uniform jersey when he manages the Blue Jays, wore one as a coach for the AL last night. He’s #5, I was surprised to learn.

  • nybatt | July 12, 2006 at 11:55 am |

    a little bit more background on the “RCW” wristbands…

    many are/were confused (as was I) on why Roberto Clemente had three initials… it is a puerto rican tradition that sons take their mother’s maiden name as their “second” last name… and use it regularly….hence the “walker” for Roberto….

    much, if not all, of his merchandise is only authentic if the “W” is present…

    another note.. the eagles definitely did wear black cleats in the early 90’s at some point.. they were one of the first teams to “go back” to black after the vikings abandoned them in the early ’80’s… it only lasted a season or two and the eagles went back to white…

  • Jonah Stutz | July 12, 2006 at 12:01 pm |

    Paul’s introductory paragraph from today’s post is so strong that I can’t believe no one has commented on it yet. Being from the D, I have vivid memories of the 1985 Whitaker mishap. But I have not seen a photo in so long. Can Paul or anyone help out here?

  • Jason Bay | July 12, 2006 at 12:02 pm |

    The reason why everyone associated with the ASG last night at PNC Park wore the yellow wrist bands with RCW and the ASG logo on the other side was to honor Clemente. The main reason was becuase it was being used to make a push to have Clemente’s number 21 retired by every MLB team. Just like Jackie Robinson’s #42.
    I think this is a great idea by MLB.
    He put Spanish speaking players on the map. He broke the language barrier. Just like how Robinson broke the color barrier.
    The only problem is #21 is a very popular number throughout every level of baseball.

  • JFL | July 12, 2006 at 12:21 pm |

    As long as we are kind of on the Clemente subject there is a great book called The New Face of Baseball. It really outlines how hard it actually was for people like Clemente to become accepted into baseball. I know this has nothing to do with uniforms.

    On the other hand I think it would be cool if teams would switch to using grey shoes with team color accents for road games. But I still favor solid colors with the white uniforms. I really dont like how the Angels an wear black belts and black shoes when their color scheme is red and black is not even incorporated in the rest of the uniform. Then teams like the Royals who claim to have eliminated black from their uniforms yet they still wear black shoes instead of blue. Which seems silly to me. Just wear the blue shoes or red shoes, those are both traditional and respected baseball cleat colors.

    Angels- http://sports.espn.g...

    Royals- http://sports.espn.g...

  • Jack H. | July 12, 2006 at 12:22 pm |

    A few things:

    1) Just more evidence from Albert Pujols’ son AJ that wearing baggy pants looks like

    2) Does anyone have a photo of Whitaker from the 85 ASG? That sound hilarious, I wanna see that.

    3) White shoes can be taken or left. I mean, even when the A’s wear them without stirrups, they still look pretty classy, a la Frank Thomas. Obviously Zito, Bobby Crosby, and Mark Ellis look a whole lot better in them, but guys like Big Hurt can make it work. I don’t quite know what it is.

    4) After writing that and finding the appropriate pics, I realize that the green stirrups and yellow sannies when paired with the green alternate jersey may be the most pleasing combination in baseball. Any thoughts?

  • Mark Mihalik | July 12, 2006 at 12:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”2507″]3) White shoes can be taken or left. I mean, even when the A’s wear them without stirrups, they still look pretty classy, a la Frank Thomas.[/quote]

    Frank looks classy? In Nike Shox basketball sneakers with cleats on them? I beg to differ.

  • JTH | July 12, 2006 at 12:27 pm |

    Wow! I was at the 1985 All-Star Game and I do not remember that at all. Of course, I was sitting behind a big sheet of plexiglass in left field that I could barely see through, so I probably wouldn’t have been able to tell what anyone was wearing in the infield.

    [quote comment=”2473″]If you watch a player from the Chi Bears run with their normal black shoes on, they look slow and sloppy.[/quote]

    That has nothing to do with the shoes. They are slow and sloppy

    [quote comment=”2502″]John Gibbons, who is seemingly allergic to wearing a uniform jersey when he manages the Blue Jays, wore one as a coach for the AL last night. He’s #5, I was surprised to learn.[/quote]

    Don Cooper (White Sox pitching coach) was also wearing a jersey last night and it’s the first time I can remember him doing so. Although the jersey/jacket hybrid he usually wears does have his number on it.

