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Saturday Recap

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Like a lot of Americans, I don’t really follow horse racing but still get a kick out of the Kentucky Derby, mainly because it’s a good excuse for a party. So on Saturday I baked a derby pie, put Uni Watch designated raceday tomato Amanda Madden on my arm, and headed over to Watch Your Back impresario Brian Corrigan‘s pad, where a TV/BBQ party was in full swing. In between bites of grilled chicken and swigs of beer (no mint juleps for me this year), I made the following observations:

  • Winning jockey Calvin Borel looked fairly sharp, bow tie and all. I kept wondering what happened to the propeller on his beanie, though. Also: I know it was muddy out there, but why did he have four pairs of goggles (here’s another view)? Was he switching them on the fly during the race? If anyone knows more about how this works, fill us in.
  • I liked how the tape on some of the horses’ ankles created the equine equivalent of striped socks.

From there I headed over to the Mendez Boxing Club in Manhattan, where I joined No Mas principals Dave Larzelere and Chris Isenberg to watch the Mayweather/De La Hoya bout. It was a pretty raucous scene, never more so than when Floyd donned that big-ass sombrero for his ring entrance. He also wore the Mexican colors on his robe, trunks, and shoes, plus his cornermen were wearing “Mexico Loves Mayweather” T-shirts, all of which seemed like an obvious ploy to steal De La Hoya’s Mexican-identified mojo. Since turnabout is fair play, I was hoping Oscar would come out in blackface and some gangsta tattoos, but wit has never been the Golden Boy’s strong suit. Anyway, it was way too loud at the Mendez for me to hear any explanation that Jim Lampley or Larry Merchant might have offered for Mayweather’s Mexican-themed attire. Did they discuss it?

Meanwhile, anyone know the story behind the little portraits appearing on Mayweather’s WBC belts? Like, are they the faces of the current champions in the various weight divisions? The faces of fighters Mayweather beat to win his titles? If anyone knows, kindly fill us in.

Missing Persons Dept.: Hey, Ben Nickerson, if you’re reading this, please get in touch asap. Thanks.

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Uni Watch Midwestern Road Trip Update: I’m happy to announce that the venue for this Saturday’s Uni Watch Chicagoland party will be the Montrose Saloon. So the weekend party itinerary is now set: We’ll be convening in Minneapolis this Friday evening, 7:30pm, at the very wonderful Nye’s Polonaise Room. And then, precisely 24 hours later, I’ll see all you Chi-town folks at the Montrose. Looking forward to it.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Not sure how we all missed this until now, but someone on the Chris Creamer boards alertly noticed that the Mariners have switched from using nameplates (that photo is from last season, and so are this, this, and this) to direct-sewn lettering (as additionally seen here, here, here, and here) — a major improvement. … Good slide show here on the history of sponsorship in the German Bundesliga soccer league (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Interesting eBay items here, here, here, and here. … The Giants did the Gigantes thing for Cinco de Mayo. … Interesting note from Kel Hinkle, who writes, “I was at my daughter’s softball game on Saturday and the opposing team’s pitcher wore a mask.” Yikes — looks like Hannibal Lechter on the mound! … Bit of golf attire commentary here (as spotted by Seth Horowitz).

 

191 comments to Saturday Recap

  • Brian W | May 7, 2007 at 9:03 am |

    During horse races, jockeys often wear multiple googles so if the goggles get muddy or dusty, they can flip down a new “clean” pair down so that they can get good visibility.

  • Scott Novosel | May 7, 2007 at 9:08 am |

    It looks like a pic of Muhammad Ali on each one of those belts.

  • stuby | May 7, 2007 at 9:14 am |

    -It looks like there’s a picture of De La Hoya on each belt as well.

    -If the Giants are going to continue with the ‘Gigantes’ thing in the future, they really need to change the typeface – even a cursive would be good. Right now it just kinda looks like the team name is misspelled. Make it different so more people notice it.

  • Mike | May 7, 2007 at 9:15 am |

    [quote comment=”82362″]During horse races, jockeys often wear multiple googles so if the goggles get muddy or dusty, they can flip down a new “clean” pair down so that they can get good visibility.[/quote]

    Absoultely. They used to pull them up and off, but now pull them down around their necks.

  • Leo | May 7, 2007 at 9:17 am |

    Interesting note from Kel Hinkle, who writes, “I was at my daughter’s softball game on Saturday and the opposing team’s pitcher wore a mask.” Yikes — looks like Hannibal Lechter on the mound!

    Those masks are getting to be very common in high school softball. Last year I was at an MHSAA Tournament game and one team had it’s entire infield wearing those masks!

  • Jason in Lexington | May 7, 2007 at 9:18 am |

    I think the jockeys need to get tear offs like they have in motocross. Motocross guys put sev eral thin plastic strips over their goggles and pull them off one by one as they race. Much better than wearing four pairs of goggles.

  • MH | May 7, 2007 at 9:19 am |

    Once the level of play for girl’s softball reaches a critical threshold, masks for pitchers makes good sense. Such variables as the relative short distance between the pitching circle and batter, pitching velocity, action off aluminum bats, and human reaction time combine to put these pitchers in legitimate peril. I know that if I had a daughter and she pitched she would wear a mask–or she wouldn’t play.

  • Joey Guns | May 7, 2007 at 9:20 am |

    [quote comment=”82368″][quote comment=”82362″]During horse races, jockeys often wear multiple googles so if the goggles get muddy or dusty, they can flip down a new “clean” pair down so that they can get good visibility.[/quote]

    Absoultely. They used to pull them up and off, but now pull them down around their necks.[/quote]

    The same thing occurs on NASCAR cars. They have around 5-10 windshield layers on the car, and if there’s a lot of debris on the windshield, one of the layers gets peeled off during a pit stop.

    http://findarticles....

  • Joe Drennan | May 7, 2007 at 9:23 am |

    How about softball starts using wood bats again and they move the bases and mound back instead of making the players look like fools?

  • Joey Guns | May 7, 2007 at 9:24 am |

    Here’s a pic of Roger Clemens with last year’s hat during the press conference yesterday.

    http://www.nypost.co...

  • Frank Mercogliano | May 7, 2007 at 9:25 am |

    Paul,

    It’s “Gigantes”….I’ chalk that up to the early morning posting…and one typos in like nearly 365 days of blogs is allowable!

    FYI, If anyone can come up with the old baseball DVDs “When It Was a Game”, I highly recommend it for the old uniforms and the old ballparks…very cool.

    Frank

  • Dane | May 7, 2007 at 9:25 am |

    Since there was a lot of discussion on Saturday about the Padres’ uniforms, this video from NBC & SI should be of interest:

    http://video.sionnbc...

  • Clevo | May 7, 2007 at 9:27 am |

    following up on the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team from last week, the 9 misfortunes, and Talkin Softball

    http://www.youtube.c...

    Talkin Homer. Ozzie and the Straw.

  • stuby | May 7, 2007 at 9:29 am |

    Drivers without windshields have multiple layers on their faceshields that can be pulled off during the race when they get covered in gunk.

  • The Original Lee | May 7, 2007 at 9:33 am |

    Paul you might like this,

    Luke Moore, who plays for Aston Villa in the EPL, for some reason as his name on the back of his kit as Moore, L.

    http://img126.images...

    enjoy.

  • Justin | May 7, 2007 at 9:34 am |

    Did the twins switch from direct sewing to name plates this year? I could be completely wrong, but something looked funny about the white name plates over their pin striped uniform. Sorry, can’t find a good picture.

  • The Ol Goaler | May 7, 2007 at 9:43 am |

    Regarding the softball pitcher’s “mask,” I’d be willing to wager cash money American that the young lady in question was also wearing orthodontics (“braces” for us ol’ coots!)

    For what it’s worth, high school softball here in Arkansas features football-type facemasks on the batting helmets. (Sorry, no pics) With the “pitcher’s plate” only 50 feet away from home plate, and the way even high-school pitchers throw, I’m amazed that anybody ever gets a hit!

  • Joe Drennan | May 7, 2007 at 9:47 am |

    Here is a picture of a football mask in softball. Scroll down to the softball story. I think it’s a national thing requiring softball players to wear them.

  • Ed | May 7, 2007 at 9:49 am |

    Adding to the goggles/tear-off discussion – perhaps there’s a rule in horse racing that nothing can be intentionally discarded by the jockey? (Pure speculation on my part.)

    Anyway, a tear-off had a significant impact once in a CART race. Solution – the team put a screen over the turbo intake.

    ed

  • DG Lewis | May 7, 2007 at 9:51 am |

    An entire section about horse racing and no bad joke about stirrups. I don’t know whether to be disappointed with your lack of imagination or impressed by your restraint.

  • stuby | May 7, 2007 at 9:52 am |

    When exactly did the Twins add names to their home white pinstripes?

    2006
    1987

  • Robert | May 7, 2007 at 9:52 am |

    “Designated raceday tomato.” Gems like that are why I keep visiting this site.

  • Joey Guns | May 7, 2007 at 10:03 am |

    Anyone see the new Visine commercial with Ben Stein? He’s wearing a white pinstriped baseball jersey and he has perfect stirrips on!

  • Jason | May 7, 2007 at 10:09 am |

    My favorite commentary about goggles, courtesy of McBain.

  • Tim | May 7, 2007 at 10:12 am |

    Here is a picture of a football mask in softball. Scroll down to the softball story. I think it’s a national thing requiring softball players to wear them.

    Thats not a football helmet, Its a modified baseball helmet with a cage. There are several little leagues that require them so that kids don’t get hit in the face with a pitch.

  • DarkAudit | May 7, 2007 at 10:12 am |

    [quote comment=”82368″][quote comment=”82362″]During horse races, jockeys often wear multiple googles so if the goggles get muddy or dusty, they can flip down a new “clean” pair down so that they can get good visibility.[/quote]

    Absoultely. They used to pull them up and off, but now pull them down around their necks.[/quote]

    IIRC, ESPN did a segment on this last year during the pre-race show.

    II don’t R as C, it was the year before.

    In any case, the former jockey doing the segment showed how obscured the view was from behind four sets of goggles, and told viewers to watch the jockeys’ hands going up to their helmets when they pulled a dirty set down.

  • Bob Sullivan | May 7, 2007 at 10:29 am |

    Can’t use tear-away goggles or shields. You can’t throw anything on a racetrack. It could potentially injure a horse, distract a horse or rider, mess up the racing surface for the next race, and on and on.

  • LouUmp | May 7, 2007 at 10:44 am |

    [quote comment=”82414″]Here is a picture of a football mask in softball. Scroll down to the softball story. I think it’s a national thing requiring softball players to wear them.

    Thats not a football helmet, Its a modified baseball helmet with a cage. There are several little leagues that require them so that kids don’t get hit in the face with a pitch.[/quote]

    As a high school/ASA softball ump, I can tell you that it has been made MANDATORY for 18U girls softball players to have a mask/chin straps on their batting helmets. It is MANDATORY for us as umps to check each and every teams helmets prior to a game to make sure those masks are secure. Have not seen too many wear the mask pitching yet. As the one poster stated, that probably is protecting mouth metal

    We also have the responsibility to make sure all the kids have all their jewelry off, and to check for what the ASA calls ‘non-approved’ bats – check amazing list out – note all the Miken bats – one men’s league has got to the point where they have just banned all Miken bats to save problems!

  • Anna | May 7, 2007 at 10:52 am |

    [quote comment=”82414″]Here is a picture of a football mask in softball. Scroll down to the softball story. I think it’s a national thing requiring softball players to wear them.

    Thats not a football helmet, Its a modified baseball helmet with a cage. There are several little leagues that require them so that kids don’t get hit in the face with a pitch.[/quote]

    In Minnesota they just passed a law that says that all high school softball players must wear a mask on their batting helmate as a saftey precaution.

