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What, No Fenway Franks?

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Editor’s Note: Reader Mario Fontana recently alerted me to a unique project he’s involved in. When I invited him to tell me more, he whipped up a full-fledged blog post, complete with photo links. I’m happy to present it here as a guest-written entry on the site. — PL

By Mario Fontana

In August I played in the sixth annual Travis Roy Foundation Wiffle Ball Tournament in Essex, Vermont. The tournament was created to help benefit the foundation which helps support victims of spinal cord injuries. You may remember Roy as the Boston University hockey player who was paralyzed in 1995 during his first shift on the ice.

The tournament is unique for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it’s played at Fenway Park! Little Fenway is extremely intricate in design, featuring a manually operated scoreboard, the Pesky Pole, bullpens, the centerfield flagpole, retired numbers, netting (this is classic Fenway, so no Monster Seats), and even a Citgo Sign. The sign used to reside in a dead tree beyond left field, but when field owner Pat O’Connor was going to put it up this season, the tree fell over, almost killing Pat in the process. The sign is now held up by a steel pole, though we’re all pushing Pat to get Barnes and Noble to build a shop beyond the wall so we can mount the sign on the top of it (kidding!).

In 2002, when the event was first held, it was a rainy one-day affair featuring seven teams. Since then the tournament has exploded in popularity and anticipation, with seven teams turning into 10, then 12 and finally 16.

With more teams chomping at the bit to get in and a field that couldn’t possibly stand any more games in a three-day stretch (the tournament is held from Friday to Sunday on the second weekend of August), Pat O’Connor decided a second field needed to be built in order to keep the tournament growing. The result: Little Wrigley.

Wrigley has proved itself a worthy brother to Fenway. Pat stenciled on a painted brick wall, and ivy will soon grow over it. Baskets were put up in order to catch home runs (they played a pivotal role in a semifinal game this year), and look at that scoreboard! Additional images here, here, and here.

As if the two amazing fields weren’t enough, the TRF Wiffle Tourney has become a uni extravaganza. The first year, all teams came in extremely unprepared (especially my team, HOTDAM). After being slightly better equipped for year two (also shown here), we decided to completely overhaul our unis for year four by paying homage to the greatest unis ever, the 1960s San Diego Chargers (and not that bogus new powder blue they’re trying to play off as a replacement this year).

HOTDAM was created during a night of inebriated Scrabble (do we Vermonters know how to party or what?), so we based our front graphic on a Scrabble design (also note also the quality effort by a new team this year, the New York Knights — they wanted to go with full-scale Roy Hobbs pinstripes but couldn’t get it together quickly enough). Every year we add something new. First it was shorts, then caps. We hear you can get socks with horizontal stripes at the top custom-made on some web sites, so that’s likely the 2008 add. (Stirrups don’t look good with shorts.) [I beg to differ. — PL]

Unfortunately we’re running out of new things to add, so this year, to commemorate our first game on little Wrigley, we went with our old jerseys, now known as our throwbacks. Unfortunately, we didn’t know our opponent was also going to be wearing gray for this game, so the pictures look a tad confusing. After game one we ditched our throwbacks and went with the powder blues for the rest of the weekend.

As for other teams’ uniforms, the Juggernauts were a new team this year and quickly established themselves as formidable foes in the “best uni” department. More shots here, here, and here (and yes, I definitely scooped up one of those hats).

Not to be outdone, Jim Bergstrom came to the tournament all the way from Indiana and took taboo to a whole new level with his Banana Hammocks squad. In addition to matching HOTDAM in overall uni brightness, they also had their own fan club. As you can see, their logo is indeed a banana in a hammock.

Joe Momma, a returning team, decided to go Hawaiian. The Staten Island Yankees, who typically look like this, added red caps. The Blue Bulls, Hockey Monkeys, and Turf Monsters tend to come out with the same look every year (simple and effective). Other teams like the Buckners see what they’re up against in one year and improve thereafter. And some sponsored teams come up with thematic formats. For example, Temperature Controls of Vermont decided that every name on the back of the jersey should have something to do with temperature.

Every team member of the Comets Express team wears number four and the name “Garrett.” Team owner Benton Burgess’s son Garrett is a paraplegic and the team plays “for Garret” — hence the number. It’s a fantastic tribute.

What’s most important about the tournament, however, is the cause. The Travis Roy Foundation has raised millions of dollars over the years to help those in need. Insurance does not cover expensive items such as electric wheelchairs and handicap-accessible vans. People who have spinal cord injuries can write to the Foundation asking for grants to help live their lives as normally as possible. You have no idea how important the right equipment is until you see somebody in a wheelchair struggle with the little things in life.

This year’s tournament raised nearly $150,000, but we’d like to do better. So if you’d be willing to donate to the Foundation on my team’s behalf, please click here. If you want further information, feel free to e-mail me. And if you need to be convinced of how special this project is, check out this trailer from a documentary on the tournament:

Uni Watch News Ticker: Yesterday I linked to this photo and asked about the hardware on the pants, which led to this response from Brian Jackson: “Under the original rules of football, there was no ‘down by contact’ and play continued until all forward movement by the offensive player was stopped. In those days handles would be attached to a player’s pants and jersey and he would be dragged along by his teammates after getting knocked down. I would guess these grommets [in the photo] are a holdover from the reinforcing material needed to attach the handles. I have read stories (no link, sorry) of smaller players being tossed over the line on short-yardage plays. Serious injuries could occur, as the only way to stop a player from being dragged was by piling on. Here’s an old article detailing the consequences of such a play.” … “I was at a preseason game and Kevin Garnett had some sort of large finger accessory,” writes Gus Holcomb. He’s apparently worn it for awhile (additional photo here) — what is it? … “Sean Taylor was wearing an Adidas World Cup cleat two games ago,” says Derek Stucker. “He took off the front cleat to make it look like a football cleat.” … Joe Skiba checked in yesterday afternoon with a buncha Giants-related clarifications. First, regarding Brandon Jacobs’s disappearing jersey patch: “Jacobs switched his jersey at halftime. The first jersey was an utter mess. We didn’t patch the back-up set of jerseys, since the back-up set will now be the first set when we play Detroit.” Next, regarding Michael Strahan’s red shoelaces: “Shoelace color and shoe tongue color have to be the same.” Wow — first time I’ve heard that rule spelled out like that. And finally, regarding Lawrence Tynes’s Umbro cleats: “Pay more attention next time, he kicks in Umbros every week.” … The pink jersey phenomenon has extended all the way to rodeo, as seen here and here (sorry about the small pics, which come courtesy of Shane M. Jorgenson). … Disturbing note from Greg Riffenburgh, who writes: “I was in New Orleans for the weekend and came across this stencil on the corner of a sidewalk in the Garden District. Creepy.” Indeed. … Remember this? Jon Kitna does.