    One more. It’s from last night:

    [quote comment=”2462″]last year, the cardinals wore the busch stadium final season patch on the road as well as at home. this year, they are wearing the busch stadium inaugural season patch only at home. but interestingly, the patch was on display tonight at pnc. anyone know of another patch that a team has worn only at home?[/quote]

    The White Sox are currently wearing this one, but only on their primary (pinstripes & sleeves) jersey.

    They wore this one (again, only on the primary home jersey) the year the new park opened. After that first season that patch was tweaked a little to look like this. They wore it until the naming rights were sold and the park was renamed in 2003. I can’t quite remember, but I seem to recall them wearing black undershirts with that patch when they first started wearing the sleeveless jerseys at home.

  • Jack H. | July 12, 2006 at 12:32 pm |

    Yeah, for some reason I like Frank’s look. Maybe because I’ve always sort of liked him as a player so I have a bias. Whatever.

    I also just found this website with some guy who made all these uniform designs:

    http://www.geocities...

    I particularly like the first Phillies one myself, but they’re all pretty cool.

  • Mark Mihalik | July 12, 2006 at 12:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”2506″]Just wear the blue shoes or red shoes, those are both traditional and respected baseball cleat colors.[/quote]

    So, should the Red Sox wear red cleats? And the Yankees should wear navy cleats? Black cleats are TRADITIONAL. There’s nothing wrong with them.

  • Jason Bay | July 12, 2006 at 1:00 pm |

    More on Bobby Clemente:

    Here is an article I found while reading the USA Today:

    http://www.usatoday....

  • Howard Corday | July 12, 2006 at 1:20 pm |

    Chuck Tanner was wearing a Pirate uni with the number 7 on it. But the 7 looked like it was either a 2 with the bottom cut off or was made from black duct tape.

  • Zach | July 12, 2006 at 1:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”2477″]Kind of Uni Watch related:

    http://www.homerunca...

    “Although the name on the front of this 1997 Fleer Ultra card reads “David Arias”, this is the same David Ortiz that plays for the Boston Red Sox. His full name is David Arias-Ortiz.”[/quote]

    David Arias signed with the Seattle Mariners in the early 90s, then was traded to the Twins in 1996 as the “Player to Be Named Later” for Dave Hollins. When he got to the Twins organization, he informed them that from that point on he wanted to be known as “David Ortiz,” Ortiz being (I believe) his mother’s maiden name.

  • JTH | July 12, 2006 at 1:54 pm |

    I forgot a couple home-only baseball patches in my last post.

    Sox again, 2003

    In 1990, the Cubs wore a sleeve patch that looked like this at home only because their road jerseys had this one instead, as can be seen here. The following season, they added the bear’s head patch to the right sleeve of their road jerseys.

  • Jared | July 12, 2006 at 1:56 pm |

    Can anyone tell me what the hell Pudge is wearing on his feet? He used to be a Nike athlete but his Shoes and gloves are NOT Nike gear. I’ve been trying to figure it out for a couple weeks.

    http://msn.foxsports...

  • Jared | July 12, 2006 at 2:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”2471″]Vernon Wells wasn’t wearing white shoes lat night–he was wearing the Nike Huarache 2k5 cleats.

    http://us.i1.yimg.co...

    I sincerely hope that we don’t see much of this look next year. The 2k4’s have been annoying enough–I’m okay with them as long as the toe is the same color of the shoe, like this…

    http://us.news2.yimg...

    …but when they do the alternate color toe, especially make it grey or white, it gets under my skin…

    http://us.news2.yimg...

    So, getting back to the 2k5’s, we might be seeing the same kind of thing. A few players will wear them styled with a conservative look (dominantly one color) as Miguel Cabrera is doing here, but a few idiots will take advantage of MLB’s lazy shoe color policy and wear what Michael Young is wearing:

    http://us.i1.yimg.co...

    For this trend, we have Aramis Ramirez, Barry Bonds, Bobby Abreu, and others to thank, for what they’ve done in the past 3 years or so to make cleats look much less “uniform”.[/quote]

    I happen to LOVE the 2K4s and 2K5s the more color the better. White toes? BAD ASS, the Mets players, Beltran, Reyes and Wright have some of the best looking cleats in the league, Black w/royal & orange & white? I LOVE it.

    Jeter is wearing his new Jumpman Jeters:

    http://msn.foxsports...

    Arod is wearing some sort of SHOX:

    http://us.news2.yimg...

    Surprising since he has ALWAYS been a basic Clipper kind of Guy.

  • Jared | July 12, 2006 at 2:12 pm |

    I’m sure Paul will LOVE this picture

    http://i.a.cnn.net/s...

