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What to Wear to (Throw) the Ball?

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By Vince Grzegorek

Ceremonial first pitches are one of those baseball traditions that seem to be pretty standard across the board. A politician, an actor, a local hero, or someone important trots out to the mound before the game and hurls a “pitch” that more often resembles a dying bird. The guest of honor then walks up, shakes the catcher’s hand, retrieves the ball, and waves to the crowd. End of story.

You might think a longstanding tradition that includes the word “ceremonial” would have some sort of standard dress code, maybe even a formal one, but you’d be wrong, wrong, wrong (although, some of you might think those last two are very, very right). Given all the various accouterments, one might wonder if there was any etiquette at all.

What started as a very buttoned-upp and formal occasion when President Taft began the tradition of tossing out the first pitch on Opening Day in 1910 has evolved (or maybe devolved) into a sub-casual Friday affair that some participants “honor” by dressing like slobs.

Sure, times change, and no one shows up to the park in a top hat and a three-piece suit anymore, but shouldn’t the first pitch honoree be held to a higher standard? He’s representing the guy who usually occupies the space on the mound and/or the guy who started the tradition. Whether it’s dressing in “throwback” Sunday best or tucking the jersey in like you were suiting up for fantasy camp (keep the comments tame on that pic, folks), I think the ceremonial first pitcher should at least look like a real ballplayer, or else like President Taft (although not Taft as a baseball player, which of course would look ridiculous).

Perhaps we can blame it all on some of the more recent men to occupy Taft’s post. POTUS used to look all spiffy and official when tossing the ball (from the stands, no less) — suits, hats, vests, ties — but after President Reagan, the fashion standard dipped considerably. Clinton did the jacket thing, and Dubya slaps on some apparel from whatever city he’s in while he does the job. A sad departure from this. (The lone exception was the patriotically apropos FDNY jacket President Bush wore while tossing out the first pitch during the World Series after 9/11.)

So if the leader of the free world can’t even dress up for the occasion, why would anybody else? It seems that there’s no sartorial protocol when it comes to performing one of the most recognizable baseball events. If you’re an athlete, you can wear the home team’s jersey, or you can go ahead and wear the jersey or shirts from your own team and sport. If you’re a retired baseball player, you’re expected to wear the team logo or colors in some way. If you’re a celebrity and a huge fan, you can wear a jersey, a cap, or just your regular clothes. And if you’re a monkey, you can wear a diaper.

But should athletes be able to wear whatever they want when it comes to uniforms? Hell no! Would a baseball player dropping the ceremonial first puck at a hockey game wear his baseball jersey? No. That would look ridiculous. Would a basketball player flipping the coin at the start of a football game wear his basketball jersey? Again, no.

Call it nitpicky and say that baseball is a casual game and whomever throws out the first pitch should be able to dress like any other real fan at the game, but I won’t listen. From actors to politicians to other celebrities, the sleeves-rolled-up look has gone too far. Dress like it’s a ceremony or dress like it’s a game, but not in between.

If Harry Truman could throw a ball from the stands, over rows of photographers, past players scrambling for a view, and into the mitt of the waiting catcher (including a time in 1950 when he threw out two first pitches, one lefty and one righty!) is it too much to ask for first pitchers to honor the ceremony of the moment by looking at least at least a little bit dignified and professional for a couple of minutes on the mound? If they did, maybe we’d see more of this, and less of this.

(Note: I mentioned Harry Truman and not Franklin Roosevelt, because Roosevelt’s first pitch in 1940 hit a Washington Post camera, missing his target by juuuuuuust a little bit.)

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Gateway My Ass: Paul here. I’m still in St. Louis, thanks to some nasty weather in NYC that led the airline to cancel my Wednesday-evening flight home. Should be Brooklyn-bound later this morning, though.

The video shoot at Liebe yesterday went really well (or at least that’s what I thought, and the camera and audio guys seemed to agree). Got tons of great footage, learned a lot, saw some really talented people practicing their craft, and came up with a few dozen different ways of saying, “That’s so damn cool!” A really great day. Aside from all the material we got on tape, there was lots of fun chatter, including two good stories that were related to me off-camera:

  • The Cubs once sent Liebe some pants to be repaired during a swing through St. Louis (teams on road trips often ask the host team to do minor uni surgery — common practice). So one of Liebe’s sewers stitched up the rips and tears. And then, on the inside of the pant leg, where nobody could see, she stitched “Cubs Suck” in dark thread. (In a vaguely related item, I noticed that several file folders of Mets materials were marked “METS — Pond Scum.”)
  • Strict instructions from the Dodgers: All of Tommy Lasorda’s pants were to be tagged as having a size 40 waist, even though they were significantly larger than that. (Which reminds me: A certain MLBer whose name I’m not at liberty to reveal insists that his batting gloves be tagged “XL,” even though they’re actually large. When his supplier once mistakenly left the “L” tags on, instead of swapping them out for “XL,” the player called the supplier and said, “You sent me the wrong size gloves.” The supplier explained, “No, they’re the same size you always wear — we just forgot to switch the tags.” To which the player slowly repeated, “They’re the wrong size” and hung up.)

I’ll have lots more to share about the St. Louis trip later on — maybe on Friday. Stay tuned.

Uni Watch News Ticker: The level of hosiery ignorance has now gotten so bad that Lee Jenkins’s column in yesterday’s New York Times included the following: “Leaning back in his chair, Bonds stretched a black sanitary sock over his face, like an eye pillow. … At one point, St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols walked over to Bonds. … Feeling Pujols’s presence, Bonds lifted the sanitary sock.” Memo to all concerned: Sanitary socks are not black. The sock in question was simply a sock, not a sanitary sock. Jeez. … Uni Watch auction consultant David Brown notes that this must surely be a record price for a garter-related item. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: All Virginia Tech teams will wear a memorial patch this fall. … I’ve lost track of which soccer jersey web sites have previously been mentioned in this space. So at the risk of repetition, here are two more (with thanks to Peter Ripberger and T. Faust). … Kenn Tomasch says he’d buy one of the new L.A. Galaxy jerseys, “but I’m afraid three wise men would start following me around.”

 

214 comments to What to Wear to (Throw) the Ball?

  • Ilana Hardesty | July 12, 2007 at 8:50 am |

    Great piece, Vince. I’m a bit horrified, though, by the Birkenstocks that Shilling is wearing while dropping the puck!

  • Brandon | July 12, 2007 at 8:56 am |

    You gotta love us loyal Cardinal fans. Besides the Cubs and Mets I wonder what they have for the Astros. Don’t take it the wrong way though, its all in the name of a good rivalry.

  • BCrisp | July 12, 2007 at 8:59 am |

    I think that POTUS switched to jackets to cover the huge bullet-proof vest they are probably wearing.

  • BCrisp | July 12, 2007 at 9:02 am |

    What aboput Will Ferrell throwing out the first pitch?
    Great Uni

  • Stuby | July 12, 2007 at 9:06 am |

    ‘Dropping the Puck’ is one of the weirdest traditions in sports, especially with the fake face-off.

    You don’t have a ceremonial jump-ball in hoops or a ceremonial kickoff in football.

  • James P. | July 12, 2007 at 9:09 am |

    Will Ferrell is awesome and putting on a full uni proves it! Nice piece, Vince. It bugs the shit out of me seeing slobs lob the first pitch, but I guess seeing so many slackers do that makes seeing those who dress nice seem that much more great…

    Now if they would take some throwing lessions before hand and not look like they have never held the horsehide before…

  • James P. | July 12, 2007 at 9:11 am |

    [quote comment=”117505″]You gotta love us loyal Cardinal fans. Besides the Cubs and Mets I wonder what they have for the Astros. Don’t take it the wrong way though, its all in the name of a good rivalry.[/quote]

    Well, after the Astros brought down Busch II with that series clinching win back in 2005, I’m sure it isn’t anything nice…

  • Ed | July 12, 2007 at 9:12 am |

    A veep shot:

    http://www.pbase.com...

    He was too far away when he was on the mound to get a good photo.

    ed

  • James P. | July 12, 2007 at 9:16 am |

    Never noticed, but President Bush is actually toeing the rubber on the mound when he’s throwing out that first pitch. I don’t think I have ever actually seen a first pitch thrown from anywhere other than the base of the mound or the grass in front.

    One thing Vince did not mention was members of the military usually wear their dress uniform when throwing out the first pitch, but I have seen one member of the US Army in jeans and an ARMY t-shirt do the honor.

  • tim b | July 12, 2007 at 9:16 am |

    I can’t immediately find a picture of it, but when Bill Clinton threw out the “first” first pitch at Jacobs Field in 1994, he wore the standard issue Indians jacket and the old, ’78-’85 hat with the block C on it as not to offend anyone by wearing Chief Wahoo.

    ’78-’85 hat:
    http://shop.mlb.com/...

  • +JohnnyBoy- | July 12, 2007 at 9:20 am |

    Even as a Cubs fan, I think the sewing prank is priceless. Shows how strong the rivalry is, and what a fun (and funny) way to manifest it. I wonder how long it took for anyone to find out it was there.

  • ScottyJ in WV | July 12, 2007 at 9:21 am |

    [quote comment=”117510″]What about Will Ferrell throwing out the first pitch?
    Great Uni[/quote]

    Ferrell “gets it”.

  • James P. | July 12, 2007 at 9:30 am |

    [quote comment=”117523″][quote comment=”117510″]What about Will Ferrell throwing out the first pitch?
    Great Uni[/quote]

    Ferrell “gets it”.[/quote]

    Oooo…looks like didn’t “get it” at first.

  • todd krevanchi | July 12, 2007 at 9:37 am |

    thanks for putting this together today.

    3 weeks ago (6/20) i spent a ton of time at lunch grabbing photos of entertainers, politicians, athletes, and citizens in different gear and of course i got spammed cuz of all the links so i was only able to post text of it…

    thanks again for the follow up VG.

  • duker | July 12, 2007 at 9:44 am |

    You would think Kimmie Meissner would fall into the athletes category not the celebrity category. In fact I doubt anyone outside of Baltimore, or the figure skating community would know who she is.

  • Kevin D. | July 12, 2007 at 9:46 am |

    i don’t really have an issue with what the person throwing out the ceremonial first pitch wears, i just think there are way too many of them. I know there are at least three before evert Astros game, and at the 2 cardinals games I have been to in the new Busch, there were 6 each. Seems a little ridiculous.
    As for what the people at Liebe write on the Astros’ patches, its probably something along the lines of “R.I.P. Brad Lidge”.

  • Tod H. | July 12, 2007 at 9:50 am |

    [quote comment=”117530″]thanks for putting this together today.

    3 weeks ago (6/20) i spent a ton of time at lunch grabbing photos of entertainers, politicians, athletes, and citizens in different gear and of course i got spammed cuz of all the links so i was only able to post text of it…

    thanks again for the follow up VG.[/quote]

    Wow! You deserve some credit, too! Great job!

  • James P. | July 12, 2007 at 9:54 am |

    [quote comment=”117539″]i don’t really have an issue with what the person throwing out the ceremonial first pitch wears, i just think there are way too many of them. I know there are at least three before evert Astros game, and at the 2 cardinals games I have been to in the new Busch, there were 6 each. Seems a little ridiculous.
    As for what the people at Liebe write on the Astros’ patches, its probably something along the lines of “R.I.P. Brad Lidge”.[/quote]

    Yeah, in Houston, it is usually a kid throwing out a “first pitch” then someone froma company sponsering the giveaway for that game, and then it is some celebrity (local/state/international/sports/etc). It’s now all about marketing. You can win a contest to throw out the pitch, you can be selected all because you work for the company that is sponsering something at the ballpark/community/etc.

  • Elena E | July 12, 2007 at 9:56 am |

    Once first-pitchers started going to the field to make the pitch, the formal clothes had to go. You can’t throw from the mound [or in front of] in a suit and wingtips or a skirt and heels. Gotta wear something from the hometeam.
    I was going to say Cardinals fans don’t hate Astros enough to care about dissing them, but I do like the “RIP Brad Lidge” suggestion.

  • Jeff Wilk | July 12, 2007 at 9:58 am |

    And then, on the inside of the pant leg, where nobody could see, she stitched “Cubs Suck” in dark thread.

    I love Leibe!!!!