 

123 comments to What, No Fenway Franks?

  • Izzo Eastwood | October 31, 2007 at 8:35 am |

    Lest anyone be alarmed, “Start Wearing Purple” was the lead single off the NYC gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello’s 2005 album.

  • J | October 31, 2007 at 8:58 am |

    Start Wearing Purple is actually a pretty good song.

    And, Sharp seems to disagree with me, but I find the Kitna dressing as Cullen thing hilarious.

  • mike | October 31, 2007 at 9:00 am |

    Interesting goalie outfit…

    http://blog.pennlive...

  • dm00n | October 31, 2007 at 9:05 am |

    Hah, good for Kitna.

  • dm00n | October 31, 2007 at 9:09 am |

    Mario, thanks for the great post.

  • Ben | October 31, 2007 at 9:16 am |

    Gogol Bordello played here in New Orleans last week. Great band. Wouldn’t surprise me if they did that themselves.

  • dm00n | October 31, 2007 at 9:17 am |

    Here is a guy who says hockey’s third jerseys were the “bane of all things tasteful since the mid-1990s” but then goes on to suggest that goalies should get to wear different color gear, like soccer.

    Imagine Vesa Toskala debuting in a baby blue Leafs jersey, or seeing David Aebischer in a Winnipeg-purple Coyotes sweater. And don’t tell me Irish green Bruins jerseys wouldn’t fly off the shelves.

    Some things shouldn’t be imagined.

  • Shane | October 31, 2007 at 9:20 am |

    “I was at the last Timberwolves preseason game and KG had some sort of large finger accessory,” writes Gus Holcomb.

    Last season? Or… is he still wearing it with the Celtics?

  • Mike | October 31, 2007 at 9:24 am |

    [quote comment=”163773″]“I was at the last Timberwolves preseason game and KG had some sort of large finger accessory,” writes Gus Holcomb.

    Last season? Or… is he still wearing it with the Celtics?[/quote]
    No it definitely says he was at the last Timberwolves game…clarification?

  • Adam | October 31, 2007 at 9:24 am |

    For those of you who don’t know, Little Wrigley isn’t an original. Little Cubs Field is a scaled down version of the real deal.

  • Mark in Shiga | October 31, 2007 at 9:29 am |

    The Comets Express would look even more awesome if they went to names under the numbers like Cincinnati used to (sorry; couldn’t find a shot of the backs). “4 Garrett” is much cooler than “Garrett 4”.

  • dm00n | October 31, 2007 at 9:32 am |

    [quote comment=”163778″]For those of you who don’t know, Little Wrigley isn’t an original. Little Cubs Field is a scaled down version of the real deal.[/quote]

    A) That site says it may be finished by Spring 2008. So how is Little Wrigley copying that?
    B) Who cares anyways? The parks in the original post are fun recreations built to host a charity wiffleball tourney.

    (Not saying that Little Cubs field doesn’t look cool)

  • Moose | October 31, 2007 at 9:34 am |

    Little Fenway is awesome. I think we need to start building little stadiums for every level!

  • Dan King | October 31, 2007 at 9:34 am |

    “Sean Taylor was wearing an Adidas World Cup cleat two games ago,” says Derek Stucker. “He took off the front cleat to make it look like a football cleat.”

    what are you talking about? soccer cleats don’t have a front cleat. he’s wearing the soft ground version that have 4 cleats on the ball and two on the heel.

  • Chip | October 31, 2007 at 9:35 am |

    World Cups are the soft ground version of the old-school adidas Copa soccer/football boots introduced 25 years ago. As I’m sure everyone knows, soccer boots don’t have a stud in the front like baseball cleats do. Therefore, the Redskins player shown in the photo didn’t have to alter the boot in any fashion, it was ready to go.

  • dm00n | October 31, 2007 at 9:38 am |

    Rugby League in Australia is offering centenary badges for unis. They are trying to get them on the unis at all levels for 2008.

  • Paul Lukas | October 31, 2007 at 9:38 am |

    [quote comment=”163777″][quote comment=”163773″]“I was at the last Timberwolves preseason game and KG had some sort of large finger accessory,” writes Gus Holcomb.

    Last season? Or… is he still wearing it with the Celtics?[/quote]
    No it definitely says he was at the last Timberwolves game…clarification?[/quote]

    My bad on this one — poor editing. Item has been rewritten.

  • Mike | October 31, 2007 at 9:53 am |

    This is one of the coolest topics I’ve seen here. I think stadium aesthetics are even cooler then unis…but don’t know of any website like this about them. So it’s always a welcome sight to see them getting some love.

  • dm00n | October 31, 2007 at 9:58 am |

    I’d love to see Little Tiger Stadium with bullpens on the baselines, half fence outfield walls with the old football/baseball scoreboards, and NO PEPPER GAMES on the infield walls. It isn’t as instantly recognizable as Fenway or Wrigley though.

  • JoeS | October 31, 2007 at 9:59 am |

    Booo! I can’t get to any of the pictures because they are linked to facebook, which is considered “Personal/Dating” and blocked by my work firewall. Boooo!

  • todd krevanchi | October 31, 2007 at 10:11 am |

    [quote comment=”163503″]

    didnt torre take 6 by default because 9 was retired in new york? he is a career 9 guy and would anticipate he would continue to wear that.[/quote]

    While I believe it is true that he wore 9 with the Cardinals, as both a player and manager, IIRC he wore 15 when he played for the Braves, which was most of his career. So not really a “career 9 guy.” Somebody will correct me if I’m wrong about that.[/quote]
    You are correct sir. Just scroll to the bottom of the page for the number history.