    Carl had EXTRA fabric added to mke his pants EVEN baggier …..

  • Jared | July 12, 2006 at 2:20 pm |

    Arroyo and Glaus are wearing the new Air Zoom Clipper CT

    http://us.i1.yimg.co...
    http://msn.foxsports...

    http://i39.photobuck...

  • JFL | July 12, 2006 at 2:38 pm |

    Intersting story on the cover of the sports section of the chicago tribune, about Carlos Zambrano being accidently hit with a bat by Joey Cora, and then the picture shows him shaging fly balls with a glove on his right hand. Interesting? The picture is in the paper but I cant seem to find it on the internet.

  • Mark Mihalik | July 12, 2006 at 2:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”2522″]Can anyone tell me what the hell Pudge is wearing on his feet? He used to be a Nike athlete but his Shoes and gloves are NOT Nike gear. I’ve been trying to figure it out for a couple weeks.

    http://msn.foxsports...

    Pudge’s cleats and batting gloves are a new brand that hasn’t publicly launched, called Verdero. He has been wearing a more conservative pair of cleats (without all the orange) for the majority of the year, and they were Verdero’s as well. The brand is owned by Fila.

  • Mark Mihalik | July 12, 2006 at 2:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”2523″]I happen to LOVE the 2K4s and 2K5s the more color the better. White toes? BAD ASS, the Mets players, Beltran, Reyes and Wright have some of the best looking cleats in the league, Black w/royal & orange & white? I LOVE it.

    Jeter is wearing his new Jumpman Jeters:

    http://msn.foxsports...

    Arod is wearing some sort of SHOX:

    http://us.news2.yimg...

    Surprising since he has ALWAYS been a basic Clipper kind of Guy.[/quote]

    A-Rod has been wearing a pair of shox all year, presumably his signature cleat to be released in 2007 since I haven’t seen them on any other player, and since they’re not a customized sneaker that has been released before. Jeter has been wearing that model of Jordans all year, just with different colors (all black instead of navy and grey). And as for liking the 2k4 accents… oh well. I just hope you don’t like the dominant grey accents of the 2k5’s.

  • JTH | July 12, 2006 at 2:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”2528″]Intersting story on the cover of the sports section of the chicago tribune, about Carlos Zambrano being accidently hit with a bat by Joey Cora, and then the picture shows him shaging fly balls with a glove on his right hand. Interesting? The picture is in the paper but I cant seem to find it on the internet.[/quote]

    Here’s a picture: http://mlb.mlb.com/i...

    The glove is on his right hand and the image is definitely not flipped. He’s a switch hitter, but I’ve never heard anything about him being able to throw with both hands. Maybe he didn’t want to take the chance of tiring out or tweaking his pitching arm. Ah, the irony.

    I was really looking forward to seeing him pitch, too. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen him take the mound in the pinstripes.

  • JFL | July 12, 2006 at 3:06 pm |

    I was really looking forward to seeing him pitch, too. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen him take the mound in the pinstripes.[/quote]

    Good point, he exclusively chooses the blue jerseys home or road. He actually looks foreign in pinstripes.

  • Paul | July 12, 2006 at 3:09 pm |

    Just wanted to add to Paul’s blog today, David Ortiz was also wearing a cool-flo helmet, and it was spotless just like Vlad Guerro’s helmet (also a cool-flo). Looking at it during the game, I think the reason they tried them out was because they also had a huge allstar game logo on the back of the helmets. Hopefully both stick to their traditional helmets!

    Can’t find photographic evidence though…

  • Brett | July 12, 2006 at 3:19 pm |

    Everyone take a deep breath and relax. By now you should have figured out that the 2 greatest logo creeps (adidas & Nike) put the All Stars in shoes you would normally see them in. It is a way to market shoes for the next season. You are not going to see the All Stars wearing the shoes on a daily basis. The logo creeps live for All Star Games.

  • Retired Numbers | July 12, 2006 at 3:33 pm |

    As far as Clemente having his number retired league-wide like Robinson. It’s a no-go. Clemente’s family has pushed hard for this to happen, but baseball said no for a variety of reasons:
    1. Jackie’s retired number is *supposed* to stand for the breaking of all color barriers–not just blacks.
    2. Clemente wasn’t the first Latin player.
    3. 21 is a very popular number.
    4. Retiring 42 was a once in a lifetime thing–they don’t want to begin making habit out of it.

