Did you wake up early to catch the A’s and Bosox? They’ve already set a new MLB record: most commercial uniform advertisers in a game. I count three: Ricoh on the helmets, Pepsi on Oakland’s sleeve (here’s another view), and EMC on Boston’s sleeve. Toss in the “Opening Series” cap patch and that thingie under the Ricoh logo (anyone know exactly what it is? I think it’s an “MLB in Japan” logo of some sort) and you’re basically just one step removed from NFL Europe.
I’ve got a new ESPN column today (here’s the link), so no full blog entry this morning. But here’s a Ticker — enjoy.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Easter Bunny wears many uniforms. … The Minnesota Gophers hockey team is wearing “21” helmet decals in the WCHA Final Five as a tribute to Senior teammate Tom Pohl, who recently suffered a fractured skull. … Matt Ryburn notes that the the Dodgers’ 50th-anniversary patch was missing from Andruw Jones’s jersey on Saturday. … “As you are well aware, the University of Michigan is switching from Nike gear to Adidas next season,” writes Greg DiLeo. “During the transition from swoosh-world to the land of the three stripes (and the renovations to The Big House), it looks like a few swooshed merch racks from the M-Den store have been left out in the cold. Apparently it wasn’t an amicable breakup.” … “Check out Rafael Nadal’s hand,” writes Vince. “Lots of funny threads on tennis web sites speculating as to what it says. Jokes one person: ‘It says “Remember to scratch butt and bounce ball 25 times before a big point.”‘” … Will Leslie sent along some screen grabs from the upcoming Mike Myers film The Love Guru, which finds Myers playing an East Indian guru hired to help break the Maple Leafs’ long Stanely Cup curse. “Romany Malco plays the Leafs’ top player — Darren Roanoke, No. 77 — and you can see the Leafs and Kings wearing a Stanley Cup Finals patch in some scenes,” writes Will. … Yesterday I asked if anyone knew anything about the Texas Rangers wearing their road powder blues for a home game in 1974. John Philips responded with a heroically detailed account, which he posted in yesterday afternoon’s comments — check it out here. … John Cravaack, a big horse racing fan, sent along this photo of jockey Robbie Albarado wearing a football helmet. “The picture is from Last Mango stables in New Orleans,” he writes. “The winning jockey puts on a football helmet in the winner’s circle. They actually have their own helmet with the stable logo on the side. What’s the football connection, you ask? One of the stable’s major owners is Saints head coach Sean Payton.” … Jeremy Brahm reports that the Eintracht Frankfurt soccer team will not be wearing the cross-based jersey design that recently won a fan vote, because of the cross’s religious connotation. Details here. … Reprinted from last night’s comments: Check out the batboys and batgirls from the A’s/Sox game! … I’ll be attending this class tonight — let’s hope I don’t lop off a finger.