    [/quote]

    ok so 9 years as 9, 9 years as 15. nonetheless, it came to pass that his number selection in ny was by default due to the retirement of his “career” jersey numbers…

  • Stuby | October 31, 2007 at 10:11 am |

    [quote comment=”163801″]I’d love to see Little Tiger Stadium with bullpens on the baselines, half fence outfield walls with the old football/baseball scoreboards, and NO PEPPER GAMES on the infield walls. It isn’t as instantly recognizable as Fenway or Wrigley though.[/quote]
    Great post today.

    I think I’ll turn my living room into a ‘Little Candlestick’ complete with wind and fog machines. I can sit there in shorts and a parka and drink beer out of a cup with peanut shells and warning track dirt in it. Ah, the good ol’ days.

  • Kent | October 31, 2007 at 10:13 am |

    I will be very impressed if they can do a Little Astrodome.

  • Marty Met | October 31, 2007 at 10:15 am |
  • Shane | October 31, 2007 at 10:16 am |

    [quote comment=”163759″]Start Wearing Purple is actually a pretty good song.
    [/quote]

    Gogol Bordello as a whole is pretty damn good.

    This wiffleball tournement is in Vermont, you say? I may have to give it a go next year. The VT border’s only about 10 minutes away.

  • Dane | October 31, 2007 at 10:31 am |

    [quote comment=”163813″]I will be very impressed if they can do a Little Astrodome.[/quote]

    I wanna see a Little Chase Field, complete with retractable roof, and a kiddie pool out in right center.

  • Hank | October 31, 2007 at 10:37 am |

    [quote comment=”163798″]This is one of the coolest topics I’ve seen here. I think stadium aesthetics are even cooler then unis…but don’t know of any website like this about them. So it’s always a welcome sight to see them getting some love.[/quote]
    Try here, here or even here.

  • todd krevanchi | October 31, 2007 at 10:38 am |

    Kudos to you Mario. Your post today as well as the acompanying photos and effort put into the accuracy of the stadia and their construction is secondary to your involvement and support of this great cause.

    i have a suggestion for the 08 tourney. how bout kelly green st. patty’s style unis?
    i think we are gonna do that for our slow pitch uni’s this year.

  • Smail | October 31, 2007 at 10:42 am |

    [quote comment=”163814″]Interseting concept for the Dead Wings[/quote]

    I believe the Philadelphia Soul might take offense.

  • Stuby | October 31, 2007 at 10:48 am |

    [quote comment=”163828″][quote comment=”163814″]Interseting concept for the Dead Wings[/quote]

    I believe the Philadelphia Soul might take offense.[/quote]
    Philadelphia should go with a picture of this guy as their logo.

  • ross | October 31, 2007 at 10:48 am |

    [quote comment=”163815″][quote comment=”163759″]Start Wearing Purple is actually a pretty good song.
    [/quote]

    Gogol Bordello as a whole is pretty damn good.
    [/quote]

    Not only are they a great band, but they understand the importance of striped hosirey.

  • MN | October 31, 2007 at 10:54 am |

    The thing on KG’s hand is actually a two finger support sleeve. It is made of a rubberized material like a knee brace with two plastic sticks in it to keep the fingers immobilized. KG always wears his with one finger in the sleeve and one out. In recent years these have taken the place of old school finger tape, and come with all sorts of logo’s on them (Nike, Addidas, Rebok). Players such as AI, and Reggie Miller have also worn them. Sorry no links I am terrible at using computers.

  • Concerned Citizen | October 31, 2007 at 10:56 am |

    This could inspire a whole column on replica ballparks. For example, Cal Ripken has built a replica Camden Yards at his Aberdeen complex for Ripken Youth Baseball, along with fields that are miniature versions of Fenway, Wrigley and Memorial Stadium: Cal Ripken has built a replica Camden Yards at his Aberdeen complex for Ripken Youth Baseball, along with fields that are miniature versions of Fenway, Wrigley and Memorial Stadium:

    And there are other replicas of Fenway in the Boston Area.

  • Mike | October 31, 2007 at 10:57 am |

    [quote comment=”163825″][quote comment=”163798″]This is one of the coolest topics I’ve seen here. I think stadium aesthetics are even cooler then unis…but don’t know of any website like this about them. So it’s always a welcome sight to see them getting some love.[/quote]
    Try here, here or even here.[/quote]
    Nah I’ve seen all those…I mean a website that REALLY looks at all the quirks and has stuff like this. Those sites would be like comparing nhluniforms.com to UniWatch.

  • Ferdinand Cesarano | October 31, 2007 at 10:59 am |

    Great Wiffle Ball stuff!

    When I saw those baselines in Little Fenway and Little Wrigley, I assumed they were just decorative, because all the Wiffle Ball I have ever played had “automatic” hits — that is, any non-fielded grounder was a single, a batted ball that landed on the fly past one line was worth a double, one skied past a farther line was worth a triple, and one hit on a fly over the farthest line (usually across the street) was a homer.

    But, then I saw pictures of runners on base and of defensive players in the field! What gives? Do these guys actually play Wiffle Ball with fielding and running? Wow!

    The fact that team called “the Juggernauts” has its name in the plural is quite funny. So, then, is each individual guy a “juggernaut” in his own right? It would be like a team called the Wolf Packs.

    Also, those “Jugs” hats make me remember the NY/NJ Juggernaut (singular), who used to compete in the National Pro Fastpitch women’s softball league. They managed to avoid that particular abbreviation of the nickname (and the many, many jokes that would necessarily come with it) by shortening the name to “Nauts” on the uni top, while having the full name on the warmup, as pitcher Peaches James demonstrates.

  • todd krevanchi | October 31, 2007 at 11:00 am |

    what the heck?
    do flickr pics get eaten by the filter now?

  • lukejameslarson | October 31, 2007 at 11:01 am |

    [quote comment=”163814″]Interseting concept for the Dead Wings[/quote]

    reminds me of this.

