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Fukumori Funny Business

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The Rangers introduced Japanese pitcher Kazuo Fukumori on Friday, doing the usual jersey-and-cap thing both in the home clubhouse and in the dugout. But check this out: Red T on the lid — and an old 5950 to boot. Presumably a few minutes later, Fukumori headed down the tunnel to the dugout. And now the T is white. What the Fuk? 

If Fukumori faces Kosuke Fukudome of the Cubs, things will be all Fuked up.

Thanks folks — you’ve been great! Be sure to try the prime rib; it’s the best in town! — Bryan

 

80 comments to Fukumori Funny Business

  • Paul | December 15, 2007 at 7:36 am |

    This 7am post made my early morning.
    Thanks, Bryan.

  • Liam | December 15, 2007 at 7:44 am |

    Charlton Athletic have been made to borrow some of West Bromwich Albion’s shorts for their Championship football/soccer match today due to a colour clash

  • BigMatt | December 15, 2007 at 7:51 am |

    Man, do I love Nike. Long live the Swoosh!!

  • LI Phil | December 15, 2007 at 8:00 am |

    in case anyone missed it, haren’s a back

  • JD | December 15, 2007 at 8:46 am |

    If only the latter Japanese import played for the Rays or the Twins… they could rename their stadium…

    Heh heh, Beavis, you said…

  • Joe Siegler | December 15, 2007 at 9:09 am |

    I’m fairly positive this is not new. The Rangers have had several T color alternates for the last few years – I’ve given up trying to keep track of them, to be honest. :)

    Joe Siegler
    http://www.rangerfan...

  • Rich | December 15, 2007 at 9:10 am |

    Looks like the sock shenanigans of Antoine Winfield finally caught up with him. Fined a big 10k. Doesn’t say if Cedric Griffin was fined.

    Linky link

  • Alex | December 15, 2007 at 9:18 am |

    Is it me or do the letters on the back of Fukumori’s jersey start out small, increase in size and then get smaller again? Compare the K and I.

    It could be how the jersey was handled to give off a false illusion.

  • Kel | December 15, 2007 at 9:23 am |

    Somebody seriously messed up his last haircut. Maybe if they offer him a signing bonus, he can afford to have it evened up.

  • Shane | December 15, 2007 at 9:37 am |

    FukuClock: Fukudome

    WordUpThome: PARTON ME

    FukuClock: “Fukudome”

    WordUpThome: WE PLAY IN AN OUTDOOR PARK

    Hahahaha.

  • dennis | December 15, 2007 at 9:40 am |

    [quote comment=”186776″]Is it me or do the letters on the back of Fukumori’s jersey start out small, increase in size and then get smaller again? Compare the K and I.

    It could be how the jersey was handled to give off a false illusion.[/quote]
    The middle letter certainly do seem teller than the first and last letters.

  • Mondegreen | December 15, 2007 at 10:01 am |

    Does Fuku mean anything in Japanese?

  • John in Athens | December 15, 2007 at 10:17 am |

    What the hell did Mori do?

  • LI Phil | December 15, 2007 at 10:28 am |

    congrats to app state on their threepeat, nice win over Michigan delaware

  • Robert | December 15, 2007 at 10:42 am |

    [quote comment=”186772″]I’m fairly positive this is not new. The Rangers have had several T color alternates for the last few years – I’ve given up trying to keep track of them, to be honest. :)

    Joe Siegler
    http://www.rangerfan...

    I know what you mean. I go to a bunch of Rangers games every season, but I’ve stopped trying to keep track of all their silly hats. I just wear my 20-year old blue and 10-year old red 5950s and leave it at that.

  • DonD | December 15, 2007 at 10:45 am |

    [quote comment=”186781″]FukuClock: Fukudome

    WordUpThome: PARTON ME

    FukuClock: “Fukudome”

    WordUpThome: WE PLAY IN AN OUTDOOR PARK

    Hahahaha.[/quote]
    Cubs should have signed Fukulights.

  • matt1977 | December 15, 2007 at 10:47 am |

    After Kosuke’s signing, I thought the Chicago papers’ headline should have been “Welcome to the Fukudome”.