  • Traveler Bill | July 12, 2007 at 9:59 am |

    Is is me or does the LA Galaxy have noted pyramid scheme Herbal Life as a sponsor. Seriously, check this out.

    http://www.cockeyed....

  • Tod H. | July 12, 2007 at 10:00 am |

    This is pretty funny. Listen to Bob Uecker talk about it.

  • Joey Guns | July 12, 2007 at 10:03 am |

    [quote comment=”117519″]Never noticed, but President Bush is actually toeing the rubber on the mound when he’s throwing out that first pitch. I don’t think I have ever actually seen a first pitch thrown from anywhere other than the base of the mound or the grass in front.

    One thing Vince did not mention was members of the military usually wear their dress uniform when throwing out the first pitch, but I have seen one member of the US Army in jeans and an ARMY t-shirt do the honor.[/quote]

    I saw at a Mets home game 2 weeks ago, and some guy from the Dairy Council threw out the first pitch, and he was literally on the back base of the mound, almost on the grass. He had to have thrown it about 65 feet. I had never seen something like that before in my life!

  • ScottyJ in WV | July 12, 2007 at 10:05 am |

    [quote comment=”117527″][quote comment=”117523″][quote comment=”117510″]What about Will Ferrell throwing out the first pitch?
    Great Uni[/quote]

    Ferrell “gets it”.[/quote]

    Oooo…looks like didn’t “get it” at first.[/quote]

    I guess he “got it” eventually.

  • Andre Rousimoff | July 12, 2007 at 10:08 am |

    Why is Dubya wearing brown shoes with black pants? I think I learned better than that in about sixth grade.

  • Mike V | July 12, 2007 at 10:09 am |

    This guy must have had a hell of an arm to get the ball to the catcher from here
    Forget the stands.

  • Teebz | July 12, 2007 at 10:10 am |

    This has nothing to do with today’s post, although a big thumbs-up to both Vince and Paul. Highly enjoyable read.

    I purchased the 5-DVD set that the Pittsburgh Penguins gave away at their games last season. It contains the five greatest games in Penguins’ history.

    Has anyone seen these? Can you give me a quick review in terms of the quality of the DVDs?

  • Jason G. | July 12, 2007 at 10:14 am |

    [quote comment=”117555″]Why is Dubya wearing brown shoes with black pants? I think I learned better than that in about sixth grade.[/quote]

    This is a recurring problem with him. On his 60 minutes interview some months back, he wore brown shoes with dark pants and socks. With his reputation, does it really surprise you though?

  • Joey Guns | July 12, 2007 at 10:16 am |

    Great topic Vince. Here are 3 first pitch videos:

    Real Men of Genius: Mr. Ceremonial First Pitch…..

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

    A TERRIBLE ceremonial first pitch:

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

  • todd krevanchi | July 12, 2007 at 10:17 am |

    [quote comment=”117541″][quote comment=”117530″]thanks for putting this together today.

    3 weeks ago (6/20) i spent a ton of time at lunch grabbing photos of entertainers, politicians, athletes, and citizens in different gear and of course i got spammed cuz of all the links so i was only able to post text of it…

    thanks again for the follow up VG.[/quote]

    Wow! You deserve some credit, too! Great job![/quote]

    nah, no credit man… im not about that…
    just like to add to the blog and maybe contribute something new…

    in fact i think my request was simply to focus on who wears what (i wasnt about to go back and get all those links a second time!). thats it…

    its all VG, man. his credit!

  • Perry | July 12, 2007 at 10:18 am |

    Looks like the blond dude in the black “Cabo Wabo” t-shirt is throwing a palm ball. Nice follow through by the Asian girl with the pink ears. No comment on Sharon Stone, just an appreciative sigh.

  • James P. | July 12, 2007 at 10:19 am |

    Most of the guys here in my office wear brown shoes with dark pants and vice versa. Considering 60% of them have PhDs, maybe it is a sign that there is more on the mind then making sure your shoes match your pants.

    Joey Guns: From the back of the mound?!? WTF was his deal? Was he showing off the muscles from milking cows or something?

  • James P. | July 12, 2007 at 10:21 am |

    [quote comment=”117563″]Looks like the blond dude in the black “Cabo Wabo” t-shirt is throwing a palm ball. Nice follow through by the Asian girl with the pink ears. No comment on Sharon Stone, just an appreciative sigh.[/quote]

    that “blonde dude” is Sammy Hagar. That was taken here in StL a couple weeks ago. Even the sports guy on the news made a crack on him dressing like that.

  • Robert | July 12, 2007 at 10:21 am |

    [quote comment=”117563″]Looks like the blond dude in the black “Cabo Wabo” t-shirt is throwing a palm ball. Nice follow through by the Asian girl with the pink ears. No comment on Sharon Stone, just an appreciative sigh.[/quote]

    Blonde dude? I thought that everyone would recognize the great Sammy Hagar.

  • Seth H | July 12, 2007 at 10:24 am |

    Looks like the blond dude in the black “Cabo Wabo” t-shirt is throwing a palm ball. Nice follow through by the Asian girl with the pink ears. No comment on Sharon Stone, just an appreciative sigh.

    That “blond[e] dude” is Sammy Hagar. (Wow, am I old.)

  • Marty Met | July 12, 2007 at 10:25 am |

    [quote comment=”117559″][quote comment=”117555″]Why is Dubya wearing brown shoes with black pants? I think I learned better than that in about sixth grade.[/quote]

    This is a recurring problem with him. On his 60 minutes interview some months back, he wore brown shoes with dark pants and socks. With his reputation, does it really surprise you though?[/quote]

    No offense, Vince but it’s what used to be known as a “Half Cleveland”

  • Mike V | July 12, 2007 at 10:25 am |

    [quote comment=”117558″]This has nothing to do with today’s post, although a big thumbs-up to both Vince and Paul. Highly enjoyable read.

    I purchased the 5-DVD set that the Pittsburgh Penguins gave away at their games last season. It contains the five greatest games in Penguins’ history.

    Has anyone seen these? Can you give me a quick review in terms of the quality of the DVDs?[/quote]

    As a season ticket holder I was able to go to all the games where they handed these out. They are great. All they are is just a copy of the televised game itself, minus the ads. My favorite is Mario’s 1st game back after retirement (Dec. 27, 2000), they have the pre-show on there that di nothiung else but talk about Le Magnifique’s career, it’s great. Other games include the games where Mario scored 5 goals 5 different ways (V. Devils, (Dec. 31, 1988). Another great game I think is the playoff game V. the Flyers where Mario scored 5 goals and 8 points in a 10-7 victory. These DVD’s are great to watch during the summer when you are in a hockey drought and need a good fix by watching a classic game, good buy!!!

  • Shaftman | July 12, 2007 at 10:29 am |

    [quote comment=”117560″]Great topic Vince.

    Here are 3 first pitch videos:

    Real Men of Genius: Mr. Ceremonial First Pitch…..

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

    A TERRIBLE ceremonial first pitch:

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

    As bad as that TERRIBLE first pitch was I bet Vlad would still have swung at it. He swings at everything. (probably would have got a double too.).

  • todd krevanchi | July 12, 2007 at 10:30 am |

    no ceremonial first pitch trumps mayor mark mallory’s toss in cincinnati…

  • James P. | July 12, 2007 at 10:33 am |

    [quote comment=”117574″]no ceremonial first pitch trumps mayor mark mallory’s toss in cincinnati…[/quote]

    you mean the one that went to his left…after his playing up the throw…and getting tossed by the home plate ump for the pitch actually going towards him and not the plate?

  • Anthony Verna | July 12, 2007 at 10:34 am |

    [quote comment=”117571″][quote comment=”117559″][quote comment=”117555″]Why is Dubya wearing brown shoes with black pants? I think I learned better than that in about sixth grade.[/quote]

    This is a recurring problem with him. On his 60 minutes interview some months back, he wore brown shoes with dark pants and socks. With his reputation, does it really surprise you though?[/quote]

    No offense, Vince but it’s what used to be known as a “Half Cleveland”[/quote]

    *peeks*

    Uh-oh. I have brown shoes and grey pants. . .

  • Teebz | July 12, 2007 at 10:36 am |

    [quote comment=”117572″]
    As a season ticket holder I was able to go to all the games where they handed these out. They are great. All they are is just a copy of the televised game itself, minus the ads. My favorite is Mario’s 1st game back after retirement (Dec. 27, 2000), they have the pre-show on there that di nothiung else but talk about Le Magnifique’s career, it’s great. Other games include the games where Mario scored 5 goals 5 different ways (V. Devils, (Dec. 31, 1988). Another great game I think is the playoff game V. the Flyers where Mario scored 5 goals and 8 points in a 10-7 victory. These DVD’s are great to watch during the summer when you are in a hockey drought and need a good fix by watching a classic game, good buy!!![/quote]

    Thanks, Mike. That’s a great review, and totally appreciated.

    Ebay was nice to me this week. :o)

  • Jason G. | July 12, 2007 at 10:39 am |

    As far as the Asian girl with the bunny ears goes, why was she throwing out the first pitch? Is she some sort of celebrity over there or what? I know what she could be famous for and be dressed like that. However, I don’t see someone who is famous for that in this country throwing a first pitch.

  • timmy b | July 12, 2007 at 10:41 am |

    ceremonial kick-offs were (and maybe still are?) done in the canadian football league. i remember seeing a clip of pierre trudeau doing a ceremonial kickoff before a grey cup final.

    it went – maybe – 15 yards.

  • schuby | July 12, 2007 at 10:46 am |

    How does this make me Jesus?

  • Dan | July 12, 2007 at 10:46 am |

    I’m not sure about Clinton back at Camden Yards…but I’m fairly certain that Dubya wears a kevlar vest under the jacket of the home team…at the request of the Secret Service. I KNOW he did after 9/11. (Saw that on the HBO documentary about the World Series that year).

    And Jeter told Bush that he better throw from the mound and he better get it across the plate, otherwise he’d get booed. (Because apparently W wasn’t planning on throwing from the mound originally.)

  • Joey Guns | July 12, 2007 at 10:50 am |

    [quote comment=”117582″]As far as the Asian girl with the bunny ears goes, why was she throwing out the first pitch? Is she some sort of celebrity over there or what? I know what she could be famous for and be dressed like that. However, I don’t see someone who is famous for that in this country throwing a first pitch.[/quote]

    Not sure, but here’s a video of either the same girl, or a similar girl throwing out the first pitch, that I posted a few weeks ago here:

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

    I thought this clip was interesting, because A) there’s a batter standing at the plate for the pitch and B) he tries to swing at the pitch, unsuccessfully!

  • KT | July 12, 2007 at 10:51 am |

    [quote comment=”117551″]Is is me or does the LA Galaxy have noted pyramid scheme Herbal Life as a sponsor. Seriously, check this out.

    http://www.cockeyed....

    Yes, that’s their jersey sponsor. It was between them and Citibank. We’re all kinda bummed that it went the other way.

  • ThresherK | July 12, 2007 at 10:54 am |

    Here’s your Uni report from the Eastern League All-Star Game, or as much as I could see through the fog.

    New Hampshire had 4 players for the home (North) side easily picked out as they were the only ones with white pants and dark jerseys. It stood out, and not in a good way.

    Only about 8 of the players for each side wore cuffs high and showed lots o’ sock. And Reading had one of them, with their black jerseys over red socks. If I’m not sold on the BP-style jerseys, I’m certainly not sold on them over showing calf sock of a different color.

    Uniwatchfogging: I was 10 rows up from 1st base, giving me a great view of the pitcher, home plate, 1st base and 2nd base. The only grey jerseys which I could read at any distance were from Bowie, with Orioles orange numerals. And the white jerseys were most legible for big or simple typography, like Binghamton and Portland (copies of NYMets and Boston), and the CT Defenders, a big, blockish italic.

    One last note: I don’t know if I’m sold on having names on the back of uniforms in AA. And that is compounded when the uniform is a carbon copy (minus logo) of the major league club which doesn’t wear names on the home uni. (I’m looking at you, Portland Sea Dogs.)

  • todd krevanchi | July 12, 2007 at 10:58 am |

    [quote comment=”117551″]Is is me or does the LA Galaxy have noted pyramid scheme Herbal Life as a sponsor. Seriously, check this out.

    http://www.cockeyed....

    well, just be happy that this informercial scam artist didnt try to sponsor the team…

  • Joey Guns | July 12, 2007 at 11:00 am |

    [quote comment=”117565″]Most of the guys here in my office wear brown shoes with dark pants and vice versa. Considering 60% of them have PhDs, maybe it is a sign that there is more on the mind then making sure your shoes match your pants.

