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It’s All in the Wrist

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If you think I was a Scrooge for giving the thumbs-down to MLB’s pink Mother’s Day wristbands, that’s nothing compared to what umpire Bill Welke did in Houston on Wednesday night.

To explain: Astros pitcher Chris Sampson’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child on Tuesday. When Sampson took the mound for Wednesday night’s game, he was still wearing his hospital wristband/bracelet thingie — which, by coincidence, appears to have been pink, as you can see on his left arm here. But before he could throw his first pitch, Welke — who was umpiring the plate — walked out to the mound and then gestured toward the Houston dugout. Out trotted a trainer, who huddled with Sampson and Welke and then cut off the offending bit of wristwear.

Sampson didn’t appear too upset about all this, and we all know pitchers aren’t supposed to wear anything distracting, but come on — couldn’t they at least have let him throw a pitch or two in his baby’s honor before making him snip off the wristband? Jeez.

Little-known fact that Elias won’t be telling you: The last MLB player to have something scissored off of his person while standing on the field of play was Scott Williamson, who was ordered to remove his Nike-pox sleeves last May 12th.

Membership Update: In case you missed yesterday’s entry, scroll down to it to see the big news about the official Uni Watch membership program, which should be ready to roll in another week or so. Big, big thanks to the many of you who’ve already expressed your enthusiasm and support for this idea. One change I’ve decided to make after getting lots of feedback yesterday: The membership “uni numbers” will be non-exclusive, so you can have whatever number you want on the back of your membership card, even if someone else already has that number (which should be good news to the roughly eight gazillion of you who tried to call dibs on No. 21 — why is that number so popular?).

More details to come soon.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Fantastic photo gallery detailing the history of women’s basketball uniforms here (with thanks to Todd Krevanchi). … Excellent article about the Jaguars’ equipment crew, plus a video link at the top of the page, here (with thanks to David Chisholm). … WVU’s new football jersey is visible in these shots from the Playboy Pre-Season All American photo shoot. That’s Steve Slaton is wearing the gold No. 10. (Good find by Jonathan Eskridge.) … Boise State’s new football jerseys will be unveiled late this afternoon. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Lots of chatter about the Orioles wearing “Baltimore” on their road jerseys next season. … Also from yesterday’s comments: All ACC football teams will wear a black armband this season, in remembrance of those who died in the Virginia Tech shootings. … Remember our recent discussion of FieldTurf baseball diamonds? Glenn Chamberlain sent along this shot of the Washington State field — even the home plate “dirt” area is FieldTurf. … “I wanted to send along some more info about Lamar Hunt tributes that you mentioned on Tuesday,” writes Scott Whaley. “The Hunt family also owns the Columbus Crew in Columbus, Ohio, and Lamar paid for the construction of Crew Stadium, the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States, out of his own pocket (not a dime of taxpayer money) in 1999. The Crew are also doing a lot of tribute items for Lamar this season, including an ‘LH’ chest patch logo. This same logo is being used in all sales and marketing materials for this season, and also appears on a flag flying in the stadium.” … Interesting side decal placement on the batting helmets used by Hunters Lane High in Tennessee (good catch by Lee Wilds). … “Schutt has created a couple of different DNA facemask designs that are apparently tied in with their agreement with the AFL,” writes Matt Olson. “The letters ‘AFL’ are even included in the mask names, the AFL-EGJOP and AFL-EGOP. This is the first time in my experience that masks have been marketed to a specific league. I’m assuming they’ll also be available to players outside of the AFL, but we’ll know for sure in the coming months.” … On Wednesday I mentioned how the scoreboard at Minute Maid Park inexplicably lists players with single-digit numbers as “09” and “07,” but I didn’t have a photo. Happily, Jason Mintz just provided one. … Marcus Ramsey reports that the Rangers’ broadcast team was none too thrilled with last night’s green-vs.-blue display — and neither was Ramsey himself: “It was bad enough that the Rangers can’t beat the Rays,” he writes, “but they’re playing at a spring training park and this made it look like a spring training game.” … Speaking of the Rays, auto racing legend Richard Petty threw out the first ball the other night and donned a green jersey for the occasion. … Remember yesterday’s photo of the horse with the wrestling-esque mask? Here, apparently, is the actual mask on which it was modeled (good follow-up by Jeremy Brahm). … Latest MLBer whose pant leg cuffs appear to be elastic-free: J.D. Drew (as spotted by Adam Bachelder).

 

185 comments to It’s All in the Wrist

  • CJ | May 18, 2007 at 9:09 am |

    A belated Happy Birthday to Uniwatch, thanks for doing this Paul, we really appreciate and enjoy it.

  • Deron | May 18, 2007 at 9:12 am |

    The Schutt AFL masks were available last fall as well, and, similar to the league itself, drew very little interest.

    I will say I do like the style of the masks, which are only slightly different than the original models EGJOP and EGOP. If they are marketed correctly (read: drop the AFL connection and put one on an NFL player) these will be very popular masks.

  • todd krevanchi | May 18, 2007 at 9:13 am |

    as i was watching the rays/rangers on wednesday, i couldnt help but think to myself that it was the first time ever for devil ray players (not acquired players, but those who came up in their farm system anyway) to have played an outdoor home major league game.

  • Kris McInnis | May 18, 2007 at 9:15 am |

    Perhaps that Hunters Lane High is too proud of their logo for it to be covered up by pine tar…

  • Todd | May 18, 2007 at 9:16 am |

    That band Sampson was wearing is often used by hospitals in the maternity ward to prevent baby snatching. The only people allowed to take the baby or in the nrusery are the mother and father who are given the bands at birth. I was told not to take it off until discharge even though I was not officially admitted. Hope Sampson can still get into see his kid

  • Patrick | May 18, 2007 at 9:17 am |

    Belated birthday wishes to Paul and the rest of the team. Thank you for all your hard work. It makes my days go by faster in the basement office.

  • tedkerwin | May 18, 2007 at 9:23 am |

    Hey Paul,

    Instead of making numbers non-exclusive you should have set up an auction for the more desirable numbers.

  • Nigel Keenan | May 18, 2007 at 9:23 am |

    Thought this might interest you. The Coors Belfast Giants held a competition to allow fans to design next year’s jerseys.

    After some terrible efforts in recent years the ownership responded to the fans’ criticism by allowing them to design the new jerseys. Will keep you posted when they are revealed.

  • Tim | May 18, 2007 at 9:23 am |

    I want #21 too (that’s the day i was married). Had no idea it was so popular. Glad to hear that the rule was changed.

    And belated happy b-day to UniWatch….awesome site.

  • Josh | May 18, 2007 at 9:25 am |

    Bad news for Paul next year, since the Rays will no longer have Green in their color scheme.

  • Jake | May 18, 2007 at 9:27 am |

    WNST in Baltimore isn’t exactly the most reliable source for information of any kind. The Sun has started talking about it on its spots page blogs.

    http://blogs.baltimo...

    That having been said, the locals ARE getting restless about it.

  • todd krevanchi | May 18, 2007 at 9:28 am |

    also, from yesterday… i brought up having “honorary memberships” for athletes and sports personalities who GET IT, or who have made “contributions” to how uni’s have evolved and are worn today. if not that, then perhaps have a “hall of fame” type area with similar criteria.

    some entries,
    patrick ewing- first with a t shirt under the basketball uni. (seen here his freshman year of 81-82.
    eric dickerson- first (that i remember) to wear this facemask

    just 2 that i quick thought of

  • Mark Max | May 18, 2007 at 9:31 am |

    i was looking through the history of women’s basketball uniforms and couldn’t help but notice that in the 13th slide a picture was taken at the WNBA draft in cleveland this past year. I know that cleveland WNBA team moved right after the cavs won the lottery to pick LeBron, so I can’t figure out why they have the draft there. any thoughts?

  • Joey Guns | May 18, 2007 at 9:32 am |

    I’m quite shocked that no one has claimed jersey number #69 yet. I guess we’re classier than we thought! haha

    It’ll be cool to be in a brotherhood with all of the other members that share your same number. It’ll be sort of like a fraternity (although there may be a female or two sprinkled in).

  • todd krevanchi | May 18, 2007 at 9:36 am |

    [quote comment=”88199″]i was looking through the history of women’s basketball uniforms and couldn’t help but notice that in the 13th slide a picture was taken at the WNBA draft in cleveland this past year. I know that cleveland WNBA team moved right after the cavs won the lottery to pick LeBron, so I can’t figure out why they have the draft there. any thoughts?[/quote]

    this years womens final four was in cleveland. i assume that it was done in conjunction with that.

  • Graf Zeppelin | May 18, 2007 at 9:41 am |

    From yesterday:

    By the way, does it seem wrong to anyone else that a pro baseball team is named after a guy who DUMPED A FREAKING WORLD SERIES??? I blame Field of Dreams. I also blame FOD for casting an Italian guy from Newark NJ as Jackson, and letting him bat righthanded in the movie.

    I have my 10th graders now reading W.P. Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe, the book upon which Field of Dreams is based. It’s a wonderful book. Highly recommended reading for all.

    The book doesn’t mention whether the ghost of Shoeless Joe bats or throws righty or lefty. The Everbind school edition cover illustration shows him batting lefty.

    There’s obviously a lot in the book that’s not in the movie, as there always is with such adaptations. The most obvious change is that James Earl Jones’ “Terence Mann” character is J.D. Salinger in the novel. There’s also a character named Eddie Scissons, “the oldest living Chicago Cub,” from whom Ray bought his farm, and Ray has a twin brother Richard, whose name appears in Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye (Ray’s name appears in an obscure 1940’s short story by Salinger called “A Young Girl in 1941 with No Waist At All”); Richard was the one who “said something awful” and walked out on their father as a teenager. The story in Shoeless Joe takes place about 10 years earlier than in Field of Dreams, in the late ’70s, and uses Moonlight Graham’s real-life biography (b. 1879, d. 1965, played one inning in the field for the Giants in 1905; the film moves each of these dates forward a number of years.)

    I really like the Shoeless Joes’ logo and color scheme.

  • Mark Max | May 18, 2007 at 9:41 am |

    [quote comment=”88202″][quote comment=”88199″]i was looking through the history of women’s basketball uniforms and couldn’t help but notice that in the 13th slide a picture was taken at the WNBA draft in cleveland this past year. I know that cleveland WNBA team moved right after the cavs won the lottery to pick LeBron, so I can’t figure out why they have the draft there. any thoughts?[/quote]

    this years womens final four was in cleveland. i assume that it was done in conjunction with that.[/quote]

    I never thought of that. good call todd!

  • Joe Drennan | May 18, 2007 at 9:42 am |

    [quote comment=”88198″]also, from yesterday… i brought up having “honorary memberships” for athletes and sports personalities who GET IT, or who have made “contributions” to how uni’s have evolved and are worn today. if not that, then perhaps have a “hall of fame” type area with similar criteria.

    some entries,
    patrick ewing- first with a t shirt under the basketball uni. (seen here his freshman year of 81-82.
    eric dickerson- first (that i remember) to wear this facemask

    just 2 that i quick thought of[/quote]

    Oddly enough I had a dream last night that an MLB player had a Uni Watch patch on his right sleve as he was batting left handed. I woke up and thought I need to be more productive at work as I’m paying way too much attention to this site. Then I came to my senses and booted up my computer at work so I could read the 1 year and 1 day post.

  • Jason | May 18, 2007 at 9:46 am |

    Regarding the Uni-Watch membership, that $250 level is really tempting me. I used to live in a small town called Warren and since then all of my fantasy teams have been called the Warren Commission. I’ve always thought someone creative could devise a sweet logo for that.

  • Marcus Ramsey | May 18, 2007 at 9:46 am |

    Paul, why don’t you just make a sequel if you need money?