  • todd krevanchi | October 31, 2007 at 11:03 am |

    i really enjoyed seeing the creativity of all the teams and the lengths they went to have great shirts.
    in the past ive wanted to see what each of you guys wear for slow pitch.
    here is what we wear.

    powder blue home
    http://farm3.static....

    burgundy away
    http://farm3.static....

    gray long sleeve
    http://farm3.static....

    with this cap
    http://farm3.static....

  • bj in gainesville | October 31, 2007 at 11:05 am |

    [quote comment=”163787″]World Cups are the soft ground version of the old-school adidas Copa soccer/football boots introduced 25 years ago. As I’m sure everyone knows, soccer boots don’t have a stud in the front like baseball cleats do. Therefore, the Redskins player shown in the photo didn’t have to alter the boot in any fashion, it was ready to go.[/quote]

    Chip is correct, soccer boots can’t have a toe-cleat (bad stuff when there’s kicking involved). Football cleats, however, use a toe-cleat in the typical 7-spike detachable plate. The original source of the info had it backwards.

  • E Ro | October 31, 2007 at 11:06 am |

    RedWings @ Edmonton last night:

    This is the first game I noticed that awful modernized CCM logo on the back of the official’s uniform. I couldn’t find a picture of it.
    Also, i know it’s been mentioned before, but the fact that the oilers’ pants are a different dark blue than the rest of the uniform is awful. I assume rbk had people with college degrees and experience designing these things. What are they thinking?

  • Kyle O. | October 31, 2007 at 11:10 am |

    Anyone know what the field is used for the rest of the year?

  • Boston Nick | October 31, 2007 at 11:12 am |

    Anything that benefits the Travis Roy Foundation is incredible in my book. I’ve been lucky enough to interview Travis a couple times, and I count them as the highlights of my (presently dormant) journalism career. He’s interesting, gracious, passionate and hopeful but realistic. I highly encourage everyone to give if they can, because it’s an incredible cause and foundation, led by an amazing man.

  • LeRoy in Wisconsin | October 31, 2007 at 11:15 am |

    Am I the only one that thinks the Minnesota Wild’s Home color scheme is a little off?

    They look like they should be standing next to Santa at the Mall of America.

  • Big L | October 31, 2007 at 11:19 am |
  • Mike from Queens | October 31, 2007 at 11:19 am |

    I’m surprised Kitna didn’t go as this guy. In the same breath, I’m also thankful. I don’t need anymore God’s team remarks. Look at what happened to the Rockies.

  • Brian from Short Island | October 31, 2007 at 11:32 am |

    So Notre Dame’s basketball student section shirts are not green as usual this year… What color are they?

    Nooooooo!

  • Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem | October 31, 2007 at 11:37 am |

    What ? No “Little Olympic Stadium” ?

  • Josh | October 31, 2007 at 11:46 am |

    Eastbay now has some of new Nike 2007 college basketball jerseys. I had not seen a picture of the UF whites before, just the Blues. They look like a combination of the regular season jerseys and the nike SOD unis. Other ones can be found below. Shorts as well, if you do some searching…
    Also, have a look at that Gold Maryland jersey….

    http://www.eastbay.c...

  • Josh | October 31, 2007 at 11:49 am |

    Memo about my above link. Also look at the FSU jerseys. It looks they have half of an arrow with feathers going up the side of the jersey. Am I just seeing things?

  • CollegeFOOTBALLfan | October 31, 2007 at 11:55 am |

    I just found some incredible college football pictures. I have no idea if this has been posted before or not, but even if it has it’s worth another mention.

    Playboy all Americans.

    I don’t want to post a direct link because it will take you to “thegoodbunnydotcom” and since some of you might be @ work, not a good idea.

    The URL is
    http://www.*****oy.c...

    I have not checked out the bball yet but I will.

    The football section is AWESOME!!.

    I learned some cool stuff…

    1. UCLA’s uniforms have basically been the same for over 40 years. (didn’t expect that)

    2. Clemson jerseys late sixties (at least) were painful to look at.

    3. Southern Cal is now wearing a replica of their 60’s uniform. This surprised me because I remember people squawking about them breaking tradition when they switched a few years ago.

    4. I forgot PITT used to wear “true” blue

    5. Nebraska has changed and Auburn has not.

    6. …of the teams featured the SEC was easily the most consistent through the decades.

    7. Ahmad Rashād had a wicked fro! (1971 #23)

    8. Ugly uni’s have always been a part of college football

    There are many more but and I don’t want to ruin it . It’s worth checking out every decade and year.

    Enjoy

  • Mardi | October 31, 2007 at 12:00 pm |

    nice article and video on the pittsburgh penguins goalie masks

  • Alex B | October 31, 2007 at 12:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”163798″]This is one of the coolest topics I’ve seen here. I think stadium aesthetics are even cooler then unis…but don’t know of any website like this about them. So it’s always a welcome sight to see them getting some love.[/quote]

    This one takes the cake.

  • Bryce | October 31, 2007 at 12:05 pm |

    Regarding that Kitna article, can someone please explain to me what this sentence says?:

    “Cullen, the Lions’ defensive line coach, was arrested Aug. 24, 2006, in Dearborn on suspicion of inin in in Dearborn on suspiciaion decent in Dearborn on suspicion of indecent and obscene conduct for driving on a public street while nude. “

  • doogie | October 31, 2007 at 12:08 pm |

    wow that wings idea scares the shit outta me. please never show that again

  • TOTC | October 31, 2007 at 12:19 pm |

    Regarding Comment No. 3:

    Field hockey goalies have been wearing distinctively-colored jerseys (i.e., like soccer) since 1997, I believe, under National Federation rules. That has led to goalkeepers adopting football jerseys, soccer jerseys (tight armholes!) and even jerseys from the National Futures tournament which feature digits over the number 99. Nobody I know has been sanctioned for wearing No. 135, but you wonder when that’s going to happen.

    Oh, and in the NCAA, field hockey goalies are allowed to wear 01 through 09.

  • dm00n | October 31, 2007 at 12:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”163814″]Interseting concept for the Dead Wings[/quote]

    I don’t like it, but I do like the early white unis that the team wore. The current sleeve design on the white uni has been around since the 50s and probably isn’t going anywhere.