    Joey Guns: From the back of the mound?!? WTF was his deal? Was he showing off the muscles from milking cows or something?[/quote]

    Yeah, it was VERY odd. I guess milk does a body good! Maybe he didn’t want to mess up the mound or something. I also think he’s never seen a ceremonial first pitch, because no one in their right mind would stand behind the mound. He pretty much reached the plate though! I gave him credit!

  • todd krevanchi | July 12, 2007 at 11:03 am |

    now since rickey henderson has replaced rick down as the mets new hitting coach, i wonder one thing. will they again re issue 24 to him?

    not a good issue for mays/mets fans to look forward to…

  • Paul Lukas | July 12, 2007 at 11:06 am |

    [quote comment=”117606″]now since rickey henderson has replaced rick down as the mets new hitting coach, i wonder one thing. will they again re issue 24 to him?

    not a good issue for mays/mets fans to look forward to…[/quote]

    Oh, pish-posh. Willie played a season and a half with the Mets. Retiring his number, either officially or unofficially, would be silly, no matter what Joan Payson may or may not have told him. When he raised a stink about this back in ’99, it made him look petty. If Ricky wants to wear 24, I say let him.

    Oooh, they’re finally calling my flight….

  • Joey Guns | July 12, 2007 at 11:07 am |

    James P., two years ago, I was at a Mets game a few days before July 4th, and Kobayashi (former hot dog eating champ) threw out the first pitch. He also did something I had never really seen before. He stood on the rubber, and did a FULL windup, with both of his arms over his head (similar to Hideo Nomo) and then he fired the ball to home plate.

  • Brian | July 12, 2007 at 11:07 am |

    Appropriately enough, Clinton’s a lefty and Bush is a righty.

  • Shaftman | July 12, 2007 at 11:09 am |

    [quote comment=”117606″]now since rickey henderson has replaced rick down as the mets new hitting coach, i wonder one thing. will they again re issue 24 to him?

    not a good issue for mays/mets fans to look forward to…[/quote]

    They should issue him “21” for playing cards with Bonilla during the ’99 playoffs. Real good role model for Reyes to follow. Grrrrrr…

  • Paul Lukas | July 12, 2007 at 11:16 am |

    [quote comment=”117610″]Appropriately enough, Clinton’s a lefty and Bush is a righty.[/quote]

    Ah, but Bush Sr. was/is also a lefty. Handedness is no guide to politics.

  • Perry | July 12, 2007 at 11:16 am |

    [quote comment=”117570″]Looks like the blond dude in the black “Cabo Wabo” t-shirt is throwing a palm ball. Nice follow through by the Asian girl with the pink ears. No comment on Sharon Stone, just an appreciative sigh.

    That “blond[e] dude” is Sammy Hagar. (Wow, am I old.)[/quote]

    How old? I’m 52 and have no idea who Sammy Hagar is, although apparently everyone else does. My guess would have been Jimmy Buffett, mostly based on the fact that he was wearing a tequila shirt.

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

    [quote comment=”117570″]Looks like the blond dude in the black “Cabo Wabo” t-shirt is throwing a palm ball. Nice follow through by the Asian girl with the pink ears. No comment on Sharon Stone, just an appreciative sigh.

    That “blond[e] dude” is Sammy Hagar. (Wow, am I old.)[/quote]

    By the way, I spelled it “blond” (no e) intentionally, based on it being a guy. A blonde is a woman, at least in my dictionary.

  • Jason G. | July 12, 2007 at 11:18 am |

    [quote comment=”117589″][quote comment=”117582″]As far as the Asian girl with the bunny ears goes, why was she throwing out the first pitch? Is she some sort of celebrity over there or what? I know what she could be famous for and be dressed like that. However, I don’t see someone who is famous for that in this country throwing a first pitch.[/quote]

    Not sure, but here’s a video of either the same girl, or a similar girl throwing out the first pitch, that I posted a few weeks ago here:

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

    I thought this clip was interesting, because A) there’s a batter standing at the plate for the pitch and B) he tries to swing at the pitch, unsuccessfully![/quote]

    Does that mean he started with a 0-1 count?

    I don’t think the pitch should count because the pitcher is wearing a very distracting article of clothing and it’s not a Nike dot matrix undershirt.

  • blt | July 12, 2007 at 11:20 am |

    Has anyone ever hit the ceremonial first pitch? Like a momentary lapse of reason where one player simply sneaks up to plate to swing away? Or would that create an international scandal unheard of since Randall Simon hit the Italian Sausage?

  • Jason G. | July 12, 2007 at 11:21 am |

    [quote comment=”117619″][quote comment=”117570″]Looks like the blond dude in the black “Cabo Wabo” t-shirt is throwing a palm ball. Nice follow through by the Asian girl with the pink ears. No comment on Sharon Stone, just an appreciative sigh.

    That “blond[e] dude” is Sammy Hagar. (Wow, am I old.)[/quote]

    How old? I’m 52 and have no idea who Sammy Hagar is, although apparently everyone else does. My guess would have been Jimmy Buffett, mostly based on the fact that he was wearing a tequila shirt.[/quote]

    Hagar was the second lead singer for a band known as Van Halen. After Van Halen he had a somewhat less succesful solo career. After that he founded the Cabo Wabo Tequila company.

  • TOG | July 12, 2007 at 11:26 am |

    You gotta love us loyal Cardinal fans. Besides the Cubs and Mets I wonder what they have for the Astros. Don’t take it the wrong way though, its all in the name of a good rivalry.

    No we don’t have to love Cardinals fans…the best thing about St. Louis Cardinals fans is that they are not Cubs fans…

    And the Cubs have nicer unis…

    Did that Cubs batting helmet on Alfonso Soriano look like the Queens crown at the Tuesday night All-Star game or what… you can have the Cards, Yankess, Red Sox and Dodgers jerseys…the Cubs home unis are the best in baseball, even with the shitty team that wears them…

    http://editorial.get...

  • cliff rancho | July 12, 2007 at 11:29 am |

    30 teams, 81 home games for each of them = 2430 ‘first throws’ every year. I can’t believe people don’t take that as seriously as they did 50 years ago.

    What I find ironic though is that teams have the “Sponsored First Pitch” as well, which is actually the first pitch thrown (after bp), cause that’s usually 20 minutes before the “ceremonial first pitch”

    I had a friend who used to do PR work for a team and he was in charge of getting players to go out there and catch the first pitch. He said it was a nightmare and he would have to beg, bribe or get promises for later dates from guys every game.

  • TOG | July 12, 2007 at 11:29 am |

    Paul needs to be at the MLB All-Star Game moving forward…there is so much uni shit going on from the game to the FanFest…ESPN should pick up the tab and let Paul do his thing…

  • todd krevanchi | July 12, 2007 at 11:29 am |

    [quote comment=”117608″][quote comment=”117606″]now since rickey henderson has replaced rick down as the mets new hitting coach, i wonder one thing. will they again re issue 24 to him?

    not a good issue for mays/mets fans to look forward to…[/quote]

    Oh, pish-posh. Willie played a season and a half with the Mets. Retiring his number, either officially or unofficially, would be silly, no matter what Joan Payson may or may not have told him. When he raised a stink about this back in ’99, it made him look petty. If Ricky wants to wear 24, I say let him.

    Oooh, they’re finally calling my flight….[/quote]

    wasnt intended to ruffle feathers, in fact, i could give 2 shits about what number they give him…
    im not a met fan by any stretch of the imagination, i just knew that it was a uni-centric issue the first time he got it…

  • Gary A | July 12, 2007 at 11:30 am |

    [quote comment=”117552″]This is pretty funny. Listen to Bob Uecker talk about it.[/quote]

    Now THAT’s the way to start a day.
    That’s the best laugh I’ve had in a long time. Thank you for the post.

  • todd krevanchi | July 12, 2007 at 11:33 am |

    [quote comment=”117629″]Paul needs to be at the MLB All-Star Game moving forward…there is so much uni shit going on from the game to the FanFest…ESPN should pick up the tab and let Paul do his thing…[/quote]

    PHENOMENAL IDEA!!! with the bp hats, bp jerseys,
    guys wearing alternate footwear and with many apparel companies using the game as a springboard to release new gear, that is the perfect assignment. and not just the mlb all star game, the nba as well..

  • James P. | July 12, 2007 at 11:34 am |

    [quote comment=”117609″]James P., two years ago, I was at a Mets game a few days before July 4th, and Kobayashi (former hot dog eating champ) threw out the first pitch.

    He also did something I had never really seen before.

    He stood on the rubber, and did a FULL windup, with both of his arms over his head (similar to Hideo Nomo) and then he fired the ball to home plate.[/quote]

    And the Mets didn’t sign him to pitch?

  • Dan | July 12, 2007 at 11:41 am |

    [quote comment=”117623″][quote comment=”117619″][quote comment=”117570″]Looks like the blond dude in the black “Cabo Wabo” t-shirt is throwing a palm ball. Nice follow through by the Asian girl with the pink ears. No comment on Sharon Stone, just an appreciative sigh.

    That “blond[e] dude” is Sammy Hagar. (Wow, am I old.)[/quote]

    How old? I’m 52 and have no idea who Sammy Hagar is, although apparently everyone else does. My guess would have been Jimmy Buffett, mostly based on the fact that he was wearing a tequila shirt.[/quote]

    Hagar was the second lead singer for a band known as Van Halen. After Van Halen he had a somewhat less succesful solo career. After that he founded the Cabo Wabo Tequila company.[/quote]

    He had a fairly successful solo career BEFORE VH. (I can’t drive 55? Anyone heard it?) After VH, his solo career was more of an afterthought to his beach-bumming and tequila empire.

  • Perry | July 12, 2007 at 11:43 am |

    [quote comment=”117623″][quote comment=”117619″][quote comment=”117570″]Looks like the blond dude in the black “Cabo Wabo” t-shirt is throwing a palm ball. Nice follow through by the Asian girl with the pink ears. No comment on Sharon Stone, just an appreciative sigh.

    That “blond[e] dude” is Sammy Hagar. (Wow, am I old.)[/quote]

    How old? I’m 52 and have no idea who Sammy Hagar is, although apparently everyone else does. My guess would have been Jimmy Buffett, mostly based on the fact that he was wearing a tequila shirt.[/quote]

    Hagar was the second lead singer for a band known as Van Halen. After Van Halen he had a somewhat less succesful solo career. After that he founded the Cabo Wabo Tequila company.[/quote]

    Okay, thanks, yeah, I looked him up on Wikipedia after I posted. I have heard OF Van Halen, but never (knowingly) heard them.

  • Kerry | July 12, 2007 at 11:46 am |

    [quote comment=”117586″]How does this make me Jesus?[/quote]
    The wise men didn’t follow Jesus…they followed a star.

  • Ben | July 12, 2007 at 11:48 am |

    [quote comment=”117510″]What aboput Will Ferrell throwing out the first pitch?
    Great Uni[/quote]

    I was waiting the whole article to mention that! Will always does his appearances right!

  • cliff rancho | July 12, 2007 at 11:48 am |

    [/quote]

    …trying to turn off the italics

  • Robert | July 12, 2007 at 11:51 am |

    [quote comment=”117623″][quote comment=”117619″][quote comment=”117570″]Looks like the blond dude in the black “Cabo Wabo” t-shirt is throwing a palm ball. Nice follow through by the Asian girl with the pink ears. No comment on Sharon Stone, just an appreciative sigh.

    That “blond[e] dude” is Sammy Hagar. (Wow, am I old.)[/quote]

    How old? I’m 52 and have no idea who Sammy Hagar is, although apparently everyone else does. My guess would have been Jimmy Buffett, mostly based on the fact that he was wearing a tequila shirt.[/quote]

    Hagar was the second lead singer for a band known as Van Halen. After Van Halen he had a somewhat less succesful solo career. After that he founded the Cabo Wabo Tequila company.[/quote]

    He recently sold his tequila company to a big corporation for some very big bucks.