    Sorry, I don’t know if I’m the first to point that out, but I work at a big box electronics store and every time I walk by software and see that game I can’t help thinking, Gordon sure does look like the ol’ Uni-Watch Cap’n.

    And if there were still dibs I would want a nameless 25, just like a famous Giant.

  • SACook | May 18, 2007 at 9:46 am |

    anyone else see the replay of the Colts MNF comeback win against the Bucs on NFL network? It reminded me how much better the blue facemasks and white cleats look with their unis. The grey masks and black cleats look so bad and are such a lame attempt to look “throwback”. I say this knowing this knowing i could be in the minority with this audience.

  • Kings33 | May 18, 2007 at 9:52 am |

    Interesting piece in SI on Grady Sizemore. I found it Uni-worth because they play up his “Pulled up Socks” as part of what makes him Old-School, and they show that in the posed photo… but in the game action, his pants are all the way down. Any Clevelanders out there know whether he regularly wears the high socks?

    Of course, if he were really old school, he’d be in stirrups.

  • WVU Tom | May 18, 2007 at 9:54 am |

    [quote comment=”88197″]WNST in Baltimore isn’t exactly the most reliable source for information of any kind. The Sun has started talking about it on its spots page blogs.

    http://blogs.baltimo...

    That having been said, the locals ARE getting restless about it.[/quote]

    THIS HAS TO HAPPEN!!!

    Of all my uni wishes, this is #1 on my list!

    I was so excited yesterday–I’ll be pissed if this is all just a rumor.

  • Joe Drennan | May 18, 2007 at 9:55 am |

    [quote comment=”88212″]Interesting piece in SI on Grady Sizemore. I found it Uni-worth because they play up his “Pulled up Socks” as part of what makes him Old-School, and they show that in the posed photo… but in the game action, his pants are all the way down. Any Clevelanders out there know whether he regularly wears the high socks?

    Of course, if he were really old school, he’d be in stirrups.[/quote]

    I got my newest issue of SI yesterday and there is another uni tid bit as a reader wrote in the letters to the editor section pointing out that Kevin Youkilis had magic markered a VT logo into his left sleve above the Red Sox patch on his greed Red Auerbach memorial jersey. I’d attach a picture, but I don’t have a scanner.

    Kudos to SI for having nice uni-realted info 2 weeks in a row.

  • DarkAudit | May 18, 2007 at 9:59 am |

    Pardon my ignorance if this has been discussed before, but has anyone asked the players how this pajama pants trend got started, and why they still go along with it?

  • Joey Guns | May 18, 2007 at 10:03 am |

    [quote comment=”88214″][quote comment=”88212″]Interesting piece in SI on Grady Sizemore. I found it Uni-worth because they play up his “Pulled up Socks” as part of what makes him Old-School, and they show that in the posed photo… but in the game action, his pants are all the way down. Any Clevelanders out there know whether he regularly wears the high socks?

    Of course, if he were really old school, he’d be in stirrups.[/quote]

    I got my newest issue of SI yesterday and there is another uni tid bit as a reader wrote in the letters to the editor section pointing out that Kevin Youkilis had magic markered a VT logo into his left sleve above the Red Sox patch on his greed Red Auerbach memorial jersey. I’d attach a picture, but I don’t have a scanner.

    Kudos to SI for having nice uni-realted info 2 weeks in a row.[/quote]

    I couldn’t find a shot of Youkilis with the green jersey on, but here’s one of Coco Crisp.

    http://sports.yahoo....

    It appeared that maybe 75% or so of the Red Sox players had the VT written on their jersey with a Sharpie that game against the Yankees.

  • BCrisp | May 18, 2007 at 10:05 am |

    I watched the Sampson scene unfold on TV and everyone seemed pretty amused by it.
    Sampson did say he got the game ball, took it, and gave it to his new son.

  • Danny | May 18, 2007 at 10:06 am |

    After reading the article players like Unitas playing for someone other than the Colts…ie Montana as a Chief, it got me thinking as I watched the Detroit Pistons last night…what about cameo team jerseys. Not just a change in jersey…that happens a lot. I’m talking more like when the Pistons had that horrible mustard and teal jersey for a few years…then they wised up and went back to the old jerseys. What other teams have had such a bad change that they eventually went back to the old jersey, trying to pretend it never happened?

  • Big O | May 18, 2007 at 10:10 am |

    [quote comment=”88213″][quote comment=”88197″]WNST in Baltimore isn’t exactly the most reliable source for information of any kind. The Sun has started talking about it on its spots page blogs.

    http://blogs.baltimo...

    That having been said, the locals ARE getting restless about it.[/quote]

    THIS HAS TO HAPPEN!!!

    Of all my uni wishes, this is #1 on my list!

    I was so excited yesterday–I’ll be pissed if this is all just a rumor.[/quote]

    It’s not like the Orioles have to appeal to the DC Area Fans any more they have their own team now. And besides the team is the Baltimore Orioles not the Baltimore/Washington Metro Area Orioles.

  • Eriq Jaffe | May 18, 2007 at 10:19 am |

    [quote comment=”88219″]What other teams have had such a bad change that they eventually went back to the old jersey, trying to pretend it never happened?[/quote]There is, of course, the 49ers’ infamous one-day helmet design.

  • Ryan B. | May 18, 2007 at 10:19 am |

    [quote comment=”88219″]What…teams have had such a bad change that they eventually went back to the old jersey, trying to pretend it never happened?[/quote]

    Obvious example that comes to mind is the New York Islanders in the mid 90s.

  • Matt D. | May 18, 2007 at 10:22 am |

    [quote comment=”88211″]anyone else see the replay of the Colts MNF comeback win against the Bucs on NFL network? It reminded me how much better the blue facemasks and white cleats look with their unis. The grey masks and black cleats look so bad and are such a lame attempt to look “throwback”. I say this knowing this knowing i could be in the minority with this audience.[/quote]

    I did watch that game on NFLN last night, too. Actually, I love the Colts’ black cleats. During the playoffs in 1995, when they beat the Chargers and Chiefs and should have beat the Steelers, they wore the black cleats and I remember telling people, “They look like the Colts again.”

  • Shaftman | May 18, 2007 at 10:28 am |

    [quote comment=”88223″][quote comment=”88219″]What…teams have had such a bad change that they eventually went back to the old jersey, trying to pretend it never happened?[/quote]

    Obvious example that comes to mind is the New York Islanders in the mid 90s.[/quote]

    Don’t forget the NY Jets. Going from this, to this, back to this.
    There were some differences but they went back to a basic concept.

  • The Ol Goaler | May 18, 2007 at 10:30 am |

    [quote comment=”88219″]After reading the article players like Unitas playing for someone other than the Colts…ie Montana as a Chief, it got me thinking as I watched the Detroit Pistons last night…what about cameo team jerseys. Not just a change in jersey…that happens a lot. I’m talking more like when the Pistons had that horrible mustard and teal jersey for a few years…then they wised up and went back to the old jerseys. What other teams have had such a bad change that they eventually went back to the old jersey, trying to pretend it never happened?[/quote]
    The St. Louis Cardinals had a one-year “hiccup” when they didn’t wear the “Birds on the Bat” in 1956… they had worn this uniform through the 1940’s, and went to this in 1957.

    The next major change for the Cards came in 1964, when they introduced red hats at home. Through all of baseball’s uniform changes since then (pull-over jerseys, doubleknits, powder-blue road unis, and the addition/removal of front jersey numbers), the Cardinals have (rightly) retained the “Birds On The Bat.”

  • Matt D. | May 18, 2007 at 10:31 am |

    What other teams have had such a bad change that they eventually went back to the old jersey, trying to pretend it never happened?
    Just on the edge of this topic (it never happened, but not because of its awfulness) was the 1997 Nordiques Jersey.
    A more appropriate one for this thread is the awful 1996 Blues Jersey.

  • Matt D. | May 18, 2007 at 10:43 am |

    on the topic of “What were they thinking?!?” uniforms, there in the 1996 Blues Jersey that Mike Keenan wouldn’t allow.

  • TexasDDS | May 18, 2007 at 10:46 am |

    What is the deal with that Washington State field? NO DIRT???? TURF AS DIRT????? AAAAAAAUUUUGHGGHHHH

  • WVU Tom | May 18, 2007 at 10:50 am |

    [quote comment=”88237″]What is the deal with that Washington State field? NO DIRT???? TURF AS DIRT????? AAAAAAAUUUUGHGGHHHH[/quote]

    “Digging in” would be a little difficult.

  • Jason in Lexington | May 18, 2007 at 10:51 am |

    [quote comment=”88235″]on the topic of “What were they thinking?!?” uniforms, there in the 1996 Blues Jersey that Mike Keenan wouldn’t allow.[/quote]

    I’d never seen those before now and I don’t think I can express in words how atrocious they are. Thank the gods someone saw that these could never be worn by anyone, let alone a PROFESSIONAL hockey team. I can’t imagine what they would look like with logos, names, and numbers on them.

  • todd krevanchi | May 18, 2007 at 10:57 am |

    ok, as far as field turf goes…
    yes i know that its brown to distinguish baselines, batters box, etc.

    but really, comon.

    i’ve never understood why artificial surfaces were ALWAYS green, and, in this circumstance, why its brown. are the actually trying to trick us into thinking its the REAL THING?

    boise st. had it right when they did the blue turf. yes, it looks funny but at the same time they are saying, “yes, our playing surface is artificial, but by no means are we going to try to “trick” you into thinking its really grass by making it green.”

    now wazzu is taking it a step further. “we better make the batters box brown because we wouldnt want anyone to think our field is all synthetic.”

    i guess people have always thought this way, “if we have fake grass, we better color it with fake chlorophyll.”

  • Joe Drennan | May 18, 2007 at 10:59 am |

    [quote comment=”88242″]ok, as far as field turf goes…
    yes i know that its brown to distinguish baselines, batters box, etc.

    but really, comon.

    i’ve never understood why artificial surfaces were ALWAYS green, and, in this circumstance, why its brown. are the actually trying to trick us into thinking its the REAL THING?

    boise st. had it right when they did the blue turf. yes, it looks funny but at the same time they are saying, “yes, our playing surface is artificial, but by no means are we going to try to “trick” you into thinking its really grass by making it green.”

    now wazzu is taking it a step further. “we better make the batters box brown because we wouldnt want anyone to think our field is all synthetic.”

    i guess people have always thought this way, “if we have fake grass, we better color it with fake chlorophyll.”[/quote]

    I’m waiting for the day of a team, probably a minor league team, to make the field their team colors, or place a giant team or sponsor logo some where in the field.

  • Kek | May 18, 2007 at 11:04 am |

    Just thought I’d give a little heads up. It’s Friday night and the Pirates are home, so that probably means {choke, choke} the red vests. Plus, the D-Backs are in town. Granted their grey kit isn’t as red as the home one, there will be some overload at PNC tonight. (AZ doesn’t wear their red jerseys on the road do they? That’d be terrible).

    Thank goodness for MLB Extra Innings because for visually pleasing unis, I’ll be watching the Brewers hosting the Twins on a Retro Friday. (It’d be cool if the Twins sported the powder blue, Kent Hrbek-era unis). Milwaukee is a team that gets it as far as an alternate uni.

  • Stuby | May 18, 2007 at 11:05 am |

    [quote comment=”88189″]That band Sampson was wearing is often used by hospitals in the maternity ward to prevent baby snatching. The only people allowed to take the baby or in the nrusery are the mother and father who are given the bands at birth. I was told not to take it off until discharge even though I was not officially admitted. Hope Sampson can still get into see his kid[/quote]
    I was thinking the same thing.

    Also, 21 is the new 33. Every team’s star nowadays from LaDainian Tomlinson to Kevin Garnett to Tim Duncan wears the number.

