On August 6th, 2004, Corey Patterson of the Cubs stepped up the plate to lead off the game against the Giants. He struck out. He went on to strike out three additional times that day, part of a miserable game in which he took an 0-for-5 collar and left three men on base.
And thanks to reader Mark Provenzano, we now know the source of Patterson’s troubles that day. Provenzano was sitting in a box seat near the Cubs dugout, about two feet from the deck circle. And as Patterson stood on deck during the top of the 4th, Provenzano couldn’t believe what he saw. So he took a photo of it — look.
Now, it’s hardly a news flash that today’s MLBers are more than a little misguided when it comes to the intersection of pant, sock, and shoe. But I’ve never seen anything as confused as what Patterson was doing in that game. This is a major league ballplayer?! The mind fairly boggles.
I immediately began canvassing old pics of Patterson, including several dozen from the 2004 season, but there was nothing even remotely like Provenzano’s photo. Maybe it was a one-game thing.
But if so, that was one game too many. Debacles like this just underscore how badly MLB needs to enforce some sort of pant/hosiery regulation — something I’ve been clamoring for ever since Uni Watch’s inception seven years ago. Bud Selig, kindly pull George Mitchell off the steroids probe and put him to work on drafting a set of lower-leg guildlines, pronto.
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