  • Ben | July 12, 2007 at 11:51 am |
  • Jeff | July 12, 2007 at 11:54 am |

    [quote comment=”117510″]What aboput Will Ferrell throwing out the first pitch?
    Great Uni[/quote]

    I think this deserves an honorary Uniwatch Membership card… Who’s comin’ with me?

  • Eric B. | July 12, 2007 at 11:59 am |

    I thought “President Taft as a baseball player” = David Wells?

  • MJ | July 12, 2007 at 12:02 pm |

    Just remember it’s Van Halen not Van Hagar. (Joe Dirt)

  • Pendolino | July 12, 2007 at 12:10 pm |

    Speaking of “black sanitaries”, when, how, and why did the modern-day practice of wearing solid color, non-stirrup baseball hose begin? Not only is the look objectionable, but when worn by an overpaid slacker like the Giants Barry Zito, it makes the entire uniform (in addition to the stupid “75” number) a disgrace.

  • Adam | July 12, 2007 at 12:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”117628″]I had a friend who used to do PR work for a team and he was in charge of getting players to go out there and catch the first pitch. He said it was a nightmare and he would have to beg, bribe or get promises for later dates from guys every game.[/quote]

    Not a problem with the White Sox – despite being a star and one of the highest paid players on the team, Mark Buehrle catches it for every game except his starts. Seems to really enjoy it, too.

  • Traveler Bill | July 12, 2007 at 12:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”117618″][quote comment=”117610″]Appropriately enough, Clinton’s a lefty and Bush is a righty.[/quote]

    Ah, but Bush Sr. was/is also a lefty. Handedness is no guide to politics.[/quote]

    Compared to his son, Poppy was a “lefty”

  • Christopher | July 12, 2007 at 12:25 pm |

    Colored sanitary socks? Hmmmm…

    The Hall of Fame tends to disagree, as they refer to the A’s hosery as “the first-ever colored sanitary stockings: gold socks that complimented the uniform’s gold highlights.”

    See here:

    http://exhibits.base...

  • Christopher | July 12, 2007 at 12:26 pm |

    Colored sanitary socks? Hmmmm…

    The Hall of Fame tends to disagree, as they refer to the A’s hosery as “the first-ever colored sanitary stockings: gold socks that complimented the uniform’s gold highlights.”

    See here:

  • Christopher | July 12, 2007 at 12:26 pm |

    Oops…

    The link

    http://exhibits.base...

  • Seth H | July 12, 2007 at 12:30 pm |

    Looks like the blond dude in the black “Cabo Wabo” t-shirt is throwing a palm ball. Nice follow through by the Asian girl with the pink ears. No comment on Sharon Stone, just an appreciative sigh.

    That “blond[e] dude” is Sammy Hagar. (Wow, am I old.)

    How old? I’m 52 and have no idea who Sammy Hagar is, although apparently everyone else does. My guess would have been Jimmy Buffett, mostly based on the fact that he was wearing a tequila shirt.

    I stand corrected on blond/blonde.

  • Dane | July 12, 2007 at 12:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”117512″]’Dropping the Puck’ is one of the weirdest traditions in sports, especially with the fake face-off.

    You don’t have a ceremonial jump-ball in hoops or a ceremonial kickoff in football.[/quote]

    Actually, I have witnessed ceremonial jump-balls before

  • ThresherK | July 12, 2007 at 12:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”117658″][quote comment=”117618″][quote comment=”117610″]Appropriately enough, Clinton’s a lefty and Bush is a righty.[/quote]

    Ah, but Bush Sr. was/is also a lefty. Handedness is no guide to politics.[/quote]

    Compared to his son, Poppy was a “lefty”[/quote]

    And Ross Perot is also left-handed. Those of us with “sinister” intent were going to get a President who was “one of us” no matter what in 1992.

    Did President James Garfield ever throw out the first pitch? I’d imagine he could do two at once.

  • Dane | July 12, 2007 at 12:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”117558″]This has nothing to do with today’s post, although a big thumbs-up to both Vince and Paul. Highly enjoyable read.

    I purchased the 5-DVD set that the Pittsburgh Penguins gave away at their games last season. It contains the five greatest games in Penguins’ history.

    Has anyone seen these? Can you give me a quick review in terms of the quality of the DVDs?[/quote]

    I have not seen that set, but here’s a future product alert. The Penguins have a poll going to select the 10 best games in team history to be included in a future box set. The Flyers have a similar 10-DVD box set for $50 that I plan to order.

    And if you want to stock up on any “old-school” NHL jerseys & schwag before the big changes, NHL.com is running a BOGOHO sale for the month of July.

  • Anthony Verna | July 12, 2007 at 12:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”117590″][quote comment=”117551″]Is is me or does the LA Galaxy have noted pyramid scheme Herbal Life as a sponsor. Seriously, check this out.

    http://www.cockeyed....

    Yes, that’s their jersey sponsor. It was between them and Citibank. We’re all kinda bummed that it went the other way.[/quote]

    Speaking as someone who has litigated against Citibank. . . it’s two evils. Neither is all that hot.

  • Marty Met | July 12, 2007 at 12:41 pm |

    Are sanitaries always white or are the yellow Oakland A’s hose considered sanitaries?

  • bengal | July 12, 2007 at 12:42 pm |

    “Okay, thanks, yeah, I looked him up on Wikipedia after I posted. I have heard OF Van Halen, but never (knowingly) heard them. “

    you get the internet in your cave?

  • Anthony Verna | July 12, 2007 at 12:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”117666″][quote comment=”117658″][quote comment=”117618″][quote comment=”117610″]Appropriately enough, Clinton’s a lefty and Bush is a righty.[/quote]

    Ah, but Bush Sr. was/is also a lefty. Handedness is no guide to politics.[/quote]

    Compared to his son, Poppy was a “lefty”[/quote]

    And Ross Perot is also left-handed. Those of us with “sinister” intent were going to get a President who was “one of us” no matter what in 1992.

    Did President James Garfield ever throw out the first pitch? I’d imagine he could do two at once.[/quote]

    *high-lefty-five to fellow lefty, Thresher*

    The best part of being lefty? Striking up conversation at the driving range.

  • joe | July 12, 2007 at 12:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”117623″][quote comment=”117619″][quote comment=”117570″]Looks like the blond dude in the black “Cabo Wabo” t-shirt is throwing a palm ball. Nice follow through by the Asian girl with the pink ears. No comment on Sharon Stone, just an appreciative sigh.

    That “blond[e] dude” is Sammy Hagar. (Wow, am I old.)[/quote]

    How old? I’m 52 and have no idea who Sammy Hagar is, although apparently everyone else does. My guess would have been Jimmy Buffett, mostly based on the fact that he was wearing a tequila shirt.[/quote]

    Hagar was the second lead singer for a band known as Van Halen. After Van Halen he had a somewhat less succesful solo career. After that he founded the Cabo Wabo Tequila company.[/quote]
    long before VH Hagar had a very successful solo career also.

  • Nick Maibroda | July 12, 2007 at 1:05 pm |

    In the clip of the Japanese girl throwing out the first pitch to a batter, at the 53 second mark about you can see a mascot with a four digit number jersey. The girl also seems to be wearing some type of brace on her bicep on her throwing arm, doesn’t look like it is there for style. Any thoughts?

  • Joey Guns | July 12, 2007 at 1:05 pm |

    The LA Galaxy have already sold 250,000 shirts, even before David Beckham has played a game for them:

    http://uk.reuters.co...

  • Nick Maibroda | July 12, 2007 at 1:07 pm |

    Check out the four digit uni number on the mascot at the 53 second mark of the Japanese girl first pitch (to an actual batter). She also seems to be wearing some type of bicep brace on her throwing arm, any idea what that is? Didn’t seems to be there for fashion.

  • Chance | July 12, 2007 at 1:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”117632″][quote comment=”117552″]This is pretty funny. Listen to Bob Uecker talk about it.[/quote]

    Now THAT’s the way to start a day.
    That’s the best laugh I’ve had in a long time. Thank you for the post.[/quote]
    My god. I love Ueck.

  • furrymunsters | July 12, 2007 at 1:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”117563″]Looks like the blond dude in the black “Cabo Wabo” t-shirt is throwing a palm ball. Nice follow through by the Asian girl with the pink ears. No comment on Sharon Stone, just an appreciative sigh.[/quote]
    The blond guy is Sammy Hagar from Van Halen not Van Hagar!!

  • Mark in Cincy | July 12, 2007 at 1:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”117677″][quote comment=”117666″][quote comment=”117658″][quote comment=”117618″][quote comment=”117610″]Appropriately enough, Clinton’s a lefty and Bush is a righty.[/quote]

    Ah, but Bush Sr. was/is also a lefty. Handedness is no guide to politics.[/quote]

    Compared to his son, Poppy was a “lefty”[/quote]

    And Ross Perot is also left-handed. Those of us with “sinister” intent were going to get a President who was “one of us” no matter what in 1992.

    Did President James Garfield ever throw out the first pitch? I’d imagine he could do two at once.[/quote]

    *high-lefty-five to fellow lefty, Thresher*

    The best part of being lefty? Striking up conversation at the driving range.[/quote]
    It’s tough if you are a lefty that plays golf right-handed though . . . dad was too cheap to pay for the lefty clubs when I was a kid.

  • furrymunsters | July 12, 2007 at 1:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”117619″][quote comment=”117570″]Looks like the blond dude in the black “Cabo Wabo” t-shirt is throwing a palm ball. Nice follow through by the Asian girl with the pink ears. No comment on Sharon Stone, just an appreciative sigh.

    That “blond[e] dude” is Sammy Hagar. (Wow, am I old.)[/quote]

    How old? I’m 52 and have no idea who Sammy Hagar is, although apparently everyone else does. My guess would have been Jimmy Buffett, mostly based on the fact that he was wearing a tequila shirt.[/quote]
    Jimmy Buffet sells Margaritaville tequilla not Cabowabo tequilla

  • patrick | July 12, 2007 at 1:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”117536″]You would think Kimmie Meissner would fall into the athletes category not the celebrity category. In fact I doubt anyone outside of Baltimore, or the figure skating community would know who she is.[/quote]

    your crazy, shes a cutie, and a definite Triple A prospect

  • ScottyJ in WV | July 12, 2007 at 1:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”117618″][quote comment=”117610″]Appropriately enough, Clinton’s a lefty and Bush is a righty.[/quote]

    Ah, but Bush Sr. was/is also a lefty. Handedness is no guide to politics.[/quote]

    Another bit of Presidential handedness.

    Being a southpaw, as a kid I had a catalog of lefty stuff that had some info on other famous lefties. I remembered a strange fact about President Ford and I just found a quote from him about it….

    “For as long as I can remember, I have been left handed sitting down and right handed standing up, and as strange as it may sound, I throw a football with my right hand and write with my left”

    Pretty neat, huh??

  • patrick | July 12, 2007 at 1:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”117582″]As far as the Asian girl with the bunny ears goes, why was she throwing out the first pitch? Is she some sort of celebrity over there or what? I know what she could be famous for and be dressed like that. However, I don’t see someone who is famous for that in this country throwing a first pitch.[/quote]

    its Bail Ling… shes famous for.. well mostly being hot and wearign outfits like that.

  • Rick | July 12, 2007 at 1:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”117704″][quote comment=”117536″]You would think Kimmie Meissner would fall into the athletes category not the celebrity category. In fact I doubt anyone outside of Baltimore, or the figure skating community would know who she is.[/quote]

    your crazy, shes a cutie, and a definite Triple A prospect[/quote]

    She’s an A cup too! LOL

  • Terri | July 12, 2007 at 1:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”117709″][quote comment=”117618″][quote comment=”117610″]Appropriately enough, Clinton’s a lefty and Bush is a righty.[/quote]

    Ah, but Bush Sr. was/is also a lefty. Handedness is no guide to politics.[/quote]

    Another bit of Presidential handedness.

    Being a southpaw, as a kid I had a catalog of lefty stuff that had some info on other famous lefties. I remembered a strange fact about President Ford and I just found a quote from him about it….

    “For as long as I can remember, I have been left handed sitting down and right handed standing up, and as strange as it may sound, I throw a football with my right hand and write with my left”

    Pretty neat, huh??[/quote]

    My bro’s like that. In his case, it’s the result of our dad being right handed and not knowing how to teach him to throw, swing, etc. left handed.

