Let’s Make a Deal

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When a player gets traded to from a weak team to a strong one, you often hear commentators saying he’s gone “from the outhouse to the penthouse,” or words to that effect. But what good is the penthouse if you have to wear a Rockies uniform every day (or Marlins, or Diamondbacks, or whatever)? The players know that when it comes to trades, it’s all about the uniform. When word came down on Sunday that Bobby Abreu had been dealt to the Yankees and all his Phillies teammates started hugging him in the dugout, do you really think they were congratulating him just because he’d gained a dozen games in the standings? Duh — they were congratulating him because he’d upgraded his game-day threads!

With that in mind, here are the winners and losers from some of the deals that went down in the days leading up to the trading deadline:

Ronnie Belliard for Hector Luna: Huge win for Belliard, who takes off a middling uniform and replaces it with MLB’s very best. Pity poor Luna, who’ll likely never get to wear chain-stitch embroidery again.

Greg Maddux for Cesar Izturis: Classic case of a deal with no losers, as both players will be trading in one classy uni for another.

Sean Casey to the Tigers for a minor-leaguer: The Pirates have been so bad for so long that it’s easy to overlook their unis, but I happen to like them quite a bit (as long as they’re not accessorized with Nike’s accursed speckled sleeves). In fact, I think they’re probably the most underrated uniforms in the game. And besides, Casey’s a longtime vest man, going back to his days with the Reds. So although he’ll no doubt look good in a Tigers uni — who wouldn’t? — it’s actually a slight downgrade for him.

Xavier Nady for Roberto Hernandez: Although the Mets have worn more blue this season, they still have those solid-black disasters, not to mention the two-tone Cool Flo helmets. Nady won’t have to worry about any of that in Pittsburgh. Count this one as a win for him.

Craig Wilson for Shawn Chacon: I’m on such a roll here with the Bucs’ uniforms that I’m tempted to call this one a push — but let’s face it, this is a win for Wilson (not least because he’ll never have to wear this BP cap again).

Julio Lugo to the Dodgers for two minor-leaguers: Tampa is another team whose on-field bumblings overshadow a perfectly fine uniform. But the Dodgers’ uni is a cut above. Score this one an upgrade for Lugo.

Rheal Cormier for Justin Germano: The Reds are supposedly excising black from their color scheme next season. But for now, this is a coup for Germano, who leaves the black behind and gets to wear his uni number on his sleeve to boot!

Jeremy Affeldt and Denny Bautista for Ryan Shealy and Scott Dohmann: If I were a ballplayer, you can bet I’d make sure my agent negotiated a no-trade clause allowing me to veto any deals that would send me to the Rockies. Too bad Affeldt and Bautista didn’t think of that.

Todd Walker to the Padres for a minor-leaguer: A complete disaster for Walker, who goes from wearing one of the game’s best uniforms to one of its worst (although, on the plus side, the Padres have names on the backs of their jerseys, so Walker presumably won’t get caught wearing the wrong uni like he did last Friday). Have fun at next April’s camouflage game, Todd!

Uni Watch News Ticker: The home plate ump usually keeps the two teams’ lineup cards in his chest pocket. But on Sunday night, the lineup card in Eric Cooper’s pocket appeared to be laminated, or maybe encased in a plastic sheet. Never seen that before. … I’ve previously written about Sean Taylor’s habit of playing with his belt unbuckled. But reader Pat Taylor found this Washington Post photo of Taylor taking things a bit further — with his belt open and his zipper unzipped. … My bad for not mentioning yesterday that the Brewers wore their Latino Cerveceros jerseys on Saturday. … Interesting note from A-Rod’s blog (forwarded by Jordan Sidwell): “Many of you have asked about the white shoes I wore during the All-Star Game. When I was a kid, I used to watch the All-Star Game on TV. I grew up a big Mets fan, as many of you know, and I always noticed saw that the Mets All-Stars wore white spikes for the game. For the past few years, Nike has designed white shoes and wristbands for me to wear as a tribute to my childhood heroes.” As a lifelong Mets fan myself, I’m not so sure about this. The Mets All-Stars definitely wore white spikes in 1976 (here’s Dave Kingman modeling his pair, a few months prior to the game), but that’s because the National League was celebrating its centennial with white pillbox-style All-Star caps. I don’t recall the Mets All-Stars wearing white spikes in other years (although plenty of other All-Star players did). … Never thought we’d be discussing teddy bears on this site, but that was before I got this communiqué from Jordan Hirschfield: “I was recently searching to buy a Cardinals outfit for my two-year-old’s Build-A-Bear. Little did I know that the bear will better dressed than Albert Pujols — check out the stirrups with stripes. I give a lot of credit to the folks at Build-A-Bear — they may rip me off to get my kid a teddy bear, but they sure dress them well.”

 

88 comments to Let’s Make a Deal

  • amr | August 1, 2006 at 8:33 am |

    I would say that Chacon gets an upgrade, too, because he tends towards the unkempt and baggy look that just doesn’t fly in the Bronx. It should work in Pittsburgh. Kindof a trade that benefits both players.

  • Paul P | August 1, 2006 at 8:36 am |

    I have to give a standing ovation to the folks over at build-a-bear. Although everything there is a rip-off, that cardinals uniform is a breath of fresh air.

  • Greg | August 1, 2006 at 8:38 am |

    Got to give those build a bear folks some credit, these uni’s look pretty accurate considering they’re made for stuffed kiddie bears:

    Bengals

    Liberty Bell on stirrups

    Old style Red Sox stirrups

  • JohnnyBoy | August 1, 2006 at 8:52 am |

    The bear stirrups are awesome. Major laugers can learn a lot from a stuffed bear.

    And why the heck does A-Rod have a blog??

  • Micah | August 1, 2006 at 9:06 am |

    A-Rod has a blog because almost every mother-fer on the universe has one, including grandmas and 6-year old kindergarten kids. If the guy with a $252 million contract can’t have one, what kind of world are we living in?????

  • fred | August 1, 2006 at 9:09 am |

    I’d guess that the umpire had the cards in a ziploc bag to keep them from getting soaked with sweat. I know how nasty wet money is; I wouldn’t want to mess with a wet lineup card.