    Seems like back in the 70’s-80’s, stars wore 33 (Larry Bird, Tony Dorsett, Magic in college, Kareem). I appreciate when players come up with a unique number and don’t just follow the trend.

  • Ryan B. | May 18, 2007 at 11:12 am |

    For all my fellow football (soccer) enthusiasts (and even for those of you who just appreciate the nostalgia of uniform and uniwatching), here’s a pretty cool site I found with pictures of past soccer shirts and kits:

    http://www.oldfootba...

  • Perry | May 18, 2007 at 11:12 am |

    [quote comment=”88228″][quote comment=”88223″][quote comment=”88219″]What…teams have had such a bad change that they eventually went back to the old jersey, trying to pretend it never happened?[/quote]

    Obvious example that comes to mind is the New York Islanders in the mid 90s.[/quote]

    Don’t forget the NY Jets. Going from this, to this, back to this.
    There were some differences but they went back to a basic concept.[/quote]

    That green-helmeted dude is another uni cameo!! I had totally forgotten that Boomer Esiason ever played for the Jets!

  • harry | May 18, 2007 at 11:13 am |

    This is the way softball uniforms should be worn

  • Richard | May 18, 2007 at 11:16 am |

    [quote comment=”88219″]What other teams have had such a bad change that they eventually went back to the old jersey, trying to pretend it never happened?[/quote]
    How about the Knicks going from this to this then back to this?

  • Shaftman | May 18, 2007 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment=”88248″][quote comment=”88228″][quote comment=”88223″][quote comment=”88219″]What…teams have had such a bad change that they eventually went back to the old jersey, trying to pretend it never happened?[/quote]

    Obvious example that comes to mind is the New York Islanders in the mid 90s.[/quote]

    Don’t forget the NY Jets. Going from this, to this, back to this.
    There were some differences but they went back to a basic concept.[/quote]

    That green-helmeted dude is another uni cameo!! I had totally forgotten that Boomer Esiason ever played for the Jets![/quote]

    I guess you’re right. Living here and watching him stay here after his career ended I just never saw him as a Bengal after he got here. But nice catch.

  • Another Jason | May 18, 2007 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment=”88212″]Interesting piece in SI on Grady Sizemore. I found it Uni-worth because they play up his “Pulled up Socks” as part of what makes him Old-School, and they show that in the posed photo… but in the game action, his pants are all the way down. Any Clevelanders out there know whether he regularly wears the high socks?

    Of course, if he were really old school, he’d be in stirrups.[/quote]

    Grady almost always wears his pant legs low.

    However, Ryan Garko Gets It. Actually, Garko pulled his pant legs up while mired in a slump because his alma mater, Stanford, wears ’em high. It didn’t work so he pulled ’em down. When the White Sox came to Cleveland, Garko figured he’d pull ’em up since he was wearing Jim Thome’s old number and the sock-style seemed to work for the former Tribe slugger.

  • Mark in Cincy | May 18, 2007 at 11:18 am |

    [quote comment=”88248″][quote comment=”88228″][quote comment=”88223″][quote comment=”88219″]What…teams have had such a bad change that they eventually went back to the old jersey, trying to pretend it never happened?[/quote]

    Obvious example that comes to mind is the New York Islanders in the mid 90s.[/quote]

    Don’t forget the NY Jets. Going from this, to this, back to this.
    There were some differences but they went back to a basic concept.[/quote]

    That green-helmeted dude is another uni cameo!! I had totally forgotten that Boomer Esiason ever played for the Jets![/quote]
    Please God no, I thought I had forgotten that era. I hereby decree a moratorium on any Boomer pictures in anything other than my beloved stripes.

  • Matt D. | May 18, 2007 at 11:22 am |

    Orange sems to be a theme for the “What were they thinking?!?” uniforms:
    2003 Miami
    2003-4 Cleveland
    The Browns also apparently tried a “CB” helmet for the preseason during the 60’s. (even helmet sites can’t quite prove/disprove this one. Maybe just people who hate Art Modell [football’s Walter O’Malley] even more than me)

    The Saints tried a black helmet in the 1969 preseason.

    The New York Rangers had a bad (IMHO) 70’s jersey with the shield. Some may like it, but I don’t think it belongs on an Original 6 team.

    Here’s one to make all Mets fans cringe with memories of the Bobby Bonilla era. I know, it’s Doc and not Bonilla, but he’s the one I always associate with the horrors of the underlined logo.

  • john | May 18, 2007 at 11:23 am |

    21= Roberto Clemente. Next question.

  • Brian K. | May 18, 2007 at 11:24 am |

    Where exactly does an umpire stand to make calls at 3rd ABSE?

  • Perry | May 18, 2007 at 11:26 am |

    [quote comment=”88257″]21= Roberto Clemente. Next question.[/quote]

    And Jason Marquis. Don’t forget him.

    Okay, seriously — Curt Flood is another estimable 21; his is the name/number I have on the back of my Cards jersey.

  • Double J | May 18, 2007 at 11:26 am |

    Happy Belated B-day UW! I didnt say anything yesterday cuz the comments were just to long. Im definitely in for 25 or maybe 50 if the shirts are tight(sorry College student UCF.) An idea that I had was that on the roster page you could have a small profile and maybe a pic w/ your favorite uni on or something. Even though we dont need to I got dibs on #88!

  • Jason in Lexington | May 18, 2007 at 11:27 am |

    [quote comment=”88258″]Where exactly does an umpire stand to make calls at 3rd ABSE?[/quote]

    Just outside the oful line next to 3rd abse.

  • Rick | May 18, 2007 at 11:29 am |

    [quote comment=”88189″]That band Sampson was wearing is often used by hospitals in the maternity ward to prevent baby snatching. The only people allowed to take the baby or in the nrusery are the mother and father who are given the bands at birth. I was told not to take it off until discharge even though I was not officially admitted. Hope Sampson can still get into see his kid[/quote]

    I’m sure it was snipped off for a simple reason: Pitchers are not allowed to have any foreign substance or object on their person when they are pitching, other than rosin from the rosin bag. That includes of course emery boards, thumbtacks, vaseline, and any object on the hands or wrist. Personally, i’d like to see this rule enforced to get guys to take off their gold chains, too, but we can’t get everything we want.

    I remember at a Montreal-Rockies game some years back, pitcher Zach Day was ejected after he was found to have super-glue on his hand. It was put there by his trainer in an attempt to close a cut that had opened up on his index finger. Ump Bill Miller ejected Day after seeing the offending substance, though he also didn’t believe that Day was trying to doctor the ball at all. The rules are clear, anything of that nature means you’re out of the game. A bummer for Sampson for sure, but more of a bummer if he’d thrown a pitch first, and then been tossed.

  • Jason in Lexington | May 18, 2007 at 11:32 am |

    I think a black Saint’s helmet would look good if done right. The logo and stripes are both too big on that one from 1969.

    I also love that Ranger’s jersey from 1970.

  • The Ol Goaler | May 18, 2007 at 11:35 am |

    [quote comment=”88223″][quote comment=”88219″]What…teams have had such a bad change that they eventually went back to the old jersey, trying to pretend it never happened?[/quote]

    Obvious example that comes to mind is the New York Islanders in the mid 90s.[/quote]
    Oddly enough, while the infamous “Fisherman” logo was pretty much scrapped after one year, it took two more seasons for the Isles to get rid of the “seasick” striping, numbers, and nameplates.

    The Rangers had a two-season “cameo”, going from their classic look to this gawdawful design in the mid-70s.

    With the NHL apparently changing every team’s uni to suit the “new” Reebok sweaters/socks, get ready for howls of outrage — and one-season “cameos” for the worst of those (still-unseen) designs!

  • Dan | May 18, 2007 at 11:38 am |

    [quote comment=”88213″][quote comment=”88197″]WNST in Baltimore isn’t exactly the most reliable source for information of any kind. The Sun has started talking about it on its spots page blogs.

    http://blogs.baltimo...

    That having been said, the locals ARE getting restless about it.[/quote]

    THIS HAS TO HAPPEN!!!

    Of all my uni wishes, this is #1 on my list!

    I was so excited yesterday–I’ll be pissed if this is all just a rumor.[/quote]

    I’m loving the news this season…Captials going back to Red, White and Blue and the Orioles putting Baltimore on the road jerseys. Outstanding!

  • Minna H. | May 18, 2007 at 11:41 am |

    [quote comment=”88265″]I think a black Saint’s helmet would look good if done right. The logo and stripes are both too big on that one from 1969.

    I also love that Ranger’s jersey from 1970.[/quote]

    I agree. It would be great if the Saints had a black helmet to go with their all-black unis.

    I also like the sheer audacity of the 1996 Blues uni. The crassness of it is what makes it eye-catching. I would like to see that one in action.

    I am still stumping for Jose Cruz Jr. to become the first honorary Uni-Watch member from a professional league. Or Jamie Moyer.

  • todd krevanchi | May 18, 2007 at 11:49 am |

    [quote comment=”88258″]Where exactly does an umpire stand to make calls at 3rd ABSE?[/quote]

    ABSE– The Association of Baseball Spelling Errors.

  • Alan | May 18, 2007 at 11:54 am |

    [quote comment=”88253″][quote comment=”88248″][quote comment=”88228″][quote comment=”88223″][quote comment=”88219″]What…teams have had such a bad change that they eventually went back to the old jersey, trying to pretend it never happened?[/quote]

    Obvious example that comes to mind is the New York Islanders in the mid 90s.[/quote]

    Don’t forget the NY Jets. Going from this, to this, back to this.
    There were some differences but they went back to a basic concept.[/quote]

    That green-helmeted dude is another uni cameo!! I had totally forgotten that Boomer Esiason ever played for the Jets![/quote]

    I guess you’re right. Living here and watching him stay here after his career ended I just never saw him as a Bengal after he got here. But nice catch.[/quote]
    Boomer played 3 seasons for the Jets (93-95) and made the Pro Bowl in ’93. You guys have short memories.

  • todd krevanchi | May 18, 2007 at 11:56 am |

    [quote comment=”88270″][quote comment=”88253″][quote comment=”88248″][quote comment=”88228″][quote comment=”88223″][quote comment=”88219″]What…teams have had such a bad change that they eventually went back to the old jersey, trying to pretend it never happened?[/quote]

    Obvious example that comes to mind is the New York Islanders in the mid 90s.[/quote]

    Don’t forget the NY Jets. Going from this, to this, back to this.
    There were some differences but they went back to a basic concept.[/quote]

    That green-helmeted dude is another uni cameo!! I had totally forgotten that Boomer Esiason ever played for the Jets![/quote]

    I guess you’re right. Living here and watching him stay here after his career ended I just never saw him as a Bengal after he got here. But nice catch.[/quote]
    Boomer played 3 seasons for the Jets (93-95) and made the Pro Bowl in ’93. You guys have short memories.[/quote]

    jet lore…
    rich kotite
    neil odonnell

  • Dan | May 18, 2007 at 11:59 am |

    [quote comment=”88270″][quote comment=”88253″][quote comment=”88248″][quote comment=”88228″][quote comment=”88223″][quote comment=”88219″]What…teams have had such a bad change that they eventually went back to the old jersey, trying to pretend it never happened?[/quote]

    Obvious example that comes to mind is the New York Islanders in the mid 90s.[/quote]

    Don’t forget the NY Jets. Going from this, to this, back to this.
    There were some differences but they went back to a basic concept.[/quote]

    That green-helmeted dude is another uni cameo!! I had totally forgotten that Boomer Esiason ever played for the Jets![/quote]

    I guess you’re right. Living here and watching him stay here after his career ended I just never saw him as a Bengal after he got here. But nice catch.[/quote]
    Boomer played 3 seasons for the Jets (93-95) and made the Pro Bowl in ’93. You guys have short memories.[/quote]

    And then went to Arizona, then back to Cincy after the jets.