  • MAO | October 31, 2007 at 12:23 pm |

    The Greenville Drive, Red Sox A farm team, built an exact replica of Fenway called West End Field.

  • dm00n | October 31, 2007 at 12:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”163880″]Regarding that Kitna article, can someone please explain to me what this sentence says?:

    “Cullen, the Lions’ defensive line coach, was arrested Aug. 24, 2006, in Dearborn on suspicion of inin in in Dearborn on suspiciaion decent in Dearborn on suspicion of indecent and obscene conduct for driving on a public street while nude. “[/quote]

    Says the Freep has terrible online editors.

  • Jeff | October 31, 2007 at 12:26 pm |

    LIttle Fenway, via Google Earth:

    http://img515.images...

  • Terri | October 31, 2007 at 12:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”163884″]Regarding Comment No. 3:

    Field hockey goalies have been wearing distinctively-colored jerseys (i.e., like soccer) since 1997, I believe, under National Federation rules. That has led to goalkeepers adopting football jerseys, soccer jerseys (tight armholes!) and even jerseys from the National Futures tournament which feature digits over the number 99. Nobody I know has been sanctioned for wearing No. 135, but you wonder when that’s going to happen.

    Oh, and in the NCAA, field hockey goalies are allowed to wear 01 through 09.[/quote]

    Actually, in the NCAA, goalies can wear any number they want- unless it’s just an uniforced rule. I wore 72, one teammate (along with other goalies we played against)wore 00, and another wore 89.

  • Rick | October 31, 2007 at 12:43 pm |

    I like the Clinton Portis costume video, but why the black pants???

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

  • LunchBox | October 31, 2007 at 12:45 pm |

    Rockies fans:

    Something interesting popped up on MLB Shop’s website:

    http://shop.mlb.com/...

    A sleeved version of their sleeveless black alternates.

    I’m not sure why they did this. Maybe because people would wear a sleeved jersey more than a sleeveless which equals more exposure. Or is it something they are going to switch to next year? I for one hope they switch to that, eliminate the all purple jersey, and they’d have a nice set of uni’s.

    We know this is a uniform they have never worn. Why are they selling it? For people who think the sleeveless ones are stupid? Any ideas?

  • Neil | October 31, 2007 at 12:46 pm |

    Obligatory Halloween article about “scariest” sporting attire:

    http://slam.canoe.ca...

  • CC | October 31, 2007 at 12:47 pm |

    Kevin Garrnett is wearing a cloth dual finger sleeve that mimmics taping two fingers together. The reason it sticks out like is because he only wears it on one finger leaving the other half to flap out like it is in the photo.
    I couldn’t find any pics of the dual sleeves, but if you search “Finger Sleeve” on ebay you see a bunch of single ones.

  • Rick | October 31, 2007 at 12:50 pm |

    The best part of the Camden Yards replica at the Ripken complex is that they built a Courtyard by Marriott next to the stadium that is a replica of the warehouse in the real Camden Yards. It’s used for all the clinics and tournatments they have there.

  • Pat | October 31, 2007 at 12:55 pm |

    Alexian Field in Schaumburgh, IL (Chicago Burb) home of the Northern League’s Flyers has dimentions and quirks that match Wrigley Field. No Ivy though…

    Alexian Field

  • joe | October 31, 2007 at 12:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”163880″]Regarding that Kitna article, can someone please explain to me what this sentence says?:

    “Cullen, the Lions’ defensive line coach, was arrested Aug. 24, 2006, in Dearborn on suspicion of inin in in Dearborn on suspiciaion decent in Dearborn on suspicion of indecent and obscene conduct for driving on a public street while nude. “[/quote]
    that means the writer chanded the line, but didn’t delete to whole original line and the editor stinks.

  • Rick | October 31, 2007 at 12:59 pm |

    Not sure if anyone has seen this….

    http://sportsillustr...

  • Kevin | October 31, 2007 at 1:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”163898″]Rockies fans:

    Something interesting popped up on MLB Shop’s website:

    http://shop.mlb.com/...

    A sleeved version of their sleeveless black alternates.

    I’m not sure why they did this. Maybe because people would wear a sleeved jersey more than a sleeveless which equals more exposure. Or is it something they are going to switch to next year? I for one hope they switch to that, eliminate the all purple jersey, and they’d have a nice set of uni’s.

    We know this is a uniform they have never worn. Why are they selling it? For people who think the sleeveless ones are stupid? Any ideas?[/quote]

    I’ve seen this a lot with sleeveless jersey replicas. I think they made it with sleeves to mimic the black undershirts that the Rockies wore while wearing the sleeveless unis. The Devil Rays also have a sleeveless jersey but the replica is white with green sleeves.

  • Kevin | October 31, 2007 at 1:19 pm |

    Here is the Devil Rays replica.

  • mike | October 31, 2007 at 1:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”163898″]Rockies fans:

    Something interesting popped up on MLB Shop’s website:

    http://shop.mlb.com/...

    A sleeved version of their sleeveless black alternates.

    I’m not sure why they did this. Maybe because people would wear a sleeved jersey more than a sleeveless which equals more exposure. Or is it something they are going to switch to next year? I for one hope they switch to that, eliminate the all purple jersey, and they’d have a nice set of uni’s.

    We know this is a uniform they have never worn. Why are they selling it? For people who think the sleeveless ones are stupid? Any ideas?[/quote]

    At least with these they acknowledge the vest…
    http://shop.mlb.com/...

  • Philly Bill | October 31, 2007 at 1:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”163899″]Obligatory Halloween article about “scariest” sporting attire:

    http://slam.canoe.ca...[/quote]

    Gaaackk! That piece refers to the Nuggets of the ’80s as looking like a “gay Tetris team.”

    I guess that’s not terribly offensive, but I’m definitely used to the increased political correctness in American (vs Canadian) writing.

