Cold weather can make people do funny things, and it was plenty damn cold on Friday in Detroit, where the Tigers and A’s bundled up for Game 3 of the ALCS.
Latino players, like Placido Polanco, are usually the ones who have the most trouble with low-temp games (although at least Polanco didn’t go the full-on ski mask route, like Aramis Ramirez did back in April). On Friday, top honors for cold weather resourcefulness went to Venezuelan native Marco Scutaro, who looked like a Sherpa during infield and batting practice and then — in a true stroke of genius — wore his knit cap over his baseball cap during the game (here’s another view). This move left some readers aghast, but I loved it. Scutaro even made sure the cap’s A’s logo was facing forward, and the cap actually had an MLB logo on the back! Hey, if it was good enough for Jose Theodore, then why not for Scutaro? It’s not like he was pulling a Steve Wallace or a Mark Kelso. (Okay, so that’s a bit of a stretch anyway, but I’ve been looking for an excuse to reference the ProCap.)
But here’s something that’s tough to figure: Despite the frigid conditions on Friday, several of the Tigers were wearing Cool Base jerseys, as you can tell from the telltale underarm gussets visible here on Kenny Rogers, Brandon Inge, and — yes — Placido Polanco.
Theodore and Scutaro get my votes for history’s coolest-looking cold weather maneuvers. Care to nominate someone else? You know what to do.
Research Query: I was in a bar on Saturday, around 6pm, and the Alabama/Miss game was on one of the TVs. No sound, though. I was telling the person on the next barstool all about Alabama’s special Bear Bryant commemorative houndstooth collar pattern when the TV suddenly showed a close-up still shot of someone’s shin, with a $2 bill taped to his sock. Again, the sound was off, so I couldn’t hear what this was about, although my impression was that it had something to do with one of the placekickers. Anyone know the full story here?
Uni Watch News Ticker: Genuinely frightening college football design partnership in the offing here (but I won’t shoot the messenger, who in this case is Ben Trattner). … Paul Hirsch notes that there’s a small bit about Cal’s various uni combos toward the bottom of this page (scroll down to the “Bears play dress-up” section). … Bolivar High in Missouri has yellow decals on one side of their helmets and white uni numbers on the other (plus they appear to be very generous with the merit decals). “I can’t think of another team that has different decals on each side of the helmet,” says Josh Cooper, who brought this anomaly to my attention. I can’t think of one either (and no, the Steelers don’t count, since they simply have no decal on one side). Anyone else? … Latest MLBer with something illegible scribbled under his brim: Braden Looper. … Kansas State has unveiled what appears to be history’s worst basketball uniforms. Further depressing details here. … No comment. … Ditto. … The good news is that the Sabres broke out their alternate throwbacks on Saturday night. The bad news is that the throwbacks now have uni numbers on the chest, just like the Buffaslug jerseys. … Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo began Friday’s game wearing green-and-blue pads that matched Vancouver’s throwback uni. He wasn’t feeling comfortable in that gear, however, so he came out for the second period wearing his regular pads (but still had the retro-colored glove and blocker). Further details in the last three paragraphs of this article. (Big thanks to AJ Brandt.) … Missed most of last night’s Mets/Cards game because I had a prior commitment to see Okkervil River at the Bowery Ballroom, where reader Ryan Armbrust actually recognized me, based solely on the occasional photo of me that’s appeared on this site — a Uni Watch first (unless you count that time Phil Knight crossed over to the other side of the street when he spotted me coming toward him down the sidewalk)! Fortunately, the immense social-geekitude potential embodied in such an encounter was mitigated by the fact that Armbrust was wearing a really cool vintage 49ers T-shirt.