Quite the whirlwind day yesterday. Got a call in the morning from…
Update, 11:50 a.m.: Well, you’ll never know who I got a call from, because I’ve been asked to show a bit more discretion. But I can tell you that it looks like our Ditch the Black campaign is gonna get some play in this Sunday’s New York Times, whoop-whoop!
Meanwhile, some notes from yesterday’s playoff games:
â€¢ The Mets have become the latest team to pull that lame stunt of putting the team’s logo on the back of the pitching mound. Let’s hope this doesn’t become a habit.
â€¢ Since the Mets were wearing black caps, they also had black undersleeves, black belts, and black socks — and, in the case of the injured Orlando “It’s a pull, not a cramp” Hernandez, a black soft-cast/brace thingie. If the team had been wearing blue caps/sleeves/belts/socks, would El Duque have had a blue cast?
â€¢ As I was getting ready to head out to Shea for yesterday’s Mets/Dodgers game, I was listening to the Twins/A’s game on the radio and heard the announcers briefly mention something about Esteban Loaiza’s jersey and a cup of coffee. When I got home, I checked the game video and found this report from Erin Andrews during the 4th inning:
A busy half-inning for Esteban Loaiza. That ball hit by Nick Punto caught him in the pinkie, so he came back to the dugout and started rubbing his pinkie. Well, all of a sudden Milton Bradley walked by and threw a water bottle up top. And that knocked over a thing of coffee, which nailed Esteban Loaiza right there. He had to walk back into the clubhouse, get a totally new jersey, pants on, new hat, new glove.
Don’tcha hate it when broadcasters toss around uptown, insider-y terms like “threw a water bottle up top” and “a thing of coffee”?
Site Talk: Two items of note relating to this here web venue:
â€¢ Don’t overlook the “Links” section, located in the right-hand column of the page. Readers frequently ask me for stuff that’s already listed right there in “Links” (por ejemplo: “Is there a web site that shows those futuristic ‘turn ahead the clock’ baseball uniforms from the late 1990s?”). Tons of good info lurking in there, people — poke around, explore, have fun.
â€¢ Still not too late to submit questions to for Todd Krevanchi’s upcoming Uni Watch Profiles interview with me (we’ll get around to it soon, promise). If you have questions about me, about the site, about the Uni Watch World Domination Scheme, send them to Todd, here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Yesterday’s Ticker had an item regarding Indiana freshman gridders Adrian Burks and Aaron Burks, whose nameplates read “Ad. BROOKS” and “Aa. BROOKS.” Unfortunately, we had no photo. But now, thanks to a link provided in yesterday’s Comments, we do. … Good season-opening NHL note from John Muir (no, not that John Muir): “During the Avalanche/Stars game [last night], Darryl ‘Razor’ Reugh commented on the fact that both goalies (Dallas’s Turco, Colorado’s Theodore) sport gargoyles on their masks. He even gave a basic French lesson to the viewers regarding the derivation of ‘gargoyle’ [according to Wikipedia: from the French gargouille, originally the throat or gullet, cf. Latin gurgulio, gula, and similar words derived from root gar, to swallow, the word representing the gurgling sound of water]. Though the two goalies use different interpretations, the use of the gargoyle is meant to symbolize the force/creature that wards off evil spirits from attacking the castle/fortress/etc. For a goalie this makes perfect sense, and that was the point Razor was getting at.”