  • JeffDem | December 15, 2007 at 10:52 am |

    Foo-Koo-Dough-May

    I prefer the nickname “The F bomb”. :)

  • Trevor Kruger | December 15, 2007 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment=”186772″]I’m fairly positive this is not new. The Rangers have had several T color alternates for the last few years – I’ve given up trying to keep track of them, to be honest. :)

    Joe Siegler
    http://www.rangerfan...
    he was stating that it was strange how his hats changed in the middle of this press conference/photo shoot.

  • Brandon | December 15, 2007 at 11:21 am |

    I always liked the Rangers cap with the red T, and always thought it should be used as the home cap since the T in the Rangers logo is red. The only time I can think of seeing it worn in a game is the 2001 All-Star game by A-Rod when he had Cal move to SS.

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | December 15, 2007 at 12:11 pm |

    although in most cases i hate the high socks “look” in all sports,
    baseball, football, basketball
    (gimme long pants in baseball, and no show or ankle socks in football and hoops)
    i think that the above look of winfield, and also most notably the previous white legged, and solid green legged looks of charles woodson this season looked great.

  • Eric B | December 15, 2007 at 12:12 pm |

    Northwest Missouri State University is playing for the D2 football championship right now on espn2. this may interest only me since i’m an alum but NW has a different uni template and font for road unis than they have for home. the road white looks much, much better. i wish they would use the road template for the home unis.

    also NW only puts NOB for national championship games.

  • john | December 15, 2007 at 12:13 pm |

    Looks like Kari Lehtonen is confused about his socks.

  • LI Phil | December 15, 2007 at 12:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”186796″]Foo-Koo-Dough-May

    I prefer the nickname “The F bomb”. :)[/quote]

    so…wait…

    it’s NOT pronounced “FUCK YOU..DO ME”?

    no wonder that chick in the sports bar decked me last night

  • Joe O. | December 15, 2007 at 12:22 pm |

    Watching the Division 2 championship and Valdosta States jerseys struck me as odd.

    They jerseys appear to be Nike’s old Orlando Predator jerseys (pre Russell AFL contract). The Preds never wore white pants with their black jerseys (and the stripes on Valdosta’s jersey don’t match the stripe on their pants).

    I also did some searching and it appears that Valdosta used to wear solid black jerseys (no red) but I can’t tell how long ago they switched (seems like this year). I think that the jerseys don’t go AT ALL with the rest of their jerseys…ugly combination…

    I know we saw what looked like recycled Auburn jerseys, but is NikeWorld recycling a bunch of old jerseys to lower level college teams?

    GO PREDS!

  • Vincent A. Cipollone | December 15, 2007 at 12:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”186813″][quote comment=”186796″]Foo-Koo-Dough-May

    I prefer the nickname “The F bomb”. :)[/quote]

    so…wait…

    it’s NOT pronounced “FUCK YOU..DO ME”?

    no wonder that chick in the sports bar decked me last night[/quote]

    I have a feeling this is going to be the best baseball season ever

  • Dan | December 15, 2007 at 12:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”186782″][quote comment=”186776″]Is it me or do the letters on the back of Fukumori’s jersey start out small, increase in size and then get smaller again? Compare the K and I.

    It could be how the jersey was handled to give off a false illusion.[/quote]
    The middle letter certainly do seem teller than the first and last letters.[/quote]

    The lettering isn’t arched, so those letters have to be ‘Inflated Up’, I think the term is. Never seen that kind of style applied to a NOB before.

  • =bg= | December 15, 2007 at 12:50 pm |

    I miss the Rangers unis from their first year..72. Great look.

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | December 15, 2007 at 12:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”186815″][quote comment=”186813″][quote comment=”186796″]Foo-Koo-Dough-May

    I prefer the nickname “The F bomb”. :)[/quote]

    so…wait…

    it’s NOT pronounced “FUCK YOU..DO ME”?

    no wonder that chick in the sports bar decked me last night[/quote]

    I have a feeling this is going to be the best baseball season ever[/quote]

    I would have to agree with you my good man.

