The Real First Day of Spring

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Internal alarm reminding me it’s time to take care of my taxes already? Check. Mark Prior on the DL? Double-check. This can only mean one thing: the start of the baseball season. Herewith, some observations from yesterday’s Opening Day action:

• I’m genuinely surprised — and disappointed — by how many teams chose to wear dark alternate jerseys on Opening Day. Among the offenders: the Brewers, White Sox, and Astros.

• The Indians didn’t wear a solid-colored jersey, but they did open the season in their new cream-colored retro-ish alts. I think they look awesome (well, on most players), but I still think a team should wear its standard uni on Opening Day (esp. since this alt isn’t a throwback — the Indians have never worn this design before, so it’s not like they’re using it to honor their history or anything like that). Also: Since the alt uni has its own alt cap, couldn’t they also have shelled out for alt batting helmets? Apparently not.

• Lots of cold-weather fun in Chicago during yesterday’s game. And damn, that’s a nice uniform set!

• My favorite detail of the day: If you have to wear a helmet, why not wear a fun helmet? That’s Twins first base coach Jerry White wearing the team’s 1970s design, just like the Minnesota catchers have been wearing in recent years. I’m told that the third base coach wore the same thing. (Big thanks to Michael Romero for the screen grab.)

• The Reds all wore Joe Nuxhall jerseys during yestrday’s pregame ceremonies (credit Scott Yager with that screen shot) — that’s really nice. Then they all took them off and switched to their regular jerseys, except for starter Aaron Harang, who kept wearing the Nuxy tribute during the game (plus that photo shows him drawing a little “41″ on the mound dirt). Harang apparently got permission from MLB central to do this, but I’m not down with it. It becomes more of a “Look at me!” thing, instead of a respectful tribute thing (like the one everyone else was already wearing). Also, the Reds already have a player who wears No. 41, Jeremy Affeldt; Harang normally wears No. 39. Anyone know if Affeldt wore his regular jersey while sitting in the bullpen, or if he switched numbers for the day to allow Harang to wear 41? (Meanwhile: Who’s that at lower-left with the mohawk?)

• Slowly but surely, the Royals are getting there. First, they’ve switched from nameplates to direct-sewn lettering (which should make this guy‘s jersey a lot more comfortable). And their left-sleeve logo patch, which had previously been on a white background (which sometimes extended way beyond the patch’s outlines), now sits flush against the sleeve (additional views here and here). Both of these are small but telling indicators of a team that’s no longer cutting corners and is willing to take those extra steps to make things look right. (Kudos to Larry Wiederecht, who spotted both of these details.)

• As promised, a bunch of 1958 Dodgers old-timers wore off-white throwbacks, prepared for the occasion by Ebbets Field Flannels (additional views here, and here). Too bad about the NOBs, but I understand that they wanted everyone to be able to identify the players.

• Dodgers rookie Blake DeWitt wore No. 62 in spring training. But when he made it past the final roster cut, they gave him a more suitable number — except on his helmet (good catch by Ian Voorn).

• Good view here of the Cool Base road grays (thanks to Bryan for the hi-res image).

• Nice to see Kenji Johjima’s still wearing his little helmet doohickey thingie.

True to his word. Too bad he can’t pitch for shit anymore.

• I already covered Willie Harris’s double-flappage yesterday. But photos as good as this one don’t come around very often.

• Genius catch by Michael Zakrzewski, who notes that the I on Matt Chico’s jersey was upside-down (look at the other letters — the gold bevel should be on the left side, not the right).

• MLB.TV is messed up, so I can’t access most of the day’s game video or make screen grabs, but I have it on good authority (read: several posts in yesterday’s comments section) that Eric Gagné’s jersey came so far untucked yesterday that the umpires actually ordered him to tuck it back in. No word on whether they also ordered him to give back two months’ salary to the Red Sox after the way he pitched last August and September.

• What’s worse than an annoying corporate ad slogan that tries to turn baseball into a lifestyle brand? An annoying corporate ad slogan with one word missing.

