By now we’re all familiar with the Padres occasionally breaking out the camouflage uniforms. No matter what you think of them (I know plenty of you feel pretty passionately on both sides), one critique applies: If they really had the courage of their convictions, they’d wear camouflage pants to go along with the jerseys.
That may sound like a crazy idea, but it turns out that there’s a full-camo team out there: the U.S. Military All-Stars, a group of servicemen who travel the country playing exhibition games against college and amateur teams (a program known as the “Red, White and Blue Tour of America”). I learned about them when reader Jeff Israel pointed me toward this video clip, which shows the military team dressed in solid camo while playing against a team of all-stars from the Cape Cod League (one of those summer leagues for college players). In addition to the camo pants, the catcher even had camo shinguards (or is that more of mosquito net pattern, rather than camo?).
I was curious, so I started poking around and discovered that the camouflage trousers appear to be new for this year — pics from previous years show the team dressed in conventional pants. I also learned some other uni-related tidbits: The yellow S on the jerseys, for example, symbolizes support for the troops, like a yellow ribbon. And I could probably devote an entire column to the team’s sleeve patches, which range from the predictable (like a basic service designation) to the bizarre (one guy said he cut this patch off of the uniform of an Iraqi Special Forces soldier, which seems like a questionable move).
Uni Watch News Ticker: Disturbing article here and marketing/sponsorships in high school sports. … Sam Piper found this very amusing page that shows a Thai observer’s take on MLB uniforms. “Just goes to show the international nature of Uni Watch,” says Sam, who hails from Australia himself. … Central Florida will unveil their new football helmet this Thursday. … The Yomiuri Giants have added a sleeve patch to commemorate the franchise’s 5000th victory, which took place last month. You can just barely see it here (with thanks to, of course, Jeremy Brahm). … Does anyone know why Eric Butorac and Jamie Murray were wearing history’s most embarrassing tennis shirts during their Artois Championships doubles match yesterday? … Shawn Green came off the DL yesterday, and so did his superscript Y, which has now gone unfixed for over two months. … Casey B. notes that you can barely read the uni numbers on the Honduras soccer team jerseys. … Every wonder what happened to those newfangled synthetic basketballs that the NBA briefly used and then discarded? Okay, so you probably haven’t wondered, but here‘s the answer anyway (with thanks to Chris Flinn).