By the time you read this, I’ll be on my way to St. Louis. Hope to meet all you Gateway City readers tonight at McGurks.
Meanwhile: The All-Star Game is tonight, so it’s very apropos that I share this note that came in yesterday from San Francisco reader and member Richard Craig. Check it out:
I’m out here in the Bay Area surrounded by All-Star Game hype. On Sunday I attended MLB’s All-Star Fanfest — the event for everyone who can’t afford to go to the game itself — and I stopped in my tracks when I saw a booth offering authenticated game-used uniforms. Obviously, these were a few years old [since Expos jerseys were included], but I decided to peruse them.
The old Expos jerseys were nice enough, but my heart went all aflutter at the sight of these old Braves jerseys with their gorgeous vertically arched lettering (despite the presence of one radially arched infidel). My favorite for a number of reasons had to be this one. Vertically arched lettering in general is a lost art, but arching the letters and cutting them slimmer to accommodate a 13-letter name is truly something rare to behold. It’s a shame we won’t see “Saltalamacchia” in this style.
It’s also a shame that the HR Derby will feature this.
Big thanks to Richard for his spot-on reportage. As an aside: As nice as the Braves’ vertical arching was, I always felt it was badly counterbalanced by the team’s use of nameplates instead of direct-sewn lettering. Look at the lettering on those Expos jerseys again — radial, yes, but so much nicer and cleaner without the strip of nameplate fabric. There’s really no good reason for any MLB team to go the nameplate route.
There’s also no good reason for a big league player (or, really, any player) to wear a pit-stained jersey design or history’s lamest cap design, but there they were last night for the Home Run Derby (along with Matt Holliday’s highly disturbing footwear). Seriously, is there anyone — like, anyone on the entire planet — who prefers seeing the players dress like this, instead of in their regular uniforms? What a joke. Hats off to Ryan H. and Vladdy G. for leaving their hats off — a huge improvement.
Okay, enough griping — I’m off to the airport. I won’t be near a computer for the rest of today or for most of tomorrow, so if there are site issues (spam-filtered posts, a spitting contest in the comments section, etc.), contact Vince at uniwatchintern at gmail dot com. If you have questions for me, it’d be nice if you could wait until later in the week. Thanks.
Membership Update: Please join me in saluting Uni Watch design director Scott M.X. Turner, who’s been slaving away on these membership card designs and has turned out some real beauties. Dig that Golden State trolley design (here’s a larger view) — gorgeous! Lots of cool new stuff to see in the membership card design gallery, which is a testament to Scott’s efforts (and, of course, to the generous support you folks have provided — thanks).
Uni Watch News Ticker: Good uni-related note regarding the Futures Game at the beginning of this article (with thanks to Matt Nelson). … Lots of notations on Dice-K’s underbrim (good spot by Andrew Heverling). … Interesting all-star note from Sean G. O’Shea, who says that the Mets players who appeared in the 1986 ASG had direct-sewn lettering for their names on their jerseys, instead of the nameplate treatment that the Mets were using that season. (The team didn’t go to direct-sewn until ’87.) “I remember thinking it was weird back then but had no forum to discuss it (thank you again for Uni Watch),” says O’Shea. Anyone got video of that game? … Steven Shoemaker has forwarded an oddity of note: a crude but, he insists, legit photocopy that shows Shaq wearing No. 1. Anyone know more about the circumstances of this? … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Check out this early catcher’s mask. … Also from yesterday: Really good graphic design analysis of the Caps’ new logo here — highly recommended.