  • Joe Hilseberg | August 1, 2006 at 9:16 am |

    I attended my first A-class Aberdeen Ironbirds game last night vs. the Cyclones. To my complete delight, every player and coach (on both teams) were sporting the high socks! Gotta love the minor leagues!

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | August 1, 2006 at 9:17 am |

    a-rod is right. the mets went heavy duty white kicks in the ’86 game in houston with carter, straw and doc. pics are at a serious premium though.

  • Smellycat | August 1, 2006 at 9:24 am |

    I don’t know if I was dreaming this or it’s reality, but I recall a photo from a Mets 1976 or 1977 yearbook in which Jon Matlack was modeling a new “baby blue” Mets road uni during the all-star game. I’m pretty sure it was never actually worn in a game. I will try and scan it.

  • Brian | August 1, 2006 at 9:24 am |

    The only Mets option on Build-a-bear is blue hats, blue stirrups and pinstripes.

    :D :D :D

  • Sean | August 1, 2006 at 10:02 am |

    I know this is off topic but has anyone seen these?

    Spat sleeve

    Sleeve on shoe

    Apparently Nike has found a way to make their logo visable even when the shoe is covered with tape. I know that spats were discussed in a previous post but I can’t remember these being mentioned.

  • Sean | August 1, 2006 at 10:20 am |

    The best part is that you’re paying them $20 to make sure their logo is visible. I wouldn’t think that the sleeves serve any other purpose.

  • Trent | August 1, 2006 at 10:28 am |

    I gotta say I like the Padres uniforms. They’re very pleasant colors, even the road gold. They look especially nice on the Dodger whites, better than the red and blue of the Dodgers. The lettering style is pretty nice, too. I do have to agree that the camo day is pretty unfortunate, but otherwise they’re very easy on my eyes.

  • Mark in Shiga | August 1, 2006 at 10:34 am |

    [quote comment="3782"]I gotta say I like the Padres uniforms. They’re very pleasant colors, even the road gold. They look especially nice on the Dodger whites, better than the red and blue of the Dodgers. The lettering style is pretty nice, too. I do have to agree that the camo day is pretty unfortunate, but otherwise they’re very easy on my eyes.[/quote]

    The gold looks great — very distinctive compared to the bland gray of most teams on the road.

    The only thing they could do better is align the player name and number a bit higher on the back of the jersey and get rid of all that dead space at the top. They’re almost as bad as Houston:

  • a arauz | August 1, 2006 at 10:42 am |

    [quote comment="3772"]A-Rod has a blog because almost every mother-fer on the universe has one, including grandmas and 6-year old kindergarten kids. If the guy with a $252 million contract can’t have one, what kind of world are we living in?????[/quote]

    LOL !!!!! spot on!

  • Frank Mercogliano | August 1, 2006 at 10:45 am |

    Actually, in Ron Luciano’s “Remembrance of Swings Past”, he mentions that he was always embarrassed when the manager came to him with a change and he’d pull out a crumpled lineup card. One day he was going out to buy food (as he says, what else is there to buy?) and he saw a 7-Up guy who had a small folded receipt-type book that was laminated on the inside. He bought that from the guy, and used it ever since, and his umpiring buddies all gave him grief, but eventually they all went to something along those lines.

    All of that to say it’s not that uncommon.

  • Mr. Met | August 1, 2006 at 11:03 am |

    [quote comment="3775"]a-rod is right. the mets went heavy duty white kicks in the ’86 game in houston with carter, straw and doc. pics are at a serious premium though.[/quote]
    I rememeber the ’86 game, and I do recall Keith Hernandez and Howard Johnson wearing white cleats at another All-Star Game, possibly the 1987 game.

  • Chris In CA | August 1, 2006 at 12:02 pm |

    [quote comment="3782"]I gotta say I like the Padres uniforms. They’re very pleasant colors, even the road gold. They look especially nice on the Dodger whites, better than the red and blue of the Dodgers. The lettering style is pretty nice, too. I do have to agree that the camo day is pretty unfortunate, but otherwise they’re very easy on my eyes.[/quote]

    Let’s get it straight Trent…the color is “Sand”, not gold.

  • Jeff | August 1, 2006 at 12:06 pm |

    This Sunday happens to be Build-A-Bear Workshop Day at Busch Stadium. Is this the Twilight Uni Zone?

  • MetsfanAZ | August 1, 2006 at 12:12 pm |

    unfortunately the build a bear site also has the Mets “authentic” black dugout jacket.

  • Brooks Reuter | August 1, 2006 at 12:15 pm |

    Just a little infor here, the Phillies have a Build-a-Bear sponsored, Build-a-Phanatic booth at Citizens Bank Park. Kind of a neat idea:
    Make Your Own Phanatic
    Guests, young and old, can pick out a miniature Phillie Phanatic, stuff it and dress it in one of the Phanatic’s outfits.

    This exclusive Citizens Bank Park feature is managed by Build-A-Bear Workshop and is located on the Main Concourse near Section 135.

  • Greg | August 1, 2006 at 12:31 pm |

    [quote comment="3773"]I’d guess that the umpire had the cards in a ziploc bag to keep them from getting soaked with sweat. I know how nasty wet money is; I wouldn’t want to mess with a wet lineup card.[/quote]

    But would sweat really reach that layer considering the plate ump’s wearing a thick chest protector and probably an undershirt?

    I too like the Padres’ digs. I think they’re very unique without going over the top.

    Those Nike spats could also simply be for a unique look. Or even the mental edge of more aerodynamic shoes. They look very similar to some sprint spikes of the past:

    Zoom Celar 2

    Zoom Super Fly G5

    Zoom JSC

    Zoom Celar Plus

    Zoom Super Fly P Plus

  • Lars | August 1, 2006 at 12:40 pm |

    [quote comment="3783"][quote comment="3782"]I gotta say I like the Padres uniforms. They’re very pleasant colors, even the road gold. They look especially nice on the Dodger whites, better than the red and blue of the Dodgers. The lettering style is pretty nice, too. I do have to agree that the camo day is pretty unfortunate, but otherwise they’re very easy on my eyes.[/quote]

    The gold looks great — very distinctive compared to the bland gray of most teams on the road.