  • todd krevanchi | May 7, 2007 at 11:21 am |

    [quote comment=”82432″][quote comment=”82414″]Here is a picture of a football mask in softball. Scroll down to the softball story. I think it’s a national thing requiring softball players to wear them.

    Thats not a football helmet, Its a modified baseball helmet with a cage. There are several little leagues that require them so that kids don’t get hit in the face with a pitch.[/quote]

    As a high school/ASA softball ump, I can tell you that it has been made MANDATORY for 18U girls softball players to have a mask/chin straps on their batting helmets. It is MANDATORY for us as umps to check each and every teams helmets prior to a game to make sure those masks are secure. Have not seen too many wear the mask pitching yet. As the one poster stated, that probably is protecting mouth metal

    We also have the responsibility to make sure all the kids have all their jewelry off, and to check for what the ASA calls ‘non-approved’ bats – check amazing list out – note all the Miken bats – one men’s league has got to the point where they have just banned all Miken bats to save problems![/quote]

    the miken ultra II allowed us 50 runs yesterday…

  • Anthony Verna | May 7, 2007 at 11:24 am |

    [quote comment=”82445″]the miken ultra II allowed us 50 runs yesterday…[/quote]

    Someone’s getting his bat banned in his own softball league!

  • todd krevanchi | May 7, 2007 at 11:30 am |

    oh, and dpnation,
    i’ll see your dinner and eric haze dunk lows, and raise you a dinner and a pair of chris lundy dunk lows…or a pair of htm rainbow wovens.

  • todd krevanchi | May 7, 2007 at 11:32 am |

    [quote comment=”82446″][quote comment=”82445″]the miken ultra II allowed us 50 runs yesterday…[/quote]

    Someone’s getting his bat banned in his own softball league![/quote]

    wow! did that come out 50? i meant to type 5…

  • Kel | May 7, 2007 at 11:39 am |

    [quote comment=”82436″][quote comment=”82414″]Here is a picture of a football mask in softball. Scroll down to the softball story. I think it’s a national thing requiring softball players to wear them.

    Thats not a football helmet, Its a modified baseball helmet with a cage. There are several little leagues that require them so that kids don’t get hit in the face with a pitch.[/quote]

    In Minnesota they just passed a law that says that all high school softball players must wear a mask on their batting helmate as a saftey precaution.[/quote]

    I totally understand the batting helmets needing starps/guards, but had never seen it on a pitcher before. Having been hit by a line drive in the face while pitching, I can’t say as I disagree with the sentiment!

  • Lexie | May 7, 2007 at 11:41 am |

    [quote comment=”82372″]Interesting note from Kel Hinkle, who writes, “I was at my daughter’s softball game on Saturday and the opposing team’s pitcher wore a mask.” Yikes — looks like Hannibal Lechter on the mound!

    Those masks are getting to be very common in high school softball. Last year I was at an MHSAA Tournament game and one team had it’s entire infield wearing those masks![/quote]

    While I was in high school a girl on my softball team got hit in the face while batting. She ended up breaking her jaw. Because of this she had to wear almost a special helmet (basically a catchers helmet) while playing in the field to prevent injuries. Also a pitcher on my university team got hit in the face with a ball while she was on the mound and ended up shattering her nose and so of the bones under her eye sockets. Next year when she gets back to pitching she will wear a mask.

  • dan | May 7, 2007 at 11:44 am |

    This is embarrassing…Paul what has happened to your boys!

  • Mark in Shiga | May 7, 2007 at 11:45 am |

    Have those face masks actually proven to be effective, or are they just a feel-good solution to placate overprotective, safety-obsessed parents?

    It seems to me that having big metal bars obstructing your field of vision would make it harder for you to pick up a rapidly-moving ball. Or are the lawmakers conceding that people are more likely to get hit in the head, but less likely to be hurt when that does happen?

  • Lexie | May 7, 2007 at 11:59 am |

    [quote comment=”82462″]Have those face masks actually proven to be effective, or are they just a feel-good solution to placate overprotective, safety-obsessed parents?

    It seems to me that having big metal bars obstructing your field of vision would make it harder for you to pick up a rapidly-moving ball. Or are the lawmakers conceding that people are more likely to get hit in the head, but less likely to be hurt when that does happen?[/quote]

    I don’t know if they have been proven. As I mentioned earlier the girl on my HS team just felt safe wearing it. She said it was very hard to play in the outfield because of the limited vision. But hers was a full helmet with a face mask, unlike the girl in the picture PL posted. But after being hit in the face I guess you would just feel more secure with that on.

  • Brian from Short Island | May 7, 2007 at 12:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”82457″][quote comment=”82436″][quote comment=”82414″]Here is a picture of a football mask in softball. Scroll down to the softball story. I think it’s a national thing requiring softball players to wear them.

    Thats not a football helmet, Its a modified baseball helmet with a cage. There are several little leagues that require them so that kids don’t get hit in the face with a pitch.[/quote]

    In Minnesota they just passed a law that says that all high school softball players must wear a mask on their batting helmate as a saftey precaution.[/quote]

    I totally understand the batting helmets needing starps/guards, but had never seen it on a pitcher before. Having been hit by a line drive in the face while pitching, I can’t say as I disagree with the sentiment![/quote]
    I’ve been hit with a line drive on the mound before, but I still wouldn’t wear one of those masks! Call me whatever you want, but I the odds of getting hit again aren’t that great.

    My favorite picture from the Bundesliga slideshow is this one… Look at the numbers!

  • Alex | May 7, 2007 at 12:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”82454″][quote comment=”82446″][quote comment=”82445″]the miken ultra II allowed us 50 runs yesterday…[/quote]

    Someone’s getting his bat banned in his own softball league![/quote]

    wow! did that come out 50? i meant to type 5…[/quote]

    with the Ultra II, 50 homeruns would have reasonable….those are banned almost everywhere except senior leagues

  • Teebz | May 7, 2007 at 12:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”82462″]Have those face masks actually proven to be effective, or are they just a feel-good solution to placate overprotective, safety-obsessed parents?

    It seems to me that having big metal bars obstructing your field of vision would make it harder for you to pick up a rapidly-moving ball. Or are the lawmakers conceding that people are more likely to get hit in the head, but less likely to be hurt when that does happen?[/quote]

    I am a pitcher for our mens slo-pitch team, and I have the bruises to prove it. There is no rule for slo-pitch pitchers in Canada to wear a helmet, but guys at Nationals do it all the time. Why? Because shooting the middle is a guaranteed base hit. In fact, when we go to practice at Nationals, it’s not uncommon for teams to request wooden picnic tables for their pitchers for batting practice. It is the same idea as the screen for the pitchers at the HR contest in MLB.

    As an aside, the ASA has banned a whole pile of bats starting next season, and there are several Mikens being added to the list including the highly-popular Miken Freak. The Easton Synergy 2 is also being added to the banned list.

    The ASA redesigned their testing, and found that these bats broke the 98mph ruling for bats. As a result, they are being grandfathered out next season.

  • LouUmp | May 7, 2007 at 12:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”82462″]Have those face masks actually proven to be effective, or are they just a feel-good solution to placate overprotective, safety-obsessed parents?

    It seems to me that having big metal bars obstructing your field of vision would make it harder for you to pick up a rapidly-moving ball. Or are the lawmakers conceding that people are more likely to get hit in the head, but less likely to be hurt when that does happen?[/quote]

    Before the face masks were mandatory here in NY, I saw (while working the bases) a kid hit a ball straight down, and bounce straight back up and hit her right in the mouth -with a face mask, that would not have happened….

  • todd krevanchi | May 7, 2007 at 12:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”82474″][quote comment=”82454″][quote comment=”82446″][quote comment=”82445″]the miken ultra II allowed us 50 runs yesterday…[/quote]

    Someone’s getting his bat banned in his own softball league![/quote]

    wow! did that come out 50? i meant to type 5…[/quote]

    with the Ultra II, 50 homeruns would have reasonable….those are banned almost everywhere except senior leagues[/quote]

    no way not 50 homruns…
    we dont even have anywhere near that for the season… not yet…

  • Joe | May 7, 2007 at 12:27 pm |

    ..to direct-sewn lettering — a major improvement.

    Why do you see this as an improvement? Ever look at the arch of team that use direct sewing? The practically go straight across. I hate it! Having the nameplate ensures a perfect arch of the name, no matter the length.

  • Jeremy | May 7, 2007 at 12:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”82475″][quote comment=”82462″]Have those face masks actually proven to be effective, or are they just a feel-good solution to placate overprotective, safety-obsessed parents?

    It seems to me that having big metal bars obstructing your field of vision would make it harder for you to pick up a rapidly-moving ball. Or are the lawmakers conceding that people are more likely to get hit in the head, but less likely to be hurt when that does happen?[/quote]

    I am a pitcher for our mens slo-pitch team, and I have the bruises to prove it. There is no rule for slo-pitch pitchers in Canada to wear a helmet, but guys at Nationals do it all the time. Why? Because shooting the middle is a guaranteed base hit. In fact, when we go to practice at Nationals, it’s not uncommon for teams to request wooden picnic tables for their pitchers for batting practice. It is the same idea as the screen for the pitchers at the HR contest in MLB.

    As an aside, the ASA has banned a whole pile of bats starting next season, and there are several Mikens being added to the list including the highly-popular Miken Freak. The Easton Synergy 2 is also being added to the banned list.

    The ASA redesigned their testing, and found that these bats broke the 98mph ruling for bats. As a result, they are being grandfathered out next season.[/quote]

    I played for a team that went to Nationals a few years ago, and our pitcher decided to wear full catchers gear while he pitched.

    In retrospect it was a really good idea, since he pretty much acted like a Hockey goalie the entire game.

  • stuby | May 7, 2007 at 12:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”82483″]..to direct-sewn lettering — a major improvement.

    Why do you see this as an improvement? Ever look at the arch of team that use direct sewing? The practically go straight across. I hate it! Having the nameplate ensures a perfect arch of the name, no matter the length.[/quote]
    Yes, but as in the Twins case, it looks like crap with pinstripes.

  • Doug | May 7, 2007 at 12:32 pm |

    These masks are also mandatory for the pitching position in the Dixie Youth Baseball league my nephew plays in. It’s a machine-pitch league so it’s not like the kids have to pitch with the mask on. The “pitcher” just stands beside the machine.

  • Joe Drennan | May 7, 2007 at 12:33 pm |

    You know, all this talk of wearing equipment and gloves to play “soft”ball makes me sad. I grew up where we caught the ball bare handed.

    Oh, I grew up in Chicago where they play 16” or Kitten Ball as some people call it. Either way, no protective equipment for anybody for the most part. Once in a while a catcher would wear a mask becasue of his proximity to foul tips, but many didn’t.

  • Matt from the 'Ville | May 7, 2007 at 12:33 pm |

    Isn’t it ironic that we are talking about blody sports and this happens

  • Mr. Met | May 7, 2007 at 12:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”82467″]I don’t know if they have been proven. As I mentioned earlier the girl on my HS team just felt safe wearing it. She said it was very hard to play in the outfield because of the limited vision. But hers was a full helmet with a face mask, unlike the girl in the picture PL posted. But after being hit in the face I guess you would just feel more secure with that on.[/quote]

    I’m wondering what are the chances that a rapidly-moving ball would hit her in the face in the outfield?

    Maybe if she doesn’t pick up the ball properly on a fly ball and it smacks her in the face, but that would be diferent from the dangers faced by a pitcher.

  • Jeff B | May 7, 2007 at 12:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”82487″][quote comment=”82483″]..to direct-sewn lettering — a major improvement.