• Not uni-related, but several teams appear to have done these elaborate intro ceremonies where the players practically came in on a red carpet. Is this a new thing, or have I just not noticed in the past? Here in New York, our teams usually just walk out of the dugout, stand along the baselines, and tip their caps as the P.A. guy announces their names, y’know?

This is the mayor of Philadelphia. I’m just gonna leave it at that. Draw your own conclusions.

And hey, have I mentioned that the Mets are undefeated?

Uni Watch News Ticker: A little birdie tells me that the Yankees will go to NOBs next season, to coincide with the opening of the new stadium and to make the point that Hank and Hal are running the team now. … I couldn’t really tell ya myself, but Nicholas Bean says that this is actually Justin Timberlake, shooting a scene for his upcoming movie, On the Road. “Timberlake’s character, a Corpus Christi Hooks player named Carlton Garrett, was wearing the home whites, complete with ‘Garrett’ nameplate, but the other Hooks did not have nameplates,” writes Nicholas. “Oh, and Timberlake runs like a girl. Seriously.” … Interesting piece here about the rebranding of a high school sports program. … “The Red Wings celebrated Gordie Howe’s 80th birthday on Sunday with a pregame ceremony,” writes Scott Alexander. “They gave him a framed No. 17 jersey, which he wore his rookie season before switching to No. 9.” Nice touch, except his rookie version didn’t have NOB lettering or CCM logos. … Speaking of CCM, sort of, here’s a note from John Muir: “Anaheim Ducks back-up goalie Jonas Hiller has been wearing the old Koho 580 pads since his debut last season. But his pads have either had the Koho logo blacked in or been unbranded, because Koho no longer exists as a company (it was in the CCM family, since bought by Reebok). But according to this December ’07 thread from GoalieStore.com, Hiller, GoalieMonkey.com, and Koho recently signed a deal for a limited production run of their new 700-series, which will look like this and this. Not sure what it will amount to, but I was surprised to see Koho as an independent entity again.” … The NFL Network was showing Super Bowl XXII yesterday morning, and Jesse Alger noticed something unusual: a post-game interview featuring John Elway wearing a bathrobe with a Super Bowl logo. … Interesting skiing attire here (with thanks to Matt Englander). … “Was re-watching the 2004 World Series video yesterday and noticed something very strange,” writes Alan Chewning. “They were showing an old clip of the Cardinals’ 1967 WS post-game field celebration and as everyone is converging on the infield, one of the umpires runs up to one of the players and takes the cap off his head and keeps on running. And he already had someone else’s in his hand! Early eBayer? Memorabilia maven? Thief? What’s up with that?” Actually, this story sounds oddly familiar to me — did we discuss it once before? If anyone knows more, please fill us in. … Remember that pig butchery course I mentioned I’d be taking last week? Look, there I am in the front row. Additional pics, not recommended for vegetarians, here. … Yesterday I linked to this photo, which appears to show a catcher wearing either a front-facing helmet or a brimless helmet in 1969, which would mark the earliest instance of either of those phenomena, at least in my experience. Paul Hirsch to the rescue: “The catcher there is Tom Haller, who was the first catcher to wear a helmet behind the plate. While with the Giants in 1967 or so, Haller saw John Roseboro get hit on a backswing in a game at Candlestick and started wearing a sawed-off brimless helmet shortly thereafter. I grew up in L.A., and Vin Scully made a big deal of this, much like he made a big deal about coaches wearing helmets before the Coolbaugh incident last season.” … As a semi-serious bowler (170 average, keep my ball and shoes in the trunk of my car so I can bowl at a moment’s notice, etc.), I was pretty disturbed to see this. … While looking for pics of goateed umpires, I came across this shot of Ken Kaiser. Although he’s wearing the 1997 Jackie Robinson patch, the photo is actually from spring training 1998 — interesting. Also, note the logo creep on his pants! … Okay, if you want to say, “Uniform? What uniform?!,” in this case I’ll allow it. … Michael Kemezis has started a new hockey sweater blog. … Longtime Kentucky basketball equipment manager Bill Keightley, who worked in the UK equipment room since 1962, passed away last night. “Words can’t really express what he meant to the Kentucky program and its coaches, players, and fans,” writes Micah Roberts. “I will always remember his stubborn refusal to allow U.S. flag patches on UK’s uniforms except in times of war. Mr. Keightley was a former Marine and he felt that using the flag as a common decoration on a uniform was wholly inappropriate. Not only have I lost a member of my UK family, I feel like I have lost one of the folks who loved the uniforms as much as I did.” There are some good anecdotes about Keightley here, and there’s a video clip available here.