    I hail from Chicago & I am Cubs fan, I’m gonna see what signs I can get into Wrigley this summer.

    “It’s FUKin’ Over”
    “FUKin’ AWESOME!”
    “FUKUWHITESOX”
    ….I have time to come up with something witty until the season starts.

  • u2horn | December 15, 2007 at 12:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”186818″]
    The lettering isn’t arched, so those letters have to be ‘Inflated Up’, I think the term is. Never seen that kind of style applied to a NOB before.[/quote]

    If that’s really how they’re doing it (I think it’s just an illusion though), then the first ‘S’ and the last ‘A’ on Saltalamacchia’s NOB might only be an inch tall.

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | December 15, 2007 at 1:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”186773″]Looks like the sock shenanigans of Antoine Winfield finally caught up with him. Fined a big 10k. Doesn’t say if Cedric Griffin was fined.

    Linky link[/quote]

    I enjoyed the solid white look on Charles Woodson, but Winfield’s all white attire made him look like a Cirque du Soleil reject. It’s even worse when Texas goes with the whole “WHITE OUT” uni. Do the Long Horns still wear those?

  • James Craven | December 15, 2007 at 1:15 pm |

    This whole Fuku thing reminds me of Austin Powers in Goldmember,

    Fook Mi and Fook Yu. Which one is a judge on Dancing with the Stars and which one was on G4 before they fooked that channel up?

    BTW, you forgot “Tip your waitress accordingly!”

  • Zak | December 15, 2007 at 1:16 pm |

    Just wanted to point out that even with the over abundance of red, the Devils-Coyotes game is uni-tastic

  • PeteT | December 15, 2007 at 1:27 pm |

    Wrigley Field- June 26, 2008.

    Cubs down 8-1 in the seventh to the Cards and 11 1/2 out of first place.. Kosuke hitting .234…

    Left Field Bleachers… FUK U
    Right Filed Bleachers…DO ME

    Left Field Bleachers… FUK U
    Right Filed Bleachers…DO ME

    Left Field Bleachers… FUK U
    Right Filed Bleachers…DO ME

    Perfect.

    The merchandising opportunities abound…

  • PeteT | December 15, 2007 at 1:29 pm |

    And what did Maury Wills ever do to Kazuo to desired this abuse FUKUMORI???

    Shameless

    http://cache.eb.com/...

  • MikeyB | December 15, 2007 at 2:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”186814″]Watching the Division 2 championship and Valdosta States jerseys struck me as odd.

    They jerseys appear to be Nike’s old Orlando Predator jerseys (pre Russell AFL contract). The Preds never wore white pants with their black jerseys (and the stripes on Valdosta’s jersey don’t match the stripe on their pants).

    I also did some searching and it appears that Valdosta used to wear solid black jerseys (no red) but I can’t tell how long ago they switched (seems like this year). I think that the jerseys don’t go AT ALL with the rest of their jerseys…ugly combination…

    I know we saw what looked like recycled Auburn jerseys, but is NikeWorld recycling a bunch of old jerseys to lower level college teams?

    GO PREDS![/quote]

    Northwest Missouri State uses a different home and road uniform. Their home uniform is a green and white version of last year’s Miami template while their away uniforms are white and green Bronco templates.

  • T.J. | December 15, 2007 at 2:30 pm |

    I’m not sure why this hasn’t been unilaterally confirmed yet, but in the lead photo, the sleeves of the jersey are hanging backwards, taking part of the shoulders with them, and hanging the first and last letters in the name back at an angle, giving a similar effect as to why letting painted on roads (like STOP and SCHOOL) is so long when viewed from outside of a car

  • Stuby | December 15, 2007 at 3:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”186815″][quote comment=”186813″][quote comment=”186796″]Foo-Koo-Dough-May

    I prefer the nickname “The F bomb”. :)[/quote]

    so…wait…

    it’s NOT pronounced “FUCK YOU..DO ME”?

    no wonder that chick in the sports bar decked me last night[/quote]

    I have a feeling this is going to be the best baseball season ever[/quote]
    What I wouldn’t give to have Harry Caray back from the dead for one season.