    Why do you see this as an improvement? Ever look at the arch of team that use direct sewing? The practically go straight across. I hate it! Having the nameplate ensures a perfect arch of the name, no matter the length.[/quote]
    Yes, but as in the Twins case, it looks like crap with pinstripes.[/quote]

    Why can’t they just make the nameplate out of the pinstriped material and line up the stripes? Can’t be that difficult.

  • Mark in Shiga | May 7, 2007 at 12:39 pm |

    Lexie, Teebs, and Lou, I’m looking at the one worn by the softball pitcher and I suppose it’s not that bad since it doesn’t obscure her eyes at all. When I was in Little League more than a decade ago, there were these special cage-like helmets that blocked your vision much more than, say, a catcher’s mask, and the kids whose parents forced them to wear them hated them. In addition to the reduced vision, the weight made it hard to move your head around. Even as a 10-year-old kid I’d trust my reflexes instead of having a heavy cage weighing my head down.

    But I admit to never having pitched in softball where you’re less than 45 feet from the plate when the ball comes at you off the bat.

    I still think it should be the player’s decision — only the individual can weigh the tradeoff between armor and vision.

    Back aronud 1979 when Charlie Manuel was playing for the Kintetsu Buffaloes, a pitcher threw at his head, breaking his jaw. The doctors told him that if the same incident were to occur again, he would never be able to eat normally, so while he was healing up, he wore a helmet with a football-like bar across the front. (Here’s a great hand-drawn card of him wearing it.) He eventually gave it up because of the reduced vision, but was a hero to the fans for coming back when his jaw was still being held in place by wires!

  • Shaftman | May 7, 2007 at 12:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”82483″]..to direct-sewn lettering — a major improvement.

    Why do you see this as an improvement? Ever look at the arch of team that use direct sewing? The practically go straight across. I hate it! Having the nameplate ensures a perfect arch of the name, no matter the length.[/quote]

    Which I guess is a good thing if you need an arch. I personally prefer a straight look (if possible). And obviously vertical is preferred over radial arching (if necessary) on all uniforms.

  • Jason in Lexington | May 7, 2007 at 12:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”82489″]You know, all this talk of wearing equipment and gloves to play “soft”ball makes me sad. I grew up where we caught the ball bare handed.

    Oh, I grew up in Chicago where they play 16” or Kitten Ball as some people call it. Either way, no protective equipment for anybody for the most part. Once in a while a catcher would wear a mask becasue of his proximity to foul tips, but many didn’t.[/quote]

    I’d like to see you try to catch a softball of a bat bare handed. 16 inch softballs are much softer then the 12 inch balls let alone the 11 inch ball the girls use. There have been pitcher’s killed from getting hit with a 12 inch softball. That is the reason for all the extra rules and equipment.

  • Anthony Verna | May 7, 2007 at 12:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”82494″]
    Back aronud 1979 when Charlie Manuel was playing for the Kintetsu Buffaloes, a pitcher threw at his head, breaking his jaw. The doctors told him that if the same incident were to occur again, he would never be able to eat normally, so while he was healing up, he wore a helmet with a football-like bar across the front. (Here’s a great hand-drawn card of him wearing it.) He eventually gave it up because of the reduced vision, but was a hero to the fans for coming back when his jaw was still being held in place by wires![/quote]

    That would explain this:

    http://youtube.com/w...

  • Joe Drennan | May 7, 2007 at 12:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”82498″][quote comment=”82489″]You know, all this talk of wearing equipment and gloves to play “soft”ball makes me sad. I grew up where we caught the ball bare handed.

    Oh, I grew up in Chicago where they play 16″ or Kitten Ball as some people call it. Either way, no protective equipment for anybody for the most part. Once in a while a catcher would wear a mask becasue of his proximity to foul tips, but many didn’t.[/quote]

    I’d like to see you try to catch a softball of a bat bare handed. 16 inch softballs are much softer then the 12 inch balls let alone the 11 inch ball the girls use. There have been pitcher’s killed from getting hit with a 12 inch softball. That is the reason for all the extra rules and equipment.[/quote]

    I understand this. I was being funny. I suppost it’s hard to catch sarcasm in words. I have known a few people to play 12 ” outfield bare-handed. I too doub’t they’d fare too well in the infield.

  • Jason in Lexington | May 7, 2007 at 12:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”82500″][quote comment=”82498″][quote comment=”82489″]You know, all this talk of wearing equipment and gloves to play “soft”ball makes me sad. I grew up where we caught the ball bare handed.

    Oh, I grew up in Chicago where they play 16″ or Kitten Ball as some people call it. Either way, no protective equipment for anybody for the most part. Once in a while a catcher would wear a mask becasue of his proximity to foul tips, but many didn’t.[/quote]

    I’d like to see you try to catch a softball of a bat bare handed. 16 inch softballs are much softer then the 12 inch balls let alone the 11 inch ball the girls use. There have been pitcher’s killed from getting hit with a 12 inch softball. That is the reason for all the extra rules and equipment.[/quote]

    I understand this. I was being funny. I suppost it’s hard to catch sarcasm in words. I have known a few people to play 12 ” outfield bare-handed. I too doub’t they’d fare too well in the infield.[/quote]

    Sorry for the confusion. Sarcasm is a bit strange in text.

  • patrick | May 7, 2007 at 1:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”82373″]I think the jockeys need to get tear offs like they have in motocross. Motocross guys put sev eral thin plastic strips over their goggles and pull them off one by one as they race. Much better than wearing four pairs of goggles.[/quote]

    same thing in nascar w/the windshields

  • Teebz | May 7, 2007 at 1:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”82484″]
    In retrospect it was a really good idea, since he pretty much acted like a Hockey goalie the entire game.[/quote]

    Ironically, in that picture of the girls’ softball team, there is a pitching circle as well. Any ball hit through that circle that has the opportunity to strike the pitcher (at the umpire’s discretion, of course) is an automatic out. The mask is just being worn as extra protection.

    They need to institute the pitching circle everywhere. It will prevent 300lbs steroid-pumped freaks using juiced bats from crushing one off my chest (and it left stitch marks from the softball), and claiming the base hit as legitimate.

  • Philly Bill | May 7, 2007 at 1:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”82411″]My favorite commentary about goggles, courtesy of McBain.[/quote]

    Ze goggles! Zey do nothing!!

    Ah, what a classic.

  • Lexie | May 7, 2007 at 1:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”82494″]Lexie, Teebs, and Lou, I’m looking at the one worn by the softball pitcher and I suppose it’s not that bad since it doesn’t obscure her eyes at all. When I was in Little League more than a decade ago, there were these special cage-like helmets that blocked your vision much more than, say, a catcher’s mask, and the kids whose parents forced them to wear them hated them. In addition to the reduced vision, the weight made it hard to move your head around. Even as a 10-year-old kid I’d trust my reflexes instead of having a heavy cage weighing my head down.

    But I admit to never having pitched in softball where you’re less than 45 feet from the plate when the ball comes at you off the bat.

    I still think it should be the player’s decision — only the individual can weigh the tradeoff between armor and vision.

    Back aronud 1979 when Charlie Manuel was playing for the Kintetsu Buffaloes, a pitcher threw at his head, breaking his jaw. The doctors told him that if the same incident were to occur again, he would never be able to eat normally, so while he was healing up, he wore a helmet with a football-like bar across the front. (Here’s a great hand-drawn card of him wearing it.) He eventually gave it up because of the reduced vision, but was a hero to the fans for coming back when his jaw was still being held in place by wires![/quote]

    Mark I agree with you. I really think it is up to the individual person. My friend wore one of the catcher’s mask kind and even though she felt safe in it, she hated it too. It was hot (we played in Kansas after all), heavy and really did block her vision. As soon as the doctor gave her the ok she stopped wearing it.

    As far as wearing it in the outfield. The doctor thought it would be best in case she missed a fly ball or if the ball took a bad bounce on the ground.

  • Mike | May 7, 2007 at 1:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”82462″]Have those face masks actually proven to be effective, or are they just a feel-good solution to placate overprotective, safety-obsessed parents?

    It seems to me that having big metal bars obstructing your field of vision would make it harder for you to pick up a rapidly-moving ball. Or are the lawmakers conceding that people are more likely to get hit in the head, but less likely to be hurt when that does happen?[/quote]

    I’m no Volvo engineer, but it’s hard to imagine how “big metal bars” would not be effective. Personally, given the choice between a softball hitting me in the face vs. a softball hitting a metal cage two inches from my face, I would always choose the latter.

  • Metsfan AZ | May 7, 2007 at 1:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”82511″][quote comment=”82484″]
    In retrospect it was a really good idea, since he pretty much acted like a Hockey goalie the entire game.[/quote]

    Ironically, in that picture of the girls’ softball team, there is a pitching circle as well. Any ball hit through that circle that has the opportunity to strike the pitcher (at the umpire’s discretion, of course) is an automatic out. The mask is just being worn as extra protection.

    They need to institute the pitching circle everywhere. It will prevent 300lbs steroid-pumped freaks using juiced bats from crushing one off my chest (and it left stitch marks from the softball), and claiming the base hit as legitimate.[/quote]
    Is that what the circle is for? I never knew that. I umped before and we only used it to make the ball “dead” for the younger players to keep from having too many 3 base errors. But I agree, that HAS to be instituted for men’s leagues. Any truth to the rumor that softball was invented as safe recreation for pregnant women?

  • Joey Guns | May 7, 2007 at 1:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”82461″]This is embarrassing…Paul what has happened to your boys![/quote]

    That’s pretty much a daily occurrence with Reyes now.

  • patrick | May 7, 2007 at 1:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”82520″][quote comment=”82461″]This is embarrassing…Paul what has happened to your boys![/quote]

    That’s pretty much a daily occurrence with Reyes now.[/quote]

    Ill take it as long as he keeps playing the way he has… he’s hands down MVP this season so far

  • pete m | May 7, 2007 at 1:26 pm |

    The weirdest/ most ridiculous thing to me about NBC’s coverage of the derby was the “equestrian” outfit the female reporter wore on horseback while interviewing the winning jockey. I know nothing about horse riding/racing protocol or uniforms, but I thought that was over the top and hilariously pompous. The black equestrian hat with the huge “great gazoo” or “adam ant” antennae sticking out was just (i’ll say it again) ridiculous. Can’t they just wait for the jockey to come back to his dismount area and then interview him? No, lets costume up our “sideline” reporter to look like a jilted alicia silverstone in “The Crush”.

  • Minna H. | May 7, 2007 at 1:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”82487″][quote comment=”82483″]..to direct-sewn lettering — a major improvement.

    Why do you see this as an improvement? Ever look at the arch of team that use direct sewing? The practically go straight across. I hate it! Having the nameplate ensures a perfect arch of the name, no matter the length.[/quote]
    Yes, but as in the Twins case, it looks like crap with pinstripes.[/quote]

    Don’t care. I just like the fact that Joe posted Santana’s uni. I heart him.

    Actually, I do care. I like the virtical arch best, but I agree that it looks funny with the pinstripes. Don’t know if a pinstriped nameplate would look better, though.

  • Broker75 | May 7, 2007 at 1:34 pm |

    I’m not a fan of the Gigantes thing. But I dig the Giants. Can we stop screwing with uni’s with all this honouring crap. We don’t even honour the U.S.A when it’s July 4th, if we did in a uni sense every team would have USA on the front of their jersey!

  • Jaye | May 7, 2007 at 1:34 pm |

    Any truth to the rumor that softball was invented as safe recreation for pregnant women?[/quote]

    Let’s see … a ball hit at a high speed coming toward your belly. The ball takes a bad hop…. nawwwww … I’ve never heard of that one, in fact, my doc told me most sports, especially softball, which I play, were off-limits. i was told I could swim, play tennis and little else.