    With that said, I am somewhat surprised that anyone from the Clemente family showed up last night. Last I heard, they were terribly upset about not having his number retired permanently. Although the Pirates have done a very good job of keeping his memories around.

  • Jen | July 12, 2006 at 3:37 pm |

    I remember reading something last year about A-Rod’s white spikes. (All of the links I’ve found so far are busted.) Basically, Keith Hernandez was his favorite player when he was a kid and he wore white spikes during an All-Star game one year when he was a Met.

  • Mark Mihalik | July 12, 2006 at 3:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”2535″]Everyone take a deep breath and relax. By now you should have figured out that the 2 greatest logo creeps (adidas & Nike) put the All Stars in shoes you would normally see them in. It is a way to market shoes for the next season. You are not going to see the All Stars wearing the shoes on a daily basis. The logo creeps live for All Star Games.[/quote]

    That all goes without saying… and nobody’s getting all hot under the collar. But you left out Reebok. They too got in the action, with Soriano:

    http://us.i1.yimg.co...

  • Jersey Mark | July 12, 2006 at 3:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”2536″]As far as Clemente having his number retired league-wide like Robinson. It’s a no-go. Clemente’s family has pushed hard for this to happen, but baseball said no for a variety of reasons:
    1. Jackie’s retired number is *supposed* to stand for the breaking of all color barriers–not just blacks.
    2. Clemente wasn’t the first Latin player.
    3. 21 is a very popular number.
    4. Retiring 42 was a once in a lifetime thing–they don’t want to begin making habit out of it.

    With that said, I am somewhat surprised that anyone from the Clemente family showed up last night. Last I heard, they were terribly upset about not having his number retired permanently. Although the Pirates have done a very good job of keeping his memories around.[/quote]

    Great points RN, but I think it would have been pretty crappy of them not to show up for a celebration of a great man and athlete andf the patriarch of their family.

    Speaking of Retiring #21, The Yankees are in the 6th year of no #21 which was left vacant but not retired by the Yankees, I think its time!

  • Micah | July 12, 2006 at 3:42 pm |

    Mark, thanks for the clarification on Pudge’s cleats and gloves; I was wondering what they were too. Disappointing; he’s been with Nike for his whole career up til now. Brett is correct. All-Star games are always when companies bring out the new stuff in new, outlandish colors. Remember C-Webb’s chrome Dada shoes in the 2003 (?) All-Star Game and T-Mac’s mis-matched red and blue adidas shoes?

  • Jen | July 12, 2006 at 3:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”2528″]Intersting story on the cover of the sports section of the chicago tribune, about Carlos Zambrano being accidently hit with a bat by Joey Cora, and then the picture shows him shaging fly balls with a glove on his right hand. Interesting? The picture is in the paper but I cant seem to find it on the internet.[/quote]

    I saw him do that during batting practice last year at Yankee Stadium (it was the Saturday game and he had pitched the night before).

    Here’s a pic.

  • Greg | July 12, 2006 at 3:47 pm |

    A couple things:

    1) I think A-Rod’s cleats are losely based on the Nike Shox Xplosive of Nike’s Battlegrouds series of basketball shoes. There was a really good shot of them on the “Inside” spread in the June 26, 2006 issue of SI. (pg 86) Ultimately I do think they are customized.

    2) Tom, you asked about Manny Ramirez’s “bandana”. I think it’s simply a skull cap like Michael Vick and others have made popular.

    3) Ultimately, I dig the white cleats. But in my mind it must be done carefully. The A’s do well at home but honestly it looks atrocious on the road. White cleats with grey pants do not work.

    4) Which brings me to how good Michael Young and AJ Pierzynski looked last night. It’s nice to see the grey on grey.

    5) About those Huarache’s though, it is annoying that some guys are wearing that grey toe with white unis. I like the off color toe (as long as it matches somehow) but there’s nothing like the classic all-black.

    6) Mariano Rivera also wore the new Clippers.

    7) Here’s a distant pic of Carrie Underwood’s get-up.

  • JTH | July 12, 2006 at 3:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”2540″]Disappointing; he’s been with Nike for his whole career up til now.[/quote]
    Why is that disappointing?

  • Greg | July 12, 2006 at 4:06 pm |

    He’s a great athlete and it was nice having him in Nike’s stable.

  • Micah | July 12, 2006 at 4:07 pm |

    Haha, Greg read my mind, JTH.

  • Greg | July 12, 2006 at 4:20 pm |

    Seriously, it’s like he left your favorite team as a free agent.