  • ToasterPoodle | October 31, 2007 at 1:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”163838″]This could inspire a whole column on replica ballparks. For example, Cal Ripken has built a replica Camden Yards at his Aberdeen complex for Ripken Youth Baseball, along with fields that are miniature versions of Fenway, Wrigley and Memorial Stadium: Cal Ripken has built a replica Camden Yards at his Aberdeen complex for Ripken Youth Baseball, along with fields that are miniature versions of Fenway, Wrigley and Memorial Stadium:

    And there are other replicas of Fenway in the Boston Area.[/quote]
    The City of Blue Ash (a suburb or Cincinnati) created a re-creation of old Crosley field and have begun a re-creation of Riverfront.

  • Stuby | October 31, 2007 at 1:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”163917″][quote comment=”163899″]Obligatory Halloween article about “scariest” sporting attire:

    http://slam.canoe.ca...[/quote]

    Gaaackk! That piece refers to the Nuggets of the ’80s as looking like a “gay Tetris team.”

    I guess that’s not terribly offensive, but I’m definitely used to the increased political correctness in American (vs Canadian) writing.[/quote]
    I’m no NASCAR fan, but this could taken as somewhat offensive…
    Worse yet is their fans, many of whom blow all their moonshine earnin’s on such clothes, paying for the right advertise these products for free.

  • Philly Bill | October 31, 2007 at 1:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”163919″][quote comment=”163917″][quote comment=”163899″]Obligatory Halloween article about “scariest” sporting attire:

    http://slam.canoe.ca...[/quote]

    Gaaackk! That piece refers to the Nuggets of the ’80s as looking like a “gay Tetris team.”

    I guess that’s not terribly offensive, but I’m definitely used to the increased political correctness in American (vs Canadian) writing.[/quote]
    I’m no NASCAR fan, but this could taken as somewhat offensive…
    Worse yet is their fans, many of whom blow all their moonshine earnin’s on such clothes, paying for the right advertise these products for free.[/quote]

    And don’t forget the part about the white-skated California Golden Seals looking like double amputees. This guy really took aim at everyone.

  • Marty Met | October 31, 2007 at 1:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”163859″]I’m surprised Kitna didn’t go as this guy. In the same breath, I’m also thankful. I don’t need anymore God’s team remarks. Look at what happened to the Rockies.[/quote]

    So I guess the Rockies wouldn’t have room in their rotation for Sandy Koufax? nor would Rod Carew or Orlando Cepeda have made their 40 man roster.

  • dm00n | October 31, 2007 at 1:46 pm |

    Hey, Mario is a record holder.

  • TOG | October 31, 2007 at 1:50 pm |

    http://sports.espn.g...

    NBA Changes? Boredom reigns.

  • Mayer | October 31, 2007 at 1:59 pm |

    This may have been brought up previously, and if it has I apologize for bringing it up again.
    Adidas and EA Sports have joined to create the Jersey Creator contest, whereby you create an NBA jersey design online and then they will put the best design in the next edition of NBA Live. They also have an interesting gallery there of designs people have submitted.

  • josh's twin | October 31, 2007 at 1:59 pm |

    Not sure if anyone has seen this….

    http://sportsillustr

    Portis is a dead ringer for Bootsy Collins.

  • todd krevanchi | October 31, 2007 at 2:31 pm |

    we have seen a few different styles of replica ballparks today, most noted the mini fenway and mini wrigley as mario wrote about.
    then we have seen the other fenway and wrigley which looks as though they had plenty of corporate funding with the fancy brick and press boxes ect.

    i think id be more partial to the ones mario wrote about. to me i think the sweat equity put in to those is of greater merit than the corporate ones.

  • sebastian | October 31, 2007 at 2:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”163865″]So Notre Dame’s basketball student section shirts are not green as usual this year… What color are they?

    Nooooooo![/quote]

    We had no problems wearing green in the student section for basketball. Green is a logical choice for the University’s spirit color. If they want more fans, they’ll have to continue to improve as a team, not change the shirt to black.

    This is simply a moneymaker for this season, and I bet next year they go back to green, which will also bring in more green to sales.

  • Robert | October 31, 2007 at 2:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”163917″][quote comment=”163899″]Obligatory Halloween article about “scariest” sporting attire:

    http://slam.canoe.ca...[/quote]

    Gaaackk! That piece refers to the Nuggets of the ’80s as looking like a “gay Tetris team.”

    I guess that’s not terribly offensive, but I’m definitely used to the increased political correctness in American (vs Canadian) writing.[/quote]

    They followed up the “gay Tetris team” remark with “Not that there’s anything wrong with that,” so it’s ok.

  • hott rodd | October 31, 2007 at 3:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”163821″][quote comment=”163813″]I will be very impressed if they can do a Little Astrodome.[/quote]

    I wanna see a Little Chase Field, complete with retractable roof, and a kiddie pool out in right center.[/quote]

    Bank One Ballpark.. now and FOREVER

  • mike | October 31, 2007 at 3:08 pm |

    That Red Wings logo is horrible. The current logo is is timeless and will never need to be updated. That logo looks like it could possibly be a foundation type logo, but as a main logo it would be awful.

    I do agree that the away jerseys may look awesome if it was an exact opposite of the red home jersey. Then we wouldn’t have to worry about the strange shoulder oval.

  • steve | October 31, 2007 at 3:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”163944″][quote comment=”163821″][quote comment=”163813″]I will be very impressed if they can do a Little Astrodome.[/quote]

    I wanna see a Little Chase Field, complete with retractable roof, and a kiddie pool out in right center.[/quote]

    Bank One Ballpark.. now and FOREVER[/quote]

    Funny! Arguing over the corporate name of a stadium.

    I use “the baseball stadium” and “the football stadium” in conversation.

  • sebastian | October 31, 2007 at 3:28 pm |

    In reference to that excellent archive of uniforms from the Playboy All-American photo-database, it looks like Notre Dame and USC had a little fun in 1978—

    Dave Huffman (ND) and Pat Howell (USC) swapped helmets in the front row.

  • Patrick | October 31, 2007 at 3:43 pm |

    Funny, in that 1978 pic Tony Franklin looks like a 55 year old accountant.