  • Wes Covington | December 15, 2007 at 3:24 pm |

    I believe “fuku” means “luck” in Japanese and “mori” means “forest.”

    But it’s possible that both parts of the name Fukumori have different meanings.

  • sean | December 15, 2007 at 3:36 pm |

    the browns have gotten the plain dealer is getting into the unigame

  • sean | December 15, 2007 at 3:37 pm |

    yeah i know that made no sense, just click

  • LI Phil | December 15, 2007 at 3:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”186859″]I believe “fuku” means “luck” in Japanese and “mori” means “forest.”

    But it’s possible that both parts of the name Fukumori have different meanings.[/quote]

    and “dome” means bastard

  • u2horn | December 15, 2007 at 3:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”186823″]

    I enjoyed the solid white look on Charles Woodson, but Winfield’s all white attire made him look like a Cirque du Soleil reject. It’s even worse when Texas goes with the whole “WHITE OUT” uni. Do the Long Horns still wear those?[/quote]

    They do, and that uniform is SWEED!…er, I mean, sweet.

  • Warp Knit | December 15, 2007 at 3:51 pm |

    What the Fuk…………what a bunch of fuk king bullshit!!!!!!!!!

  • Schmitty | December 15, 2007 at 4:17 pm |

    While watching some footy this morning I noticed that Bremen changed the crest on their shirt since this is their last Bundesliga match before the Christmas break.

    Oh Christmas Tree

  • Dean | December 15, 2007 at 4:39 pm |

    I think UAB had some pretty nice crisp uni’s today. Basically solid green, with white UAB on the chest, and white stripe on the side. I’ve tried to find a pic, i’m sure it’s been posted before because I think these are new unis.

  • Randall | December 15, 2007 at 5:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”186829″]Wrigley Field- June 26, 2008.

    Cubs down 8-1 in the seventh to the Cards and 11 1/2 out of first place.. Kosuke hitting .234…[/quote]

    Yeah, because that Cardinals team is looking REALLY solid for 2008, right? Right?

  • Matt Takimoto "Tako" | December 15, 2007 at 5:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”186818″][quote comment=”186782″][quote comment=”186776″]Is it me or do the letters on the back of Fukumori’s jersey start out small, increase in size and then get smaller again? Compare the K and I.

    It could be how the jersey was handled to give off a false illusion.[/quote]
    The middle letter certainly do seem teller than the first and last letters.[/quote]

    The lettering isn’t arched, so those letters have to be ‘Inflated Up’, I think the term is. Never seen that kind of style applied to a NOB before.[/quote]

    I think it just looks like that because the two guys holding the shoulders of the jersey (Ron Washington and whoever the Rangers’ GM is?) are holding the shoulders further back than Fukumori, so the nameplate is twisting.

  • CJ | December 15, 2007 at 5:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”186880″]While watching some footy this morning I noticed that Bremen changed the crest on their shirt since this is their last Bundesliga match before the Christmas break.

    Oh Christmas Tree[/quote]

    I saw that game too. The star on top just completes it.

  • S Bennett | December 15, 2007 at 5:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”186818″][quote comment=”186782″][quote comment=”186776″]Is it me or do the letters on the back of Fukumori’s jersey start out small, increase in size and then get smaller again? Compare the K and I.

    It could be how the jersey was handled to give off a false illusion.[/quote]
    The middle letter certainly do seem teller than the first and last letters.[/quote]

    The lettering isn’t arched, so those letters have to be ‘Inflated Up’, I think the term is. Never seen that kind of style applied to a NOB before.[/quote]

    I think it’s more a case of a funny angle and illusion of inflated letters… There is a reverse precedent out there, FYI.

    SB

  • Nicholas | December 15, 2007 at 5:37 pm |

    Who else is not enjoying Kansas in their red jerseys vs Ohio U in green. Awful X-mas color game.

  • Trevor Kruger | December 15, 2007 at 6:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”186900″]Who else is not enjoying Kansas in their red jerseys vs Ohio U in green. Awful X-mas color game.[/quote]
    I hate Kansas, but I sure do miss that old font that they had on their uni’s…this new stuff looks like crap.