    The only thing they could do better is align the player name and number a bit higher on the back of the jersey and get rid of all that dead space at the top. They’re almost as bad as Houston:[/quote]

    I am glad I am not the only one who likes the Padres unis. I think they are among the best in the game. Original, but not U of Oregon original.

  • Ian K | August 1, 2006 at 1:03 pm |

    [quote comment="3798"]
    I am glad I am not the only one who likes the Padres unis. I think they are among the best in the game. Original, but not U of Oregon original.[/quote]

    The Padres unis are unique, but at least they keep wearing the original SD interlocked hat, rather than the new wavy P. But the Dodgers are in a class by themselves – the Padres don’t even compare.

  • Andrew F | August 1, 2006 at 1:06 pm |

    I go to about 20% of the Cyclones home games, and I’m not going to lie- while I like the pulled up socks, there’s something about seeing 60+ year olds wearing them pulled up. The yanked up socks has almost become the trademark of a young player- you rarely see (albeit with some very notable exceptions) anyone over 33 or so in the majors wearing them high- and especially not a manager. So to see a really old dude wearing them up high is kinda funky to look at.

  • Matthew | August 1, 2006 at 1:19 pm |

    [quote comment="3783"][quote comment="3782"]I gotta say I like the Padres uniforms. They’re very pleasant colors, even the road gold. They look especially nice on the Dodger whites, better than the red and blue of the Dodgers. The lettering style is pretty nice, too. I do have to agree that the camo day is pretty unfortunate, but otherwise they’re very easy on my eyes.[/quote]

    The gold looks great — very distinctive compared to the bland gray of most teams on the road.

    The only thing they could do better is align the player name and number a bit higher on the back of the jersey and get rid of all that dead space at the top. They’re almost as bad as Houston:[/quote]

    I’m an Astros fan, but even I’ve got to agree with you there…I’m so sick of the color red at this point of the season I could puke….

  • Andrew F | August 1, 2006 at 1:20 pm |

    and if you think the camo unis are tough to look at, try Mission Pro Helium’s Tuxedos or Mission Pro Rink Rat’s Argyle sweater-vest look.

  • Frank | August 1, 2006 at 1:23 pm |

    I have to agree about the Padre’s unis, I like the sand aways and the color combinations. The wavy P is their BP hat and I am glad they haven’t converted it into a “3rd” cap. As a Soldier I kinda like camo uni day (just as long as no other teams try it, it is the Padres deal).

  • Matthew | August 1, 2006 at 1:38 pm |

    [quote comment="3805"]and if you think the camo unis are tough to look at, try Mission Pro Helium’s Tuxedos or Mission Pro Rink Rat’s Argyle sweater-vest look.[/quote]

    Holy crap! Are those a joke? That argyle may be the worst uniform I’ve EVER seen….

  • Tom O'Grady | August 1, 2006 at 1:45 pm |

    • Todd Walker to the Padres for a minor-leaguer: A complete disaster for Walker, who goes from wearing one of the game’s best uniforms to one of its worst (although, on the plus side, the Padres have names on the backs of their jerseys, so Walker presumably won’t get caught wearing the wrong uni like he did last Friday). Have fun at next April’s camouflage game, Todd!

    Great news for Cubs fans!

    Word from MLB headquarters is that the Cubs will be returning to names on the back of all 3 sets of uniforms next season.

    Who says the Cubs never get it right!

    A failed two year (sans names) experiment corrected.

    Now, all the Cubs need to do is correct the 98 year experiment called winning a World Series… maybe in our life times,,, but then again…

    Go Flubs.

    T

  • Kevin | August 1, 2006 at 1:46 pm |

    Busch Stadium has a Build a Bear in the park and it does huge business. Build your own Fredbird is the gimmick there and you can get Cards uniforms. I’ve dropped a few bucks in the place for my son last time we were down at a game.

  • Tom O'Grady | August 1, 2006 at 1:47 pm |

    I’m an Astros fan, but even I’ve got to agree with you there…I’m so sick of the color red at this point of the season I could puke…

    Not that I know anything but the Astros will have competition wearing brick red next season… Hmmmm… and it ain’ the Cubs.

    T.

  • CubsFanBudMan | August 1, 2006 at 2:05 pm |

    [quote comment="3808"]

    Great news for Cubs fans!

    Word from MLB headquarters is that the Cubs will be returning to names on the back of all 3 sets of uniforms next season.

    Who says the Cubs never get it right!

    A failed two year (sans names) experiment corrected.

    Now, all the Cubs need to do is correct the 98 year experiment called winning a World Series… maybe in our life times,,, but then again…

    Go Flubs.

    T[/quote]

    Figures you’d say something like that. The Cubs should keep the names OFF the home jersey. I don’t care about the “home” alt. Seems silly to have the exact same jersey for home and road with the only difference being the last name. The only thing I’ve heard is that the Dodgers are putting the names back on next year. I hope you’re wrong about the Cubs. No numbers looks much better, IMO.

    What the Cubs need to do is a minor overhaul for the 100-year anniversaries of their two titles (1907-1908). Or at least a Sunday throwback-inspired alt.

  • Richard | August 1, 2006 at 2:39 pm |

    The Red Sox have also partnered with Build-A-Bear. The Sox, though, have gone beyond just the home uniform. You can also purchase an away uniform, complete with stirrups. But the best of them all is the mascot, Wally The Green Monster. Wally comes already dressed in a Red Sox home jersey with “Green Monster” on the back.
    Wish I could find the pictures, but I think the links are on the home pc.

  • Wyl | August 1, 2006 at 3:17 pm |

    I agree with you, Paul. The Bucs look very good and are vastly underrated, uni-wise. I’m not a vest guy, but they make it work much better than the Reds do. I miss the pillbox hats a bit, though.

    I can’t say I’m a fan of the Padres’ current unis. While the road unis are at least unique, the home threads look like poorly designed knock-offs of the team just up the I-5. By virtue of living in northern San Diego County my NL rooting interest is the Friars, and I’m tired of the grief my Dodger-fan buddies heap on the new-look unis.