  • Kenny | October 31, 2007 at 3:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”163904″]Alexian Field in Schaumburgh, IL (Chicago Burb) home of the Northern League’s Flyers has dimentions and quirks that match Wrigley Field. No Ivy though…

    Alexian Field[/quote]

    Man my first job was working concessions there and then the next year I worked an usher – I also currently live a stones throw away from there – It is actually a nice stadium

  • Kenny | October 31, 2007 at 4:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”163947″][quote comment=”163944″][quote comment=”163821″][quote comment=”163813″]I will be very impressed if they can do a Little Astrodome.[/quote]

    I wanna see a Little Chase Field, complete with retractable roof, and a kiddie pool out in right center.[/quote]

    Bank One Ballpark.. now and FOREVER[/quote]

    Funny! Arguing over the corporate name of a stadium.

    I use “the baseball stadium” and “the football stadium” in conversation.[/quote]

    But how pissed would you be if you were Bank One – shelling out millions of dollars and everyone calls it the BOB

  • RaoulDuke | October 31, 2007 at 4:42 pm |

    I will be very impressed if they can do a Little Astrodome.

    I wanna see a Little Chase Field, complete with retractable roof, and a kiddie pool out in right center.

    Bank One Ballpark.. now and FOREVER

    Funny! Arguing over the corporate name of a stadium.

    I use “the baseball stadium” and “the football stadium” in conversation.

    Im with you, as a huge Blues fan I refuse to refer to our rink by its corporate name. It always be “the Kiel” to me until somebody give me a check.

  • RaoulDuke | October 31, 2007 at 4:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”163962″][quote comment=”163947″][quote comment=”163944″][quote comment=”163821″][quote comment=”163813″]I will be very impressed if they can do a Little Astrodome.[/quote]

    I wanna see a Little Chase Field, complete with retractable roof, and a kiddie pool out in right center.[/quote]

    Bank One Ballpark.. now and FOREVER[/quote]

    Funny! Arguing over the corporate name of a stadium.

    I use “the baseball stadium” and “the football stadium” in conversation.[/quote]

    But how pissed would you be if you were Bank One – shelling out millions of dollars and everyone calls it the BOB[/quote]

    Hopefully theyll notice and they will realize its a waste of money.

  • Marty Met | October 31, 2007 at 4:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”163972″]

    I will be very impressed if they can do a Little Astrodome.

    I wanna see a Little Chase Field, complete with retractable roof, and a kiddie pool out in right center.

    Bank One Ballpark.. now and FOREVER

    Funny! Arguing over the corporate name of a stadium.

    I use “the baseball stadium” and “the football stadium” in conversation.

    Im with you, as a huge Blues fan I refuse to refer to our rink by its corporate name. It always be “the Kiel” to me until somebody give me a check.[/quote]

    Criminey!!! why not just refer to it as Municipal Auditorium?

  • Carl G | October 31, 2007 at 4:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”163899″]Obligatory Halloween article about “scariest” sporting attire:

    http://slam.canoe.ca...[/quote]

    I never understand articles like this that refer to jerseys for whatever reason but then don’t give pictures. if you are going to have an article on 10 scariest jerseys, at least provide a picture of each of the jerseys.

  • scottp | October 31, 2007 at 4:53 pm |

    Please get it right — for those of you who like to use the derogatory term for Red Wings, say it right: Dead Things. Not Dead Wings! That uni concept looks real bad, btw.

  • Carl G | October 31, 2007 at 4:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”163952″]In reference to that excellent archive of uniforms from the Playboy All-American photo-database, it looks like Notre Dame and USC had a little fun in 1978—

    Dave Huffman (ND) and Pat Howell (USC) swapped helmets in the front row.[/quote]

    Thought it was interesting that the picture referred to the running backs as “runners”

  • Bob A | October 31, 2007 at 5:24 pm |

    Great Ruth and the Red Sox pic over at Shorpy.com. As noted in the comments there are a couple of different unis worn by the Sox. Looks like slightly different caps as well. Spring Training perhaps?

  • JoeS | October 31, 2007 at 5:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”163988″]Great Ruth and the Red Sox pic over at Shorpy.com. As noted in the comments there are a couple of different unis worn by the Sox. Looks like slightly different caps as well. Spring Training perhaps?[/quote]
    Interesting picture. It seems that the second guy has some issues with his uni: his hat doesn’t have the pinstripes and his shirt is the only one in the photo with a collar.

  • Mike | October 31, 2007 at 6:38 pm |

    The pink rodeo jerseys are on the rodeo clowns…thus those could very well just be their normal outfits. Rodeo clowns are obviously not known for their “tasteful” attire.

  • Cheez | October 31, 2007 at 6:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”163841″]The fact that team called “the Juggernauts” has its name in the plural is quite funny. So, then, is each individual guy a “juggernaut” in his own right? It would be like a team called the Wolf Packs.[/quote]

    St. Louis had a women’s pro softball team in the late 70s…I’m not making this up…the St. Louis Hummers.

  • Dom | October 31, 2007 at 7:18 pm |

    You can see a real good picture of the sticker on the back of the throwback Washington jersey/helmet here

    http://sportsillustr...

  • Stuby | October 31, 2007 at 7:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”163975″][quote comment=”163972″]

    I will be very impressed if they can do a Little Astrodome.

    I wanna see a Little Chase Field, complete with retractable roof, and a kiddie pool out in right center.

    Bank One Ballpark.. now and FOREVER

    Funny! Arguing over the corporate name of a stadium.

    I use “the baseball stadium” and “the football stadium” in conversation.

    Im with you, as a huge Blues fan I refuse to refer to our rink by its corporate name. It always be “the Kiel” to me until somebody give me a check.[/quote]

    Criminey!!! why not just refer to it as Municipal Auditorium?[/quote]
    I can’t even keep up on the Corporate names. For example, I couldn’t tell you the names of the stadiums for the Texas Rangers, Baltimore Ravens, Oakland A’s, Chicago White Sox, Carolina Panthers. There are quite a few more that I had to think about for a while before I could come up with it (Redskins, Phillies). I probably wouldn’t even get half of the Arena names in the NBA and NHL. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

    So what’s the point of corporate naming if no one uses the name or don’t even know what the hell the name of the stadium is?