  • Jason G. | July 12, 2007 at 1:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”117710″][quote comment=”117582″]As far as the Asian girl with the bunny ears goes, why was she throwing out the first pitch? Is she some sort of celebrity over there or what? I know what she could be famous for and be dressed like that. However, I don’t see someone who is famous for that in this country throwing a first pitch.[/quote]

    its Bail Ling… shes famous for.. well mostly being hot and wearign outfits like that.[/quote]

    So basically she’s the Asian Paris Hilton, only she’s actually attractive.

  • Chad G | July 12, 2007 at 1:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”117712″][quote comment=”117709″][quote comment=”117618″][quote comment=”117610″]Appropriately enough, Clinton’s a lefty and Bush is a righty.[/quote]

    Ah, but Bush Sr. was/is also a lefty. Handedness is no guide to politics.[/quote]

    Another bit of Presidential handedness.

    Being a southpaw, as a kid I had a catalog of lefty stuff that had some info on other famous lefties. I remembered a strange fact about President Ford and I just found a quote from him about it….

    “For as long as I can remember, I have been left handed sitting down and right handed standing up, and as strange as it may sound, I throw a football with my right hand and write with my left”

    Pretty neat, huh??[/quote]

    My bro’s like that. In his case, it’s the result of our dad being right handed and not knowing how to teach him to throw, swing, etc. left handed.[/quote]

    I’m kind of all messed up like that too. My dad is left handed in writing and throwing. But he bats right handed because he said thats the way all the kids batted when he was growing up. I write and throw right handed, but he taught me to bat lefty because he though I would have an advantage against all the right handed pitchers. He was probably right too. Becuase of this I also played hockey left handed. When it came to golf though I started playing with my dad clubs, which were right handed so I became righty in golf. I can’t really hit a golf ball left handed, but I can switch hit in baseball now because of all the right handed golf experience.

  • Rick | July 12, 2007 at 1:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”117710″][quote comment=”117582″]As far as the Asian girl with the bunny ears goes, why was she throwing out the first pitch? Is she some sort of celebrity over there or what? I know what she could be famous for and be dressed like that. However, I don’t see someone who is famous for that in this country throwing a first pitch.[/quote]

    its Bail Ling… shes famous for.. well mostly being hot and wearign outfits like that.[/quote]

    I’m going to have to disagree. The title of the video says Aki Hoshino.

    http://en.wikipedia....

    Here’s more proof that it’s Aki:

    http://www.japantoda...

  • patrick | July 12, 2007 at 1:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”117713″][quote comment=”117710″][quote comment=”117582″]As far as the Asian girl with the bunny ears goes, why was she throwing out the first pitch? Is she some sort of celebrity over there or what? I know what she could be famous for and be dressed like that. However, I don’t see someone who is famous for that in this country throwing a first pitch.[/quote]

    its Bail Ling… shes famous for.. well mostly being hot and wearign outfits like that.[/quote]

    So basically she’s the Asian Paris Hilton, only she’s actually attractive.[/quote]

    You’re crazy if you dont think paris is hot… used up and trashy? absolutely, but on physical appearance only, i can’t see how shes not hot…

  • patrick | July 12, 2007 at 1:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”117716″][quote comment=”117710″][quote comment=”117582″]As far as the Asian girl with the bunny ears goes, why was she throwing out the first pitch? Is she some sort of celebrity over there or what? I know what she could be famous for and be dressed like that. However, I don’t see someone who is famous for that in this country throwing a first pitch.[/quote]

    its Bail Ling… shes famous for.. well mostly being hot and wearign outfits like that.[/quote]

    I’m going to have to disagree.

    The title of the video says Aki Hoshino.

    http://en.wikipedia....

    Here’s more proof that it’s Aki:

    http://www.japantoda...

    Rick, im talking about the one that Vince posted, its a different girl than the one posted in comments.

  • Quint | July 12, 2007 at 1:58 pm |

    I hadn’t checked the blog for a while, and just went through the comments for the last few days. I didn’t notice anyone mentioning this: Tuesday, Blue Jays’ president Paul Godfrey was on TSN’s Off the Record, and was asked when the Jays were going back to their classic 77-96 uniforms. Godfrey said next year…for Flashback Fridays.

  • Teebz | July 12, 2007 at 1:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”117667″][quote comment=”117558″]This has nothing to do with today’s post, although a big thumbs-up to both Vince and Paul. Highly enjoyable read.

    I purchased the 5-DVD set that the Pittsburgh Penguins gave away at their games last season. It contains the five greatest games in Penguins’ history.

    Has anyone seen these? Can you give me a quick review in terms of the quality of the DVDs?[/quote]

    I have not seen that set, but here’s a future product alert. The Penguins have a poll going to select the 10 best games in team history to be included in a future box set. The Flyers have a similar 10-DVD box set for $50 that I plan to order.

    And if you want to stock up on any “old-school” NHL jerseys & schwag before the big changes, NHL.com is running a BOGOHO sale for the month of July.[/quote]

    I’ve been involved in the survey for the Penguins already, Dane, but that’s good info on the Flyers. I may have to take a look at that one too.

    Good info, man. Thanks a bunch!

  • James P. | July 12, 2007 at 2:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”117709″][quote comment=”117618″][quote comment=”117610″]Appropriately enough, Clinton’s a lefty and Bush is a righty.[/quote]

    Ah, but Bush Sr. was/is also a lefty. Handedness is no guide to politics.[/quote]

    Another bit of Presidential handedness.

    Being a southpaw, as a kid I had a catalog of lefty stuff that had some info on other famous lefties. I remembered a strange fact about President Ford and I just found a quote from him about it….

    “For as long as I can remember, I have been left handed sitting down and right handed standing up, and as strange as it may sound, I throw a football with my right hand and write with my left”

    Pretty neat, huh??[/quote]

    President James Garfield could write Latin with one hand and the Greek translation with the other at the same time.

  • Joey Guns | July 12, 2007 at 2:02 pm |

    Just an FYI. Through some thorough research, the Japanese girl (with the pink ears) throwing out the first pitch in Vince’s column is none other than 17 year old model, Yumi Sugimoto.

    Here’s the caption from 7/31/06: San-ai swimsuit image girl Yumi Sugimoto, 17, throws the opening pitch at the Nippon Ham-Softbank game at Tokyo Dome on Sunday night.

    http://www.japantoda...

  • Quint | July 12, 2007 at 2:04 pm |

    I’m also a lefty who bats (and golfs) right handed. It had nothing to do with being taught that way, it’s just how I’ve always naturally hit. I know there’s tons of ballplayers who throw right handed and hit left handed, I assume they were taught that way for the advantage against righties. But the only player I can think of who threw left handed but hit right handed is Ricky Henerson (also Ray Liotta in Field of Dreams.)

  • Rick | July 12, 2007 at 2:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”117725″]Just an FYI.

    Through some thorough research, the Japanese girl (with the pink ears) throwing out the first pitch in Vince’s column is none other than 17 year old model, Yumi Sugimoto.

    Here’s the caption from 7/31/06: San-ai swimsuit image girl Yumi Sugimoto, 17, throws the opening pitch at the Nippon Ham-Softbank game at Tokyo Dome on Sunday night.

    http://www.japantoda...

    See…..patrick, that girl in Vince’s column isn’t Bai Ling either. Plus, Bai is Chinese, not Japanese.

  • MetsFan86 | July 12, 2007 at 2:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”117727″][quote comment=”117725″]Just an FYI.

    Through some thorough research, the Japanese girl (with the pink ears) throwing out the first pitch in Vince’s column is none other than 17 year old model, Yumi Sugimoto.

    Here’s the caption from 7/31/06: San-ai swimsuit image girl Yumi Sugimoto, 17, throws the opening pitch at the Nippon Ham-Softbank game at Tokyo Dome on Sunday night.

    http://www.japantoda...

    See…..patrick, that girl in Vince’s column isn’t Bai Ling either.

    Plus, Bai is Chinese, not Japanese.[/quote]

    that girl in the comments is way too hot to be bai ling. plus, bai ling is 45 years old…..

  • Joey Guns | July 12, 2007 at 2:13 pm |

    One of my favorite first pitchers, although you can’t see her actually throwing the pitch. (I’ll let it slide)

    http://graphics.bost...

  • Tom | July 12, 2007 at 2:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”117522″]Even as a Cubs fan, I think the sewing prank is priceless. Shows how strong the rivalry is, and what a fun (and funny) way to manifest it. I wonder how long it took for anyone to find out it was there.[/quote]

    It is pretty funny, and hey, even as a Cubs fan, the “Cubs Suck” probable had some truth in it

  • Matthew S. | July 12, 2007 at 2:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”117730″]One of my favorite first pitchers, although you can’t see her actually throwing the pitch. (I’ll let it slide)

    http://graphics.bost...

    Wearing an Underarmour shirt no less….think I’ll let it slide as well.

  • Nicole | July 12, 2007 at 2:26 pm |

    The current presidents have to wear the jackets because they are weating bulletproof vests – which I think makes it all the more impressive that the throw goes anywhere near homeplate. I can’t imagine it’s easy with that on!

  • Ryan | July 12, 2007 at 2:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”117717″][quote comment=”117713″][quote comment=”117710″][quote comment=”117582″]As far as the Asian girl with the bunny ears goes, why was she throwing out the first pitch? Is she some sort of celebrity over there or what? I know what she could be famous for and be dressed like that. However, I don’t see someone who is famous for that in this country throwing a first pitch.[/quote]

    its Bail Ling… shes famous for.. well mostly being hot and wearign outfits like that.[/quote]

    So basically she’s the Asian Paris Hilton, only she’s actually attractive.[/quote]

    You’re crazy if you dont think paris is hot… used up and trashy? absolutely, but on physical appearance only, i can’t see how shes not hot…[/quote]

    She’s disgustingly skinny, her face looks like someone smashed it with a shovel, has no curves what-so-ever, and she bears a stark resemblance to Joe Camel.

  • Perry | July 12, 2007 at 2:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”117726″]I’m also a lefty who bats (and golfs) right handed. It had nothing to do with being taught that way, it’s just how I’ve always naturally hit. I know there’s tons of ballplayers who throw right handed and hit left handed, I assume they were taught that way for the advantage against righties. But the only player I can think of who threw left handed but hit right handed is Ricky Henerson (also Ray Liotta in Field of Dreams.)[/quote]

    Cleon Jones was another. It’s pretty rare. I’m lefty in everything, but when I started playing ball as a kid batted righty, because everyone else did. My dad said “Why don’t you try lefty,” so I did — much better! I golf righty, though, since those were the only clubs I had to learn on.

  • Shaftman | July 12, 2007 at 2:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”117745″][quote comment=”117726″]I’m also a lefty who bats (and golfs) right handed. It had nothing to do with being taught that way, it’s just how I’ve always naturally hit. I know there’s tons of ballplayers who throw right handed and hit left handed, I assume they were taught that way for the advantage against righties. But the only player I can think of who threw left handed but hit right handed is Ricky Henerson (also Ray Liotta in Field of Dreams.)[/quote]

    Cleon Jones was another. It’s pretty rare. I’m lefty in everything, but when I started playing ball as a kid batted righty, because everyone else did. My dad said “Why don’t you try lefty,” so I did — much better! I golf righty, though, since those were the only clubs I had to learn on.[/quote]

    I’m a little bit odd myself. Complete righty in everything I do…except when I play pool. DOn’t even know where I picked that up.

  • Joe Young | July 12, 2007 at 2:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”117709″][quote comment=”117618″][quote comment=”117610″]Appropriately enough, Clinton’s a lefty and Bush is a righty.[/quote]

    Ah, but Bush Sr. was/is also a lefty. Handedness is no guide to politics.[/quote]

    Another bit of Presidential handedness.

    Being a southpaw, as a kid I had a catalog of lefty stuff that had some info on other famous lefties. I remembered a strange fact about President Ford and I just found a quote from him about it….