    The road uniform is unique, but if uniqueness is a measure of greatness, someone please tell me why one would ever switch from unis like these. Not only did they represent San Diego better than the current kit does (even when factoring the “symbolism” of the new color scheme), but the design was much cleaner than the new look.

    The 1978 unis were excellent, particularly the font of the number. I’m rather torn between the road and alternate; the home uni doesn’t float my boat as much. The 1982 road look is pretty sharp, too.

    My point in all this is why would a team with such a rich uni history choose to look like the Pacific League affiliate of the club up in Chavez Ravine? Envy? Lack of confidence? Jake Peavy and Brian Giles deserve much better work attire.

    Heck, even the old chocolate pinstripes (worn by Jack Clark here look better, and they made me physically ill for much of the mid-Eighties.

    Dave Winfield demands a do-over!

  • Nicole | August 1, 2006 at 3:35 pm |

    Watching the Brewers at Colorado game last night and though I’m loathe to admit I was paying this much attention to the other team, Colorado was featuring 3 men on the infield all socked-up. 3/4 is well on the way to domination, I say!

  • EljayK004 | August 1, 2006 at 3:49 pm |

    I can’t understand how the Olde English D is a downgrade, maybe it’s just hometown pride. However, another loser in the Casey trade to Detroit is all of us high sock lovers. Chris Shelton usually wears his pants up with lots of navy blue sock showing. Here in Detroit we also have Brandon Inge, who I’ve never seen in pajama bottoms, and Curtis Granderson (not always, but sometimes) who wear their pants up.

  • Josh W | August 1, 2006 at 3:51 pm |

    [quote comment="3810"]I’m an Astros fan, but even I’ve got to agree with you there…I’m so sick of the color red at this point of the season I could puke…

    Not that I know anything but the Astros will have competition wearing brick red next season… Hmmmm… and it ain’ the Cubs.

    T.[/quote]

    Please clarify what you mean here. i’d like to hear this new uni news.

  • LouUmp | August 1, 2006 at 3:59 pm |

    [quote comment="3796"][quote comment="3773"]I’d guess that the umpire had the cards in a ziploc bag to keep them from getting soaked with sweat. I know how nasty wet money is; I wouldn’t want to mess with a wet lineup card.[/quote]

    But would sweat really reach that layer considering the plate ump’s wearing a thick chest protector and probably an undershirt?

    Oh yessss….ASA sells a nice lineup card holder for its umps….and you can find insurance/registration card holders that work fine also

  • MJE | August 1, 2006 at 4:08 pm |

    I just got back from the football HOF and the NYG helmet in the display of all of the current helmets has “Riddel” written on the nose bumper, unlike the actual helmets which were blank last year and apparently will have an “ny” logo this year. Sorry. No pics.

  • Pedro | August 1, 2006 at 4:22 pm |

    [quote comment="3806"]I have to agree about the Padre’s unis, I like the sand aways and the color combinations. The wavy P is their BP hat and I am glad they haven’t converted it into a “3rd” cap. As a Soldier I kinda like camo uni day (just as long as no other teams try it, it is the Padres deal).[/quote]

    Yeah if only they would wear the all “sand” uniforms and stop wearing the alternate all the time. The sand pants (or white pants) w/ dark alternate theyve been wearing almost exclusively for the last month and a half or so, look horrible.

  • Jeff | August 1, 2006 at 4:25 pm |

    Way off topic here, but relevant to a prior discussion.

    Caught FSN’s 50 Biggest Blowups last night. In the AI “practice” clip, he’s wearing a Sox cap that’s white with red piping and the red pair-of-socks logo.

  • SAS | August 1, 2006 at 4:47 pm |

    I don’t much like the “sand” Padres uniforms, though I give them props for trying something different. I agree with Wyl in liking the late 70’s look, and I too like the early/mid 80’s brown/orange/gold look.

    As for Abreu moving to the Yankees, while I agree that the Yankees threads are better, I like the Phils’ current unis quite a bit.

  • Luke | August 1, 2006 at 4:49 pm |

    [quote comment="3821"][quote comment="3810"]I’m an Astros fan, but even I’ve got to agree with you there…I’m so sick of the color red at this point of the season I could puke…

    Not that I know anything but the Astros will have competition wearing brick red next season… Hmmmm… and it ain’ the Cubs.

    T.[/quote]

    Please clarify what you mean here. i’d like to hear this new uni news.[/quote]

    Yea seriously, who are you talking about?

  • Tom O'Grady | August 1, 2006 at 5:01 pm |

    Figures you’d say something like that. The Cubs should keep the names OFF the home jersey. I don’t care about the “home” alt. Seems silly to have the exact same jersey for home and road with the only difference being the last name. The only thing I’ve heard is that the Dodgers are putting the names back on next year. I hope you’re wrong about the Cubs. No numbers looks much better, IMO.

    What the Cubs need to do is a minor overhaul for the 100-year anniversaries of their two titles (1907-1908). Or at least a Sunday throwback-inspired alt.

    Hey IMO, every and I mean every Cubs fan I know and I know a lot of them and dying to put the names back on all 3 jerseys.

    How the hell will you be able to identify the cast of minor leaguers the Cubs will have playing this August and September?

    Who buys a scorecard anymore IOM???????

    Your idea of celebrating their 1908 World Series only increases the pain real Cubs fans feel for not having won since then…

    Two ideas presented, both misguided.

    T.

  • David | August 1, 2006 at 5:04 pm |

    [quote comment="3829"]Figures you’d say something like that. The Cubs should keep the names OFF the home jersey. I don’t care about the “home” alt. Seems silly to have the exact same jersey for home and road with the only difference being the last name. The only thing I’ve heard is that the Dodgers are putting the names back on next year. I hope you’re wrong about the Cubs. No numbers looks much better, IMO.

    What the Cubs need to do is a minor overhaul for the 100-year anniversaries of their two titles (1907-1908). Or at least a Sunday throwback-inspired alt.

    Hey IMO, every and I mean every Cubs fan I know and I know a lot of them and dying to put the names back on all 3 jerseys.

