New ESPN column today — here’s the link.
Meanwhile: During Tuesday afternoon’s Red Sox workout, Manny Ramirez’s turban (it no longer qualifies as a snood) did not feature the World Series logo. To nobody’s surprise, they corrected that oversight in time for batting practice yesterday, and the logo was also slapped onto Manny’s dark game turban.
And then there was the matter of the logo’s placement on the Rockies’ vests. There’s a long tradition of vested teams wearing sleeve patches jersey torsos, natch. The problem is that there’s no set protocol for where on the torso they should be worn, as demonstrated by the variety of placements shown here, here, and here. The Rockies’ placement is as good as any — the problem is that the patch is so damn big.
For all the things carrying the WS logo last night, I was surprised to see how many things managed to escape logo-free, including BP caps, ski caps, dugout jackets, and Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan.
Batting helmets were logo-less as well. Or were they? Manny’s helmet had a logo decal during his first at-bat, but it was apparently removed after that. I didn’t notice anyone else wearing the helmet decal.
In short: Could’ve been worse. And tonight we should see real stirrups on the mound and, just maybe, real road grays too.
(Special thanks to Bryan Redemske, Michael Romero, Randy Williams, and Ben Nickerson for their contributions to today’s entry.)
Uni Watch News Flash: This just in: According to this item in today’s Boston Herald, Reebok’s new NHL jerseys may be on the way out. Here’s the relevant passage (which was brought to my attention by Doug Mooney):
According to sources in the [Bruins] dressing room, Reebok has been unable to correct problems with the new jerseys introduced this season across the NHL and will replace them at the company’s expense with new uniforms made of the old materials.
Players have complained since training camp that the new jerseys, which are supposed to be lighter and allow sweat to evaporate out through the shirts, have instead trapped water inside and gotten heavier.
I’ve got calls in to the NHL and Reebok as we speak. More details as I get them.
Update, 12:55pm: Just spoke with an NHL spokesperson, who told me that the Boston Herald report is incorrect. As it was explained to me, Reebok has informed each team that players who have “moisture issues” with the new jerseys (i.e., lots of water ending up in their gloves and/or skates) will be given the option to have the option to wear a jersey with a new front panel made of a different high-tech material. The spokesperson maintained that there was no league-wide move to scrap the new jerseys, nor was there any move back to “old materials.”
When I asked if the league had any sense of how many players were requesting this option, I was told to direct that question to Reebok. I’m still waiting to hear back from them.
Uni Watch News Ticker: If you thought this was problematic, wait until you see this (as found by Ella Moran and Pete Bonavita). “What is it about the 49ers and the sweaters they inspire?” asks Scott Turner. “Certainly not the legacy of Dick Nolan.” … Nice article here on MLB rituals, uni-related and otherwise. … The Birmingham Barons have new uniforms. … Chris Laughman has come up with a bunch of cool high school football unis, including Vernon Hills in Illinois (note how the “VH” helmet logo appears to have been swiped from an unlikely source), Heritage High in California (here’s another shot), and my favorite, San Pasqual in California (if not for the side panel on the jersey, they’d be damn near perfect!). … Early X-Y-Z victim, or just a fold of fabric? (As found by Vince, who also passed along this.) … This type of story seems to come up like clockwork once or twice a year, but it’s still a good read. … Brady Quinn lost a bet and had to wear a USC jersey for an interview (with thanks to Greg Riffenburgh). … According to the first paragraph of this story, Troy Tulowitzki’s name was misspelled on his new bats last night (as forwarded by Joe Ramos). … Soccer note from Roy Ellingsen, who writes: “Erling Knudtzon (show here behind goal scorer Kim Holmen) managed to wear the wrong socks for a Tippeliga soccer game (Norway’s premier division)!” … Ray Bergman asked me what LT is wearing here. Apparently, it’s this.