    Since I don’t really have favorite teams, I go by individual players and shoe brand. Since I swear by Nike, I root for Nike athletes. And it’s disappointing when one leaves for the dark side (anyone else, especially Reebok).

  • Matt | July 12, 2006 at 4:25 pm |

    “Seriously, it’s like he left your favorite team as a free agent.

    Since I don’t really have favorite teams, I go by individual players and shoe brand. Since I swear by Nike, I root for Nike athletes. And it’s disappointing when one leaves for the dark side (anyone else, especially Reebok).”

    That is some serious Logo creep. It creeped right into your brain.

  • + | July 12, 2006 at 4:32 pm |

    I only root for players who wear Dr. Martens.

    What?

  • Adam | July 12, 2006 at 4:52 pm |

    Fisrt of all, I’m in the “upset” crowd when it comes to those Bucs unis. Just thought I’d get that out there.

    Second: YES! I have that France shirt! I might have the Mexico one, too, if I had anything whatsoever to do with Mexico.

    And finally, most importantly, do not diss white cleats! Oakland A’s road alternates for the win!

  • Josh W | July 12, 2006 at 5:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”2533″]Just wanted to add to Paul’s blog today, David Ortiz was also wearing a cool-flo helmet, and it was spotless just like Vlad Guerro’s helmet (also a cool-flo). Looking at it during the game, I think the reason they tried them out was because they also had a huge allstar game logo on the back of the helmets. Hopefully both stick to their traditional helmets!

    Can’t find photographic evidence though…[/quote]

    Vlad wears a Cool-Flo helmet already with the Angles. I guess they just gave him a temporary one for the game because of the logo on the back. I wouldnt try to put a new logo on his gunked up helmet.

  • Micah | July 12, 2006 at 5:09 pm |

    Greg, guess we have the same disease. Whenever I watch a college game and I don’t care about the teams, I go whoever is wearing Nike. If they both are, well, it’s just a tossup with players!

  • dave | July 12, 2006 at 5:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”2511″][quote comment=”2506″]Just wear the blue shoes or red shoes, those are both traditional and respected baseball cleat colors.[/quote]

    So, should the Red Sox wear red cleats? And the Yankees should wear navy cleats? Black cleats are TRADITIONAL. There’s nothing wrong with them.[/quote]

    The Red Sox are okay wearing black shoes because their primary color is navy blue, not red, in spite of their name. Pretty much every team (like the Yankees) who have navy blue as their primary color wear black shoes, because its close enough to navy blue. In my opinion, teams should wear either black, red, or royal blue cleats (whatever matches the best), with the A’s wearing white.

  • Tim from MN | July 12, 2006 at 5:43 pm |

    Look at this…

    http://minnesota.twi...

    Johan does not have the MLB patch on his jersey… Wonder why..

  • Greg | July 12, 2006 at 5:47 pm |

    Thanks, Micah. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one!

    C’mon guys, if you made a quality product you believed in and you gave it to professionals to use and showcase, you’d root for the guy wearing your stuff!

    But let it be known, that above all else, I root for fellow Christian athletes. Unfortuately it’s not as easily identifiable as a swoosh on a shoe is, but it’s certainly more important to me to see brothers and sisters in Christ succeed with the gifts they’ve been given!

    Therefore I am in complete favor of John Kitna’s hat, prayer circles, Reggie Whiteand certain celebrations.

  • Chris In CA | July 12, 2006 at 6:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”2556″]Thanks, Micah. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one!

    C’mon guys, if you made a quality product you believed in and you gave it to professionals to use and showcase, you’d root for the guy wearing your stuff!

    But let it be known, that above all else, I root for fellow Christian athletes. Unfortuately it’s not as easily identifiable as a swoosh on a shoe is, but it’s certainly more important to me to see brothers and sisters in Christ succeed with the gifts they’ve been given!

    Therefore I am in complete favor of John Kitna’s hat, prayer circles, Reggie Whiteand certain celebrations.[/quote]

    I wonder what brand god wears? I highly doubt it’s Nike. http://www.globalexc...

    Maybe he only wear Saints, Angels and Padres garb?

  • Kevin Bryant | July 12, 2006 at 6:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”2480″]I just saw a feature on the morning news how there will be a “Stitch and Pitch” at the Twins game tomorrow night, were people will come in and knit during the game. Query: Why go to the game if you’re not going to watch it?[/quote]

    You can knit and watch baseball just like you can knit and watch TV or read, if you’re practiced enough.