    How the hell will you be able to identify the cast of minor leaguers the Cubs will have playing this August and September?

    Who buys a scorecard anymore IOM???????

    Your idea of celebrating their 1908 World Series only increases the pain real Cubs fans feel for not having won since then…

    Two ideas presented, both misguided.

    T.[/quote]

    Uhhh…I still don’t get what that has to do with brick red. Maybe I’m retarded.

  • Tom O'Grady | August 1, 2006 at 5:14 pm |

    Josh W said:

    Tom O’Grady said:

    I’m an Astros fan, but even I’ve got to agree with you there…I’m so sick of the color red at this point of the season I could puke…

    Not that I know anything but the Astros will have competition wearing brick red next season… Hmmmm… and it ain’ the Cubs.

    T.

    Please clarify what you mean here. i’d like to hear this new uni news.

    Yea seriously, who are you talking about?

    I’d be a leaker if I passed that info along…It is a dramatic change for sure and looks great in prototypes for sure.

    T.

  • Matthew | August 1, 2006 at 5:20 pm |

    Now you’re just teasing us. Can you least tell us if it’s in the NL Central? Certainly the Cardinals would never change to a brick red from their Cardinal red. The Pirates, I truly hope, would not dare to incorporate more red into their logo as other teams do with black. The Brewers…..well they have no reason for including red in their uniforms…..I can’t imagine the Cubs changing too much, and certainly not to anything with more red in it….The Reds already have red uniform jerseys, but they’re not brick red per se…so who could it be?

  • Andrew F | August 1, 2006 at 5:20 pm |

    [quote comment="3807"][quote comment="3805"]and if you think the camo unis are tough to look at, try Mission Pro Helium’s Tuxedos or Mission Pro Rink Rat’s Argyle sweater-vest look.[/quote]

    Holy crap! Are those a joke? That argyle may be the worst uniform I’ve EVER seen….[/quote]

    C’mon, it’s roller hockey, it’s almost expected!

  • Matthew | August 1, 2006 at 5:26 pm |

    [quote comment="3835"][quote comment="3807"][quote comment="3805"]and if you think the camo unis are tough to look at, try Mission Pro Helium’s Tuxedos or Mission Pro Rink Rat’s Argyle sweater-vest look.[/quote]

    Holy crap! Are those a joke? That argyle may be the worst uniform I’ve EVER seen….[/quote]

    C’mon, it’s roller hockey, it’s almost expected![/quote]

    You make a good point.

  • BurghFan | August 1, 2006 at 5:36 pm |

    The 1976 All-Star photo leads me to wonder if any other league wore league caps instead of the individual teams’ at the All-Star Game.

  • Mr. Met | August 1, 2006 at 6:08 pm |

    [quote comment="3834"]Now you’re just teasing us. Can you least tell us if it’s in the NL Central? Certainly the Cardinals would never change to a brick red from their Cardinal red. The Pirates, I truly hope, would not dare to incorporate more red into their logo as other teams do with black. The Brewers…..well they have no reason for including red in their uniforms…..I can’t imagine the Cubs changing too much, and certainly not to anything with more red in it….The Reds already have red uniform jerseys, but they’re not brick red per se…so who could it be?[/quote]
    If you don’t limit it to those teams only in the NL Central, how about Philadelphia, Atlanta or Washington?

  • CubsFanBudMan | August 1, 2006 at 6:25 pm |

    [quote comment="3829"]

    Hey IMO, every and I mean every Cubs fan I know and I know a lot of them and dying to put the names back on all 3 jerseys.

    How the hell will you be able to identify the cast of minor leaguers the Cubs will have playing this August and September?

    Who buys a scorecard anymore IOM???????

    Your idea of celebrating their 1908 World Series only increases the pain real Cubs fans feel for not having won since then…

    Two ideas presented, both misguided.

    T.[/quote]

    Misguided? Sounds like a concept familiar to you and your many aliases. Well, Tom, you said your an Astros fan, so I don’t think you have your finger on the pulse of Cubs fans. Not that I do either, but at least I am one. And I live in Chicago and no one is screaming for the names to come back. Those who would are fans that don’t know their team. Wrigley fans, not Cubs fans. The kind I’d expect you to hang out with (that are “dying to put the names back.”)

    Scorecards have nothing to do with the numbers on the back of a jersey. Two clicks on a cell phone will call up a Cubs roster if people are clueless. And they announce the names when they come up to bat and put the names on TV for fans at home. If you think people actually learn the team by reading the names on a jersey, think again.

    No one said anything about “celebrating” a 1908 title. The idea presented was to put the Cubs in a uniform similar to what they actually won in.

    Misguided? Your reading skills are misguided, among other things. No one here should be fooled by you and your tease suggesting actual insider info.

  • seize | August 1, 2006 at 6:57 pm |

    You missed talking about the Racing Sausages’ newest player, Chorizo. ¡Viva la sausage!

  • awesomejeff | August 1, 2006 at 7:09 pm |

    Growing up as a Mets fan, I can confirm that ARod is correct. Most of the Mets’ All-Stars in the “glory years” of the mid to late 80s wore white shoes. I always thought it was a little weird, but by the third year in a row I was expecting the whites.

  • Tom O'Grady | August 1, 2006 at 7:16 pm |

    This site is outstanding. So if you want to bash me go onto the Creamer site and take your best shot. This is not a forum for a pissing match so back to the topic.

    An Astros fan? Nope, are you serious?

    I’m a 4th generation dyed in the wool Cubs fan who has sat in over 40 games in the Wrigley bleachers listening to long time Cubs fans complain about not having their names on the back of their jerseys. Same bitching I heard at the Cubs Convention 2 years ago when they announced it,

    So on this point you’re dead wrong, as another Cubs project begins warming up in the bullpen, and fast give me the numbers worn by:

    Aardsma? Ryu? Wuertz? Ohman? Hill? and many more to come…

    Scorecards have nothing to do with numbers of the back of a jersey? Proved my point, you are misguided. Why have a scorecard then? No numbers needed. You sound ridiculous.