  • Zach Smith | May 18, 2007 at 12:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”88270″][quote comment=”88253″][quote comment=”88248″][quote comment=”88228″][quote comment=”88223″][quote comment=”88219″]What…teams have had such a bad change that they eventually went back to the old jersey, trying to pretend it never happened?[/quote]

    Obvious example that comes to mind is the New York Islanders in the mid 90s.[/quote]

    Don’t forget the NY Jets. Going from this, to this, back to this.
    There were some differences but they went back to a basic concept.[/quote]

    That green-helmeted dude is another uni cameo!! I had totally forgotten that Boomer Esiason ever played for the Jets![/quote]

    I guess you’re right. Living here and watching him stay here after his career ended I just never saw him as a Bengal after he got here. But nice catch.[/quote]
    Boomer played 3 seasons for the Jets (93-95) and made the Pro Bowl in ’93. You guys have short memories.[/quote]

    I was laughing about this because being the age I am (19) my sports memories more or less begin with the early to mid 90’s and those Jets uniforms with Boomer at QB are what I remember. I never even saw Boomer as a Bengal that I can remember, and when the Jets changed their uni I recognized that it was a throwback of sorts, but I didn’t realize quite how hated the one before it was. Hah

  • Eddie Jay | May 18, 2007 at 12:02 pm |

    The phillies alternate jerseys from 1979
    also they wore blue hats in 1994, but lost in them a couple times and thus they were never seen again.

  • Matt D. | May 18, 2007 at 12:03 pm |

    my Browns Link didn’t work earlier (shouldn’t have gotten off on the anti-Modell diatribe, I guess. Try this.

  • Mark | May 18, 2007 at 12:04 pm |

    I saw that the little league version of the Mets near me wears one orange sock and one blue sock. I thought it looked pretty cool. Any other precedents of mismatched sock colors?

  • tc | May 18, 2007 at 12:06 pm |

    The Sixers went from this to THIS to this to this then to this (alternate)

  • Justin | May 18, 2007 at 12:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”88214″][quote comment=”88212″]I got my newest issue of SI yesterday and there is another uni tid bit as a reader wrote in the letters to the editor section pointing out that Kevin Youkilis had magic markered a VT logo into his left sleve above the Red Sox patch on his greed Red Auerbach memorial jersey. I’d attach a picture, but I don’t have a scanner.

    Kudos to SI for having nice uni-realted info 2 weeks in a row.[/quote]

    The “VT” logo was printed on the jersey’s not drawn with a sharpie. The whole team had them. Terry Francona, who rarely if ever wears his jersey, had it on the side of his hat.

  • DCM | May 18, 2007 at 12:08 pm |

    … Interesting side decal placement on the batting helmets used by Hunters Lane High in Tennessee (good catch by Lee Wilds).

    Note the opposing catcher appears to be wearing stirrups with his long pants.

    I liked the 69 black Saints helmet.

    Yes, good spot by the guy on the WVa jersey on the PLAYBOY All-American team. I’m sure he reads it for the articles!

    I chose 21 because I like Jim Kiick, and Warren Spahan. But when I went to the Cubs Fantasy Camp Sammy Sosa had just taken the number, so I picked Sandberg’s 23. Should’ve taken Maddux’s 31.

  • Jeff Nephew | May 18, 2007 at 12:09 pm |

    In the continuing discussion about Uni Watch Members players and their attachment to numbers, an article on The Sporting New about Gil Meche’s uni number:
    Link

  • tc | May 18, 2007 at 12:12 pm |

    by the way, RED is the new black.

  • Scott | May 18, 2007 at 12:18 pm |

    Tomorrow I’m playing in a vintage base ball (yes, two words) game on a team from work. The team we’re playing, the Wichita Bull Dozers, is based at the Old Cowtown Museum and is providing uniforms for our team (hopefully they’ll have one that fits my 6’10” body!). I asked and we can wear cleats, so tonight or tomorrow morning I’ll be taking a Sharpie(tm) to the logos. I’ll try to post pictures on Monday or Tuesday.

    BTW, the exhibit that the game is in connection with has some uni-related items, including Wilt’s all-star jersey (on loan from the Basketball Hall of Fame) and Lynette Woodward’s Globetrotters’ jersey (both played at KU). Unfortunately there aren’t any online photos.

    Scott

  • Scott | May 18, 2007 at 12:19 pm |

    What’s up with the comments?!?! I’ve tried posting something three times and it never made it!?!

  • GoMac | May 18, 2007 at 12:19 pm |

    I tried to call dibs on 21 too..haha..

    It’s just always been my baseball and football number..

    We didn’t have numbers in wrestling..but it probably woulda been it there too..

    Btw..Commerce Banking Online “Ditched the Black” and now is blue and red instead of black and red..seems like They Get It(tm)..

  • Dan | May 18, 2007 at 12:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”88282″]… Interesting side decal placement on the batting helmets used by Hunters Lane High in Tennessee (good catch by Lee Wilds).

    Note the opposing catcher appears to be wearing stirrups with his long pants.

    I liked the 69 black Saints helmet.

    Yes, good spot by the guy on the WVa jersey on the PLAYBOY All-American team. I’m sure he reads it for the articles!

    I chose 21 because I like Jim Kiick, and Warren Spahan. But when I went to the Cubs Fantasy Camp Sammy Sosa had just taken the number, so I picked Sandberg’s 23. Should’ve taken Maddux’s 31.[/quote]

    How could you miss the WVU jersey…it was like a big yellow signal flare! Gah!

    I did notice that the Terps had Erin Henderson in there…but that he was wearing the “bad” Terps combo (red on red…sucks).

  • Kenny | May 18, 2007 at 12:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”88279″]The Sixers went from this to THIS to this to this then to this (alternate)[/quote]

    This is the best one in my opinion

  • todd krevanchi | May 18, 2007 at 12:21 pm |

    its nothing unirelated and really i dont pay too much to horse racing, but this was on si.com today.
    everytime i see it i get goosebumps.
    it is one of the single GREATEST performances in the history of ANY game, race or competition.
    its absolutely amazing.
    1973 Belmont Stakes

  • Jeff B | May 18, 2007 at 12:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”88259″][quote comment=”88257″]21= Roberto Clemente. Next question.[/quote]

    And Jason Marquis. Don’t forget him.

    Okay, seriously — Curt Flood is another estimable 21; his is the name/number I have on the back of my Cards jersey.[/quote]

    Cubs # 21 = Sammy Sosa’s presumably all but retired number… oh yeah now thats Jason Marquis.

  • todd krevanchi | May 18, 2007 at 12:24 pm |

    This is the best one in my opinion[/quote]

    with sixers LEGEND scotty brooks guarding (read attempting to guard) AI.

  • Mr. Met | May 18, 2007 at 12:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”88211″]anyone else see the replay of the Colts MNF comeback win against the Bucs on NFL network? It reminded me how much better the blue facemasks and white cleats look with their unis. The grey masks and black cleats look so bad and are such a lame attempt to look “throwback”. I say this knowing this knowing i could be in the minority with this audience.[/quote]

    How is that a “lame attempt” at a throwback? The Colts did use to have gray facemasks and black cleats, so it’s not like they pulled that look out of the air in order to come up with a throwback look. In fact, I wish they would go back to the great striped socks they used to wear instead of the solid blues they use now.

    If any team made a lame attempt to look throwback, it was the 1994 Jets, who totally botched the old Joe Namath-style unis and decided to wear a green helmet that they had never used. It was more a “pseudo-throwback” look. I guess they were just too attached to those green helmets they wore at the time.

  • GoMac | May 18, 2007 at 12:25 pm |

    Oh and btw 2 Rutgers kids in the playboy shoot..

    Judge Ito and Ray Rice.

    Go RU!

  • Johnny O | May 18, 2007 at 12:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”88244″]Just thought I’d give a little heads up. It’s Friday night and the Pirates are home, so that probably means {choke, choke} the red vests. Plus, the D-Backs are in town. Granted their grey kit isn’t as red as the home one, there will be some overload at PNC tonight. (AZ doesn’t wear their red jerseys on the road do they? That’d be terrible).

    Thank goodness for MLB Extra Innings because for visually pleasing unis, I’ll be watching the Brewers hosting the Twins on a Retro Friday. (It’d be cool if the Twins sported the powder blue, Kent Hrbek-era unis). Milwaukee is a team that gets it as far as an alternate uni.[/quote]
    Yes… I most certainly agree that the Crew “get it” as far as alternate uniforms. I mean, does it get any better than this?

  • todd krevanchi | May 18, 2007 at 12:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”88304″]Oh and btw 2 Rutgers kids in the playboy shoot..

    Judge Ito and Ray Rice.

    Go RU![/quote]

    does ANYONE have a pic of jeremy ito in last years pitt game when the first R in rutgers was reversed?

  • Kerry | May 18, 2007 at 12:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”88268″][quote comment=”88265″]I think a black Saint’s helmet would look good if done right. The logo and stripes are both too big on that one from 1969.

    I also love that Ranger’s jersey from 1970.[/quote]

    I agree. It would be great if the Saints had a black helmet to go with their all-black unis.[/quote]
    It’s already hard enough to stomach with just the black pants and jerseys…don’t go the mono-chrome route and dress in black from head to toe. HORRIBLE IDEA!

    That being said, I could possibly stomach a black helmet IF they wore the gold pants.

  • Scott | May 18, 2007 at 12:47 pm |

    Oops!! I don’t know what was going on with the comments but I’ll apologize for the rant (#76) that came after my actual post (#75), and for the potentially multiple posts on the vintage game tomorrow. I guess that if all of my attempts end up going through I’d better make sure some photos make it online!!!

    Scott (hoping I don’t look too goofy tomorrow)

  • Flip | May 18, 2007 at 12:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”88215″]Pardon my ignorance if this has been discussed before, but has anyone asked the players how this pajama pants trend got started, and why they still go along with it?[/quote]
    It seems to me George Hendrick started this awful trend with the Cardinals back in the early ’80s.

  • Amy | May 18, 2007 at 1:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”88315″]Oops!! I don’t know what was going on with the comments but I’ll apologize for the rant (#76) that came after my actual post (#75), and for the potentially multiple posts on the vintage game tomorrow. I guess that if all of my attempts end up going through I’d better make sure some photos make it online!!!

    Scott (hoping I don’t look too goofy tomorrow)[/quote]

    Hey Scott, Paul has explained this a few times but apparently there’s a spam filter that sometimes nabs posts especially if they have a lot of links or a weird link. If you have trouble with any of your posts tomorrow email Paul and he’ll get them posted for you. Looking forward to the pictures.

  • Stuby | May 18, 2007 at 1:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”88318″][quote comment=”88215″]Pardon my ignorance if this has been discussed before, but has anyone asked the players how this pajama pants trend got started, and why they still go along with it?[/quote]
    It seems to me George Hendrick started this awful trend with the Cardinals back in the early ’80s.[/quote]
    I think even Hendrick had a tiny bit of stirrup showing, and they weren’t really baggy – just long.

  • Minna H. | May 18, 2007 at 1:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”88313″][quote comment=”88268″][quote comment=”88265″]I think a black Saint’s helmet would look good if done right. The logo and stripes are both too big on that one from 1969.

    I also love that Ranger’s jersey from 1970.[/quote]

    I agree. It would be great if the Saints had a black helmet to go with their all-black unis.[/quote]
    It’s already hard enough to stomach with just the black pants and jerseys…don’t go the mono-chrome route and dress in black from head to toe. HORRIBLE IDEA!