 

340 comments to The Real First Day of Spring

  • LI Phil | April 1, 2008 at 8:41 am |

    [quote]Meanwhile: Who’s that at lower-left with the mohawk?[/quote]

    joe nuxhall, silly

  • SpartyCuse | April 1, 2008 at 8:43 am |

    The Brewers and Astros have pretty much shelved their grey road jerseys. The Astros wore the red almost 100% last year, and the Brewers started wearing the alt after the break.

    Im guessing if you keep track this year, the alt will be worn 80-90 percent of the road games for these two teams.

  • ESS | April 1, 2008 at 8:45 am |

    My wife’s first comment when she saw our illustrious mayor throwing out the first pitch?

    “Why’s he wearing mom jeans?”

  • Marc M. | April 1, 2008 at 8:45 am |

    A little birdie tells me that the Yankees will go to NOBs next season, to coincide with the opening of the new stadium and to make the point that Hank and Hal are running the team now.

    Nice April Fool’s joke Paul!!!

  • Eddie Jay | April 1, 2008 at 8:50 am |

    Lol @ Mayor Nutter, with the jersey tucked in, but hey hes better than our last mayor (and hes only been mayor for a few months!) so I cant make fun too much.

  • Mark in Cincy | April 1, 2008 at 8:50 am |

    The mohawk-wearer is Brandon Phillips

  • +JohnnyBoy- | April 1, 2008 at 8:53 am |

    The Dodgers off-whites are spectacular. And I love Torre wearing a watch on his glove hand.

  • Peter Wunsch | April 1, 2008 at 8:54 am |

    Bobby Richardosn claimed that the 2nd base umpire took his cap immediately after he caught the Willie McCovey liner to end the 1962 Series.

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | April 1, 2008 at 8:55 am |

    Waking this morning to the news that Bill Keightley had passed away was difficult for me. I grew up in Lexington, worshipped the Cats as a child, and went to UK. Back in 2004 when the Cats played in the regionals here in Austin I got tickets. I went to the ‘practice’ session the day before the games. I got Tubby Smith’s autograph. But, I was equally excited to see Mr. Keightley. He was a special part of Kentucky basketball and will be greatly missed. He deserves a tribute that is as special as he was.

  • Matt Lesser | April 1, 2008 at 8:55 am |

    Mohawk is second baseman Brandon Phillips.

  • Les | April 1, 2008 at 8:55 am |

    The player’s hat was Julian Javier and the ump was the second base ump. I remember reading somewhere that before the last out the ump told Javier that he was going to take his hat. I believe in the video, you can see Javier turn and smile at the ump.

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  • Stuby | April 1, 2008 at 8:58 am |

    [quote comment="245190"]My wife’s first comment when she saw our illustrious mayor throwing out the first pitch?

    “Why’s he wearing mom jeans?”[/quote]
    And why does he have a glove?

  • Pete | April 1, 2008 at 8:59 am |

    The tribe new unis are so spectacular. I love the color, and do not mind their political correctness. I hope this is the wave of the future, rather than the terrible I logo.

  • Pat | April 1, 2008 at 9:02 am |

    [quote comment="245202"][quote comment="245190"]My wife’s first comment when she saw our illustrious mayor throwing out the first pitch?

    “Why’s he wearing mom jeans?”[/quote]
    And why does he have a glove?[/quote]

    And why does he have his shirt tucked into his jeans. You don’t tuck things into jeans. Sticker still on the hat. There’s just so many things wrong with that picture. That’s the guy that’s making decisions for the entire city of Philadelphia?