  • James Craven | December 15, 2007 at 6:13 pm |

    Trajan sucks on the KU hoops jersey.

    Bring back the White Sox font.

  • Forrest | December 15, 2007 at 6:19 pm |

    Must be a slow news day if we just keep making fuk jokes.

  • mg12 | December 15, 2007 at 6:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”186905″][quote comment=”186900″]Who else is not enjoying Kansas in their red jerseys vs Ohio U in green. Awful X-mas color game.[/quote]
    I hate Kansas, but I sure do miss that old font that they had on their uni’s…this new stuff looks like crap.[/quote]

    You hate Kansas? Come on, it’s not like we’re as bad as Duke, the team that everyone loves to hate.

    I think that everyone hates the red uniforms. Bill Self has even stated that he hates them. I believe that it is written into KU’s contract with Adidas that they have to wear them twice a season. They already wore them once in the preseason, so hopefully this will be the last sighting of the KU reds this season.

    Oh yeah. Trajan SUCKS!!!

    http://trajansucks.c...

  • Smail | December 15, 2007 at 6:59 pm |

    Not quite uni-related, but logo related:

    Horizon Air is repainting a couple of their airplanes in college colors. Details here.

  • James Craven | December 15, 2007 at 7:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”186907″]“Must be a slow news day if we just keep making fuk jokes.”[/quote]

    And you may know about the niece of Fook Mi and Fook Yu that I spoke of earlier, Fook Off.

    BTW, Bengals in black pants and socks tonight. STOP WEARING TIGHTS, DAMN IT!

  • Gregory | December 15, 2007 at 7:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”186913″][quote comment=”186907″]“Must be a slow news day if we just keep making fuk jokes.”[/quote]

    And you may know about the niece of Fook Mi and Fook Yu that I spoke of earlier, Fook Off.

    BTW, Bengals in black pants and socks tonight. STOP WEARING TIGHTS, DAMN IT![/quote]
    Because THAT was totally necessary……..

  • Stevo | December 15, 2007 at 7:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”186813″][quote comment=”186796″]Foo-Koo-Dough-May

    I prefer the nickname “The F bomb”. :)[/quote]

    so…wait…

    it’s NOT pronounced “FUCK YOU..DO ME”?

    no wonder that chick in the sports bar decked me last night[/quote]

    It’s moments like this when I wish Harry Caray was still alive, just to hear him try to pronounce Fukudome in the later innings.

  • spencer | December 15, 2007 at 7:30 pm |

    I bet you were enjoying all the purple in the div-3 championship game.

  • Graham | December 15, 2007 at 7:43 pm |

    watching the d-3 national champ game and noticed justin beaver, wis-whitewater running back, does not have the whitewater word mark on his jersey. everone else has one on their chest except him.

  • James Craven | December 15, 2007 at 7:53 pm |

    Thank you Gregory. Hope that wasn’t a sarcastic barb…

  • NEO | December 15, 2007 at 7:57 pm |

    Its too bad that the D-III Championship didnt have Purple Raiders in the endzone instead of Raiders…..nice to see UWW win though! and all black vs all white much better than any purple!

  • Stevo | December 15, 2007 at 8:13 pm |

    Look like Redwood Middle School’s not as big of a fan of funky hosiery as the Uni Watch

  • David | December 15, 2007 at 8:20 pm |

    It must be REALLY cold in San Fran if the officials are wearing the waiter pants. I thought those were designed for the 5-degree days in Green Bay, not a 45-degree night in San Francisco. Why are the officials so in love with these eyesores?

  • JTDouglass | December 15, 2007 at 8:28 pm |

    James Craven:

    What’s your current name on the CC boards?

  • Kyle S. | December 15, 2007 at 8:32 pm |

    Has anyone else noticed all the problems with merit stickers in the lower divisions.

    I noticed w/ App. St and Mt.Union that there seemed to be no set pattern on how to place the stickers. Some had them filling up the back, some had it forming a stripe in the center. One guy for Mt. Union had a Winged Helmet look with his stickers going.