    That being said, I could possibly stomach a black helmet IF they wore the gold pants.[/quote]

    Kerry, when I am King for the Day, EVERY team will be wearing black from head to toe! Mwahahahahahaha! That’s my evil laugh.

  • Tanner | May 18, 2007 at 1:27 pm |

    As a native New Orleanian and die hard Saints fan since birth. I have to say the black helmuts wouldn’t look bad if they only worn the once or twice a season but the No Fun League put the kabosh on the Seahawks attempt of two different helmets a few years ago so I don’t think it will happen.

    Another rule that the NFL should change is to allow players to wear whatever number they would like. It would be great to see Reggie wearing number 5 and I know LeCharles Bentley wanted to wear 00 for the Browns. Just another silly NFL rule that needs to be changed.

  • Perry | May 18, 2007 at 1:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”88264″][quote comment=”88189″]That band Sampson was wearing is often used by hospitals in the maternity ward to prevent baby snatching. The only people allowed to take the baby or in the nrusery are the mother and father who are given the bands at birth. I was told not to take it off until discharge even though I was not officially admitted. Hope Sampson can still get into see his kid[/quote]

    I’m sure it was snipped off for a simple reason: Pitchers are not allowed to have any foreign substance or object on their person when they are pitching, other than rosin from the rosin bag. That includes of course emery boards, thumbtacks, vaseline, and any object on the hands or wrist. Personally, i’d like to see this rule enforced to get guys to take off their gold chains, too, but we can’t get everything we want.

    I remember at a Montreal-Rockies game some years back, pitcher Zach Day was ejected after he was found to have super-glue on his hand. It was put there by his trainer in an attempt to close a cut that had opened up on his index finger. Ump Bill Miller ejected Day after seeing the offending substance, though he also didn’t believe that Day was trying to doctor the ball at all. The rules are clear, anything of that nature means you’re out of the game. A bummer for Sampson for sure, but more of a bummer if he’d thrown a pitch first, and then been tossed.[/quote]

    When I umpired softball, pitchers were not allowed to have anything on the pitching hand or arm, but were allowed to wear things on the glove hand or arm, e.g. a wristband, or a batting glove or golf glove under the fielder’s glove. Apparently it’s different in baseball, but I couldn’t find it specifically addressed in the rules.

  • Burrill | May 18, 2007 at 1:40 pm |

    Regarding baseball turf, Eastern Michigan’s infield is all-turf, too. The guys said they had to start sliding earlier than normal; otherwise they’d slide right past the base.

  • MLB2PDX | May 18, 2007 at 1:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”88237″]What is the deal with that Washington State field? NO DIRT???? TURF AS DIRT????? AAAAAAAUUUUGHGGHHHH[/quote]

    I played college ball at a small school in MA. Numerous times we played games where the entire field was completely frozen (dirt and grass). Making sliding and diving no fun at all. Pullman is about as bad as it gets weather wise, so I’m guessing that’s the reason there’s no dirt. And keeping the colors kind of makes sense when you think about runners needing to be within the basebalines, infield fly rule, etc. But yeah, it does look horrible.

    [quote comment=”88243″]I’m waiting for the day of a team, probably a minor league team, to make the field their team colors, or place a giant team or sponsor logo some where in the field.[/quote]

    I’ve been wondering this for years with college football. My Ducks would probably make the lines yellow if they could (sigh…). But schools have colors that are a more ‘natural’ than blue. Like a maroon field at MIN or WSU, or maybe a brown one for Bowling Green. Not that I’d like it, but I could see it happening at some point.

    So no one claimed #19 eh? I probably missed it somewhere. But Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor (TOR), Robin Yount, Jay Buhner…and it’s my birthday (01/09).

    Oh, and an official request to have no one ever again call Uni Watch “UW”. Too much like the Univ. of Washington, and we all know how Oregon fans feel about that.

  • alex | May 18, 2007 at 1:49 pm |

    from Deadspin, regarding an Ogden Raptors promotion:

    From the Raptors’ latest press release: “I am often asked what one new thing will we be putting on this season. One new item will be “Bassackwards Night”. The players will be wearing shirts with the Raptors name and numbers displayed backwards. All fans will be admitted free but will have to pay to get out. In other words, if you leave in the 1st inning, you will pay $9.00. It will decrease a buck an inning. If we go extra innings, I will give every fan a $1.00 Raptor Buck for each extra inning. Also, the game will start in the 9th inning and work backwards.”

  • Ian K | May 18, 2007 at 1:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”88299″]its nothing unirelated and really i dont pay too much to horse racing, but this was on si.com today.
    everytime i see it i get goosebumps.
    it is one of the single GREATEST performances in the history of ANY game, race or competition.
    its absolutely amazing.
    1973 Belmont Stakes[/quote]

    Agreed. Amazing performance. And the ESPN Sports Century episode on Secretariat is awesome too. I love this photo where the jockey looks back at the field. 31 freaking lengths…

  • Jason in Lexington | May 18, 2007 at 1:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”88332″]Regarding baseball turf, Eastern Michigan’s infield is all-turf, too. The guys said they had to start sliding earlier than normal; otherwise they’d slide right past the base.[/quote]

    I would think sliding on this stuff would be tricky. That would be one hell of a carpet burn if you weren’t careful.

  • Tom in Baltimore | May 18, 2007 at 1:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”88197″]WNST in Baltimore isn’t exactly the most reliable source for information of any kind. The Sun has started talking about it on its spots page blogs.

    http://blogs.baltimo...

    That having been said, the locals ARE getting restless about it.[/quote]

    You’re absolutley right about NST. They could be a really competetive media source if they could maintain any credibility. Either way I’m excited about Baltimore on the road jerseys as long as they do it right. See link:

    http://www.baseballh...

  • Matt D. | May 18, 2007 at 2:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”88332″]Regarding baseball turf, Eastern Michigan’s infield is all-turf, too. The guys said they had to start sliding earlier than normal; otherwise they’d slide right past the base.[/quote]

    It looks like the outfield is grass, which once again shows the sheer dumbness of putting something real right next to something fake.

  • Robert | May 18, 2007 at 2:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”88324″][quote comment=”88318″][quote comment=”88215″]Pardon my ignorance if this has been discussed before, but has anyone asked the players how this pajama pants trend got started, and why they still go along with it?[/quote]
    It seems to me George Hendrick started this awful trend with the Cardinals back in the early ’80s.[/quote]
    I think even Hendrick had a tiny bit of stirrup showing, and they weren’t really baggy – just long.[/quote]

    Agreed. Hendrick worn this pants very long, but they were not baggy at all. I think that Ron Darling was the next to pick up on the look, and the next thing we knew, a trend was under way.

    It would be interesting (yet horrifying) to see a timeline demonstrating how the uniforms became baggier and baggier. I think that Jeff Bagwell was one of the culprits.

  • justin | May 18, 2007 at 2:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”88335″]Oh, and an official request to have no one ever again call Uni Watch “UW”. Too much like the Univ. of Washington, and we all know how Oregon fans feel about that.[/quote]

    Get over it…and GO HUSKIES!

  • MLB2PDX | May 18, 2007 at 2:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”88350″][quote comment=”88335″]Oh, and an official request to have no one ever again call Uni Watch “UW”. Too much like the Univ. of Washington, and we all know how Oregon fans feel about that.[/quote]

    Get over it…and GO HUSKIES![/quote]

    Do we REALLY want to get into this on here? :-)

  • Sam Mc | May 18, 2007 at 2:18 pm |

    I think these are jerseys we will never see again…

    http://nhl.imageg.ne...

  • Joey Guns | May 18, 2007 at 2:19 pm |

    http://sports.yahoo....

    A New Jersey Assembly committee Thursday approved a resolution requesting Rutgers redesign the “R” sports logo to include the letters “NJ,” a move designed to give the state credit for recent athletic success at the school.

  • Dan | May 18, 2007 at 2:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”88354″]I think these are jerseys we will never see again…

    http://nhl.imageg.ne...

    I actually liked those Rangers 3rd sweaters a lot. I liked teh white version.

  • ThresherK | May 18, 2007 at 2:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”88328″]Another rule that the NFL should change is to allow players to wear whatever number they would like…Just another silly NFL rule that needs to be changed.[/quote]

    As long as the eligible receivers are different from the linemen, right? I’m with you on that idea.

    The CFL still confuses me with their assortment.

  • schuby | May 18, 2007 at 2:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”88285″]by the way, RED is the new black.[/quote]

    Don’t forget the Valentine’s Day uniforms. That was a mistake.

  • Joey Guns | May 18, 2007 at 2:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”88356″][quote comment=”88354″]I think these are jerseys we will never see again…

    http://nhl.imageg.ne...

    I actually liked those Rangers 3rd sweaters a lot. I liked the white version.[/quote]

    I have no problem with these either. Granted, the regular Rangers jerseys are classic, but these are a nice alternative.

  • Ron | May 18, 2007 at 2:33 pm |

    Tiger Mask is the greatest puroresu/shooter ever.

  • Anthony Verna | May 18, 2007 at 2:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”88355″]http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-wheresrutgers&prov=ap&type=lgns

    A New Jersey Assembly committee Thursday approved a resolution requesting Rutgers redesign the “R” sports logo to include the letters “NJ,” a move designed to give the state credit for recent athletic success at the school.[/quote]

    Speaking as a graduate of the Rutgers School of Law – Camden . . . oy.

  • Anthony Verna | May 18, 2007 at 2:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”88298″][quote comment=”88279″]The Sixers went from this to THIS to this to this then to this (alternate)[/quote]

    This is the best one in my opinion[/quote]

    The best Sixers uni is the Erving-Barkley red and whites. I must admit that I do like the new alternates, though.

  • Burrill | May 18, 2007 at 2:46 pm |

    Jason, I’m not sure about carpet burns, but I do know one guy slid head-first into second and spent the next few minutes getting rubber pellets out of his eyes. I was surprised he didn’t come out of the game; it looked like his eyes were really bothering him.

    [quote comment=”88347″]It looks like the outfield is grass, which once again shows the sheer dumbness of putting something real right next to something fake.[/quote]

    Yeah, the outfield is grass. It’s weird. That picture was taken earlier in the spring, so the grass was still more brown. When the grass got green, it looked marginally better. But it was still weird.

    Oh, and on another topic: the wristband in the picture at the top of the entry says “John Doe,” which makes me wonder if it’s on a not-so-living person. Sort of ironic, given the reason for Sampson’s wristband.

  • Kek | May 18, 2007 at 2:47 pm |

    Regarding the NFL’s number rule, I’m all for being more liberal with that but to an extent. I would love to see Bush wear #5 or Larry Fitzgerald or Braylon Edwards going back to their college #1s. However, I think you have to keep some system in place because of lineman and eligible receivers. I think it would be odd to see an interior lineman on offense wearing a number less than 50 (The #00 would be OK since Jim Otto sported it for years). I think with defense it would be the opposite, it really wouldn’t look right to see a DB in a number bigger than #49. Plus you go throwback to when DL wore numbers in the 80s. Here’s my proposal:

    QB, K, P: 1-19
    RB, WR: 1-49; 80-89
    TE: 80-99
    OL: 50-79
    DL: 50-99
    LB: 1-59; 90-99
    DB: 1-49

  • Burrill | May 18, 2007 at 2:47 pm |

    And yeah, the wristband shot looks like some sort of generic product shot instead of a real-life shot, but still. You know what I mean.