    And no I’m not flipping on my cell phone to check to see what number David Aardsma is wearing. Get a clue here. How long will that take 6 minutes. You have never been to game a Wrigley.

    Get the Cubs to wear the 1908 jersey in which they last won a World Series title in? Let me repeat, why focus on the length of futility “real” Cubs fans have had to endure. That is a horrible idea and thankfully one I can assure you won’t happen until they actually win a World Series…

    Try this to get your World Series jollies instead:

    http://images.google...

    Sorry Paul…

  • Tom O'Grady | August 1, 2006 at 7:21 pm |

    Matthew said:

    Now you’re just teasing us. Can you least tell us if it’s in the NL Central? Certainly the Cardinals would never change to a brick red from their Cardinal red. The Pirates, I truly hope, would not dare to incorporate more red into their logo as other teams do with black. The Brewers…..well they have no reason for including red in their uniforms…..I can’t imagine the Cubs changing too much, and certainly not to anything with more red in it….The Reds already have red uniform jerseys, but they’re not brick red per se…so who could it be?

    No can do. No leaking. Viewed at MLB headquarters on Park Ave. A very nice change. Only concern is the Astros brick red has been proprietary to them until next season.

    And saw another team making a change but much more minor than team A.

    One trend to look for, vests are going to be diminished over the next few years on many teams.

    T.

  • Talan | August 1, 2006 at 7:58 pm |

    I can’t be certain, but I get the feeling that O’Grady is 100% full of it. And you’d think I’d like the guy with all his Cub-bashing, since I’m a lifelong Cards fan.

  • Tom O'Grady | August 1, 2006 at 8:20 pm |

    I can’t be certain, but I get the feeling that O’Grady is 100% full of it. And you’d think I’d like the guy with all his Cub-bashing, since I’m a lifelong Cards fan.

    Save this and review in November. No BS. Cubs sweep Cards.

    T.

  • Talan | August 1, 2006 at 8:26 pm |

    Thanks for the sweep reminder, man. If you weren’t so busy trying to impress everyone with your inside info you would have understood I was siding with the Cubs fans here, except for you of course. All I’m saying is that you sound pretty uncredible when you tell everyone these thhings and then refuse to give details. If it is true, fine, I’m wrong, but there’s no reason to bring it up if your going to just withhold it.

  • Josh W | August 1, 2006 at 8:55 pm |

    [quote comment="3850"]Thanks for the sweep reminder, man. If you weren’t so busy trying to impress everyone with your inside info you would have understood I was siding with the Cubs fans here, except for you of course. All I’m saying is that you sound pretty uncredible when you tell everyone these thhings and then refuse to give details. If it is true, fine, I’m wrong, but there’s no reason to bring it up if your going to just withhold it.[/quote]

    Yea i agree, if you can’t tell us about it, why bring it up. Its like holding the bait out there and snatching it back. But with all this hate…WHY CAN’T WE ALL JUST BE FRIENDS!?!

  • Tom O'Grady | August 1, 2006 at 9:12 pm |

    That’s the beauty of the Internet. You can SUGGEST to the audience of things to come…and when they materialize…enjoy the conversations that flow from them and they will materialize, you can be sure of that.

    Hate? What hate. We’re talking about uniforms not Lebanon and Israel here kids…

    T.

  • Timeout | August 1, 2006 at 9:26 pm |

    You guys keep missing one of the best home uniforms in the league, the Giants. How many teams have “Cream”, or “French Vanilla” as Jeff Kent called them, home uni’s? I count only 1, the G-Men. How can you not love the subtle change that makes a huge and unique difference? plus it just seems to look even better in Pac Bell/SBC/AT&T Park.

    I think O’Grady is full of crap too, only team that could change to a brick red would be the Phillies, who were maroon for a while, but doubt that, or the D-Rays, who already said they were changing their uni’s and possibly their name, and would look pretty sharp with brick red and that green, a la the Bucks.

    Earlier this year against the Braves, they wore Tampa Tarpons uni’s which were red and white. Looked pretty solid but the name sometimes looks like Tampons, just seemed a little off

    Tampa Tarpons

  • Mark in Shiga | August 1, 2006 at 9:29 pm |

    Names on the Cubs home uniforms!?

    Is this already set in stone? I’m 100% against — the Cubs’ home uniforms look great with just the numbers. The blue uniforms can go either way; doesn’t matter to me, but the home pinstripes: no names, please!

    Names on uniforms just aren’t that necessary anymore. Maybe so in the 1970s, but these days we have graphics on TV to tell us who everyone is, and at the actual ballpark most people’s seats are too far away to read the names (plus there are jumbotron screens and the like to fill us in).

    I admit that I like the red border around the numbers, which the Cubs didn’t have last time they wore number-only jerseys.

    Is it too late to call the Cubs and protest?

  • Talan | August 1, 2006 at 9:48 pm |

    The Rockies could use an overhaul, “brick red” would look better than purple…

  • JTH | August 1, 2006 at 9:50 pm |

    [quote comment="3855"]Names on uniforms just aren’t that necessary anymore. Maybe so in the 1970s, but these days we have graphics on TV to tell us who everyone is, and at the actual ballpark most people’s seats are too far away to read the names (plus there are jumbotron screens and the like to fill us in).

    I admit that I like the red border around the numbers, which the Cubs didn’t have last time they wore number-only jerseys.
    [/quote]

    Yeah, that Wrigley Jumbotron is awesome.

    And I really don’t care one way or the other about the red border but I’d prefer to see it gone.

    [quote comment="3854"]You guys keep missing one of the best home uniforms in the league, the Giants. How many teams have “Cream”, or “French Vanilla” as Jeff Kent called them, home uni’s? I count only 1, the G-Men. How can you not love the subtle change that makes a huge and unique difference?[/quote]
    I heard someone compare that color to the color of urine-stained white bedsheets and ever since then, those unis just don’t look that good to me.

