A crummy design is bad enough, but a missed opportunity is even worse. The Blue Jays managed to combine the two yesterday, when they introduced newly signed bopper Frank Thomas to the media and used the occasion to unveil their new alternate cap.
And man, is it a stinker. Like, is that the lamest “T” ever or what? It looks like a seagull swooping down to take a dump, and it doesn’t even match the “T” on the team’s road jersey. More importantly, everyone’s been saying for years that it’d be nice if the Blue Jays actually had some blue in their color scheme again, so this was a great chance to introduce a cerulean chapeau. But no, they had to go with black (which created a particularly blinding contrast with the Big Hurt’s bleached white teeth). What a waste.
Meanwhile, there was some uni watchery from the press corps, as a reporter alertly noted that Thomas’s new jersey featured uni No. 35 (the same number he wore during his stints in Chicago and Oakland), which until yesterday belonged to Lyle Overbay. Turns out Thomas and Overbay had already discussed this: “He said he’s open to changes with the number,” said Thomas. “He started with 11 and he said he might go to 11. I’m going to do something special for him.” Someone should inform Thomas that Overbay actually started with No. 23 during his Dbacks days, although he did indeed wear 11 when he moved to the Brewers. For now, he’s listed with no number on the Toronto roster.
Incidentally, while looking for old photos of Thomas, I came across this shot, from his days at Auburn. Check out the “A” logo on the sleeve!
This Space for Sale: As you can see, we now have display ads, which of course means Johnny Ek and I are now counting our millions while sipping cocktails on the French Riviera. Excellent wireless service out here, I’m happy to report, and my laptop hasn’t fallen in the pool even once. Only problem is, there’s nothing on the TV except soccer. Sigh.
More seriously, I can personally vouch for every one of our initial display advertisers: Helmet Hut, run by gridiron historian Curtis Worrell (one of the most knowledgeable and nicest people I’ve ever encountered on the uni beat), is a longtime Uni Watch favorite, with a dynamite array of football helmet reproductions that are true to the original detailing in every respect; Distant Replays sells a broad range of high-quality uni-related apparel that should appeal to any retro-minded fan; and Superba Graphics is the home of our own Scott M.X. Turner, who designed the Uni Watch logo. I hope you’ll check out all these fine sponsors and consider them for your holiday shopping needs.
Speaking of which: We’ll soon have a slew of new Uni Watch merch available for sale, including travel mugs, trucker’s caps, tote bags, and flip-flops. Okay, maybe not flip-flops. These new products will all be available with a choice of two designs: the primary Uni Watch logo, as seen at the top of this page, and this logo. Our previous merch — T-shirts, coffee mugs, and stamps — will be available with this second logo as well. More details on this soon.
This Space for Free: Distant Replays is going the extra mile by donating a $200 gift card to their site, which they’ve asked me to raffle off. Pretty cool, right? Here’s how we’re gonna do it: Tomorrow I’m going to present a uni-centric quiz, along with an e-mail address where you can submit your answers. The 10 people with the most correct answers will have their names put into a hat (or, actually, a Green Bay Packers reproduction helmet, made by Helmet Hut), and then I’ll select the winner. More on all of that tomorrow.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Good view here of Charles Woodson’s leg warmer look from Monday night. … Nice gallery of Philly-area game-worn hockey jerseys here (with thanks to Chris Ashworth). … The Ben Wallace headband story keeps getting stupider. … On Monday I linked to this New York Times article about the brisk sales of Pat Tillman jerseys. But apparently the Times had run a column suggesting sluggish Tillman sales just a few days earlier. Amusing details here. (With thanks to Uni Watch librarian/publicist Carrie Klein.) … Research question: Who is this? I think it’s John Dunlap, but his uni number isn’t clear enough for me to be sure. I know somebody linked to another photo of this player — presumably including a clear view of his number — a few days ago in the Comments section, but I can’t find it now. Little help..? … Yesterday it was Tom, today it’s Dick. Can Harry be far behind? … Mega-thanks to the many readers who rang the cash register in response to yesterday’s call for temporary tattoo purchases (read: donations). We truly appreciate your support.