  • Big O | May 18, 2007 at 2:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”88355″]http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-wheresrutgers&prov=ap&type=lgns

    A New Jersey Assembly committee Thursday approved a resolution requesting Rutgers redesign the “R” sports logo to include the letters “NJ,” a move designed to give the state credit for recent athletic success at the school.[/quote]

    New Jersey is the only state to have it’s offical state university not to have the “University of “

  • Jason in Lexington | May 18, 2007 at 2:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”88372″]Jason, I’m not sure about carpet burns, but I do know one guy slid head-first into second and spent the next few minutes getting rubber pellets out of his eyes. I was surprised he didn’t come out of the game; it looked like his eyes were really bothering him.[/quote]

    I hadn’t even thought of that. That could be much worse than carpet burn. It’d be terrible to lose some or all of your eye sight because you slid into second.

  • Joe Young | May 18, 2007 at 3:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”88313″][quote comment=”88268″][quote comment=”88265″]I think a black Saint’s helmet would look good if done right. The logo and stripes are both too big on that one from 1969.

    I also love that Ranger’s jersey from 1970.[/quote]

    I agree. It would be great if the Saints had a black helmet to go with their all-black unis.[/quote]
    It’s already hard enough to stomach with just the black pants and jerseys…don’t go the mono-chrome route and dress in black from head to toe. HORRIBLE IDEA!

    That being said, I could possibly stomach a black helmet IF they wore the gold pants.[/quote]

    Its not a horrible idea. look at the ravens all black unis. They are one of the best in all of football. They are great. Espically night gmaes under the lights.

  • todd krevanchi | May 18, 2007 at 3:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”88373″]Regarding the NFL’s number rule, I’m all for being more liberal with that but to an extent. I would love to see Bush wear #5 or Larry Fitzgerald or Braylon Edwards going back to their college #1s. However, I think you have to keep some system in place because of lineman and eligible receivers. I think it would be odd to see an interior lineman on offense wearing a number less than 50 (The #00 would be OK since Jim Otto sported it for years). I think with defense it would be the opposite, it really wouldn’t look right to see a DB in a number bigger than #49. Plus you go throwback to when DL wore numbers in the 80s. Here’s my proposal:

    QB, K, P: 1-19
    RB, WR: 1-49; 80-89
    TE: 80-99
    OL: 50-79
    DL: 50-99
    LB: 1-59; 90-99
    DB: 1-49[/quote]

    great entry. i definitely am against players wearing any number they want, however over the last 2 decades or so, “traditional position numbers” have changed. i think the numeration breakdown has to change as the number landscape does. moreso for receivers than running backs. im all for allowing the eligible receiver numbers to include single digites but not running backs. i just dont think they are as commonplace as recievers (i probably could only name about a dozen high profile college rb’s with a single digit jersey over the last decade).

  • James P. | May 18, 2007 at 3:09 pm |

    being a born and raised Louisiana boy, I have wanted the Saints to use the black helmets even since seeing an image of them. I can imagine them being warn with the white jerseys and the black pants, but not a completely black uniform.

  • todd krevanchi | May 18, 2007 at 3:13 pm |

    #1-
    eric bienemy
    lawrence phillips
    #2-
    #3-
    kevin faulk
    #4-
    #5-
    garrison hearst
    reggie bush
    ladanian tomlinson
    #6-
    tyrone wheatley
    #7-
    rodney hampton
    #8-
    #9-

  • Colin | May 18, 2007 at 3:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”88349″][quote comment=”88324″][quote comment=”88318″][quote comment=”88215″]Pardon my ignorance if this has been discussed before, but has anyone asked the players how this pajama pants trend got started, and why they still go along with it?[/quote]
    It seems to me George Hendrick started this awful trend with the Cardinals back in the early ’80s.[/quote]
    I think even Hendrick had a tiny bit of stirrup showing, and they weren’t really baggy – just long.[/quote]

    Agreed. Hendrick worn this pants very long, but they were not baggy at all. I think that Ron Darling was the next to pick up on the look, and the next thing we knew, a trend was under way.

    It would be interesting (yet horrifying) to see a timeline demonstrating how the uniforms became baggier and baggier. I think that Jeff Bagwell was one of the culprits.[/quote]

    I have a couple theories on long/baggy pants. My college roommate once made the comment to me that with your entire leg covered it is harder to tell an actual strike zone by the pitcher, i.e. can see the knees as easily. When you blur those lines, it may be harder for a pitcher to pinpoint. While a major league pitcher is gonna be on target alot, a batter may get lucky once in a while. As far as being baggier, just take a look at jeans over the past 10 years. You don’t see anyone in wrangler stranglers walking around unless they just roped a calf. Clothing in the general public has become much more relaxed fit, it just filtered into sports. Same thing happened in basketball.

  • Broker75 | May 18, 2007 at 3:16 pm |

    In Feb.2007 this site got shutdown. I was like oh man, now I gotta go back to Ross’s blog? So I contacted PL and was advised, ‘we are temporarily experiencing some technical difficulties’-BTW, thanks for the response Paul. But I learned I take the information on this site for granted. Is Uni-Watch at 1 year- 1 season- 1 anniversary??? :-} Congratulations.
    Can I get my shirt in Yankee colors? with # 2.
    Deerrek Jeeeter!!

  • Jason in Lexington | May 18, 2007 at 3:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”88380″]being a born and raised Louisiana boy, I have wanted the Saints to use the black helmets even since seeing an image of them. I can imagine them being warn with the white jerseys and the black pants, but not a completely black uniform.[/quote]

    This is exactly what I was thinking for the black helmet. They could always bring back the gold jerseys to wear with the black helmet and black pants.

    Just kidding about that last part.

  • todd krevanchi | May 18, 2007 at 3:48 pm |

    keeping with the cameo theme from the last week or so, how bout this one, (although just for show)
    Tim Duncan
    of course #21 is retired for bill sharman

    but that made me think about another unique uniform
    Gaylord Perry
    this was used for one of the old timer games during an all star break.
    im sure todd zeile and reggie sanders could have one of these too.

  • Joe Young | May 18, 2007 at 3:54 pm |
  • Dan | May 18, 2007 at 3:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”88392″] ALL BLACK LOOKS GOOD[/quote]

    Yeah, Howard Co! (The url on your pic.)

  • Mr. Met | May 18, 2007 at 4:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”88355″]http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-wheresrutgers&prov=ap&type=lgns

    A New Jersey Assembly committee Thursday approved a resolution requesting Rutgers redesign the “R” sports logo to include the letters “NJ,” a move designed to give the state credit for recent athletic success at the school.[/quote]

    Sounds like a great idea. Hey, I’ve got another great idea: Why doesn’t New Jersey rename their football teams the New Jersey Giants and New Jersey Jets while they’re at it……?

  • todd krevanchi | May 18, 2007 at 4:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”88395″][quote comment=”88355″]http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-wheresrutgers&prov=ap&type=lgns

    A New Jersey Assembly committee Thursday approved a resolution requesting Rutgers redesign the “R” sports logo to include the letters “NJ,” a move designed to give the state credit for recent athletic success at the school.[/quote]

    Sounds like a great idea. Hey, I’ve got another great idea: Why doesn’t New Jersey rename their football teams the New Jersey Giants and New Jersey Jets while they’re at it……?[/quote]

    in related news, the north carolina legislature is demanding that wake forest incorporate an NC into their logo, and indiana’s congress is demanding the same of notre dame.

  • Dan | May 18, 2007 at 4:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”88395″][quote comment=”88355″]http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-wheresrutgers&prov=ap&type=lgns

    A New Jersey Assembly committee Thursday approved a resolution requesting Rutgers redesign the “R” sports logo to include the letters “NJ,” a move designed to give the state credit for recent athletic success at the school.[/quote]

    Sounds like a great idea. Hey, I’ve got another great idea: Why doesn’t New Jersey rename their football teams the New Jersey Giants and New Jersey Jets while they’re at it……?[/quote]

    Back in the early 90s, didn’t Rutgers actually have a knight w/ a cape on their helmet? Why did they go backward to the R anyway?

  • Minna H. | May 18, 2007 at 4:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”88392″] ALL BLACK LOOKS GOOD[/quote]

    I agree. Now, if his shoes were solid black, that would be icing on the cake.

  • jay | May 18, 2007 at 4:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”88349″][quote comment=”88324″][quote comment=”88318″][quote comment=”88215″]Pardon my ignorance if this has been discussed before, but has anyone asked the players how this pajama pants trend got started, and why they still go along with it?[/quote]
    It seems to me George Hendrick started this awful trend with the Cardinals back in the early ’80s.[/quote]
    I think even Hendrick had a tiny bit of stirrup showing, and they weren’t really baggy – just long.[/quote]

    Agreed. Hendrick worn this pants very long, but they were not baggy at all. I think that Ron Darling was the next to pick up on the look, and the next thing we knew, a trend was under way.

    It would be interesting (yet horrifying) to see a timeline demonstrating how the uniforms became baggier and baggier. I think that Jeff Bagwell was one of the culprits.[/quote]

    My opinion/observations:

    I first started noticing the mlb baggy uniforms a couple of years ago when steriods started being a topic. It seems the players we saying, “Not me, look my uniform is baggy, it is not stretched tight on my overly large, bulky muscles.”

    Now for the long pants, I think that is more of a fashion trend. However, when I looked at the hemmed, not elastic pants cuffs on JD Drews photo today, my first thought was I wonder how long it is going to take the pendulum to swing to a wider, dare I say, semi-bell bottom look to the pants.

  • Jason Snell | May 18, 2007 at 4:20 pm |

    DeSean Jackson’s in those All-American shots too, suggesting that WVU and Cal will no longer be identical uniform matches with one another, which is a good thing for all concerned.

  • Grant Emerson | May 18, 2007 at 4:23 pm |

    I don’t have a picture but Angel Pagan of the Cubs has some major issues with the logo on his batting helmet today. It is extremely crooked. Should be some visual up soon, he had a game-tying hit and then stole home on a wild pitch.

  • warren thompson | May 18, 2007 at 4:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”88398″][quote comment=”88395″][quote comment=”88355″]http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-wheresrutgers&prov=ap&type=lgns

    A New Jersey Assembly committee Thursday approved a resolution requesting Rutgers redesign the “R” sports logo to include the letters “NJ,” a move designed to give the state credit for recent athletic success at the school.[/quote]

    Sounds like a great idea. Hey, I’ve got another great idea: Why doesn’t New Jersey rename their football teams the New Jersey Giants and New Jersey Jets while they’re at it……?[/quote]

    in related news, the north carolina legislature is demanding that wake forest incorporate an NC into their logo, and indiana’s congress is demanding the same of notre dame.[/quote]

    Rampant silliness! Aren’t there more important things for state legislatures to worry about? (BTW doesn’t the majority of the sports world already know that Wake Forest is located in North Carolina, Rutgers in New Jersey, and Notre Dame in Indiana?)

  • Jim | May 18, 2007 at 4:36 pm |

    Speaking of short-lived designs…

    When the Royals redid their uniforms for 2006, there were four jersey options: White, Blue, Gray, and Black.

    The white and blue had the home “Royals” script, while the gray and black had road “Kansas City” script (a throwback to 1970, fwiw).

    To the best of my knowledge, the black jerseys haven’t been seen since sometime in May 2006, and they don’t carry them in the online shop anymore.

    Good riddance. Maybe that “ditch the black” campaign worked, it just missed the intended target.

  • warren thompson | May 18, 2007 at 4:43 pm |

    Anent T-shirts under basketball jerseys … if players persist in wanting to sport them, despite that this looks damned tacky, why don’t coaches insist on reverting to T-shirt jerseys? Back in the day, LaSalle, LSU, Evansville, LIU, Texas A&M, North Carolina, Tulane, and the St. Louis Bombers, and the old (very old) Baltimore Bullets inter alia wore them — and they looked just fine.

  • Kerry | May 18, 2007 at 4:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”88392″] ALL BLACK LOOKS GOOD[/quote]
    Maybe for a team like the Ravens that haven’t had the uni history that the Saints have. Even though they’ve been pretty miserable for nearly the entire existence of the franchise, their unis have been around longer and (since I think they look great with the gold-black-gold combination) don’t really need any bit of change.