  • Josh W | August 1, 2006 at 9:51 pm |

    Ok, i’ll just drop that one. Anyways, i was just watching the Braves and Pirates game, and almost all of the Pirate players had their Pirate patches on their above their biceps, Jason Bay’s patch was half way down to his elbow. Kinda hard to explain, and I dont have any pictures. If anyone else knows why this is, or has pictures that would be great. Thanks

  • dw438 | August 1, 2006 at 10:03 pm |

    That picture of Kong with the white Pumas brings back memories. Most on my hs football team at that time had white Pumas, with a maroon stripe.
    God, the shoes look so clean, simple and classy.
    Unlike Dave Kingman, and definitely unlike today’s footwear.

  • that guy | August 1, 2006 at 10:37 pm |

    has anyone read that len pasquarelli article about chris simms? there is a picture of him practicing, right here.

    is this there practice jersey? or is that some new standard jersey? the numbers look kinda funky.

  • Tampa Bay Buc | August 1, 2006 at 11:38 pm |

    [quote comment="3864"]has anyone read that len pasquarelli article about chris simms?
    is this there practice jersey? or is that some new standard jersey? the numbers look kinda funky.[/quote]
    Uni-Watch already addressed this. That is a practice jersey.

  • Kevin | August 2, 2006 at 12:08 am |

    [quote comment="3781"]The best part is that you’re paying them $20 to make sure their logo is visible. I wouldn’t think that the sleeves serve any other purpose.[/quote]they do if u didnt want to buy new colored cleats for a new team.

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | August 2, 2006 at 1:36 am |

    a. well, im finally back after 3 weeks in ohio for work (and no internet access, yikes!)

    b. i come back and read everything i miss, and find that the attitude on this blog has escalated everyday. c’mon guys, lets clean things up and keep the flaming to a minimum, err, umm to a halt. its bad enough that many americans still cant coexist while in the company of one another, now it flows in to internet conversation? we are all here because we have ONE COMMON INTEREST. i would expect a better environment within this community.

    c. if i were a betting man, i would bet the ranch that it is tampa who will be going with the brick red. they have already come out and said they plan on overhauling the whole operation, uni’s, colors, etc. so it would fit that they would honor the cities baseball history of the tarpons and use their colors.

    d. in reading the past posts, i’ve noticed many of you pay attention closely to kicks. ive contributed to paul on this blog and the column on my knowledge of kicks for over a year now. my question, who of you are niketalkers?

    e. paul made mention a week ago that the site gets 10k hits daily, so i hope you all are helping him and his site by clicking on the side links at least once per visit. it really helps in what he can offer us.

    d. sorry if i posted like a parent, but it was just getting to me.

  • Chris | August 2, 2006 at 7:57 am |

    Bobby Abreau had his first game with the Yanks last night, he was wearing #53 that he got from Larry Bowa, Bowa switched to #50. The rumor is he gave Bowa something but the terms of the deal haven’t been released yet. Also he stil wore a red glove and had all Phillies travel bags. The red glove looked funny with the Yanks uniforms.

  • CubsFanBudMan | August 2, 2006 at 8:19 am |

    [quote comment="3832"]
    Tom O’Grady said:

    I’m an Astros fan, [/quote]

    Hmm…maybe I read that wrong. Or maybe you don’t know how to work the “quote” function. Fine, you’re a Cubs fan, but don’t tell me about games at Wrigley and Cubs Conventions to increase credibilty. I’m there all the time. Obviously — and thankfully — we travel in different circles. Just know your opinions don’t represent all Cubs fans. And scorecards are for KEEPING SCORE. You started the name-calling with your misguided cracks and mightier-than-thou attitude. I’ll just go back to ignoring you. You are insignificant but painfully looking for acceptance here and at CC. Finally, 54, 20, 43, 50, 53. I might be wrong, but I don’t think so. That’s from memory, because I’m a fan. With the current Cubs format, that Jeromy Burnitz No. 3 jersey you bought last year turned into a Theriot and now and Izturis. Nomar turned into a Cedeno. I like that better. The name on the front means more than the one on the back. Despite your anti-leak stance, you LEAKED that someone will wear brick. So now you’re a hypocrite, too. Congrats. And goodbye. I’m through with you. I don’t have time for someone who calls people names without recognizing their own problems.

  • CubsFanBudMan | August 2, 2006 at 8:24 am |

    [quote comment="3855"]Names on the Cubs home uniforms!?

    Is this already set in stone? I’m 100% against — the Cubs’ home uniforms look great with just the numbers. The blue uniforms can go either way; doesn’t matter to me, but the home pinstripes: no names, please!

    Names on uniforms just aren’t that necessary anymore. Maybe so in the 1970s, but these days we have graphics on TV to tell us who everyone is, and at the actual ballpark most people’s seats are too far away to read the names (plus there are jumbotron screens and the like to fill us in).

    I admit that I like the red border around the numbers, which the Cubs didn’t have last time they wore number-only jerseys.

    Is it too late to call the Cubs and protest?[/quote]

    Well said.

  • CubsFanBudMan | August 2, 2006 at 8:24 am |

    [quote comment="3850"]Thanks for the sweep reminder, man. If you weren’t so busy trying to impress everyone with your inside info you would have understood I was siding with the Cubs fans here, except for you of course. All I’m saying is that you sound pretty uncredible when you tell everyone these thhings and then refuse to give details. If it is true, fine, I’m wrong, but there’s no reason to bring it up if your going to just withhold it.[/quote]

    Again, bravo. Glad to see so many people have so much more sense here. But one bad apple…

  • Smellycat | August 2, 2006 at 8:28 am |

    [quote comment="3872"]a. well, im finally back after 3 weeks in ohio for work (and no internet access, yikes!)

    b. i come back and read everything i miss, and find that the attitude on this blog has escalated everyday. c’mon guys, lets clean things up and keep the flaming to a minimum, err, umm to a halt. its bad enough that many americans still cant coexist while in the company of one another, now it flows in to internet conversation? we are all here because we have ONE COMMON INTEREST. i would expect a better environment within this community.

    c. if i were a betting man, i would bet the ranch that it is tampa who will be going with the brick red. they have already come out and said they plan on overhauling the whole operation, uni’s, colors, etc. so it would fit that they would honor the cities baseball history of the tarpons and use their colors.

    d. in reading the past posts, i’ve noticed many of you pay attention closely to kicks. ive contributed to paul on this blog and the column on my knowledge of kicks for over a year now. my question, who of you are niketalkers?

    e. paul made mention a week ago that the site gets 10k hits daily, so i hope you all are helping him and his site by clicking on the side links at least once per visit. it really helps in what he can offer us.

    d. sorry if i posted like a parent, but it was just getting to me.[/quote]

    Have to agree with you. It’s a shame but totally predictable that people just can’t keep it civil. I figured it was just a matter of time before you had Red Sox fans bashing everything and anything about the Yankees, and vice-versa, etc, etc.