    Plus, could you imagine those unis???? Worse than the WNBA for sure!

  • Metsfan AZ | May 7, 2007 at 1:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”82529″]Any truth to the rumor that softball was invented as safe recreation for pregnant women?[/quote]

    Let’s see … a ball hit at a high speed coming toward your belly. The ball takes a bad hop…. nawwwww … I’ve never heard of that one, in fact, my doc told me most sports, especially softball, which I play, were off-limits. i was told I could swim, play tennis and little else.

    Plus, could you imagine those unis???? Worse than the WNBA for sure![/quote]
    Today’s softball is definitely out but that mushball may have been the egg before the chicken.

  • Minna H. | May 7, 2007 at 1:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”82529″]Any truth to the rumor that softball was invented as safe recreation for pregnant women?[/quote]

    Let’s see … a ball hit at a high speed coming toward your belly. The ball takes a bad hop…. nawwwww … I’ve never heard of that one, in fact, my doc told me most sports, especially softball, which I play, were off-limits. i was told I could swim, play tennis and little else.

    Plus, could you imagine those unis???? Worse than the WNBA for sure![/quote]

    Jaye, nothing can be worse than the satin nighties of the WNBA. I think it would be cute to have unis for pregnant women. However, I could see that playing sports while being pregnant might not be a good thing to do. How about in the early stages, though? I mean, in the first trimester, you could play right field, yes? Not much action there.

    I am trying to find pics of pregnant women playing, but not much luck. However, there are women who say their docs told them they could play up to 15 weeks or so. One woman claims she played until her eigth month.

    Well, one of these players were pregnant, so imagine this uni stretched a bit.

  • Metsfan AZ | May 7, 2007 at 1:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”82535″][quote comment=”82529″]Any truth to the rumor that softball was invented as safe recreation for pregnant women?[/quote]

    Let’s see … a ball hit at a high speed coming toward your belly. The ball takes a bad hop…. nawwwww … I’ve never heard of that one, in fact, my doc told me most sports, especially softball, which I play, were off-limits. i was told I could swim, play tennis and little else.

    Plus, could you imagine those unis???? Worse than the WNBA for sure![/quote]
    Today’s softball is definitely out but that mushball may have been the egg before the chicken.[/quote]
    I checked wiki, no mention of the the pregnant thing, just a nasty rumor my uncle used to throw at us…

  • LouUmp | May 7, 2007 at 1:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”82511″][quote comment=”82484″]
    In retrospect it was a really good idea, since he pretty much acted like a Hockey goalie the entire game.[/quote]

    Ironically, in that picture of the girls’ softball team, there is a pitching circle as well. Any ball hit through that circle that has the opportunity to strike the pitcher (at the umpire’s discretion, of course) is an automatic out. The mask is just being worn as extra protection.

    They need to institute the pitching circle everywhere. It will prevent 300lbs steroid-pumped freaks using juiced bats from crushing one off my chest (and it left stitch marks from the softball), and claiming the base hit as legitimate.[/quote]

    Sorry to bust you on this…BUT…in any softball I am familiar with, the pitching circle is there for the following rules:

    When the pitcher receives the ball, and gets totally into the circle, the following rules apply when there are runners on base:

    1. If a base runner is moving, they must keep moving in the same direction

    2. If a base runner is STOPPED, they must IMMEDIATELY start moving in either direction without stopping again

    3. If theere is a runner on base, and the pitcher has the ball within the circle, they cannot release from the base until the pitcher has released the ball to the plate.

    violation of any of these results in a dead ball, and the runner[s} is (are) called out. In case of the runner starting before th pitch, it is declared ‘NO PITCH’ and the runner is out.

    the only exception to the above rules is if the pitcher makes a play on the runners.

    Have never, ever heard of that ‘pitcher having a chance to be hit’ rule before at all…unless its a rule those idiots at Little League Softball have instituted…as bad as those people have ruined youth baseball, what they do to softball is insane…

    Lou, an Amateur Softball Association ump
    for 20 years

  • Robert | May 7, 2007 at 1:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”82528″]I’m not a fan of the Gigantes thing. But I dig the Giants. Can we stop screwing with uni’s with all this honouring crap. We don’t even honour the U.S.A when it’s July 4th, if we did in a uni sense every team would have USA on the front of their jersey![/quote]

    Quick, delete this post before someone at MLB reads it and thinks that it is a grand idea and runs with it.

  • Minna H. | May 7, 2007 at 1:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”82529″]Any truth to the rumor that softball was invented as safe recreation for pregnant women?[/quote]

    Let’s see … a ball hit at a high speed coming toward your belly. The ball takes a bad hop…. nawwwww … I’ve never heard of that one, in fact, my doc told me most sports, especially softball, which I play, were off-limits. i was told I could swim, play tennis and little else.

    Plus, could you imagine those unis???? Worse than the WNBA for sure![/quote]

    I screwed up. Or something. I was quotiong Jaye, so everything before Jaye, is not me.

    This is me:

    Jaye, nothing can be worse than the satin nighties of the WNBA. I think it would be cute to have unis for pregnant women. However, I could see that playing sports while being pregnant might not be a good thing to do. How about in the early stages, though? I mean, in the first trimester, you could play right field, yes? Not much action there.

    I am trying to find pics of pregnant women playing, but not much luck. However, there are women who say their docs told them they could play up to 15 weeks or so. One woman claims she played until her eigth month.

    Well, one of these players were pregnant, so imagine this uni stretched a bit.

  • Joe Drennan | May 7, 2007 at 1:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”82528″]I’m not a fan of the Gigantes thing. But I dig the Giants. Can we stop screwing with uni’s with all this honouring crap. We don’t even honour the U.S.A when it’s July 4th, if we did in a uni sense every team would have USA on the front of their jersey![/quote]

    Great point. MLB doesn’t even wear a special 4th of July patch or put a logo on the field. Looks like our National Pastime is forgetting about it’s forefathers.

  • Lake | May 7, 2007 at 1:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”82528″]I’m not a fan of the Gigantes thing. But I dig the Giants. Can we stop screwing with uni’s with all this honouring crap. We don’t even honour the U.S.A when it’s July 4th, if we did in a uni sense every team would have USA on the front of their jersey![/quote]
    The flags on the caps beg to differ.

    And I want to say as a guy who had his face broken by a thrown softball (I was standing on second when the left fielder decided to show off, and the second basemen decided not to catch the ball), I see the value in a helmet while on the basepaths.

    I even once saw a pitcher wearing a lacrosse helmet while in the circle (his skull had literally been cracked by a line drive).

  • Nick | May 7, 2007 at 1:54 pm |

    Michigan State wore their throw-back jerseys at Ohio State on Sunday. The unis represent the school’s former name, Michigan Agricultural College. Views available here.

  • Joey Guns | May 7, 2007 at 1:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”82522″][quote comment=”82520″][quote comment=”82461″]This is embarrassing…Paul what has happened to your boys![/quote]

    That’s pretty much a daily occurrence with Reyes now.[/quote]

    Ill take it as long as he keeps playing the way he has… he’s hands down MVP this season so far[/quote]

    I agree. A lot of NBA and NFL players untuck their jerseys after games too. I don’t think it’s a big deal. Now if they were to play with them untucked, that’s a different story, but that’s what the uniform police at MLB, the NFL, and the NBA are for……

  • Joe Drennan | May 7, 2007 at 2:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”82546″][quote comment=”82522″][quote comment=”82520″][quote comment=”82461″]This is embarrassing…Paul what has happened to your boys![/quote]

    That’s pretty much a daily occurrence with Reyes now.[/quote]

    Ill take it as long as he keeps playing the way he has… he’s hands down MVP this season so far[/quote]

    I agree. A lot of NBA and NFL players untuck their jerseys after games too.

    I don’t think it’s a big deal.

    Now if they were to play with them untucked, that’s a different story, but that’s what the uniform police at MLB, the NFL, and the NBA are for……[/quote]

    Oddly enough, If a hockey player tucks their jersey in, they look rediculous.

  • LouUmp | May 7, 2007 at 2:01 pm |

    Actually, one of the best thing ASA did was make the ‘hockey’ helmet mandatory for 18U catchers….for umpiring they suck…

    I tried a friends helmet ONCE behind the plate – and RAN back to my Wilson A380 -way too claustrophobic, and you look like an idiot when you have to pull it off to call plays….

    My current equipment:

    New Balance cross trainer base shoes

    Spot Bilt mid cut U55 steel toed plate shoes

    Wilson A380 mask

    Gerry Davis/Wilson leg guards

  • Minna H. | May 7, 2007 at 2:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”82542″][quote comment=”82528″]I’m not a fan of the Gigantes thing. But I dig the Giants. Can we stop screwing with uni’s with all this honouring crap. We don’t even honour the U.S.A when it’s July 4th, if we did in a uni sense every team would have USA on the front of their jersey![/quote]

    Great point. MLB doesn’t even wear a special 4th of July patch or put a logo on the field. Looks like our National Pastime is forgetting about it’s forefathers.[/quote]

    Man, Joe D., you are on a roll today. You sure you can’t stop by Nye’s for a pint or two on Friday?

  • LouUmp | May 7, 2007 at 2:03 pm |

    oops..thats Wilson A3080….my bad…

  • Minna H. | May 7, 2007 at 2:03 pm |

    Read the Factoid that May Only Interest Peter King:

    Pete’s point.

    I’ll even excerpt it for you:

    A rookie free-agent named Xzavie Jackson is in camp with the Bengals, trying to make the team as a reserve defensive lineman. That’s notable because there never has been a player in the history of American professional sports whose first or last name began with the letters “xz.”

    Is this true? Anyone know off-hand? If so, it’d be cool if he made it.

  • Mark in Shiga | May 7, 2007 at 2:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”82517″]
    I’m no Volvo engineer, but it’s hard to imagine how “big metal bars” would not be effective. Personally, given the choice between a softball hitting me in the face vs. a softball hitting a metal cage two inches from my face, I would always choose the latter.[/quote]

    Your choice is a false one; you cannot presuppose that the ball will hit you in the face. Without a vision-blocking, weight-encumbering helmet on, you would have a better chance of dodging the ball that’s speeding towards you. The question is whether it’s worth it to you to have an increased chance of the ball hitting you, accompanied by a decreased chance of a severe injury if it does hit you, than the reverse.

  • Chad G | May 7, 2007 at 2:04 pm |

    how about this story of a pregnant women playing.

  • Teebz | May 7, 2007 at 2:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”82538″]
    Have never, ever heard of that ‘pitcher having a chance to be hit’ rule before at all…unless its a rule those idiots at Little League Softball have instituted…as bad as those people have ruined youth baseball, what they do to softball is insane…

    Lou, an Amateur Softball Association ump
    for 20 years[/quote]

    Lou, slo-pitch and fastpitch might be entirely different.

  • Jaye | May 7, 2007 at 2:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”82557″]how about this story of a pregnant women playing.[/quote]

    Wow! Do I feel like a whimp now, or what???

    Minna, I was active in the first few months mainly because I didn’t even know I was pregnant. I played “short” stop (at 6 feet tall) and stopped playing the minute I found out we’d be bringing another ball player onto our team. Ok, I mainly stopped because I couldn’t figure out what to wear!!! The kid’s first outfit?? A newborn Braves uni with a hand-sewn 44 on the back, But alas, he was too small for stirrups!