    That being said. I could be OK with black pants with white jerseys and gold pants with black jerseys. I think that with either of those combinations a black helmet would work. But I want to VOMIT when I see teams in the “unitard” look, all-black or any other color.

    To me, THIS is just as bad as THIS. The only thing that makes it worse is when the helmet matches the jersey and pants like THIS and THIS.

  • Kerry | May 18, 2007 at 4:52 pm |

    OK, I think my post was just eaten…I really hate when that happens.

  • Anthony Verna | May 18, 2007 at 5:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”88410″][quote comment=”88398″][quote comment=”88395″][quote comment=”88355″]http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-wheresrutgers&prov=ap&type=lgns

    A New Jersey Assembly committee Thursday approved a resolution requesting Rutgers redesign the “R” sports logo to include the letters “NJ,” a move designed to give the state credit for recent athletic success at the school.[/quote]

    Sounds like a great idea. Hey, I’ve got another great idea: Why doesn’t New Jersey rename their football teams the New Jersey Giants and New Jersey Jets while they’re at it……?[/quote]

    in related news, the north carolina legislature is demanding that wake forest incorporate an NC into their logo, and indiana’s congress is demanding the same of notre dame.[/quote]

    Rampant silliness! Aren’t there more important things for state legislatures to worry about? (BTW doesn’t the majority of the sports world already know that Wake Forest is located in North Carolina, Rutgers in New Jersey, and Notre Dame in Indiana?)[/quote]

    How many of the previous-listed schools are state schools?

  • Anthony Verna | May 18, 2007 at 5:01 pm |

    (I think it was all sarcasm, in other words.)

  • warren thompson | May 18, 2007 at 5:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”88422″][quote comment=”88410″][quote comment=”88398″][quote comment=”88395″][quote comment=”88355″]http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-wheresrutgers&prov=ap&type=lgns

    A New Jersey Assembly committee Thursday approved a resolution requesting Rutgers redesign the “R” sports logo to include the letters “NJ,” a move designed to give the state credit for recent athletic success at the school.[/quote]

    Sounds like a great idea. Hey, I’ve got another great idea: Why doesn’t New Jersey rename their football teams the New Jersey Giants and New Jersey Jets while they’re at it……?[/quote]

    in related news, the north carolina legislature is demanding that wake forest incorporate an NC into their logo, and indiana’s congress is demanding the same of notre dame.[/quote]
    [/quote]

    How many of the previous-listed schools are state schools?[/quote]

    Rutgers is The State University of New Jersey, although, as I recall, Princeton at one time claimed this title.

    [I assume that Rutgers is state-owned, unlike Penn State, a state-related/state-supported venue.]

  • Dane | May 18, 2007 at 5:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”88200″]I’m quite shocked that no one has claimed jersey number #69 yet. I guess we’re classier than we thought! haha
    [/quote]

    We’re much more of a fan of #68, and not so much of #71. (Old time George Carlin fans will understand.)

  • BC | May 18, 2007 at 5:12 pm |

    The University of Nevada baseball stadium Peccole Park has had an entire field turf field for its second year. The only dirt area on the Peccole Park playing surface is the pitching mound. The home plate area, base paths, and warning track are rust colored FieldTurf. The foul lines are cut in white FieldTurf.
    Home plate
    This is a ball
    With baseball season starting in January, the Wolf Pack had at least one series per year that was affected by snow. The Field Turf has allowed for the quick removal of the snow, and is quite good with dealing with the water drainage.

  • BobA | May 18, 2007 at 5:15 pm |

    Article over at The Sporting News about Royal pitcher Gil Meche and why he chose the uni #55. Not a big revelation but I found it interesting that the authur opens the article with the phrase: “Gil Meche gets it”. Hmmmm

  • MJE | May 18, 2007 at 5:18 pm |

    New Jersey is the only state to have it’s offical state university not to have the “University of “[/quote]

    Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University (Paterno, Nittany Lions) is the state school. The University of Pennsylvania (Quakers, Mr. Franklin) is a private school that has nothing to do with the state (commonwealth).

  • patrick | May 18, 2007 at 5:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”88398″][quote comment=”88395″][quote comment=”88355″]http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-wheresrutgers&prov=ap&type=lgns

    A New Jersey Assembly committee Thursday approved a resolution requesting Rutgers redesign the “R” sports logo to include the letters “NJ,” a move designed to give the state credit for recent athletic success at the school.[/quote]

    Sounds like a great idea. Hey, I’ve got another great idea: Why doesn’t New Jersey rename their football teams the New Jersey Giants and New Jersey Jets while they’re at it……?[/quote]

    in related news, the north carolina legislature is demanding that wake forest incorporate an NC into their logo, and indiana’s congress is demanding the same of notre dame.[/quote]

    the difference is, Rutgers is a public universigty funded by the people of New Jersey, Wake Forest and Notre Dame are private institutions….

  • Teebz | May 18, 2007 at 5:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”88223″][quote comment=”88219″]What…teams have had such a bad change that they eventually went back to the old jersey, trying to pretend it never happened?[/quote]

    Obvious example that comes to mind is the New York Islanders in the mid 90s.[/quote]

    Bad change? That cuts me deep. :o|

  • Erich | May 18, 2007 at 6:11 pm |

    I support your love of the Islanders sweater Teebz… I think it’s a thing of beauty!

  • JJD | May 18, 2007 at 7:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”88382″]#1-
    eric bienemy
    lawrence phillips
    #2-
    #3-
    kevin faulk
    #4-
    #5-
    garrison hearst
    reggie bush
    ladanian tomlinson
    #6-
    tyrone wheatley
    #7-
    rodney hampton
    #8-
    #9-[/quote]

    Corey Dillon wore #4 at Washington, and since you have some retired guys on here Napoleon Kaufman wore #8.

  • subway | May 18, 2007 at 7:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”88248″][quote comment=”88228″][quote comment=”88223″][quote comment=”88219″]What…teams have had such a bad change that they eventually went back to the old jersey, trying to pretend it never happened?[/quote]

    Obvious example that comes to mind is the New York Islanders in the mid 90s.[/quote]

    Don’t forget the NY Jets. Going from this, to this, back to this.
    There were some differences but they went back to a basic concept.[/quote]

    That green-helmeted dude is another uni cameo!! I had totally forgotten that Boomer Esiason ever played for the Jets![/quote]

    Sorry no pics but other uni-cameoed teammates of Boomer on those jets were Ronnie Lott and Leonard Marshall.

  • Larry C | May 18, 2007 at 8:07 pm |

    I have to say, the Australian women’s basketball unitards are kinda nifty. I wish the WNBA would adopt that or the post-1940’s satin look. As I mentioned during the discussion of the WNBA uniforms, the current look is kinda frumpy and look like hand-me-downs from bigger NBA guys. At least with either the unitard or the satin uniforms, the league would be adopting a unique identity that wouldn’t look half bad on the players.

  • Frank Mercogliano | May 18, 2007 at 8:14 pm |

    A note on the thought of different colors on a football field, after Boise State debuted the SmurfTurf, the NCAA outlawed fake grass for NCAA football fields being any color other than green, except for the endzones.

    Boise State was grandfathered in, which is why when they switched to field turf, there was a major discussion about it being blue or not….if they went green, they could never go back to blue. If they stayed blue, they were fine.

    Idaho State will not have an orange field thankfully!

    Frank

  • Mark Mihalik | May 18, 2007 at 8:18 pm |

    I’m watching Roger Clemens’ Class-A start on ESPN2, and I’ve noticed that Clemens has changed his cleats since the start of the game. He started out the game wearing these (the newest version of the adidas Excelsior), but since then changed into an older pair adidas Excelsiors (no pictures have been posted since his early innings, but they’re pretty much these) in the second inning after giving up a bomb in the first.

    I’ll have to check into it again later, but the cleats he changed into appeared to have different colored highlights in the 3 stripes on the sides. They could be potential holdovers from his days with the Astros…

  • Danny | May 18, 2007 at 8:38 pm |

    I was also watching Clemens’ start and noticed two things. While he was warming up he was sporting high socks but in the game, he was wearing PJ pants. Also, he had a huge patch on his glove that looked similar to his 300 win patch but I couldn’t confirm that. Any ideas?

  • Mad Adam | May 18, 2007 at 8:40 pm |

    I too was watching the Clemens game on ESPN2, and was wondering what the patch on his glove was. Cynically, I assumed it was a commemorative “Rocket Relaunched” patch, but KNOW I can get a certain word here.

  • subway | May 18, 2007 at 8:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”88410″][quote comment=”88398″][quote comment=”88395″][quote comment=”88355″]http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-wheresrutgers&prov=ap&type=lgns

    A New Jersey Assembly committee Thursday approved a resolution requesting Rutgers redesign the “R” sports logo to include the letters “NJ,” a move designed to give the state credit for recent athletic success at the school.[/quote]

    Sounds like a great idea. Hey, I’ve got another great idea: Why doesn’t New Jersey rename their football teams the New Jersey Giants and New Jersey Jets while they’re at it……?[/quote]

    in related news, the north carolina legislature is demanding that wake forest incorporate an NC into their logo, and indiana’s congress is demanding the same of notre dame.[/quote]

    Rampant silliness! Aren’t there more important things for state legislatures to worry about? (BTW doesn’t the majority of the sports world already know that Wake Forest is located in North Carolina, Rutgers in New Jersey, and Notre Dame in Indiana?)[/quote]

  • subway | May 18, 2007 at 8:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”88477″][quote comment=”88410″][quote comment=”88398″][quote comment=”88395″][quote comment=”88355″]http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-wheresrutgers&prov=ap&type=lgns

    A New Jersey Assembly committee Thursday approved a resolution requesting Rutgers redesign the “R” sports logo to include the letters “NJ,” a move designed to give the state credit for recent athletic success at the school.[/quote]

    Sounds like a great idea. Hey, I’ve got another great idea: Why doesn’t New Jersey rename their football teams the New Jersey Giants and New Jersey Jets while they’re at it……?[/quote]

    in related news, the north carolina legislature is demanding that wake forest incorporate an NC into their logo, and indiana’s congress is demanding the same of notre dame.[/quote]

    Rampant silliness! Aren’t there more important things for state legislatures to worry about? (BTW doesn’t the majority of the sports world already know that Wake Forest is located in North Carolina, Rutgers in New Jersey, and Notre Dame in Indiana?)[/quote][/quote]
    Apparently not

  • Larry C | May 18, 2007 at 8:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”88477″][quote comment=”88410″][quote comment=”88398″][quote comment=”88395″][quote comment=”88355″]http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-wheresrutgers&prov=ap&type=lgns

    A New Jersey Assembly committee Thursday approved a resolution requesting Rutgers redesign the “R” sports logo to include the letters “NJ,” a move designed to give the state credit for recent athletic success at the school.[/quote]

    Sounds like a great idea. Hey, I’ve got another great idea: Why doesn’t New Jersey rename their football teams the New Jersey Giants and New Jersey Jets while they’re at it……?[/quote]

    in related news, the north carolina legislature is demanding that wake forest incorporate an NC into their logo, and indiana’s congress is demanding the same of notre dame.[/quote]

    Rampant silliness! Aren’t there more important things for state legislatures to worry about? (BTW doesn’t the majority of the sports world already know that Wake Forest is located in North Carolina, Rutgers in New Jersey, and Notre Dame in Indiana?)[/quote][/quote]
    [/i]To be honest, I’ve always thought Rutgers was in upstate New York somewhere. I always get it confused with Syracuse.