    “For as long as I can remember, I have been left handed sitting down and right handed standing up, and as strange as it may sound, I throw a football with my right hand and write with my left”

    Pretty neat, huh??[/quote]

    I am same way i eat and write with my left hand, But I throw and bat right handed

  • Teebz | July 12, 2007 at 2:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”117726″]I’m also a lefty who bats (and golfs) right handed. It had nothing to do with being taught that way, it’s just how I’ve always naturally hit. I know there’s tons of ballplayers who throw right handed and hit left handed, I assume they were taught that way for the advantage against righties. But the only player I can think of who threw left handed but hit right handed is Ricky Henerson (also Ray Liotta in Field of Dreams.)[/quote]

    In hockey, you’re supposed to shoot with opposite handedness as to what you are in everyday life. If you’re a right-handed person, you’re supposed to shoot left. The reasoning is that if you have one hand on the stick, your strong hand is the fulcrum for the stick in your hand. This makes it easier to pokecheck and manoeuvre the stick when playing the game.

  • todd krevanchi | July 12, 2007 at 2:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”117733″][quote comment=”117730″]One of my favorite first pitchers, although you can’t see her actually throwing the pitch. (I’ll let it slide)

    http://graphics.bost...

    Wearing an Underarmour shirt no less….think I’ll let it slide as well.[/quote]

    not sure what i like better…
    giselle bundchen
    or tan stomachs on hot chicks with killer bodies…

  • Vince Grzegorek | July 12, 2007 at 2:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”117728″][quote comment=”117727″][quote comment=”117725″]Just an FYI.

    Through some thorough research, the Japanese girl (with the pink ears) throwing out the first pitch in Vince’s column is none other than 17 year old model, Yumi Sugimoto.

    Here’s the caption from 7/31/06: San-ai swimsuit image girl Yumi Sugimoto, 17, throws the opening pitch at the Nippon Ham-Softbank game at Tokyo Dome on Sunday night.

    http://www.japantoda...

    See…..patrick, that girl in Vince’s column isn’t Bai Ling either.

    Plus, Bai is Chinese, not Japanese.[/quote]

    that girl in the comments is way too hot to be bai ling. plus, bai ling is 45 years old…..[/quote]

    Glad to see my column ‘forced’ some people to do some truly gruleing research!

    –Vince

  • Mark in Shiga | July 12, 2007 at 2:50 pm |

    Is the four digit number on the mascot in the Aki Hoshino video “1993”? If so, that’s because that’s the eyar the the Yokohama Whales became the Yokohama Bay Stars. All the mascots in Japan have outlandish numbers: Hanshin Tigers “Tolucky” #1985 (their miracle championship), Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters #221 (number of municipalities in Hokkaido), Yomiuri Giants “Giabbit” #333 and #555 (no idea), Hiroshima Carp “Slyly” #! (yes, an exclamation point); there are a few more but I can’t remember them. Those massive cartoon suits leave ample space for three or four digits!

  • Jaye | July 12, 2007 at 2:51 pm |

    My youngest son is “left sitting, right standing” except when he plays soccer, when he favors his left foot. Strange kid.

  • Mark in Shiga | July 12, 2007 at 2:52 pm |

    And fellow lefties, be glad you don’t have to endure the cramped Japanese batting cages! Often, to save space, there are only right-handed batter’s boxes in all the cages except one! A disgrace!

  • Chad G | July 12, 2007 at 2:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”117755″][quote comment=”117728″][quote comment=”117727″][quote comment=”117725″]Just an FYI.

    Through some thorough research, the Japanese girl (with the pink ears) throwing out the first pitch in Vince’s column is none other than 17 year old model, Yumi Sugimoto.

    Here’s the caption from 7/31/06: San-ai swimsuit image girl Yumi Sugimoto, 17, throws the opening pitch at the Nippon Ham-Softbank game at Tokyo Dome on Sunday night.

    http://www.japantoda...

    See…..patrick, that girl in Vince’s column isn’t Bai Ling either.

    Plus, Bai is Chinese, not Japanese.[/quote]

    that girl in the comments is way too hot to be bai ling. plus, bai ling is 45 years old…..[/quote]

    Glad to see my column ‘forced’ some people to do some truly gruleing research!

    –Vince[/quote]

    Ah, Vince you got a colored box. Or have you had it for awhile and I just havent noticed. It probably should be a different color than Paul’s though, just like EK’s is green.

  • Terri | July 12, 2007 at 2:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”117750″][quote comment=”117726″]I’m also a lefty who bats (and golfs) right handed. It had nothing to do with being taught that way, it’s just how I’ve always naturally hit. I know there’s tons of ballplayers who throw right handed and hit left handed, I assume they were taught that way for the advantage against righties. But the only player I can think of who threw left handed but hit right handed is Ricky Henerson (also Ray Liotta in Field of Dreams.)[/quote]

    In hockey, you’re supposed to shoot with opposite handedness as to what you are in everyday life. If you’re a right-handed person, you’re supposed to shoot left. The reasoning is that if you have one hand on the stick, your strong hand is the fulcrum for the stick in your hand. This makes it easier to pokecheck and manoeuvre the stick when playing the game.[/quote]

    Along the lines of the lefty/righty thing, in field hockey you don’t have a choice, you have to play right handed. You can only use one side of the stick and they don’t make left-handed sticks, so to have your left hand as your strong hand, you’d have to flip your stick to the other side of your body (it’s called using your reverse stick); it is then much less effective and in alot of situations will cause a foul. Poor lefties.

  • DrBear | July 12, 2007 at 3:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”117761″]Along the lines of the lefty/righty thing, in field hockey you don’t have a choice, you have to play right handed. You can only use one side of the stick and they don’t make left-handed sticks, so to have your left hand as your strong hand, you’d have to flip your stick to the other side of your body (it’s called using your reverse stick); it is then much less effective and in alot of situations will cause a foul. Poor lefties.[/quote]

    You mean somebody hasn’t filed a huge discrimination lawsuit about this yet?

  • Kyle O. | July 12, 2007 at 3:28 pm |

    Vince, you should definatly have a distinctive color for your box. What would you choose?

  • Ed | July 12, 2007 at 3:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”117618″][quote comment=”117610″]Appropriately enough, Clinton’s a lefty and Bush is a righty.[/quote]

    Ah, but Bush Sr. was/is also a lefty. Handedness is no guide to politics.[/quote]

    Did they all throw underhand?

    ed

  • Matt B | July 12, 2007 at 3:39 pm |

    >You mean somebody hasn’t filed a huge discrimination lawsuit about this yet?

    Lefties are pretty much the only class of people to legally discriminate against. I bat, throw, write lefty but golf and kick righty.

  • Roger Faso | July 12, 2007 at 3:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”117776″]Vince, you should definatly have a distinctive color for your box. What would you choose?[/quote]

    How about violet?

    sorry. couldn’t resist.

  • Terri | July 12, 2007 at 3:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”117782″]>You mean somebody hasn’t filed a huge discrimination lawsuit about this yet?

    Lefties are pretty much the only class of people to legally discriminate against. I bat, throw, write lefty but golf and kick righty.[/quote]

    But if someone did decide to sue field hockey, lefties would have a HUGE advantage. Scary idea for the righty fh players.

  • derek | July 12, 2007 at 3:51 pm |

    BOSOTON REDSOX SUCK!!!!!

  • Joey Guns | July 12, 2007 at 3:52 pm |

    http://sports.yahoo....

    How much should we bet that those yellow stripes on the jersey and the shorts won’t be lined up during game play?

  • todd krevanchi | July 12, 2007 at 3:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”117761″]
    Along the lines of the lefty/righty thing, in field hockey you don’t have a choice, you have to play right handed. You can only use one side of the stick and they don’t make left-handed sticks, so to have your left hand as your strong hand, you’d have to flip your stick to the other side of your body (it’s called using your reverse stick); it is then much less effective and in alot of situations will cause a foul. Poor lefties.[/quote]

    a parent from our school district caused a huge stir at practice one day with the coach and later with the athletic department and board because the school “wouldnt” provide her daughter with a “left handed field hockey stick”.

    a. i was under the impression that players ALWAYS got their own sticks.
    b. duh, a left handed stick? comon mom, if you are bitching that your daughter cant get a left handed stick, then your daughter obviously hasnt played this sport prior to this year… maybe a little research before throwing your girl into a random extracurricular?

    i gotta find out how that was resolved…

  • Teebz | July 12, 2007 at 3:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”117789″]BOSOTON REDSOX SUCK!!!!![/quote]

    I’m going to assume that Bosoton is some fantasy league franchise?

    Otherwise, what’s the point of not spell-checking a lame one-line insult to Red Sox fans?

  • todd krevanchi | July 12, 2007 at 4:00 pm |

    oh and whatever happened with getting personalized avatars?

  • patrick | July 12, 2007 at 4:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”117745″][quote comment=”117726″]I’m also a lefty who bats (and golfs) right handed. It had nothing to do with being taught that way, it’s just how I’ve always naturally hit. I know there’s tons of ballplayers who throw right handed and hit left handed, I assume they were taught that way for the advantage against righties. But the only player I can think of who threw left handed but hit right handed is Ricky Henerson (also Ray Liotta in Field of Dreams.)[/quote]

    Cleon Jones was another. It’s pretty rare. I’m lefty in everything, but when I started playing ball as a kid batted righty, because everyone else did. My dad said “Why don’t you try lefty,” so I did — much better! I golf righty, though, since those were the only clubs I had to learn on.[/quote]

    that seems to be common, I’m a lefty, i write left handed, throw left handed, swing a bat left handed, however I golf righty, and when it comes to soccer, i dribble righty but shoot and pass lefty (unfortunate sequence of events involving back to back broken left ankles). I feel like golf, since the equipment is specific, is where people tend to stray.. other than baseball.

  • Teebz | July 12, 2007 at 4:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”117799″]oh and whatever happened with getting personalized avatars?[/quote]

    Paul scrapped the idea due to the number of problems that arose because of them. I’m sure he’s open to suggestions, though, Todd. ;o)

  • Joey Guns | July 12, 2007 at 4:05 pm |

    Uni related item on this “The best of Rickey being Rickey” article:

    http://www.newsday.c...

    — On Billy Martin’s rule that players must show part of their stirrup, Henderson said, “Tomorrow I’m going to put a big bucket in the middle of the [clubhouse]. We’re all going to throw our socks in there and I’ll burn them.”

  • Kyle O. | July 12, 2007 at 4:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”117784″][quote comment=”117776″]Vince, you should definatly have a distinctive color for your box. What would you choose?[/quote]

    How about violet?

    sorry. couldn’t resist.[/quote]

    Ha that is pretty darn funny. Who made that membership card?

  • Evan | July 12, 2007 at 4:13 pm |

    Lids.com is having a clearance on last years 59fifty hats (grey underbill and wool not polyester but u all knew that)

    $15/hat
    http://www.lids.com/...

  • derek | July 12, 2007 at 4:15 pm |

    What do the red sox and lawn chairs have in common?…… they both collapse around labor day.

  • Kris McInnis | July 12, 2007 at 4:16 pm |

    For the record: Han threw first.

  • DW in Tampa Bay | July 12, 2007 at 4:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”117563″]Looks like the blond dude in the black “Cabo Wabo” t-shirt is throwing a palm ball. [/quote]

    Mr. “I Can’t Drive(Throw) 55″…Sammy Hagar.

  • Kris McInnis | July 12, 2007 at 4:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”117823″]For the record: Han threw first.[/quote]

    If smuggling ever fell through for Han there’s always be a spot for him in Nascar with those florescent yellow gloves on.

    …but still: Han threw first.

  • Jason | July 12, 2007 at 4:28 pm |

    Okay I gotta say I’m not with ya on the first pitch thing. Guess I just really don’t give a rats ass.

    I am really looking forward to seeing the video of the visit to St. Louis. Sounds like great stuff!

  • Jeff S. | July 12, 2007 at 4:34 pm |

    I’m no historian, but I think there is a difference between “throwing out the first ball” and the “ceremonial first pitch” and it would be interesting to find out how and when the former evolved into the latter.

    When Taft threw the ball, it wasn’t a “pitch” and he threw it from the stands for three reasons I can think of: 1. He was a huge man and it would have been an avoidable ordeal to get down on the field and back to his seat; 2. The full potential of orchestrating this event as favorable public relations opportunity for the president would only occur to politicos after Taft’s picture dominated the next day’s front pages; and most importantly, 3. In the days when the same baseball was used for the entire game and fans threw foul balls back to the players, the ball itself was significant. He was throwing out THE ball, so the game could begin. The fact that Walter Johnson caught the ball seems to lend further evidence that it was not, in fact, a pitch. It was a way of saying “Play Ball!”