  • Joe Drennan | May 7, 2007 at 2:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”82551″][quote comment=”82542″][quote comment=”82528″]I’m not a fan of the Gigantes thing. But I dig the Giants. Can we stop screwing with uni’s with all this honouring crap. We don’t even honour the U.S.A when it’s July 4th, if we did in a uni sense every team would have USA on the front of their jersey![/quote]

    Great point. MLB doesn’t even wear a special 4th of July patch or put a logo on the field. Looks like our National Pastime is forgetting about it’s forefathers.[/quote]

    Man, Joe D., you are on a roll today. You sure you can’t stop by Nye’s for a pint or two on Friday?[/quote]

    I would love to, but I have spent the past high school hockey season and now spring season coaching, therefor making my wife a “hockey widdow.” Now that the spring season is over and I have no coaching obligations for a while I’ve kinda lamented that I’ll be home every night for a long time now. I’m still thinking of excuses though. I am thinking of telling her one of my favorite writers (wouldn’t be a lie) is going to be at Nye’s and I’d love to drop in and talk, but I know, being Irish, I can’t just drop in for a short bit. I dropped in on my uncle once and 5 hourse later I left.

  • Joe Drennan | May 7, 2007 at 2:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”82567″][quote comment=”82557″]how about this story of a pregnant women playing.[/quote]

    Wow! Do I feel like a whimp now, or what???

    Minna, I was active in the first few months mainly because I didn’t even know I was pregnant. I played “short” stop (at 6 feet tall) and stopped playing the minute I found out we’d be bringing another ball player onto our team. Ok, I mainly stopped because I couldn’t figure out what to wear!!! The kid’s first outfit?? A newborn Braves uni with a hand-sewn 44 on the back, But alas, he was too small for stirrups![/quote]

    Too small for stirups? Listen to yourself. You’re speaking lies now. If you were so determined to put your pint sized player in a proper uni you would have employed the 90 year old lady down the block to sew some. My Cabbage Patch doll when I was 3 had blue Cubs stirups to match its uniform.

  • Kenny | May 7, 2007 at 2:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”82535″][quote comment=”82529″]Any truth to the rumor that softball was invented as safe recreation for pregnant women?[/quote]

    Let’s see … a ball hit at a high speed coming toward your belly. The ball takes a bad hop…. nawwwww … I’ve never heard of that one, in fact, my doc told me most sports, especially softball, which I play, were off-limits. i was told I could swim, play tennis and little else.

    Plus, could you imagine those unis???? Worse than the WNBA for sure![/quote]
    Today’s softball is definitely out but that mushball may have been the egg before the chicken.[/quote]

    you think there would be an increase in premature births in the PSL (Pregnant Softball League)…bad joke i know

  • Burrill | May 7, 2007 at 2:24 pm |

    Yesterday in Ann Arbor, we had a color-on-color baseball game (Michigan vs. Illinois). Although since it was baseball, it wasn’t painful to see like the Suns-Lakers game was.

  • Jaye | May 7, 2007 at 2:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”82570″][quote comment=”82567″][quote comment=”82557″]how about this story of a pregnant women playing.[/quote]

    Wow! Do I feel like a whimp now, or what???

    Minna, I was active in the first few months mainly because I didn’t even know I was pregnant. I played “short” stop (at 6 feet tall) and stopped playing the minute I found out we’d be bringing another ball player onto our team. Ok, I mainly stopped because I couldn’t figure out what to wear!!! The kid’s first outfit?? A newborn Braves uni with a hand-sewn 44 on the back, But alas, he was too small for stirrups![/quote]

    Too small for stirups? Listen to yourself. You’re speaking lies now. If you were so determined to put your pint sized player in a proper uni you would have employed the 90 year old lady down the block to sew some. My Cabbage Patch doll when I was 3 had blue Cubs stirups to match its uniform.[/quote]

    Hanging my head in shame…. of course you’re right. 50 lashes with the XXXXL jersey hanging off of Manny’s back.

  • Minna H. | May 7, 2007 at 2:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”82567″][quote comment=”82557″]how about this story of a pregnant women playing.[/quote]

    Wow! Do I feel like a whimp now, or what???

    Minna, I was active in the first few months mainly because I didn’t even know I was pregnant. I played “short” stop (at 6 feet tall) and stopped playing the minute I found out we’d be bringing another ball player onto our team. Ok, I mainly stopped because I couldn’t figure out what to wear!!! The kid’s first outfit?? A newborn Braves uni with a hand-sewn 44 on the back, But alas, he was too small for stirrups![/quote]

    Awww, how cute! I don’t think I would play at eight months pregnant no matter what. That’s just not very safe. I think first trimester is fine, though. Look at you! Would love to see a pic of the newborn in his uni, but I gotta agree with Joe D.–gotta go all the way with stirrups.

    Joe D., with your gift for the blarney, you’re telling me you can’t think of a decent lie for your wife? Ok, now, I don’t advocate lying, so how about inviting her–no. That probably would not be a good thing.

    How about promising to take her to something she wants to go to? How about make her a nice dinner? I think the ‘one of my favorite writers’ line is a legit excuse, but she may wonder why it’s at a bar. I wouldn’t say ‘one drink’ however, as she probably knows you better than that. Work the ‘favorite author’ angle. I think that’s your best shot. Oh, and takinge her out somewhere nice the next night. That should help.

  • Minna H. | May 7, 2007 at 2:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”82573″]Yesterday in Ann Arbor, we had a color-on-color baseball game (Michigan vs. Illinois). Although since it was baseball, it wasn’t painful to see like the Suns-Lakers game was.[/quote]

    Burrill, I think it’s because they aren’t as close together, and they are wearing white pants. However, can a black-on-black game be far behind? Ah, I can only dream.

  • Tod | May 7, 2007 at 2:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”82547″]Oddly enough, If a hockey player tucks their jersey in, they look rediculous.[/quote]

    I believe the word is “ridiculous.” Or maybe that’s sarcasm, too?

  • Joe Drennan | May 7, 2007 at 2:57 pm |

    Minna, With a 12 week old at home, I don’t think I can convince my wife to come along. She also doesn’t quoite understand my Uni Watch obsession as when I start talking sports she tunes out. I think if she actualy listened though she’d be intriged as she’s one that loves shoes and fashion. I’ve tried to get her to pay attention but she tells me there are more important things to pay attention to and that if my team (the Cubs) actualy won games I could pay attention to something other than their uniforms. While that hurts because it may be true, in a sport like baseball or football where they do so much standing around between fluries of activity what else are you going to do?

  • Joe Drennan | May 7, 2007 at 2:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”82585″][quote comment=”82547″]Oddly enough, If a hockey player tucks their jersey in, they look rediculous.[/quote]

    I believe the word is “ridiculous.” Or maybe that’s sarcasm, too?[/quote]

    I was a C speller in grade school so that was simply bad spelling.

  • Joe | May 7, 2007 at 2:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”82487″][quote comment=”82483″]..to direct-sewn lettering — a major improvement.

    Why do you see this as an improvement? Ever look at the arch of team that use direct sewing? The practically go straight across. I hate it! Having the nameplate ensures a perfect arch of the name, no matter the length.[/quote]
    Yes, but as in the Twins case, it looks like crap with pinstripes.[/quote]

    I’m just talking in symmetrical terms with the name. There is more uniformity to the way the name is displayed when they are on a nameplate. I hate off center and uneven lettering.

    I’m 50/50 on the nameplate on pinstrip thing too. It looks kind of goofy, but kind of unique too. And it would be a NIGHTMARE if the nameplates had stipes on them. The stipes on the jerseys are never in the same place on different sized jerseys, so it would not be possible to have the name exactly in the center of each jersey…which I hope equipment managers stive for!

    Still haven’t heard from Paul though on why he thinks direct sewing is a major improvement???

  • Joe | May 7, 2007 at 3:00 pm |

    and yes…I can’t spell when I type fast!

  • Minna H. | May 7, 2007 at 3:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”82588″]Minna, With a 12 week old at home, I don’t think I can convince my wife to come along. She also doesn’t quoite understand my Uni Watch obsession as when I start talking sports she tunes out. I think if she actualy listened though she’d be intriged as she’s one that loves shoes and fashion. I’ve tried to get her to pay attention but she tells me there are more important things to pay attention to and that if my team (the Cubs) actualy won games I could pay attention to something other than their uniforms. While that hurts because it may be true, in a sport like baseball or football where they do so much standing around between fluries of activity what else are you going to do?[/quote]

    Ah. Yes. Well. No, she probably doesn’t want to take a 12 week old to a bar. Wait, she likes shoes? Does she like to go shopping? Do you see where I am going with this?

    It’s funny because I have no interest in shopping or clothing in general (except I know I have to wear it when going outside my house), but I am obsessed with uni-watching. I think it’s the details. I’m OCD-minded in general, so the details fascinate me.

    How about you buy your wife a pair of these? I think that would buy you a night out. Or, let her have a girls’ night out Saturday in exchange for you coming to the TCUWP. That sounds fair. Or, a babysitter and the two of you have a romantic night out.

    It just doesn’t seem fair that you are so close and yet so far.

  • Joe Drennan | May 7, 2007 at 3:08 pm |

    I bought her breaks for her car this week. Does that count?

  • Minna H. | May 7, 2007 at 3:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”82594″]I bought her breaks for her car this week. Does that count?[/quote]

    *Sigh*. No. That is a guy thing. Even though to you it says, “I love you and want to make sure you are with me for a long time,” to her it says, “Here are your brakes”, or quite possibly, “Here are your brakes because I know you would never think of it.”

    I am telling you, you get her a pair of these, and you are good to go.

  • Joe Drennan | May 7, 2007 at 3:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”82595″][quote comment=”82594″]I bought her breaks for her car this week. Does that count?[/quote]

    *Sigh*. No. That is a guy thing. Even though to you it says, “I love you and want to make sure you are with me for a long time,” to her it says, “Here are your brakes”, or quite possibly, “Here are your brakes because I know you would never think of it.”

    I am telling you, you get her a pair of these, and you are good to go.[/quote]

    It would help if I knew her shoe size for the different shoe company. If I’ve learned one thing from her it is that no to shoe companies use the same molds for their shoe sizes so a person can be a 9 in one and an 11 in another. Thank goodness fitted hats aren’t that difficult. An 8 3/4 is an 8 3/4

  • DA STUBZ | May 7, 2007 at 3:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”82594″]Not sure how we all missed this until now, but someone on the Chris Creamer boards alertly noticed that the Mariners have switched from using nameplates[/quote]
    I saw the news of the Mariners switching from nameplates here in the comments section a while ago.

  • Minna H. | May 7, 2007 at 3:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”82597″]

    It would help if I knew her shoe size for the different shoe company. If I’ve learned one thing from her it is that no to shoe companies use the same molds for their shoe sizes so a person can be a 9 in one and an 11 in another. Thank goodness fitted hats aren’t that difficult. An 8 3/4 is an 8 3/4[/quote]

    Yes, but the hats don’t fit my head because apparently, my head is too small.

    As for shoes, tell her you are going to buy her a pair and go with her. That is even better! Most women think it’s really sweet if a guy will go shopping with her. I warn you, though, the prices will make you cry.

    You will have to go to an upscale place (like Macy’s or Nordstroms) to get them.

  • Broker75 | May 7, 2007 at 3:30 pm |

    I think the Washington Nationals have a pretty cool looking number font.

  • Jaye | May 7, 2007 at 3:31 pm |

    Does Uni-Watch recognize ballroom dancing as an official sport? If so, those shoes would be a great topic. But …. I’m gonna leave that alone.

  • Metsfan AZ | May 7, 2007 at 3:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”82597″][quote comment=”82595″][quote comment=”82594″]I bought her breaks for her car this week. Does that count?[/quote]

    *Sigh*. No. That is a guy thing. Even though to you it says, “I love you and want to make sure you are with me for a long time,” to her it says, “Here are your brakes”, or quite possibly, “Here are your brakes because I know you would never think of it.”