  • subway | May 18, 2007 at 8:54 pm |
  • Kings33 | May 18, 2007 at 8:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”88410″][quote comment=”88398″][quote comment=”88395″][quote comment=”88355″]http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-wheresrutgers&prov=ap&type=lgns

    A New Jersey Assembly committee Thursday approved a resolution requesting Rutgers redesign the “R” sports logo to include the letters “NJ,” a move designed to give the state credit for recent athletic success at the school.[/quote]

    Sounds like a great idea. Hey, I’ve got another great idea: Why doesn’t New Jersey rename their football teams the New Jersey Giants and New Jersey Jets while they’re at it……?[/quote]

    in related news, the north carolina legislature is demanding that wake forest incorporate an NC into their logo, and indiana’s congress is demanding the same of notre dame.[/quote]

    Rampant silliness! Aren’t there more important things for state legislatures to worry about? (BTW doesn’t the majority of the sports world already know that Wake Forest is located in North Carolina, Rutgers in New Jersey, and Notre Dame in Indiana?)[/quote]

    Let’s clear up a couple points of order… Wake and ND are private schools – RU is publi, and the state university, so the comparison is moot.

    Secondly – yes, they did have the Knight on their helmet, and have done a whole Stae U of NJ thing on their helmets before.

    The classic R is best. It shows Rutgers’ place as one of the original colonial colleges – simple, straightforward, etc. Better for people to question and ask “Where’s Rutgers” or “What’s a Rutgers”, than if they know and don’t talk about it at all.

    OK, done ranting -Rutgers College, Class of ’91

  • subway | May 18, 2007 at 9:01 pm |

    I give up. Anyway, some New York politicos want to pass a bill to ban the Giants, Jets and Red Bull from using New York because they play in New Jersey. A good idea, even though I have no idea how they can enforce this.

  • Tim O. | May 18, 2007 at 9:01 pm |

    I’m a big English soccer fan and while I was browsing ESPNsoccernet I noticed Harry Kewell, who plays for Liverpool F.C. in the EPL, was missing the “Carlsb” from the heat applied Carlsberg sponsorship logo on his training jersey during a recent practice session. Here is a different player in a similar jersey showing what it should look like.

  • Mike Engle | May 18, 2007 at 9:33 pm |

    I’d like to make a plug for another good journalist, Gregg Easterbrook, the Tuesday Morning Quarterback. He’s got it right. The Giants and the Jets are “Jersey-A” and “Jersey-B.”
    On a uni note, in the Nets/Cavs series, why have the Nets not worn navy and the Cavs not worn red?

  • Nolan | May 18, 2007 at 9:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”88484″][quote comment=”88410″][quote comment=”88398″][quote comment=”88395″][quote comment=”88355″]http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-wheresrutgers&prov=ap&type=lgns

    A New Jersey Assembly committee Thursday approved a resolution requesting Rutgers redesign the “R” sports logo to include the letters “NJ,” a move designed to give the state credit for recent athletic success at the school.[/quote]
    [/quote]

    in related news, the north carolina legislature is demanding that wake forest incorporate an NC into their logo, and indiana’s congress is demanding the same of notre dame.[/quote]

    Rampant silliness! Aren’t there more important things for state legislatures to worry about? (BTW doesn’t the majority of the sports world already know that Wake Forest is located in North Carolina, Rutgers in New Jersey, and Notre Dame in Indiana?)[/quote]

    Let’s clear up a couple points of order… Wake and ND are private schools – RU is public, and the state university, so the comparison is moot.

    [/quote]

    Sarcasm, maybe, huh?

  • Mark in Shiga | May 18, 2007 at 9:47 pm |

    Count me in with my fellow RU grads (’97 here) on keeping the “New Jersey” name out! Rutgers was founded in 1766 (under the name “Queen’s College”; rival King’s College changed to Columbia after independence and for a while our football teams were equally weak) and has too much history behind it to become another generic “Blah State U.” school.

    I don’t mind the plain R but would rather see it be blocky and old-style. Whatever the school was using in 1869 when RU played the first-ever college football game, that’s what they should use. They can use the knight as the secondary logo; in the mid-1990s they had a great one riding a horse and carrying a lance. Very serious and tough-looking.

    And as for the big baggy uniforms — anyone have the 1989 Sports Illustrated baseball preview issue? I remember reading it long ago and seeing the article on Marc Okkonen and his history of the White Sox uniforms. There were some quotes from players about their own styles, and I think I recall Ron Darling talking about how his long pants were in the spirit of Puritanism or some such. At the time there weren’t too many long-pants guys.

  • Kings33 | May 18, 2007 at 10:25 pm |

    Here’s a photo of the bad helmet RU wore when they tried to make NJ more prominent.

    Don’t think we can take alogo from the 1st game against Princeton, being as it was probably played in shirtsleeves. Not a whole lot to take from this early photo either, but at least they had the high socks look going.

  • Mr. Met | May 18, 2007 at 10:59 pm |

    THe Mets went all-black tonight, and as long as they keep beating their cross-town rivals, they can wear blue, black, orange, purple, or rainbow as far as I’m concerned.

    OK, maybe not purple……

  • BA | May 18, 2007 at 11:37 pm |

    Boise State’s new uniforms are here.

    Here is an article about them.

  • Minna H. | May 18, 2007 at 11:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”88508″]THe Mets went all-black tonight, and as long as they keep beating their cross-town rivals, they can wear blue, black, orange, purple, or rainbow as far as I’m concerned.

    OK, maybe not purple……[/quote]

    Any pics, Mr. Met? I would like to see that.

    Kerry, I like the Lifesaver look. Ok, maybe not the orange, but the all-green looked good. The all/red was a tad bright, but doable.

    Long live The All Blacks!

  • Mr. Met | May 19, 2007 at 12:01 am |

    [quote comment=”88514″][quote comment=”88508″]THe Mets went all-black tonight, and as long as they keep beating their cross-town rivals, they can wear blue, black, orange, purple, or rainbow as far as I’m concerned.

    OK, maybe not purple……[/quote]

    Any pics, Mr. Met? I would like to see that.

    Kerry, I like the Lifesaver look. Ok, maybe not the orange, but the all-green looked good. The all/red was a tad bright, but doable.

    Long live The All Blacks![/quote]

    When I say “all-black”, Minna, I mean, black cap, black undershirt and black jersey: Like so.

  • Minna H. | May 19, 2007 at 12:03 am |

    [quote comment=”88517″][quote comment=”88514″][quote comment=”88508″]THe Mets went all-black tonight, and as long as they keep beating their cross-town rivals, they can wear blue, black, orange, purple, or rainbow as far as I’m concerned.

    OK, maybe not purple……[/quote]

    Any pics, Mr. Met? I would like to see that.

    Kerry, I like the Lifesaver look. Ok, maybe not the orange, but the all-green looked good. The all/red was a tad bright, but doable.

    Long live The All Blacks![/quote]

    When I say “all-black”, Minna, I mean, black cap, black undershirt and black jersey: Like so.[/quote]

    Still looks good, but don’t tell Paul I said so.

  • Mark in Shiga | May 19, 2007 at 12:33 am |

    Here’s an interesting photo from the Cubs-White Sox game (won by the Cubs, 6-3):

    Angel Pagan

    I spotted it on Yahoo’s summary of the game and thought for a moment that the Cubs had brought back the infintely-superior number-only home jerseys for the White Sox series. On closer inspection it turns out that the sun is positioned in just the right position to bury the player’s name in the glare. Bizarre.

  • Mr. Met | May 19, 2007 at 12:34 am |

    [quote comment=”88520″]Still looks good, but don’t tell Paul I said so.[/quote]

    I wouldn’t mind it if they used it as an alternate, like it’s supposed to be.

    Unfortunately, they tend to use it as a regular uni more than their pinstripes,

    Truth be told, I have more than one black Mets jersey in my closet.

  • Mr. Met | May 19, 2007 at 12:42 am |

    Nice little exchange between Steve Berthiume and Orestes Destrade on Baseball Tonight regarding the Pirates’ red vests:

    SB: I don’t know about those uniforms…

    OD: Noooooo…

    SB: They don’t ever do grow on you.

    OD: I’m not about those right there.

    Those things really are hideous. The caps, though, are nice.

  • Minna H. | May 19, 2007 at 12:42 am |

    [quote comment=”88524″][quote comment=”88520″]Still looks good, but don’t tell Paul I said so.[/quote]

    I wouldn’t mind it if they used it as an alternate, like it’s supposed to be.

    Unfortunately, they tend to use it as a regular uni more than their pinstripes,

    Truth be told, I have more than one black Mets jersey in my closet.[/quote]

    No! Say it isn’t so! I would suspect more than one Mets fan on this board has a black jersey tucked away–you can’t be the only one.

  • Mr. Met | May 19, 2007 at 12:53 am |

    [quote comment=”88526″]No! Say it isn’t so! I would suspect more than one Mets fan on this board has a black jersey tucked away–you can’t be the only one.[/quote]

    You would think, right?

    I have one black Reyes home jersey, one black Beltran home jersey, and one black Wright road jersey. I also have one pinstripe Wright jersey, one snow-white Wright jersey, one snow-white Reyes jersey, and a grey Beltran road jersey.

  • Paul Lukas | May 19, 2007 at 12:56 am |

    [quote comment=”88496″]And as for the big baggy uniforms — anyone have the 1989 Sports Illustrated baseball preview issue? I remember reading it long ago and seeing the article on Marc Okkonen and his history of the White Sox uniforms. There were some quotes from players about their own styles, and I think I recall Ron Darling talking about how his long pants were in the spirit of Puritanism or some such. At the time there weren’t too many long-pants guys.[/quote]

    Darling referred to his long-pants look as his “no-nonsense uniform.” I referred to it as, um, something else.

  • Mr. Met | May 19, 2007 at 1:36 am |

    All things equal, though, I would much rather go with Ronnie’s look, because you at least had some stirrup showing, as opposed to what passes for the norm today: The quasi-bell bottom look.

  • Brendan | May 19, 2007 at 2:23 am |

    Slightly old news, and probably hard to confirm: Yesterday (Thursday) the A’s trainer Larry Davis appeared to be wearing white uniform pants. They were bright white and looked like they had elastic in the cuffs.

  • Brendan | May 19, 2007 at 2:26 am |

    Whoops, it seems it’s a common thing for him: Here he is in road greys (also rocking a fanny pack and some AM 360’s!).

    Is this a normal thing for trainers or is he just special?

  • Brendan | May 19, 2007 at 2:28 am |
  • Marcus Ramsey | May 19, 2007 at 3:17 am |

    If anyone read the article in the New Yorker it explained how Manny Ramirez started wearing baggy pants. In true Manny fashion, he stole them from another teammate who was “hot” at the time, the same way he takes undershirts and other stuff. He took them from the team’s catcher in Cleveland, who was about 3 sizes larger than Manny. Ever since then the baggy pants have been a staple of Manny.

    BTW, if you have a few extra minutes, read this…

    http://www.newyorker...

    It’s amazingly interesting.

  • Mark in Shiga | May 19, 2007 at 4:51 am |

    [quote comment=”88529″][quote comment=”88496″]And as for the big baggy uniforms — anyone have the 1989 Sports Illustrated baseball preview issue? I remember reading it long ago and seeing the article on Marc Okkonen and his history of the White Sox uniforms. There were some quotes from players about their own styles, and I think I recall Ron Darling talking about how his long pants were in the spirit of Puritanism or some such. At the time there weren’t too many long-pants guys.[/quote]

    Darling referred to his long-pants look as his “no-nonsense uniform.” I referred to it as, um, something else.[/quote]

    Thinking back again, now I recall Ronnie mentioning Calvinism, not Puritanism. Or maybe he mentioned both. Whichever it was, my junior-high history teacher from that year will probably be disappointed that I’m getting them confused!