    Who knows, maybe they’ll be knitting some stirrups to give to the players, gratis? ;o)

  • Brett | July 12, 2006 at 6:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”2561″][quote comment=”2480″]I just saw a feature on the morning news how there will be a “Stitch and Pitch” at the Twins game tomorrow night, were people will come in and knit during the game. Query: Why go to the game if you’re not going to watch it?[/quote]

    You can knit and watch baseball just like you can knit and watch TV or read, if you’re practiced enough.

    Who knows, maybe they’ll be knitting some stirrups to give to the players, gratis? ;o)[/quote]
    I can see it now, some old lady gets hit in the head with a foul ball because she wasn’t watching the game ans she tries to sue the Twins. Good Luck!

  • Greg | July 12, 2006 at 8:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”2558″][quote comment=”2556″]

    I wonder what brand god wears? I highly doubt it’s Nike. http://www.globalexc...

    Maybe he only wear Saints, Angels and Padres garb?[/quote]

    Actually, I don’t think God wears anything. But I certainly do. So why not do it with the highest quality, best looking stuff? (BTW, it’s not like any company is perfect, but after looking into it, Nike’s the only company I want to work for)

    I think we can also include the Rockies on that list of God’s favorite teams after learning about their spiritual sides.

    :)

  • Greg | July 12, 2006 at 8:27 pm |

    Hmm, that looks funny. I’m actually trying to quote Chris in CA, not myself.

    Anybody know of a better way to partially quote previous posts?

  • Russell | July 12, 2006 at 9:00 pm |

    Ichiro was wearing an odd color of the cleats on Monday that Pudge was wearing Tuesday night. I didn’t get a picture while he was signing autographs, but they were an ice blue color where Pudge’s are orange. Also, he was wearing his navy blue Mariner’s turtle neck under his black AL jersey. Basically, it looked terrible. His whole uniform seemed confused.

  • Russell | July 12, 2006 at 9:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”2564″]Anybody know of a better way to partially quote previous posts?[/quote]
    Just delete the part you don’t want in there, but be sure to leave the commands in your post. I hope this works for this site like it does for most others.

  • Brinke | July 12, 2006 at 9:14 pm |

    “anyone know of another patch that a team has worn only at home?”

    The Giants have one just for home and a different one just for the road, and the A’s have a patch honoring their former radio voice, only for home use.

    PS- i think white shoes look fine—but NOT with gray uni’s. (Rodriguez)

  • Brinke | July 12, 2006 at 9:16 pm |

    PS here’s the A’s one:
    https://secure.mlb.c...

  • alex | July 12, 2006 at 9:29 pm |

    any one else notice pudge had his laces tied through his oants to keep them down??

    i though we were over that in the mlb….

  • Mike | July 12, 2006 at 9:57 pm |

    I noticed Arroyo’s black shirt last night, but more interesting was Jerry Narron’s red shirt under his Cincy uni. Makes one wonder if there’s a similar Lou Whittaker-like story out there.

  • JTH | July 12, 2006 at 10:40 pm |

    Another guy who wearing a CoolFlo last night although he doesn’t normally was Jermaine Dye.

    Shockingly enough, I can’t find a picture from his at-bat. What? A tap-out to lead off the 9th inning isn’t worth posting on the web?

  • C.N. | July 12, 2006 at 11:21 pm |

    There is no story with Narron. He got it right and, for whatever reason (forgot to pack a red undershirt, maybe?), Arroyo did not.

  • Michael | July 13, 2006 at 2:42 am |

    completely un-uni related but does anyone else agree that the day after the mlb all-star game has to be the most boring sports day of the ENTIRE year?

  • drano | July 13, 2006 at 10:14 am |

    [quote comment=”2491″]or how about just 2 crossing swords…
    here a some logos so fan made up and are completely just fan made that are much better than what the logo designers came up with

    http://www.celsiusde...

    Yeah I saw those fan logos, and they are about…oh…8 times better than the proposed look. Someone said that the slug looks like Donald Trum’s combover and that is all I can think of when I look at it now…

  • Mike | July 13, 2006 at 6:14 pm |

    CN, you’re right, Narron got it right. I’m more curious about Arroyo, a former Pirate, who apparently didn’t get a memo. I believe it was reported he was out late in Pittsburgh the night before. Could the black shirt be a game-time purchase from the team store or outdoor peddler at PNC??? I was curious as soon as he was introduced.