    I am telling you, you get her a pair of these, and you are good to go.[/quote]

    It would help if I knew her shoe size for the different shoe company. If I’ve learned one thing from her it is that no to shoe companies use the same molds for their shoe sizes so a person can be a 9 in one and an 11 in another. Thank goodness fitted hats aren’t that difficult. An 8 3/4 is an 8 3/4[/quote]
    8 3/4?? HOLY BARRY BONDS!! I have a melon at 7 5/8. Dang! you must be smart.

  • Minna H. | May 7, 2007 at 3:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”82603″]Does Uni-Watch recognize ballroom dancing as an official sport? If so, those shoes would be a great topic. But …. I’m gonna leave that alone.[/quote]

    Well, we did touch on ice-skating yesterday, so I suppose we could critique these next.

    And everybody just died a bit inside.

  • Joe Drennan | May 7, 2007 at 3:34 pm |

    Minna, I think you’re going to have to relegate yourself to spending more time Chatting with Paul Firday night instead of me as I’ll probably be at home watching tivoed eppisodes of Greys Anatamy or The Office with my wife and baby instead. I sure wish I could be there as I’d talk all kinds of noncense about hockey with Paul and how he’s missing the boat with watching goalie equipment and the subtle fads there. Maybe I’ll start commenting on that more.

  • Joe Drennan | May 7, 2007 at 3:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”82606″][quote comment=”82603″]Does Uni-Watch recognize ballroom dancing as an official sport? If so, those shoes would be a great topic. But …. I’m gonna leave that alone.[/quote]

    Well, we did touch on ice-skating yesterday, so I suppose we could critique these next.

    And everybody just died a bit inside.[/quote]

    We could, but we won’t.

  • Thorold Blair | May 7, 2007 at 3:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”82597″][quote comment=”82595″][quote comment=”82594″]I bought her breaks for her car this week. Does that count?[/quote]

    *Sigh*. No. That is a guy thing. Even though to you it says, “I love you and want to make sure you are with me for a long time,” to her it says, “Here are your brakes”, or quite possibly, “Here are your brakes because I know you would never think of it.”

    I am telling you, you get her a pair of these, and you are good to go.[/quote]

    It would help if I knew her shoe size for the different shoe company. If I’ve learned one thing from her it is that no to shoe companies use the same molds for their shoe sizes so a person can be a 9 in one and an 11 in another. Thank goodness fitted hats aren’t that difficult. An 8 3/4 is an 8 3/4[/quote]

    8 3/4??? Well done Mr. Bonds. I demand a drug test on Joe!!!

  • Broker75 | May 7, 2007 at 3:39 pm |

    I thought Yankees players were strictly to wear Adidas shoes.

  • Jaye | May 7, 2007 at 3:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”82608″][quote comment=”82606″][quote comment=”82603″]Does Uni-Watch recognize ballroom dancing as an official sport? If so, those shoes would be a great topic. But …. I’m gonna leave that alone.[/quote]

    Well, we did touch on ice-skating yesterday, so I suppose we could critique these next.

    And everybody just died a bit inside.[/quote]

    We could, but we won’t.[/quote]

    LET’S NOT!!!!!!

  • Joe Drennan | May 7, 2007 at 3:42 pm |

    I used 8 3/4 as an example. I think the last hat I got was a 7 1/8, but being an old 59/50 hat, it’s now too small. I need to try one of them new ones.

  • Jason in Lexington | May 7, 2007 at 3:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”82605″][quote comment=”82597″][quote comment=”82595″][quote comment=”82594″]I bought her breaks for her car this week. Does that count?[/quote]

    *Sigh*. No. That is a guy thing. Even though to you it says, “I love you and want to make sure you are with me for a long time,” to her it says, “Here are your brakes”, or quite possibly, “Here are your brakes because I know you would never think of it.”

    I am telling you, you get her a pair of these, and you are good to go.[/quote]

    It would help if I knew her shoe size for the different shoe company. If I’ve learned one thing from her it is that no to shoe companies use the same molds for their shoe sizes so a person can be a 9 in one and an 11 in another. Thank goodness fitted hats aren’t that difficult. An 8 3/4 is an 8 3/4[/quote]
    8 3/4?? HOLY BARRY BONDS!! I have a melon at 7 5/8. Dang! you must be smart.[/quote]

    I was thinking the same thing about that 8 3/4. Surely that’s a typo. As far as hat sizes go I wear a 7 5/8 in the 59/50 and 7 1/2 in anything made by Zephyr. So even hat sizes can vary by brand. Also the old 59/50 varies in size according to how old the hat is. Start with a 7 1/2, 3 months later it’s a 7 1/4, hate those things.

  • Broker75 | May 7, 2007 at 3:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”82612″][quote comment=”82608″][quote comment=”82606″][quote comment=”82603″]Does Uni-Watch recognize ballroom dancing as an official sport? If so, those shoes would be a great topic. But …. I’m gonna leave that alone.[/quote]

    Well, we did touch on ice-skating yesterday, so I suppose we could critique these next.

    And everybody just died a bit inside.[/quote]

    We could, but we won’t.[/quote]

    LET’S NOT!!!!!![/quote]
    finally!

  • todd krevanchi | May 7, 2007 at 3:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”82595″]
    I am telling you, you get her a pair of these, and you are good to go.[/quote]

    wait! so only manolos work? what girl wouldnt want to rock a pair of air jordans, air max 95’s, air max 360’s, dunk lows, air force 1 lows, or any number of nike shox?

  • Jason in Lexington | May 7, 2007 at 3:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”82613″]I used 8 3/4 as an example. I think the last hat I got was a 7 1/8, but being an old 59/50 hat, it’s now too small. I need to try one of them new ones.[/quote]

    From what I can tell so far the new ones are much better. Usually by now it wouldn’t fit me and would have sweat stains on it. Wore it to softball practice the other day and it still looks and fits like it did when I bought it.

  • Anthony Verna | May 7, 2007 at 3:49 pm |

    Ah yes . . .I bought a 59fifty in a size 8. . . just because I know it’ll shrink. It’s a bit big right now, but just a bit.

  • Zurk | May 7, 2007 at 3:53 pm |

    Whew – I was worried – 8 3/4 is a gourd!

  • T.C. | May 7, 2007 at 3:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”82610″]I thought Yankees players were strictly to wear Adidas shoes.[/quote]

    Not true.
    A-Rod wearing nike

    Jeter in jordans

    Just off the top of my head

  • Broker75 | May 7, 2007 at 3:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”82625″][quote comment=”82610″]I thought Yankees players were strictly to wear Adidas shoes.[/quote]

    Not true.
    A-Rod wearing nike

    Jeter in jordans

    Just off the top of my head[/quote]
    I’ve noticed that too, but I’m pretty sure a while back someone on the team got sued from Adidas just because they weren’t endorsing their product. For some reason Giambi comes to mind..

  • Matthew S. | May 7, 2007 at 4:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”82599″][quote comment=”82594″]Not sure how we all missed this until now, but someone on the Chris Creamer boards alertly noticed that the Mariners have switched from using nameplates[/quote]
    I saw the news of the Mariners switching from nameplates here in the comments section a while ago.[/quote]

    God I hate being ‘that guy’ that calls attention to himself, but yeah that was me that pointed that out about three or four weeks ago. I mentioned that it seemed like the Mariners were forgoing the lazy route by directly sewing the names onto the uniforms rather than using the nameplates they used last year at which point our resident uniform letter attachment specialist Joe H. corrected me by saying that it’s actually quicker to sew the names directly onto the uniform rather than sew them onto a nameplate and then onto the uniform.

  • Joe | May 7, 2007 at 4:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”82631″][quote comment=”82599″][quote comment=”82594″]Not sure how we all missed this until now, but someone on the Chris Creamer boards alertly noticed that the Mariners have switched from using nameplates[/quote]
    I saw the news of the Mariners switching from nameplates here in the comments section a while ago.[/quote]

    God I hate being ‘that guy’ that calls attention to himself, but yeah that was me that pointed that out about three or four weeks ago. I mentioned that it seemed like the Mariners were forgoing the lazy route by directly sewing the names onto the uniforms rather than using the nameplates they used last year at which point our resident uniform letter attachment specialist Joe H. corrected me by saying that it’s actually quicker to sew the names directly onto the uniform rather than sew them onto a nameplate and then onto the uniform.[/quote]

    I remember that conversation!

  • rudry | May 7, 2007 at 4:35 pm |

    Since when has this site become a place for woman’s accessories?

  • Joe Drennan | May 7, 2007 at 4:39 pm |

    You know, I was going through some old hockey equipment this weekend and came across some old hockey socks (The socks that cover shin pads) and noticed some of my older socks had stirups. The newer ones however don’t. I’ll have to try and pinpoint abotu when my socks went stirupless and see if I can’t find any information as to when hockey socks in general started this trend.

    I do think this drend started becasue players started cutting the stirup off, alowing them to drape the sock over the top of the skate to keep their laces from becoming a tripping hazard. They of course taped the socks down, but some of the newer socks simply have elastic in them so tape isn’t required. I have seen some bad examples of this at the high school level though where kids pull the pack of the sock down over the heel of the skate boot.

    Goalies who wear hockey socks under their pads, mself included, pull the socks down to cover laces so that they don’t fall to the ice and create a trippin hazard, but for goalies, I see a usefull reason for draping the sock over the back heel of the boot as I do it to keep the pad straps from sliding up and down on the stake. The sock sort of acts like one of those non slip mats my wife puts under the rugs in the dining room.

  • Metsfan AZ | May 7, 2007 at 4:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”82636″]Since when has this site become a place for woman’s accessories?[/quote]
    Where have you been? We voted on this two weeks ago. Tomorrow’s entry on Italian handbags promises to be HUGE!

  • Broker75 | May 7, 2007 at 4:50 pm |

    those italics are tough on the eyes.

  • Metsfan AZ | May 7, 2007 at 4:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”82640″]those italics are tough on the eyes.[/quote]
    wasn’t me this time. I’ll try to close let me see. how did i do?

  • Joey Guns | May 7, 2007 at 4:51 pm |

    I can barely even find a player wearing Adidas cleats. I think Josh Phelps was all I could find. (Although Clemens was wearing them yesterday during his little warm up session in the outfield after the game.)

    Here’s Matsui:
    http://sports.yahoo....

    Here’s Giambi:
    http://sports.yahoo....

    Group shot, almost all are wearing Nikes
    http://sports.yahoo....

    Clemens, from 2000, wearing Reebok
    http://www.amny.com/...

    I believe that Adidas has a 10 year contract for apparel only. (Obviously it doesn’t include cleats) Can anyone help out?

  • Broker75 | May 7, 2007 at 4:52 pm |

    nope. here let me try.

  • Sammy | May 7, 2007 at 4:53 pm |

    [/i]

  • Sammy | May 7, 2007 at 4:54 pm |
  • Broker75 | May 7, 2007 at 4:54 pm |

    abra-cadabra

  • Broker75 | May 7, 2007 at 4:55 pm |

    was that you or me Sammy?

  • Broker75 | May 7, 2007 at 4:56 pm |

    ohhhh my
    abra-cadabra

  • justin | May 7, 2007 at 4:58 pm |
  • Sammy | May 7, 2007 at 4:59 pm |

    Did that work?

    This weekend Michigan and Michigan state softball did the pink uniforms for breast cancer thing, and BOTH teams wore pink tops. One team wore colored pants, and the other white in each game. Sunday and Saturday

    Also, my high school’s opponent today had a left throwing catcher. Sorry I couldn’t get pictures, though.