    Subsequent Presidents probably threw the ball from the stands in observance of the tradition begun by Taft, but it would be interesting to learn when the ceremony switched to the pitcher’s mound as a central focal point of attention. Once on the mound, the honorary ball-thrower is now forced to throw a strike. I’ll bet a few modern Presidents and VIPs would prefer to throw a lazy ephus from the first row . . .

  • todd krevanchi | July 12, 2007 at 4:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”117801″][quote comment=”117799″]oh and whatever happened with getting personalized avatars?[/quote]

    Paul scrapped the idea due to the number of problems that arose because of them. I’m sure he’s open to suggestions, though, Todd. ;o)[/quote]

    i just thought that the problems were from that avatar site he chose. arent there other avatar sites? i honestly dont know…

  • Aaron | July 12, 2007 at 4:42 pm |

    San Jose Sharks new logo:
    http://www.modsquadh...

  • JX | July 12, 2007 at 4:43 pm |

    Don’t know if this was posted in yesterdays comments when the story broke, but apparently Michigan has a nice little kicker in their deal with adidas:
    From The Detroit Free Press:
    “There is a “most favored nation” clause in the contract that will keep Michigan as Adidas’ top college deal.”

    And, apparently, this aggression will not stand in the minds of Notre Dame fans (from mgoblog.blogspot.com)

    “NDNation is throwing a hissy fit; they signed a ten year, $60 million contract in 2005 (Michigan’s is the same money over eight years) and are upset about the MFN status and the fact that Michigan is getting “33%” more than ND did. That’s what you get when your engineering school sucks ass.”

    Oh, and the same blog entry on the mgoblog specifically mentioned you, Paul.
    In fact…here’s the quote (talking about the move to Adidas)
    “There’s an undercurrent of discontent with the move out there I find odd after the introduction of the controversial Bibby McPiping jerseys that were universally panned and then immediately forgotten about.

    Well, the piping’s still there and it still irritates. Unfortunately I can’t find the exact quote, but something Uni Watch’s Paul Lukas said about that one horrible weekend when Florida, Virginia Tech, and a few other teams wore asymmetrical Nike eyesores featuring one neon sleeve stuck with me: the truly grating thing (other than, you know, the uniforms) was that Nike seemed to regard itself as the show, not the teams they sponsor.”

  • John Baranowski | July 12, 2007 at 4:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”117843″]San Jose Sharks new logo:
    http://www.modsquadh...
    that wouldn’t make sense to have that be the new logo with all the talk of having a full body of a shark involved. what’s your source? i think you found something a fan did a while ago, but that’s just my opinion

  • Matthew S. | July 12, 2007 at 4:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”117843″]San Jose Sharks new logo:
    http://www.modsquadh...

    Seems even more cartoonish than the old one…not an improvement in my opinion.

  • Aaron | July 12, 2007 at 4:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”117849″][quote comment=”117843″]San Jose Sharks new logo:
    http://www.modsquadh...
    that wouldn’t make sense to have that be the new logo with all the talk of having a full body of a shark involved. what’s your source? i think you found something a fan did a while ago, but that’s just my opinion[/quote]
    Whatever. Take it for what it is.

  • Aaron | July 12, 2007 at 4:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”117852″][quote comment=”117849″][quote comment=”117843″]San Jose Sharks new logo:
    http://www.modsquadh...
    that wouldn’t make sense to have that be the new logo with all the talk of having a full body of a shark involved. what’s your source? i think you found something a fan did a while ago, but that’s just my opinion[/quote]
    Whatever. Take it for what it is.[/quote]
    According to a Shark fan: “The shoulder patch is going to feature a full bodied shark, apparently with the words San Jose on it and the San Jose Sun incorporated – this is the main one.”

  • DW in Tampa Bay | July 12, 2007 at 5:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”117563″]Looks like the blond dude in the black “Cabo Wabo” t-shirt is throwing a palm ball. [/quote]

    Mr. “I Can’t Drive(Throw)55”. Sammy Hagar

  • Joey Guns | July 12, 2007 at 5:10 pm |

    Vince, I thought you’d use this Chewbacca pic instead of the other one:

    http://www.bat-girl....

  • derek | July 12, 2007 at 5:35 pm |

    Does anyoneknow if every team except buffalo and anaheim will change there jerseys?

  • John Baranowski | July 12, 2007 at 5:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”117853″][quote comment=”117852″][quote comment=”117849″][quote comment=”117843″]San Jose Sharks new logo:
    http://www.modsquadh...
    that wouldn’t make sense to have that be the new logo with all the talk of having a full body of a shark involved. what’s your source? i think you found something a fan did a while ago, but that’s just my opinion[/quote]
    Whatever. Take it for what it is.[/quote]
    According to a Shark fan: “The shoulder patch is going to feature a full bodied shark, apparently with the words San Jose on it and the San Jose Sun incorporated – this is the main one.”[/quote]

    ooooh, ok, now i’m interested…not a fan of the logo though, but it’s an interesting find

  • DW in Tampa Bay | July 12, 2007 at 5:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”117736″]The current presidents have to wear the jackets because they are weating bulletproof vests – which I think makes it all the more impressive that the throw goes anywhere near homeplate. I can’t imagine it’s easy with that on![/quote]

    Police officers do their jobs every day wearing body armor that it much more physical than throwing out one pitch.

    From the documentary that I saw about the 2001 World Series, the body armor that was seen was the type that law enforcement officers wear, not like soldiers wear. LEOs wear them under their uniform shirts and a re designed to stop handgun rounds. Where soldiers wear them over them over their uniforms and are designed to stop rifle rounds and are a lot thicker.

    I would imagine it would be difficult to throw a pitch in a soldiers body armor.

  • Evan | July 12, 2007 at 6:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”117849″][quote comment=”117843″]San Jose Sharks new logo:
    http://www.modsquadh...
    that wouldn’t make sense to have that be the new logo with all the talk of having a full body of a shark involved. what’s your source? i think you found something a fan did a while ago, but that’s just my opinion[/quote]
    how is that any different than their current logo?

  • Lutter | July 12, 2007 at 6:25 pm |

    Check out killer photo gellery of the 2006 NBC World Series. Some great uniforms worn by these college kids, especially the Clarinda A’s (about 3/4 of the way down) with the old Expos style.

    Another great gallery from the older NBC games. (Read the captions to see some famous players)

  • Lutter | July 12, 2007 at 6:27 pm |

    OOPS, forgot the first link

  • Terri | July 12, 2007 at 6:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”117893″][quote comment=”117849″][quote comment=”117843″]San Jose Sharks new logo:
    http://www.modsquadh...
    that wouldn’t make sense to have that be the new logo with all the talk of having a full body of a shark involved. what’s your source? i think you found something a fan did a while ago, but that’s just my opinion[/quote]
    how is that any different than their current logo?[/quote]

    this is their current logo; not a huge difference, but a difference nonetheless.

  • Graf Zeppelin | July 12, 2007 at 6:52 pm |

    So much for our theory/hope; Mets in plain whites with black/blue caps tonight. Boo.

  • JT_Dutch | July 12, 2007 at 6:53 pm |

    (in addition to the stupid “75″ number)

    … Don’t see what’s so stupid about any number, personally. 75 was my Hockey number; the only way I could see to honor my two hockey heroes, Paul Coffey and Denis Potvin — one of whom wore 7 and the other 5.

    Besides, this guy might want to have a word with you.

  • JT_Dutch | July 12, 2007 at 6:57 pm |

    Seems even more cartoonish than the old one…not an improvement in my opinion.

    … Same here. How silly is that? They may as well call themselves “The Mighty Sharks of San Jose”.

  • Chad G | July 12, 2007 at 7:09 pm |

    ah crap, my theory is busted. The Mets are in the black and blue caps tonight. Since the mlb had the Mets start wearing their BP caps again they also wore the blue caps at home for every game. I thought the mlb may have also told them to stop wearing their road cap at home. Obviously this is not true….too bad.

  • Philly Bill | July 12, 2007 at 7:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”117748″]I’m a little bit odd myself. Complete righty in everything I do…except when I play pool. DOn’t even know where I picked that up.[/quote]

    I’m exactly the same — I’m so right-side dominant, I can’t even bridge the cue properly with my left hand. Consequently, I’m lousy at breaking ’cause I’m getting all my force from my nearly useless left side.

  • Paul Lukas | July 12, 2007 at 8:04 pm |

    As long as this topic is still going… I throw left-handed but swing a bat (and hockey stick, and golf club) right-handed. Why? Because when I was a kid and everyone started playing stickball, all the other kids batted right-handed, and I figured that was simply “the way to bat.” Tried to bat lefty later on but it never took.

    Even better: If I’m punting a football (which doesn’t happen very often anymore, but it used to), I use my left leg. But if I’m place-kicking (or playing kickball, or kicking soccer ball, or kicking a rock down the street, or kicking anything at ground level), I use my right foot. I have no idea why. Both motions feel entirely natural to me, and I can’t do either one with the “other” foot.

  • Mike Engle | July 12, 2007 at 8:18 pm |

    From the athletic to the nerdy-athletic: I was the captain of my high school quiz bowl team, and I taught myself to buzz in left-handed so that I could always have my pen ready in my right hand to do a math calculation. Aside from buzzing in, I’m almost exclusively right-handed.

  • mjb77 | July 12, 2007 at 8:43 pm |

    I don’t have a picture, but this is sorta uni-related. Last year, when the Pirates invited Michael Keaton to throw out the first pitch at opening day, he came to PNC Park wearing not a Pirates cap, but a Hines Ward cap in protest of the Buccos’ ownership. It was a pretty popular move among Pirate fans, as was his blasting of the ownership at the pre-game press conference.

  • Eric B | July 12, 2007 at 8:48 pm |

    hey, guys….are you sure, that’s not Sammy Hagar?

    btw…when you post in the afternoon, Ctrl+F can keep you from looking like an ass.

  • Tom C. | July 12, 2007 at 8:48 pm |

    yeah… just surfed past USA-Japan softball. Neither set of unis are great. Japan has fake stirrups and shorts, which is a funny look.

    I’ve never understood shorts and softball…don’t they tear up their knees.

  • Mr. Met | July 12, 2007 at 8:52 pm |

    Probably been mentioned before, but in any case: In the commercial for the new New Era 59FIFTY, Justin Verlander(?) is wearing the navy and white Majestic Premier jacket with gray pants. Shouldn’t he be wearing the navy and orange jacket instead?

  • Terri | July 12, 2007 at 9:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”117976″]yeah… just surfed past USA-Japan softball. Neither set of unis are great. Japan has fake stirrups and shorts, which is a funny look.

    I’ve never understood shorts and softball…don’t they tear up their knees.[/quote]

    When I played softball as a little kid, we were the only team in our league to wear real baseball pants and not shorts- when we complained that they were hot and that we looked different, we were told by our parents that looking like real ballplayers was more important than any of that. Clearly, they were instilling good values.

  • Daren L | July 12, 2007 at 9:12 pm |

    Sports Illustrated has a photo gallery of a bunch of NHL goalie masks. Some of them are pretty amazing. My favourite naturally is the mask of Phoenix Coyote’s goalie Mikael Tellqvist who sports one that shows Bobby Hull of the Winnipeg Jets. I think it’s neat they would honour the former club that way.

  • Mike | July 12, 2007 at 9:16 pm |

    Another picture of the sharks logo, this one is the drawing instead of a picture of the patch
    Logo

  • Tom C. | July 12, 2007 at 9:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”117990″][quote comment=”117976″]yeah… just surfed past USA-Japan softball. Neither set of unis are great. Japan has fake stirrups and shorts, which is a funny look.

    I’ve never understood shorts and softball…don’t they tear up their knees.[/quote]

    When I played softball as a little kid, we were the only team in our league to wear real baseball pants and not shorts- when we complained that they were hot and that we looked different, we were told by our parents that looking like real ballplayers was more important than any of that. Clearly, they were instilling good values.[/quote]

    aside from aesthetics, I just can’t imagine sliding in shorts. it is one thing to wear shorts for the company softball game, but another issue entirely to wear shorts during international competition.