    LET’S PLAY NICE AND BEHAVE LIKE ADULTS!!

  • Brooks Reuter | August 2, 2006 at 8:48 am |

    I wanted to point out to someone who posted the other day about the NY Football Giants wearing NY on the nose bumper this year. He stated that the area is left blank, however not all players leave the blank bumper, as can be seen here.
    Eli

    Plax

  • Tom O'Grady | August 2, 2006 at 10:15 am |

    Hmm…maybe I read that wrong. Or maybe you don’t know how to work the “quote” function. Fine, you’re a Cubs fan, but don’t tell me about games at Wrigley and Cubs Conventions to increase credibilty. I’m there all the time. Obviously — and thankfully — we travel in different circles. Just know your opinions don’t represent all Cubs fans. And scorecards are for KEEPING SCORE. You started the name-calling with your misguided cracks and mightier-than-thou attitude. I’ll just go back to ignoring you. You are insignificant but painfully looking for acceptance here and at CC. Finally, 54, 20, 43, 50, 53. I might be wrong, but I don’t think so. That’s from memory, because I’m a fan. With the current Cubs format, that Jeromy Burnitz No. 3 jersey you bought last year turned into a Theriot and now and Izturis. Nomar turned into a Cedeno. I like that better. The name on the front means more than the one on the back. Despite your anti-leak stance, you LEAKED that someone will wear brick. So now you’re a hypocrite, too. Congrats. And goodbye. I’m through with you. I don’t have time for someone who calls people names without recognizing their own problems.

    BudManCubsFan- I have no problems unless discussing logos and uniforms is considered a problem. Then we’re all in trouble.

    Why leak information when you have long term “trusted” relationships with league officials…that would be called CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION not being a hypocrite…

    Nomar to Cedeno? You like that? OK.that’s cool… Your perrogative…as strange as it is…

    Looking forward to buying my Felix Pie with the name PIE on the back…and I buy the scorecards because no I don’t have Dave Aardsma’ name memorized…

    Let me repeat, the Cubs are putting their names on the back of the jerseys next year to the delight of every Cubs fan I know (besides misguided).

    You’re look like you run in the 15% of the Cubs fans circle…

    http://users.rcn.com...

    Lee Elia is my Hero.

    T.

  • CubsFanBudMan | August 2, 2006 at 10:27 am |

    For those of you I’ve offended by defending myself, I apologize. And to Paul, I apologize. Anything further directed at me will not be met with a response, however tempting, since it doesn’t deserve a response. Thanks for your patience. Back to the unis.

  • Chris Karluk | August 3, 2006 at 1:23 pm |

    “The home plate ump usually keeps the two teams’ lineup cards in his chest pocket. But on Sunday night, the lineup card in Eric Cooper’s pocket appeared to be laminated, or maybe encased in a plastic sheet. Never seen that before.”

    I don’t know how common it is in baseball, but as a high-school football official, I use a plastic sleeve on warm days to prevent the cards we use to keep game information from getting too wet. It’s a tip I’ve picked up from veterans, and it makes it much easier to write things down when it gets late in the fourth quarter.

  • Joey S | August 3, 2006 at 5:23 pm |

    dude you are retarted the broncos jerseys are awesome and the blue on blue combo looks sweet

  • Tim Stackhouse | August 3, 2006 at 6:15 pm |

    While I will not make any attempt to defend the Rockies purple jerseys or the black ones with the puprle sleeves–jerseys Uni-Watch seems to forget that they only wore one time– I think that the Rockies pinstriped home uniform is as nice as any in the league. If Uni-Watch is going to praise the Cubs and the Yankees for their pinstriped uniforms it can’t hate on the Rockies almost exact copy of the Yankees home uniform.

  • Jason in Denver | August 3, 2006 at 6:34 pm |

    I’m still hurt by the jab at the Rockies because they have the color purple in their uniforms. From day to day, the only purple you’ll see 90% of the time is in the cap lettering, and in the logo if they wear the raod vests. Otherwise, they’re black silver and white.

    Very rarely do they wear the purple monstrocities you’ve shown, and I think they deserve a little credit for phasing out the purple a bit without making a big stink about Uni changes to increase jersey sales.

  • Mark | August 3, 2006 at 11:39 pm |

    As a baseball coach who gets to order uniforms, I have found that you can never make everyone happy. You go with what you like and hope everyone else will like it too. As for the Rockies, I love their unis. They are the second best set of pinstripes in the bigs, behind the yanks!

  • Zen | August 4, 2006 at 10:50 pm |

    If I were a pitcher, I’d definitely get a no-trade clause against going to the Rockies. Poor Affeldt and Bautista. As if their ERAs weren’t high enough already.

  • johny | August 6, 2006 at 12:15 pm |

    Paul, I’m also going to jump in a defend the Rockies unis. Yes, the purple alternate unis are awful but they seem to be fazing them out. The primary pinstripped home and road unis are both classics, with a strong, unique font in a fine arc. The clean CR logo on the black cap is simple and timeless, and the purple brim look great with the road greys. The use of purple as an element is effortlessly appropriate, echoing America the Beautiful’s “Purple Mountains majesty” line. No, I’m not from nor live in Denver, just asking you to reconsider; they’re a lot better than TB, Arizona, Milwaukee, SD, Houston, Florida and Toronto.

  • Mitch Duggins | September 10, 2006 at 11:44 pm |

    Regarding the “brick red” uniform change, aren’t the Arizona Diamondbacks changing their colors this year? I read somewhere that they were ditching the purple because it looks horrible (and it does…)