  • =bg= | December 15, 2007 at 9:43 pm |

    Niners looking good tonight in the classic red and gold. My first crack @ the NFL Network, I guess they show it on NFL Network in the home city. Boy, these announcers are terrible. Deion, Gumbal, Faulk. This is the best they could get?

  • Sammy | December 15, 2007 at 10:22 pm |

    You know the fans will fill up the front of the second deck with FUKKKKKKKK-UMORI if he’s a strikeout guy. Will they put that on national TV?

  • LI Phil | December 15, 2007 at 10:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”186951″]You know the fans will fill up the front of the second deck with FUKKKKKKKK-UMORI if he’s a strikeout guy. Will they put that on national TV?[/quote]

    why would the rangers be on national tv?

  • Original Jim | December 15, 2007 at 10:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”186930″]James Craven:

    What’s your current name on the CC boards?[/quote]

    It’s not. He was banned.

  • James Craven | December 15, 2007 at 10:30 pm |

    I still lurk there, but I can’t post.

    Anywho, what’s with the Bengals’ old wordmark on their nose bumbers?

  • Sammy | December 15, 2007 at 11:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”186952″][quote comment=”186951″]You know the fans will fill up the front of the second deck with FUKKKKKKKK-UMORI if he’s a strikeout guy. Will they put that on national TV?[/quote]

    why would the rangers be on national tv?[/quote]

    Um…they’re playing the Yankees or Sox or Tigers or something? I guess you’re right, they wouldn’t be on TV.

  • jacob | December 15, 2007 at 11:37 pm |

    i was at the d3 national championship game today with mount union and wisconsin-whitewater (both of which have purple) playing and there were a couple of things i noticed:

    -the black on black vs. the white on white looks better than any purple as a main part of the uni

    -i was sitting behind the UW-W bench and i noticed that almost all of the helmets have the number 3 decal on them, anybody know why?

    it was a great (but very cold and rainy) game and im glad that UW-W pulled out the win..

  • Trevor Kruger | December 16, 2007 at 12:59 am |

    [quote comment=”186910″][quote comment=”186905″][quote comment=”186900″]Who else is not enjoying Kansas in their red jerseys vs Ohio U in green. Awful X-mas color game.[/quote]
    I hate Kansas, but I sure do miss that old font that they had on their uni’s…this new stuff looks like crap.[/quote]

    You hate Kansas? Come on, it’s not like we’re as bad as Duke, the team that everyone loves to hate.
    [/quote]
    I’m an Iowa State fan. I hate Kansas basketball. Most teams from the old Big 8 hate you. I don’t believe we’ve ever played Duke.

    The red isn’t that bad…its those numbers. Why do teams get rid of such good things?

  • Josh Petty | December 16, 2007 at 2:14 am |

    The red “T” hat is the Rangers alternate, while the White “T” one is the regular one

  • Paul | December 16, 2007 at 3:19 am |

    [quote comment=”186927″]It must be REALLY cold in San Fran if the officials are wearing the waiter pants. I thought those were designed for the 5-degree days in Green Bay, not a 45-degree night in San Francisco. Why are the officials so in love with these eyesores?[/quote]

    I think theyre probably more comfortable. Wouldn’t we all love to wear sweats to work! Anywhey, I thought the ultimate insult to the “winter pants” was that they wore them in the dome at Detroit last week.

  • Ryan | December 16, 2007 at 3:29 am |

    Am I crazy or is the red ‘T’ on the Fukumori hat off-center? Were all the red ‘T’ hats like that?

  • mg12 | December 16, 2007 at 7:34 pm |

    [/quote]
    I’m an Iowa State fan.quote]

    Ouch, enough said.

  • Josh | December 17, 2007 at 9:42 am |

    [quote comment=”186973″]The red “T” hat is the Rangers alternate, while the White “T” one is the regular one[/quote]

    I swear they didn’t wear the red T hat at all last year. I’ve always liked it. They should wear it when they wear their alternate unis. Thank god they ditched the black billed cap.