  • Sir Jock Strap | May 7, 2007 at 5:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”82528″]I’m not a fan of the Gigantes thing. But I dig the Giants. Can we stop screwing with uni’s with all this honouring crap. We don’t even honour the U.S.A when it’s July 4th, if we did in a uni sense every team would have USA on the front of their jersey![/quote]

    The A’s used to wear some pretty dope Red, White and Blue uni’s for 4th of July.

  • Matthew S. | May 7, 2007 at 5:08 pm |

    When do the Brewers wear their ‘Cerveceros’ unis again? I love that idea.

    http://milwaukee.bre...

    http://milwaukee.bre...

  • schuby | May 7, 2007 at 5:27 pm |

    Jesus!

  • schuby | May 7, 2007 at 5:27 pm |

    Damn

  • Mr. Met | May 7, 2007 at 5:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”82627″][quote comment=”82625″][quote comment=”82610″]I thought Yankees players were strictly to wear Adidas shoes.[/quote]

    Not true.
    A-Rod wearing nike

    Jeter in jordans

    Just off the top of my head[/quote]
    I’ve noticed that too, but I’m pretty sure a while back someone on the team got sued from Adidas just because they weren’t endorsing their product. For some reason Giambi comes to mind..[/quote]

    You’d figure with the tri-stripes plastered all over the stadium, Adidas would have something better to do than go after individual players.

  • Dan Merker | May 7, 2007 at 5:32 pm |

    I saw that they posted what all the first round draft picks will look like in Madden ’08 on si.com today, but they used the players’ college numbers, many of which will have to be changed due to the NFL’s restrictions on numbers & positions. I”m sure they will, but found it interesting they created them all as-is for now. Good to see they’re using the Chargers’ new uni. SI.com

  • Jaye | May 7, 2007 at 5:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”82652″][quote comment=”82528″]I’m not a fan of the Gigantes thing. But I dig the Giants. Can we stop screwing with uni’s with all this honouring crap. We don’t even honour the U.S.A when it’s July 4th, if we did in a uni sense every team would have USA on the front of their jersey![/quote]

    The A’s used to wear some pretty dope Red, White and Blue uni’s for 4th of July.[/quote]

    I think it’s great that you speak of honouring the USA while using the British spelling. The USA red, white and blue unis would in this instance, be colourful.

  • joe | May 7, 2007 at 5:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”82595″][quote comment=”82594″]I bought her breaks for her car this week. Does that count?[/quote]

    *Sigh*. No. That is a guy thing. Even though to you it says, “I love you and want to make sure you are with me for a long time,” to her it says, “Here are your brakes”, or quite possibly, “Here are your brakes because I know you would never think of it.”

    I am telling you, you get her a pair of these, and you are good to go.[/quote]

    get her ugly shoes?

  • stuby | May 7, 2007 at 5:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”82651″]Did that work?

    This weekend Michigan and Michigan state softball did the pink uniforms for breast cancer thing, and BOTH teams wore pink tops. One team wore colored pants, and the other white in each game. Sunday and Saturday

    Also, my high school’s opponent today had a left throwing catcher. Sorry I couldn’t get pictures, though.[/quote]
    It looks like the Michigan unis got thrown into the wash with a red towel.

  • Mark Max | May 7, 2007 at 5:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”82662″]I saw that they posted what all the first round draft picks will look like in Madden ’08 on si.com today, but they used the players’ college numbers, many of which will have to be changed due to the NFL’s restrictions on numbers & positions. I”m sure they will, but found it interesting they created them all as-is for now. Good to see they’re using the Chargers’ new uni. SI.com[/quote]

    Couldn’t help but notice, Brady Quinn just has on the regular Riddell helmet, but in college and in the Rookie Spring practice, he sported the Revolution.

  • =bg= | May 7, 2007 at 5:45 pm |

    Steinbrenner went out years ago and did his own renegade deal with Adidas, much like Jerry Jones did with the Cowboys before Nike was part of the NFL.

    Adidas shoes are avail to any player who doesn’t have his own deal, I think. But an MLB club cannot dictate what glove or shoe or bat to use- I think that’s a “personal services” contract. And what’s up with these italics?

  • Sir Jock Strap | May 7, 2007 at 5:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”82652″][quote comment=”82528″]I’m not a fan of the Gigantes thing. But I dig the Giants. Can we stop screwing with uni’s with all this honouring crap. We don’t even honour the U.S.A when it’s July 4th, if we did in a uni sense every team would have USA on the front of their jersey![/quote]

    The A’s used to wear some pretty dope Red, White and Blue uni’s for 4th of July.[/quote]

    I couldn’t find any in-game pics of the A’s’ Red, White and Blues. However, I found a pic of some upstanding five and dimers. The dude in the middle is representing the finest organization in all of sport with their patriotic alternative jersey and hat.

    http://operationathl...

  • Andy | May 7, 2007 at 5:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”82636″][/quote]
    Fixed?

  • stuby | May 7, 2007 at 5:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”82671″][quote comment=”82652″][quote comment=”82528″]I’m not a fan of the Gigantes thing. But I dig the Giants. Can we stop screwing with uni’s with all this honouring crap. We don’t even honour the U.S.A when it’s July 4th, if we did in a uni sense every team would have USA on the front of their jersey![/quote]

    The A’s used to wear some pretty dope Red, White and Blue uni’s for 4th of July.[/quote]

    I couldn’t find any in-game pics of the A’s’ Red, White and Blues. However, I found a pic of some upstanding five and dimers. The dude in the middle is representing the finest organization in all of sport with their patriotic alternative jersey and hat.

    http://operationathl...
    That guy on the right has a hockey style catcher’s mask on his head.

  • Andy | May 7, 2007 at 5:55 pm |

    If this doesn’t work, I’ll stop.

  • Andy | May 7, 2007 at 5:56 pm |

    Good.

  • Sir Jock Strap | May 7, 2007 at 5:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”82682″][quote comment=”82671″][quote comment=”82652″][quote comment=”82528″]I’m not a fan of the Gigantes thing. But I dig the Giants. Can we stop screwing with uni’s with all this honouring crap. We don’t even honour the U.S.A when it’s July 4th, if we did in a uni sense every team would have USA on the front of their jersey![/quote]

    The A’s used to wear some pretty dope Red, White and Blue uni’s for 4th of July.[/quote]

    I couldn’t find any in-game pics of the A’s’ Red, White and Blues. However, I found a pic of some upstanding five and dimers. The dude in the middle is representing the finest organization in all of sport with their patriotic alternative jersey and hat.

    http://operationathl...
    That guy on the right has a hockey style catcher’s mask on his head.[/quote]

    That is actually an impressive collection of jerseys. Almost every era of is represented. Even the Black alternates.

  • Buckeye Mike | May 7, 2007 at 5:59 pm |

    It’s a little late, but as for the pitcher’s thing. Yeah I played in a softball tourny yesterday (men’s USSSA) and we had not one but 2 teams that we faced where the pitcher was wearing a mask. and as someone who has taken a shot off the chin that landed in right feild, yeah that mask is nice. trust me, as a pitcher you don’t want the middle opened up with out one of those masks on. But there is another scary thing about that. The most popular pants out there had the little Barry Bonds under the shoe strap on them. I hate that thing.

  • Mr. Met | May 7, 2007 at 6:09 pm |

    Two things about those Madden 08 screenshots:

    (1) The black tape goes up the player’s calf and covers up the white part of the sock. Interesting.

    (2) What’s up with those “white” cleats? I guess someone at EA Sports couldn’t tell the difference between white and silver.

  • stuby | May 7, 2007 at 6:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”82694″]Two things about those Madden 08 screenshots:

    (1) The black tape goes up the player’s calf and covers up the white part of the sock. Interesting.

    (2) What’s up with those “white” cleats? I guess someone at EA Sports couldn’t tell the difference between white and silver.[/quote]
    They also went with the numbers each of the players wore in college. I don’t think Ted Ginn will be wearing #7 with Miami.

  • j gillespie | May 7, 2007 at 6:16 pm |

    In reference to the Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mexican attire Saturday- there was some mention made of his uncle and cornerman Roger being known as “The Mexican Assasin” when he was a fighter

  • Mr. Met | May 7, 2007 at 6:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”82697″][quote comment=”82694″]Two things about those Madden 08 screenshots:

    (1) The black tape goes up the player’s calf and covers up the white part of the sock. Interesting.

    (2) What’s up with those “white” cleats? I guess someone at EA Sports couldn’t tell the difference between white and silver.[/quote]
    They also went with the numbers each of the players wore in college. I don’t think Ted Ginn will be wearing #7 with Miami.[/quote]

    Yup yup, they showed him at the rookie practice wearing #11……

  • Chuck Ryals | May 7, 2007 at 6:43 pm |

    glad to see more baseball teams are going to direct sewn letters, nameplates= CHEAPSKATES!!!!

  • dpnation | May 7, 2007 at 6:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”82453″]oh, and dpnation,
    i’ll see your dinner and eric haze dunk lows, and raise you a dinner and a pair of chris lundy dunk lows…or a pair of htm rainbow wovens.[/quote]

    HAHA NICE! Perhaps a pair of Heineken Dunks to go with our beers.

  • Drew | May 7, 2007 at 7:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”82702″][quote comment=”82697″][quote comment=”82694″]Two things about those Madden 08 screenshots:

    (1) The black tape goes up the player’s calf and covers up the white part of the sock. Interesting.

    (2) What’s up with those “white” cleats? I guess someone at EA Sports couldn’t tell the difference between white and silver.[/quote]
    They also went with the numbers each of the players wore in college. I don’t think Ted Ginn will be wearing #7 with Miami.[/quote]

    Yup yup, they showed him at the rookie practice wearing #11……[/quote]

    They do this early in the draft so they dont know what number the player will actually wear so the give them the college number so they can be easily reconized.

  • Seattle Zach | May 7, 2007 at 7:28 pm |

    Not that big of a deal, and I may not have been the first to do so, but I mentioned the Mariners changing away from nameplates a couple of weeks ago, with picture evidence supporting.

  • Wes Walz | May 7, 2007 at 7:43 pm |

    The Twins put last names on the home jerseys starting in 1996–ironically, the first season after Kirby’s last game. I remember seeing him that year with the awkward name (on nameplate) combination and thinking how strange it looked after growing up in the ’80s without names on the home unis. The names have always been on plates and not directly sewn.

    The names were on the road jerseys from 1987 forward; I’ve always liked the look of these jerseys though they suffer from the same problem with the pinstripes vs. the nameplate.

    Check here for a brief history on the Twins’ jerseys.

  • Wes Walz | May 7, 2007 at 7:45 pm |

    Not to shame one of the wonderful UniSponsors, but I noticed this hat among the fine products Distant Replays offers. This is the second instance I can think of where a company (this time, shame on New Era) has botched the old, beloved North Star logo, one of those simple devices that immediately told you what team was playing without the need to decipher or stare at the logo in question and didn’t clutter the sweater.

    First, it was CCM screwing up the 1991 road jersey throwbacks (the star always points up and away, not back toward the N). I remember debating a retailer in the Twin Cities about this and it was only when he called an associate who indicated, yes, a customer had similarly complained, that he admitted the product was flawed. The mistake was eventually fixed on later runs of the jersey and the 1991 home replica.

    The trouble with the hat is this: there are two logos the team used for the home/road difference. With a white background, you use the green N with a yellow star. On the green background, it was the white N with a yellow star. Note that the star is never the same color as the N, but always yellow. It’s not as though this changed during the team’s tenure in the North Star State; check the original unis from 67-68.

    The sad thing is, simple research of your old hockey cards or NHLuniforms.com would clear the whole thing up.