  • Daren L | October 31, 2007 at 7:36 pm |

    The Casper Rockies of the rookie Pioneer League have revamped their identity and are now called the Casper Ghosts, complete with glow-in the-dark baseball caps.

    “Without any additional features, I believe our new logo would be a trendsetter and among the most popular in baseball,” said Casper Ghosts CEO Kevin Haughian. “As the first professional baseball club with a glow-in-the-dark on field cap, we’re ready to become America’s best selling minor league baseball cap.”

  • Stuby | October 31, 2007 at 8:29 pm |

    Cavs wearing orange throwbacks at home vs. the Mavs. They look OK but they clash with the court.

  • caxdj | October 31, 2007 at 9:38 pm |

    You could make Little Shea in any local landfill. And we have several versions of Little Tropicana Field here in Tampa, one for each hangar at Tampa International Airport.

  • Terri | October 31, 2007 at 9:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”164015″]The Casper Rockies of the rookie Pioneer League have revamped their identity and are now called the Casper Ghosts, complete with glow-in the-dark baseball caps.

    “Without any additional features, I believe our new logo would be a trendsetter and among the most popular in baseball,” said Casper Ghosts CEO Kevin Haughian. “As the first professional baseball club with a glow-in-the-dark on field cap, we’re ready to become America’s best selling minor league baseball cap.”[/quote]

    It may be corny, but I gotta say, that’s pretty cool.

  • matt | October 31, 2007 at 10:19 pm |

    why are the cavs wearing orange jerseys? they look like pumpkins

  • subway | October 31, 2007 at 10:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”164031″]why are the cavs wearing orange jerseys? they look like pumpkins[/quote]

    Today is the day for that.

  • Nick | October 31, 2007 at 10:47 pm |

    im in the same type of thing here in upstate new york, we’ve actually talked about “little fenway” on our website and forums. the league is called the Hess Field Wiffleball League and we’re entering our 4th year of operation. its a fullfledged league of 12 teams all based on mlb teams with our own custom-made logos. we got 2 stadiums in the city of schenectady with a third one on the way next year. we’re well known throughout the nation due to our affliation with the hrl leagues in minnesota and massachusetts. check us out over at hessfieldwiffleball.com.
    btw, im the captain of the athletics wiffleball club

  • Stuby | October 31, 2007 at 10:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”164031″]why are the cavs wearing orange jerseys? they look like pumpkins[/quote]
    And why are they wearing them at home?

  • Nick | October 31, 2007 at 10:58 pm |

    sorry bad link

    hessfieldwiffleball.com

    thats better

  • Broker75 | October 31, 2007 at 11:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”164035″][quote comment=”164031″]why are the cavs wearing orange jerseys? they look like pumpkins[/quote]
    And why are they wearing them at home?[/quote]
    Read the date guys come on. If we can celebrate other countries traditions, why can’t we celebrate one of our most famous tradition ever..maybe not ever.

  • LI Phil | October 31, 2007 at 11:14 pm |

    the 2008 mets have announced they will wear a different uni every game

    http://thesportshern...

  • Justin Sweeney | October 31, 2007 at 11:16 pm |

    Kenyon Martin changed his jersey number from 6 to 4, which he hasn’t worn since playing at Cincinatti, and Damien Wilkins changed from 12 to his father and uncle’s 21, guessing that became freed up once Danny Fortson left town.

  • Stuby | November 1, 2007 at 12:08 am |

    [quote comment=”164039″]the 2008 mets have announced they will wear a different uni every game

    http://thesportshern...
    It would not surprise me if they actually did wear a BP jersey and cap for a game. Who would have thought that the Rockies would be the first team to sport one of those heinous two-tone cool-flo helmets in a World Series?

  • jjwasz | November 1, 2007 at 12:39 am |

    [quote comment=”163996″][quote comment=”163988″]Great Ruth and the Red Sox pic over at Shorpy.com. As noted in the comments there are a couple of different unis worn by the Sox. Looks like slightly different caps as well. Spring Training perhaps?[/quote]
    Interesting picture. It seems that the second guy has some issues with his uni: his hat doesn’t have the pinstripes and his shirt is the only one in the photo with a collar.[/quote]

    Not to mention the guy on the right is a dead ringer for James Woods.

  • Arkbear | November 1, 2007 at 12:41 am |

    I mentioned a week or so ago that they were having an election for what Halloween costume that Arkansas RBs Darren McFadden and Felix Jones were going to wear. Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble won.

  • u2horn | November 1, 2007 at 12:54 am |

    The guy on the right also does not have pinstripes on his hat (and the larger eyelets vs. the pinstriped ones)

    And guy #2 = Owen Wilson?

  • Stuby | November 1, 2007 at 1:13 am |

    [quote comment=”164049″]The guy on the right also does not have pinstripes on his hat (and the larger eyelets vs. the pinstriped ones)

    And guy #2 = Owen Wilson?[/quote]
    Its a complete mish-mash of unis. “Owen Wilson” has a collared pin-stripe jersey, while the other three do not. Check out the guy with the glove – looks like he has tape around his sock.

  • u2horn | November 1, 2007 at 1:57 am |

    Looks like collared shirt guy ( Bill Carrigan ) was the manager. Guess that’s why he has the collar?

  • LI Phil | November 1, 2007 at 4:07 am |

    [quote comment=”164050″]Check out the guy with the glove – looks like he has tape around his sock.[/quote]

    they all look like they’re wearin sani-socks

  • DenverGregg | November 1, 2007 at 8:54 am |

    [quote comment=”164028″][quote comment=”164015″]The Casper Rockies of the rookie Pioneer League have revamped their identity and are now called the Casper Ghosts, complete with glow-in the-dark baseball caps.

    “Without any additional features, I believe our new logo would be a trendsetter and among the most popular in baseball,” said Casper Ghosts CEO Kevin Haughian. “As the first professional baseball club with a glow-in-the-dark on field cap, we’re ready to become America’s best selling minor league baseball cap.”[/quote]

    It may be corny, but I gotta say, that’s pretty cool.[/quote]
    Wow. Not only do I have to get a cap, I’ve got to make the roadtrip.