  • Johnny O | July 12, 2007 at 9:30 pm |

    Here are some pics form Verlander’s no hitter vs. the Crew. Notice anything strange about the last pic and the scoreboard? It says the Crew had one run.. ummm I really don’t think they did. I mean I watched the game. But as a die hard Crew fan, I was disgruntled and pissed off at the no hitter to begin with, but I am almost positive they didn’t a run. Or am I reading this wrong? Someone help please.
    Pics of Verlander’s no hitter

  • Johnny O | July 12, 2007 at 9:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”117992″]Another picture of the sharks logo, this one is the drawing instead of a picture of the patch
    Logo[/quote]
    If that is the new Sharks logo, they finally fixed the tape on the stick. It was mentioned on here a while ago that the current logo didn’t have the tape on the stick that wrapped all the way around.
    tape that doesn’t wrap all the way around

  • Mike Engle | July 12, 2007 at 9:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”117999″]Here are some pics form Verlander’s no hitter vs. the Crew. Notice anything strange about the last pic and the scoreboard? It says the Crew had one run.. ummm I really don’t think they did. I mean I watched the game. But as a die hard Crew fan, I was disgruntled and pissed off at the no hitter to begin with, but I am almost positive they didn’t a run. Or am I reading this wrong? Someone help please.
    Pics of Verlander’s no hitter[/quote]
    Something is rotten here. The Brewers’ 8th inning of that no-hitter went ground-out, walk, and 6-4-3 double play.

  • Johnny O | July 12, 2007 at 10:02 pm |

    Following up on my own comment… the Brewers did indeed get shut out when Verlander threw his no-no. So what in the hell is going on with that scoreboard? It has to be from that same game. It is the same Brewers lineup, and it says Verlander is pitching. Something fishy is going on here. Or am I really just reading this wrong? This is really bugging me.
    results of the game

  • susan | July 12, 2007 at 10:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”117992″]Another picture of the sharks logo, this one is the drawing instead of a picture of the patch
    Logo[/quote]

    One comment from the other day stated the new logo that he saw on someone’s computer had an indention in the top of the triangle. I think this is the real deal. Just got a professional to clean it up.

  • Ryan | July 12, 2007 at 10:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”118027″][quote comment=”117992″]Another picture of the sharks logo, this one is the drawing instead of a picture of the patch
    Logo[/quote]

    One comment from the other day stated the new logo that he saw on someone’s computer had an indention in the top of the triangle. I think this is the real deal. Just got a professional to clean it up.[/quote]

    After switching back and forth, I think the new logo, although not much of a change, is an improvement

  • Jen | July 12, 2007 at 10:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”117996″][quote comment=”117990″][quote comment=”117976″]yeah… just surfed past USA-Japan softball. Neither set of unis are great. Japan has fake stirrups and shorts, which is a funny look.

    I’ve never understood shorts and softball…don’t they tear up their knees.[/quote]

    When I played softball as a little kid, we were the only team in our league to wear real baseball pants and not shorts- when we complained that they were hot and that we looked different, we were told by our parents that looking like real ballplayers was more important than any of that. Clearly, they were instilling good values.[/quote]

    aside from aesthetics, I just can’t imagine sliding in shorts. it is one thing to wear shorts for the company softball game, but another issue entirely to wear shorts during international competition.[/quote]

    That’s why you wear sliding/compression shorts underneath the uniform shorts. We wore shorts in college sometimes (in spring training and when the weather got warmer, I did play in Rochester after all). I never had a problem with tearing up my legs. The sliding shorts took care of everything above the knee and your socks took card of everything below. Even when I caught it wasn’t a big deal wearing the shin guards with the shorts. As for sliding on the knee, I guess I just learned to keep off of it.

  • Mike` | July 12, 2007 at 11:26 pm |

    Here is the Shark’s logo’s new and old, side by side.
    New one is to cartoonish to me, get rid of the orange eye and the curved stick to start.

  • Jen | July 12, 2007 at 11:34 pm |

    Oh, and I always think of the fake stirrups as the norm with softball shorts. At least they were when I was playing. If fact I still have a few pairs of mine from college. Although I do see more solid colored socks these days. Personally I like the fake stirrups better (only with the shorts though).

  • Jared | July 12, 2007 at 11:37 pm |

    I was thinking about the superbowl and remembered one of the cowboys v bills games. i remembered the bills players (a few of them at least) weating helments that seemed larger and being told that it was almost like an ectra helmet for extra protection but i cant find a pic and nobody remembers. Not even my buddy ike who thinks hes a die hard bills fan (doesnt get it). anyone help me, please email me results.

  • Kris McInnis | July 13, 2007 at 12:12 am |

    [quote comment=”118045″]I was thinking about the superbowl and remembered one of the cowboys v bills games. i remembered the bills players (a few of them at least) weating helments that seemed larger and being told that it was almost like an ectra helmet for extra protection but i cant find a pic and nobody remembers. Not even my buddy ike who thinks hes a die hard bills fan (doesnt get it). anyone help me, please email me results.[/quote]

    You’re probably thinking about Mark Kelso’s pro cap.

  • Luke Larson | July 13, 2007 at 12:16 am |

    [quote comment=”117862″]Vince, I thought you’d use this Chewbacca pic instead of the other one:

    http://www.bat-girl....

    i was thinking the same thing… since that one was posted yesterday.

  • chance | July 13, 2007 at 12:19 am |

    [quote comment=”118041″]Here is the Shark’s logo’s new and old, side by side.
    New one is to cartoonish to me, get rid of the orange eye and the curved stick to start.[/quote]
    I like the cartoonish quality – I think this is a substantial upgrade.

  • Jim | July 13, 2007 at 12:20 am |

    Anyone notice that the three Minnesota Twins all-stars were made to wear the wrong caps? They wear their “TC” hats at home, and the “M” on the road, but for the All-Star Game, they were wearing the TC with their road grays.

  • Vincent A. Cipollone | July 13, 2007 at 12:29 am |

    [quote comment=”118041″]Here is the Shark’s logo’s new and old, side by side.
    New one is to cartoonish to me, get rid of the orange eye and the curved stick to start.[/quote]

    I love this new logo. What I especially love is how the shark coming out of the triangle retains the corner shape on the left corner. Also, the dorsal fin that protrudes from the triangle is in the middle of the triangle, unlike the old logo where the dorsal fin is towards the left. I really like how the shark has the teal shadowing and a more vigorous breaking of the hockey stick and how the tape wraps around the stick. Also, the new shark says to me, “I broke this stick, and now I’m comin’ for you!” instead of “Ehh, I’m tired.” A great improvement.

  • felix | July 13, 2007 at 12:29 am |

    [quote comment=”117797″][quote comment=”117789″]BOSOTON REDSOX SUCK!!!!![/quote]

    I’m going to assume that Bosoton is some fantasy league franchise?

    Otherwise, what’s the point of not spell-checking a lame one-line insult to Red Sox fans?[/quote]

    They’re probably rivals of the Torotno Blue Jays. For anyone that remembers, Joe Carter played a game with his jersey saying that back in the mid-90s. Couldn’t find a pic though, sorry.

  • felix | July 13, 2007 at 12:36 am |

    [quote comment=”118064″][quote comment=”118041″]Here is the Shark’s logo’s new and old, side by side.
    New one is to cartoonish to me, get rid of the orange eye and the curved stick to start.[/quote]
    I like the cartoonish quality – I think this is a substantial upgrade.[/quote]

    I’m going to have to agree. Now, about that colour scheme…

  • Kramer | July 13, 2007 at 12:39 am |

    just for the record the FDNY jacket is what we in the service call a job shirt. its just a collared sweatshirt, maybe a little thicker, and the newer ones are fire retardant.

  • furrymunsters | July 13, 2007 at 12:55 am |

    [quote comment=”117717″][quote comment=”117713″][quote comment=”117710″][quote comment=”117582″]As far as the Asian girl with the bunny ears goes, why was she throwing out the first pitch? Is she some sort of celebrity over there or what? I know what she could be famous for and be dressed like that. However, I don’t see someone who is famous for that in this country throwing a first pitch.[/quote]

    its Bail Ling… shes famous for.. well mostly being hot and wearign outfits like that.[/quote]

    So basically she’s the Asian Paris Hilton, only she’s actually attractive.[/quote]

    You’re crazy if you dont think paris is hot… used up and trashy? absolutely, but on physical appearance only, i can’t see how shes not hot…[/quote]I’ve seen better heads on pints at the pub than that drug addict/drunk

  • Mike` | July 13, 2007 at 1:17 am |

    [quote comment=”118073″][quote comment=”118064″][quote comment=”118041″]Here is the Shark’s logo’s new and old, side by side.
    New one is to cartoonish to me, get rid of the orange eye and the curved stick to start.[/quote]
    I like the cartoonish quality – I think this is a substantial upgrade.[/quote]

    I’m going to have to agree. Now, about that colour scheme…[/quote]

    Now taking the logo, with some help on the sharks forum and then my added touch, this is what we have made.

    Our shark logo

  • Eric B | July 13, 2007 at 1:19 am |

    with all the griping about the colts not wrapping their shoulder stripe all the way around (which i agre looks stupid), i’ve been looking more at more at shoulder stripes on other teams and noticed this old pic of troy aikman in college at ucla…

    http://sportsillustr...

    the stripes appear to have been applied to the jersey after the jersey was constructed. i don’t remember seeing a jersey having shoulder stripes applied like that before. i’ve played on some teams with extremely half-assed budgets but at least the shoulder stripes were always a part of the jersey construction. a decade later, ucla’s stripes appear to be panels that are a part of the jersey construction as shown on cade mcnown…

    http://images.bruins...

    they had it right….for a while. ucla now seems to have gone the indy route and truncated their stripes before they even have a chance to bend back under the arm.

    http://www.ticketspe...

    wrap-around shoulder stripes worked in the past. they can work again.

  • felix | July 13, 2007 at 1:38 am |

    [quote comment=”118088″][quote comment=”118073″][quote comment=”118064″][quote comment=”118041″]Here is the Shark’s logo’s new and old, side by side.
    New one is to cartoonish to me, get rid of the orange eye and the curved stick to start.[/quote]
    I like the cartoonish quality – I think this is a substantial upgrade.[/quote]

    I’m going to have to agree. Now, about that colour scheme…[/quote]

    Now taking the logo, with some help on the sharks forum and then my added touch, this is what we have made.

    Our shark logo[/quote]

    Nice job. Kudos!

  • John Baranowski | July 13, 2007 at 2:01 am |

    [quote comment=”118099″][quote comment=”118088″][quote comment=”118073″][quote comment=”118064″][quote comment=”118041″]Here is the Shark’s logo’s new and old, side by side.
    New one is to cartoonish to me, get rid of the orange eye and the curved stick to start.[/quote]
    I like the cartoonish quality – I think this is a substantial upgrade.[/quote]

    I’m going to have to agree. Now, about that colour scheme…[/quote]

    Now taking the logo, with some help on the sharks forum and then my added touch, this is what we have made.

    Our shark logo[/quote]

    Nice job. Kudos![/quote]

    wow, i was iffy (at best) on the new logo…yours is f’n sweet! great job

  • Mike` | July 13, 2007 at 2:34 am |

    here is someone’s wild guess at the shark’s jersey

    mock jersey

  • Mike` | July 13, 2007 at 2:36 am |

    But also I heard it would have a orange stripe on the side instead of grey

  • John Zajac | July 13, 2007 at 7:31 am |

    [quote comment=”118099″][quote comment=”118088″][quote comment=”118073″][quote comment=”118064″][quote comment=”118041″]Here is the Shark’s logo’s new and old, side by side.
    New one is to cartoonish to me, get rid of the orange eye and the curved stick to start.[/quote]
    I like the cartoonish quality – I think this is a substantial upgrade.[/quote]

    I’m going to have to agree. Now, about that colour scheme…[/quote]

    Now taking the logo, with some help on the sharks forum and then my added touch, this is what we have made.

    Our shark logo[/quote]

    Nice job. Kudos![/quote]

    I’m surprised that I haven’t seen anyone comment about the tape going all the way around the stick on the new logo. That alone is an improvement.

  • Tom C. | July 13, 2007 at 7:53 pm |

    I am not going to be a Red Sox fan much longer if this BS keeps up. Paul’s membership campaign is a legit way to get profit from an awesome site. The Sox meanwhile seem to be ridiculously greedy in sucking every dollar from their fan base. $15 to nominate a president of a ficticious nation?

    http://boston.redsox...