    It’s tough to take when your team is stolen and then merchandisers can’t even get the logo right a decade later…

    Paul-
    Since I was your cold weather baseball correspondent earlier this year I’m already afraid you’ll dispatch me to Atlanta, Baltimore, Texas, and St. Louis for a summer heat update… I may hit Houston in July, but that’s an indoor ballpark, mercifully.

  • stuby | May 7, 2007 at 7:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”82733″]The Twins put last names on the home jerseys starting in 1996–ironically, the first season after Kirby’s last game. I remember seeing him that year with the awkward name (on nameplate) combination and thinking how strange it looked after growing up in the ’80s without names on the home unis. The names have always been on plates and not directly sewn.

    The names were on the road jerseys from 1987 forward; I’ve always liked the look of these jerseys though they suffer from the same problem with the pinstripes vs. the nameplate.

    Check here for a brief history on the Twins’ jerseys.[/quote]
    Wes, thanks for the info. I was always partial to this uni myself.

  • Nick Maibroda | May 7, 2007 at 8:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”82544″]Michigan State wore their throw-back jerseys at Ohio State on Sunday. The unis represent the school’s former name, Michigan Agricultural College. Views available here.[/quote]
    I can’t believe no one else commented on these beautiful throwbacks. The stirrups are great with a little bit of white sanitaries showing. The nice shiny Satin green trim and the low profile caps. A throwback jersey done right. Good job Michigan State! Please Paul, tell me you saw these!

  • schuby | May 7, 2007 at 8:39 pm |

    Off topic, but does anyone recall the link for the 1880s baseball with Conan O’Brien, I want to see thsoe unis again.

  • Brendan | May 7, 2007 at 8:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”82686″][quote comment=”82682″][quote comment=”82671″][quote comment=”82652″][quote comment=”82528″]I’m not a fan of the Gigantes thing. But I dig the Giants. Can we stop screwing with uni’s with all this honouring crap. We don’t even honour the U.S.A when it’s July 4th, if we did in a uni sense every team would have USA on the front of their jersey![/quote]

    The A’s used to wear some pretty dope Red, White and Blue uni’s for 4th of July.[/quote]

    I couldn’t find any in-game pics of the A’s’ Red, White and Blues. However, I found a pic of some upstanding five and dimers. The dude in the middle is representing the finest organization in all of sport with their patriotic alternative jersey and hat.

    http://operationathl...
    That guy on the right has a hockey style catcher’s mask on his head.[/quote]

    That is actually an impressive collection of jerseys. Almost every era of is represented. Even the Black alternates.[/quote]

    Also represented is the little-used basketball jersey.

    I really need to remember to bring more cash to A’s games so I can pick up one of the bootleg Eckersley pullover jerseys from the guy ont he bridge….

  • schuby | May 7, 2007 at 8:41 pm |

    those*

  • Brendan | May 7, 2007 at 8:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”82668″][quote comment=”82651″]Did that work?

    This weekend Michigan and Michigan state softball did the pink uniforms for breast cancer thing, and BOTH teams wore pink tops. One team wore colored pants, and the other white in each game. Sunday and Saturday

    Also, my high school’s opponent today had a left throwing catcher. Sorry I couldn’t get pictures, though.[/quote]
    It looks like the Michigan unis got thrown into the wash with a red towel.[/quote]

    I actually kind of like the pink, gold (well, maize), and navy color scheme. They look far better with the white pants, though. Also, check out the high cuffs.

  • FriarBolt | May 7, 2007 at 9:00 pm |

    Getting back to the protective facial gear, when I was 11 playing little league, I was hit in the eye by a ball and it crushed my retina. The field we played on was pretty bumpy, left field had you looking directly into the sunset, and it was my first time ever playing left. The ball took a nasty hop off of a mound in the grass and whammo. I couldn’t play for two weeks, and when I returned, I had to wear protective goggles. The only thing I could find was a pair of my dad’s old racquet ball goggles. I kind of felt like Chris Sabo. I played the rest of the season with them on, and didn’t let another ball by me. The thing I remember most about the goggles was checking their placement on my head before every inning by taking a ball and holding it up to the frames to make sure the ball wouldn’t touch me. I don’t know if the face mask worn by the pitcher would really do anything, but I don’t think I could have gone back out on the field without those goggles.

  • Andrew | May 7, 2007 at 9:03 pm |

    Watching this Pistons ownage and wondering why sheed has a green “36” on his warmup grey long sleeve pistons tee. Anyone?

  • Johnny O | May 7, 2007 at 9:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”82694″]Two things about those Madden 08 screenshots:

    (1) The black tape goes up the player’s calf and covers up the white part of the sock. Interesting.

    (2) What’s up with those “white” cleats? I guess someone at EA Sports couldn’t tell the difference between white and silver.[/quote]
    I wish that the Madden games would get better with permanent stadium details. As in that screen grab with Vikings at Packers… why don’t they have the retired names and numbers along with the hall of fame names that are always at Lambeau Field? Just a little detail I would like to see.

  • Minna H. | May 7, 2007 at 9:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”82743″][quote comment=”82733″]The Twins put last names on the home jerseys starting in 1996–ironically, the first season after Kirby’s last game. I remember seeing him that year with the awkward name (on nameplate) combination and thinking how strange it looked after growing up in the ’80s without names on the home unis. The names have always been on plates and not directly sewn.

    The names were on the road jerseys from 1987 forward; I’ve always liked the look of these jerseys though they suffer from the same problem with the pinstripes vs. the nameplate.

    Check here for a brief history on the Twins’ jerseys.[/quote]
    Wes, thanks for the info. I was always partial to this uni myself.[/quote]

    stuby, I wouldn’t be a happy camper at all if they brought those back. I hate the pastels.

    todd k., I was saying most women, especially women who are shoe-hounds, would love a pair of those. Me, I would take them back for a cash return. I don’t wear high-heels, and I don’t pay five hundred dollars for a pair of shoes.

    On the other hand, I don’t know any of the sneakers you mentioned, either. I am really not a shoe person.

    Joe D., ah, well. We will drink in your name and talk fondly of your big head.

    I’m going to pretend I didn’t see the links to the pink jerseys. I can’t wait until Mother’s Day is over so there will be no more pink in sports.

  • Minna H. | May 7, 2007 at 9:50 pm |

    Goddamit. I didn’t even post a link. Let’s try again.

    stuby, I wouldn’t likeit if the Twins brought back the baby blues as I hate pastels–yes, including the fabled Chargers powder blues.

    todd k., not all women, but most shoe-hounds would kill for a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes. joe, yes, they are ugly, but that is the designer laughing his ass off at gullible rich women. I would never buy a pair because I don’t wear heels; I have a modicum of taste; and I wouldn’t pay that much for a pair of shoes. Then again, I didn’t know any of the sneakers todd k. listed, either. I am not a shoe woman at all.

    Joe D., aw, too bad. We will lift a drink to you and talk about your gigantic head. Your acerbic wit will be missed.

    I am going to pretend I didn’t see the pink jerseys. Man, I will be glad when Mother’s Day is over so the pink will go away until next year.

  • ben | May 7, 2007 at 10:19 pm |

    I CANNOT BELIVE people are in favor of nameplates. simply put – the raised stiching on the plate looks like crap, awful if you have HD. The direct stiching is a much cleaner look.

    I’m embarrassed that my Red Sox still use the nameplate – Paul can you please call them out publicly. Anyone with their equipment manager’s name and contact info??? please post it

  • Go Cyclones! | May 7, 2007 at 10:32 pm |

    speaking of name plates….watching the Cards-Rockies game and Falkenborg (Cards) just got pulled from pitching but his name was WAY off to the left side of this uniform. Maybe it was the way the uniform was positioned but it looked like it was just off. Maybe someone will find a picture.

  • Casey | May 7, 2007 at 10:34 pm |

    i’m not sure if this has been posted yet, but has anyone seen these shoes?

    http://www.myairshoe...

  • stuby | May 7, 2007 at 10:38 pm |

    Minna, that’s just me longing for the baseball unis of my youth. I would also love to see some team go back to a stove-pipe hat sometime soon.

  • stuby | May 7, 2007 at 11:18 pm |

    Looks like the Jazz forgot to redo the logo at center court when they changed their uniforms this year.

  • Original Jim | May 7, 2007 at 11:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”82550″]Actually, one of the best thing ASA did was make the ‘hockey’ helmet mandatory for 18U catchers….for umpiring they suck…

    I tried a friends helmet ONCE behind the plate – and RAN back to my Wilson A380 -way too claustrophobic, and you look like an idiot when you have to pull it off to call plays….

    My current equipment:

    New Balance cross trainer base shoes

    Spot Bilt mid cut U55 steel toed plate shoes

    Wilson A380 mask

    Gerry Davis/Wilson leg guards[/quote]

    I have been umpiring baseball for over 15 years. Depending on the level, I wear either a standard mask, or the goalie-style mask (for adult leagues). I have taken fouls and pitched balls off the mask, and I have never felt discomfort with the goalie mask.

    Like any helmet, you get used to the bars. I have never missed a call due to my peripheral vision being blocked, and I can remove the helmet almost as quickly as the regular mask. I’ve never had a problem with it. The only thing I wish it had is an extended throat guard.

    My current equipment:

    +Pos chest protector (for Little League/Junior League)

    Honigs Elite Chest Protector (all levels above Junior league)

    +Pos Joe Brinkman model leg guards

    Honigs mid-cut plate shoes, Nautilus steel toe plate shoes, Adidas Torsion base shoes (turf-style cleat)

    Honigs light weight mask, Gerry Davis light weight mask

    All-Star hockey-style mask

  • Minna H. | May 7, 2007 at 11:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”82815″]Minna, that’s just me longing for the baseball unis of my youth. I would also love to see some team go back to a stove-pipe hat sometime soon.[/quote]

    stuby, your youth? How old are you? I would be down with the stovepipe hats–they are certainly better-looking than the ice cream man caps.

    Original Jim, I think we need some visuals.

  • Tyler | May 8, 2007 at 12:00 am |

    At least Reyes wears the right type of socks even he is pitching pathetically.

  • TD | May 8, 2007 at 12:33 am |

    [quote comment=”82839″][quote comment=”82815″]Minna, that’s just me longing for the baseball unis of my youth. I would also love to see some team go back to a stove-pipe hat sometime soon.[/quote]

    stuby, your youth? How old are you? I would be down with the stovepipe hats–they are certainly better-looking than the ice cream man caps.

    Original Jim, I think we need some visuals.[/quote]

    Minna, I’ll be wearing my not-quite spec blue Santana jersey on Sunday night at the Dome. (its an older spring training blue done up like a gamer, not quite right, but it was a gift. C’est la vie.)

    If I manage to get myself to Nye’s I’ll be in my ’91 Caps gamer. A few camps are fighting over my friday night at the moment.

  • Go Cyclones! | May 8, 2007 at 12:42 am |

    [quote comment=”82845″]At least Reyes wears the right type of socks even he is pitching pathetically.[/quote]

    Reyes is coming around. Some hitting and some defense would do wonders for this team. And great socks. I enjoyed having Pence in town for a few days, even though he wears solid socks and hit a grand slam off us.

  • stuby | May 8, 2007 at 12:45 am |

    [quote comment=”82839″][quote comment=”82815″]Minna, that’s just me longing for the baseball unis of my youth. I would also love to see some team go back to a stove-pipe hat sometime soon.[/quote]

    stuby, your youth? How old are you? I would be down with the stovepipe hats–they are certainly better-looking than the ice cream man caps.

    [/quote]I’m 38. Which means that my baseball fan-dom and uni-watching started in the mid-seventies, going to Giants games at the ‘Stick and seeing powder blues in person. I actually have that ’77 Bake McBride card (somewhere) that I got when I was 9.

    And check out this rare treat. A stove-pipe striped batting helmet.