  • Don | April 1, 2008 at 9:04 am |

    As an Astros fan, I don’t know which continuing tradition was worse last night: the stranded baserunners or the red softball jerseys. Drayton McLane apparently loves those things. I despise them.

    In reality, the only decent thing about the Astros’ unis is the cap. (I still don’t understand that middle “s” design in Houston and Astros on the jerseys.) I say ditch the whole thing and go back to the shooting star design they used just before switching to the rainbow-gut unis.

  • Dave in VA | April 1, 2008 at 9:05 am |

    NHL Net last night (in honor of Gordie’s 80th) showed the highlight film from the ’52 & ’54 Stanley Cup finals. Uni-related (sorry, no screen caps): home teams (Wings & Habs) wore white sweaters – not dark as I would have expected; refs wore what looked like off-white V-neck sweaters with white shirt & black ties, and black pants (sharp!); Canadiens home jerseys had no consistent number patterns; and, of course, goalies were mask-less.

    Very interesting to watch, especially when compared to all of the modern NHL ads (with unis) shown during the commercial breaks.

  • Bradley | April 1, 2008 at 9:05 am |

    The Yankee NOB thing better be an April Fools joke.

  • LI Phil | April 1, 2008 at 9:06 am |

    [quote]True to his word. Too bad he can’t pitch for shit anymore.[quote]

    too bad he also can’t figure out the proper way to wear his stirrups…im SOOOOO glad the mets didn’t sign him…and for those of you keeping score at home: johan 1-0; barry 0-1

    [quote]a bunch of 1958 Dodgers old-timers wore off-white throwbacks, prepared for the occasion by Ebbets Field Flannels…Too bad about the NOBs, but I understand that they wanted everyone to be able to identify the players.[/quote]

    ack

    there was NO NEED for NOBs…if you wanted to ID the players (and didn’t ALREADY know, for example, who roger, and carl, and newk, and piggy were, and meant to brooklyn)…buy a program

  • Mark in Cincy | April 1, 2008 at 9:06 am |

    In addition, Harang’s Nuxhall jersey was missing both patches (right arm, left arm). I don’t think there was a Nuxy patch on the memorial jerseys, but there was a Mr. Red on the left arm (can’t link … it’s causing problems, but look at the picture in the article asking for the name of the mohawk-wearer).

  • LI Phil | April 1, 2008 at 9:07 am |

    [quote comment="245208"][quote]True to his word. Too bad he can’t pitch for shit anymore.[quote]

    too bad he also can’t figure out the proper way to wear his stirrups…im SOOOOO glad the mets didn’t sign him…and for those of you keeping score at home: johan 1-0; barry 0-1

    [quote]a bunch of 1958 Dodgers old-timers wore off-white throwbacks, prepared for the occasion by Ebbets Field Flannels…Too bad about the NOBs, but I understand that they wanted everyone to be able to identify the players.[/quote]

    ack

    there was NO NEED for NOBs…if you wanted to ID the players (and didn’t ALREADY know, for example, who roger, and carl, and newk, and piggy were, and meant to brooklyn)…buy a program[/quote]

    sorry about the quote thingy…and yes i KNOW 1957 was the last year in brooklyn and 1958 was the inaugural season in LA

  • Allan Chandler | April 1, 2008 at 9:08 am |

    I liked Harang’s donning of Joe Nuxhall’s number for the whole game. It may seem a bit overdone to outsiders, but Nuxhall meant a lot to the Cincinnati Reds and its fans. Maybe he and Harang became good friends. Whatever the reason, I don’t think it was bush league at all, but rather a tasteful tribute that non-Reds fans don’t quite get.

  • Alex Kibler | April 1, 2008 at 9:14 am |

    Not sure if this has been covered, but the Reds wore these, which I hope they continue through the season.

  • Mike Engle | April 1, 2008 at 9:14 am |

    [quote comment="245207"]The Yankee NOB thing better be an April Fools joke.[/quote]
    Last year, Our Faithful Narrator got April Fooled when somebody reported “new” home alts for the Yankees: white without pinstripes and the retired numbers on the pants where side piping might go.
    Sorry, Mr. Lukas, you’re not fooling us!

