With the Mets finally back home, it’s time to revisit our Pedro Martinez Relief Fund project. As you’ll recall, Pedro was recently fined $5000 for stretching his pant cuffs down under his heels, and then he whined about the size of the fine, so I decided to take up a collection to help ease his financial distress. My original goal was to raise $37.74 (proportional to $5000 for someone making $100,000 a year, as opposed to Pedro’s annual salary of $13.25 million), but we ended up raising more than twice that much — $78.66, to be exact. Since Pedro’s obviously a hardship case, I decided to send him the full amount.
I happen to have a Paymaster machine for “special occasion” payments, and this occasion is about as special as they come. As you can see, the Paymaster makes the check look very official-like. I signed the check, enclosed it with this cover letter, and mailed it off to Shea Stadium.
Now we sit back and wait to see if he cashes it. Stay tuned.
(Big thanks to everyone who contributed to the fund [in amounts ranging from $12 to 45¢]: Joshua Jacoby, Chris Pendleton, Blair Hough, Matthew Butch, Matthew Edwards, Baldemar Mejia, Jesse Spector, David Smith, Larry Kurtze, Wayne Yeung, Randy Silver, Darin Ficorelli, Edward Cooney, Anthony Zydzik, Jennifer Muller, David Weinberger, James Muscato, Breck Witte, Ryan Hickox, Robert Goldberg, Matt Konrad, Mike Orr, Steven Wyder, Mark Baldwin, Liam Roche, Colin Flowerdew, Edward Hahn, Andrew Frey, Aaron McCabe, Wanda DeJesus, Brian Rowland, Robert Eden, Jarrod Boyd, Minna Hong, Steven Ducker, Christopher Hilf, and Dave Sterling.)
Underbrim Update: On Thursday, a Tigers spokesman told me that he’d checked with Marcus Thames and that Thames preferred not to talk about what was scribbled under his brim. But on that very same day, Thames talked about it in this Detroit News article, which includes the following quote: “Under my ball cap I’ve written, ‘Do something every day to help the club win.’ It doesn’t have to be a hit.”
If you look again at Thames’s cap, it’s hard to see anything that could match that slogan. Think he made it up, just to provide a good quote? Hmmm, curiouser and curiouser. (Thanks to Jonathan Bulluck and Mike Honer for the article link.)
Uni Watch News Ticker: It took a long time, but the umpires are finally wearing an “EG” sleeve patch in memory of Eric Gregg (but maybe they should’ve put a white outline on the version appearing on their black jerseys). … Good articles here and here about all the young Red Sox pitchers with high uni numbers (with thanks to Robb Fluet). … Speaking of the Red Sox, they designated Willie Harris for assignment last week, a major blow to the small contingent of non-switch-hitters who wear double-earflap helmets. … Ty Keller sent along this article about Bobby Crosby, which includes a mention of his recent switch from stirrups to long pants: “[It’s] the result of a bone bruise on Crosby’s left ankle. He’s had to wear some of Eric Chavez’s high-tops, and the high socks and high-tops clash. He’s looking forward to getting back to his old dressing style. ‘This feels weird,’ Crosby said of the long pants legs. ‘I really don’t like it.'” … Friday’s Ticker item about the belts on the 1957 Kansas basketball unis led Uni Watch logo designer and all-around swell guy Scott M.X. Turner to submit a few basketball belt pics of his own: “I’m sure you have catalogs with lots of belted shorts, but these are just so groovy. This one, this one, and this one are from a 1961 MacGregor catalog. This one is from a 1925-26 Horace Partridge catalog, and features an actual leather belt with beltloops, not the satin sewn-ons used in the ’50s and ’60s.” … Reader Scott McDonald checks in with disturbing news from the 45th annual “Roll Call” Congressional Baseball Game. “Basically, different members from the House and Senate get together every summer (the two parties play each other) and play a baseball game to raise money for charities,” he writes. “I was at this year’s game, which at Washington’s RFK Stadium on June 29th, and I noticed that the manager for the Democrats, Rep. Mike Doyle — #14 in this pic — was wearing the hideous Nike spotted undershirt.” Scandalous! Someone haul this guy in front of the House Ethics Committee, pronto. … Ever wonder what kind of unis they wear in the Alaskan League? Bryan Redemske found some old photos of MLBers who paid their minor league dues up in the Last Frontier, including Barry Bonds (pre-‘roids, obviously), Jason Giambi (ditto), Dave Winfield (note the zipper-front jersey), and Tom Seaver. … Check out this awesome sock-o-rama. … Latest player to do the pants-tucked-into-the-shoes thing: Vlad Guerrero. … Orlando Hernandez switched from long sleeves to short sleeves in between the 1st and 2nd inning’s Saturday’s Mets/Astros game, but this switcheroo had nothing to do with Nike’s accursed speckle pattern — El Duque just found the long sleeves to be too warm. … Good catch by Jesse Spector, who writes: “In the fourth inning of Friday’s Devil Rays/Orioles game, they showed someone in the Tampa dugout with what looked like a giant letter ‘W’ on his windbreaker in white tape. I think it was Jae Seo.” … Sam Werner and Marc Beck note that the Astros logo was missing from Chris Burke’s helmet when he batted in the 6th and 9th innings on Friday night (but not during his earlier at-bats in the 1st and 4th). … Bizarre scene on Saturday in Cincinnati, where Ryan Freel got hit by a pitch — sort of. As he tried to avoid the ball, it went inside his vest armhole and lodged in his jersey (here’s another view). With the ball still rattling around his midsection, Freel trotted down to first base, where he nonchalantly unbuttoned his jersey, produced the ball, and flipped it to the ump. (Thanks to Dan Bingham-Pankratz for the tip.) … Looks like Dontrelle Willis had a new underbrim inscription yesterday. Details to follow — stay tuned. … Good to see the White Sox wearing their 1906 Sunday throwbacks — I believe for only the second time this season — yesterday. … Bob Wickman sure fills out his new Braves jersey. … The Giants had their annual AIDS awareness game yesterday, with red ribbons being worn by most Giants and Padres players (but not all of them). … Great video clip here, showing Chiefs first-round pick Tamba Hali being fitted for his first set of KC gear (with thanks to Tim Burgess). … You want throwbacks? Now this is a throwback!