  • Joe H | April 1, 2008 at 9:17 am |

    Slowly but surely, the Royals are getting there. First, they’ve switched from nameplates to direct-sewn lettering

    Why is this better…I have gone into detail before about why I think nameplates are better, but never heard a qualified response from anyone as to why they think direct sewn is better????

  • Adam | April 1, 2008 at 9:17 am |

    I generally hate the Indians (being a White Sox fan), but I like their new alts. Somebody should tell the White Sox radio team that they aren’t 1954 throwbacks, though, since they kept saying all game they were.

  • GoMac | April 1, 2008 at 9:18 am |

    I was gonna say..if that’s not an April Fool’s Joke..all those shitty replicas with NOBs are gonna be accurate now..

    Well..except for the fact that 98% of them say Soriano on them..

  • Adam | April 1, 2008 at 9:20 am |

    [quote comment="245218"]Slowly but surely, the Royals are getting there. First, they’ve switched from nameplates to direct-sewn lettering

    Why is this better…I have gone into detail before about why I think nameplates are better, but never heard a qualified response from anyone as to why they think direct sewn is better????[/quote]

    I don’t know anybody else, but I think nameplates just look stupid. It’s just an unnecessary element and makes the uniform look less professional. I think it looks especially awful on the Twins road pinstriped uniforms.

  • Paul Lukas | April 1, 2008 at 9:24 am |

    [quote comment="245218"]Slowly but surely, the Royals are getting there. First, they’ve switched from nameplates to direct-sewn lettering

    Why is this better…I have gone into detail before about why I think nameplates are better, but never heard a qualified response from anyone as to why they think direct sewn is better????[/quote]

    I think nameplates look like shit. Extra seams, extra fabric, extra puckering. What if the insignia on the front was actually a big piece of fabric with a script design on it — wouldn’t THAT look like shit? Damn right. So do nameplates.

  • Joe H | April 1, 2008 at 9:25 am |

    Also yesterday O’s first base coach John “T-Bone” Shelby’s “8″ was upside-down on the front of his jersey…no pics. First base coaches don’t get much photo love.

  • LI Phil | April 1, 2008 at 9:26 am |

    [quote comment="245218"]Slowly but surely, the Royals are getting there. First, they’ve switched from nameplates to direct-sewn lettering

    Why is this better…I have gone into detail before about why I think nameplates are better, but never heard a qualified response from anyone as to why they think direct sewn is better????[/quote]

    i don’t know if it’s better, but it is most surely more aesthetically pleasing…the only time (imho) nameplates look even ok … which they don’t … is when they are done like this…purposely offset so the NOB is the same color as the jersey color

    in this case, i’ll say the nameplate is acceptable

  • Paul Lukas | April 1, 2008 at 9:26 am |

    [quote comment="245219"]I generally hate the Indians (being a White Sox fan), but I like their new alts. Somebody should tell the White Sox radio team that they aren’t 1954 throwbacks, though, since they kept saying all game they were.[/quote]

    Seriously? They referred to them as a 1954 design?! That’s nuts.

  • Robert | April 1, 2008 at 9:26 am |

    The Cincy newspaper reported Harang did not request to wear the Nuxy jersey during the game. Someone with the team asked him if he would like to do so, and he agreed. So to the extent that there is a “Look at me” factor at work, Harang is not to blame.

  • Robert | April 1, 2008 at 9:28 am |

    And just because it made me a little crazy:

    Every time I see a Reds player (or players, in yesterday’s case) wearing No. 41, I think of Tom Seaver.

  • Kevin G. | April 1, 2008 at 9:30 am |

    [quote comment="245196"]Bobby Richardosn claimed that the 2nd base umpire took his cap immediately after he caught the Willie McCovey liner to end the 1962 Series.[/quote]
    The unpire asked Bobby Richardson if he could have it before the final out of the World Series, and Bobby agreed.

  • Joe H | April 1, 2008 at 9:31 am |

    [quote comment="245225"][quote comment="245218"]Slowly but surely, the Royals are getting there. First, they’ve switched from nameplates to direct-sewn lettering

    Why is this better…I have gone into detail before about why I think nameplates are better, but never heard a qualified response from anyone as to why they think direct sewn is better????[/quote]

    I think nameplates look like shit. Extra seams, extra fabric, extra puckering. What if the insignia on the front was actually a big piece of fabric with a script design on it — wouldn’t THAT look like shit? Damn right. So do nameplates.[/quote]

    It may look cleaner to have a direct sewn name, but the nameplate ensures a proper arch to the name. Now most teams that use direct sewing have the surnames in practically a straight line. Only when it’s a longer name does it start to resemble a proper radial arch.

    And they don’t pucker if done right, but nobody can seem to do that today.

  • who cares | April 1, 2008 at 9:33 am |

    NFL tells Super Bowl volunteers to go f themselves so no more stories about the good experience on uniwatch I presume.

  • Ryne | April 1, 2008 at 9:34 am |

    The real issue with the Reds is, is Affeldt still going to wear number 41, since the Reds did RETIRE it yesterday.

  • Jake Pride | April 1, 2008 at 9:39 am |

    Is that the same Philadelphia mayor who, dressed in a track suit, waited in line himself for an iPhone when it was introduced?

    http://www.blogsmith...

    Brotherly love, indeed.

  • Rob K. | April 1, 2008 at 9:40 am |

    • What’s worse than an annoying corporate ad slogan that tries to turn baseball into a lifestyle brand? An annoying corporate ad slogan with one word missing.

    Seems like you’ve found the first Photoshop contest of the season…

    “I Live for Taking Your Money!”

  • Luke Mohamed | April 1, 2008 at 9:41 am |

    I didn’t know Jose Mesa was the mayor of Philly

  • Dave in VA | April 1, 2008 at 9:41 am |

    [quote comment="245236"]Is that the same Philadelphia mayor who, dressed in a track suit, waited in line himself for an iPhone when it was introduced?

    http://www.blogsmith...

    Brotherly love, indeed.[/quote]

    No, that’s the (thankfully) former mayor, John Street.

  • Joey Guns | April 1, 2008 at 9:44 am |

    While looking for pics of goateed umpires, I came across this shot of Ken Kaiser. Although he’s wearing the 1997 Jackie Robinson patch, the photo is actually from spring training 1998 — interesting. Also, note the logo creep on his pants!

    The only picture I’ve ever seen of Roberto Alomar and an umpire is this one, when he spit:

    http://blog.sportsco...

  • Jim | April 1, 2008 at 9:45 am |

    [quote comment="245232"][quote comment="245225"][quote comment="245218"]Slowly but surely, the Royals are getting there. First, they’ve switched from nameplates to direct-sewn lettering

    Why is this better…I have gone into detail before about why I think nameplates are better, but never heard a qualified response from anyone as to why they think direct sewn is better????[/quote]

    I think nameplates look like shit. Extra seams, extra fabric, extra puckering. What if the insignia on the front was actually a big piece of fabric with a script design on it — wouldn’t THAT look like shit? Damn right. So do nameplates.[/quote]

    It may look cleaner to have a direct sewn name, but the nameplate ensures a proper arch to the name. Now most teams that use direct sewing have the surnames in practically a straight line. Only when it’s a longer name does it start to resemble a proper radial arch.

    And they don’t pucker if done right, but nobody can seem to do that today.[/quote]

    Red wings have arched names and it’s directly sewn onto the jersey.

  • Juan Grande | April 1, 2008 at 9:46 am |

    [quote comment="245235"]The real issue with the Reds is, is Affeldt still going to wear number 41, since the Reds did RETIRE it yesterday.[/quote]

    It will be just like when MLB retired Jackie Robinson’s number. Mo Vaughn, Mariano Rivera, and a few others were still allowed to wear #42 untill they retired. The only one left now is Rivera and he doesn’t have much left.

    Affeldt can wear it until he leaves the team.

  • scott | April 1, 2008 at 9:47 am |

    [quote comment="245205"]As an Astros fan, I don’t know which continuing tradition was worse last night: the stranded baserunners or the red softball jerseys. Drayton McLane apparently loves those things. I despise them.

    In reality, the only decent thing about the Astros’ unis is the cap. (I still don’t understand that middle “s” design in Houston and Astros on the jerseys.) I say ditch the whole thing and go back to the shooting star design they used just before switching to the rainbow-gut unis.[/quote]

    Didn’t Biggio insist on the Astros wearing their road grays a lot at the beginning of the 2007 season? With Biggio retired, I guess the only time the complete gray Astros jersey might be seen is at the All-Star Game.

  • Greg V. | April 1, 2008 at 9:48 am |

    Harang was asked to wear Nuxy’s jersey for the game so it could be auctioned off, with proceeds going to Nuxhall’s community fund or Hall of Fame fund or something like that. It had good intentions.

    Jeremy Affeldt had 41 on the front and back of his jersey during introductions when everyone else had their regular uni numbers on the front. I didn’t see him during the game, but I would guess he did not wear a different number. Also, I don’t think the Reds officially retired number 41 yesterday. Retired numbers are along the ring of the upper deck of seats. A news report I saw said the Reds were “honoring” number 41.

  • Garbonzo Bean | April 1, 2008 at 9:48 am |

    [quote comment="245191"]A little birdie tells me that the Yankees will go to NOBs next season, to coincide with the opening of the new stadium and to make the point that Hank and Hal are running the team now.

    Nice April Fool’s joke Paul!!![/quote]

    A little birdie told me that the Mets will be moving the whole slab of Shea stadium to the upper west side of Manhattan

  • Steve | April 1, 2008 at 9:50 am |

    [quote comment="245220"]I was gonna say..if that’s not an April Fool’s Joke..all those shitty replicas with NOBs are gonna be accurate now..

    Well..except for the fact that 98% of them say Soriano on them..[/quote]

    Have you gone to many games recently? I’d say 85% are Jeter jerseys……

  • Garbonzo Bean | April 1, 2008 at 9:51 am |

    [quote comment="245207"]The Yankee NOB thing better be an April Fools joke.[/quote]

    Do you really think Hank and Hal would be THAT Stupid? You are talking about the same men who wouldnt sell the naming rights to Yankee Stadium…SO I can be certain that it is an April Fool

  • Nicholas Bean | April 1, 2008 at 9:53 am |

    As a follow-up, here’s a picture of Timberlake with the rest of the Hooks team, sans nameplates:

    http://www.caller.co...

  • David | April 1, 2008 at 9:53 am |

    [quote comment="245235"]The real issue with the Reds is, is Affeldt still going to wear number 41, since the Reds did RETIRE it yesterday.[/quote]

    When did the Reds retire number 41? They retired Joe’s microphone and hung a commemorative number 41 jersey in left field that will stay for this season but at no time did I notice his number being retired. So as far as I understand his number is still active.

    “The Reds also unfurled a Nuxhall jersey hanging above the visitors’ bullpen that will remain there for the duration of the season. The Reds also announced that Great American Ball Park’s address will officially be changed this summer to 100 Nuxhall Way.”

    http://cincinnati.re...

    No mention of a retired number.

  • Brian F. | April 1, 2008 at 9:54 am |

    Carlos Gomez was wearing a compression sleeve last night that appears to belong to Justin Morneau. Gomez wears #22 as appears on his sweatbands, and Morneau wears #33 as seen on the red compression sleeve here

  • David | April 1, 2008 at 9:55 am |

    [quote comment="245247"]Harang was asked to wear Nuxy’s jersey for the game so it could be auctioned off, with proceeds going to Nuxhall’s community fund or Hall of Fame fund or something like that. It had good intentions.

    Jeremy Affeldt had 41 on the front and back of his jersey during introductions when everyone else had their regular uni numbers on the front. I didn’t see him during the game, but I would guess he did not wear a different number. Also, I don’t think the Reds officially retired number 41 yesterday. Retired numbers are along the ring of the upper deck of seats. A news report I saw said the Reds were “honoring” number 41.[/quote]

    Harang’s jersey will be displayed in the Hall of Fame.

  • Al | April 1, 2008 at 9:55 am |

    [quote comment="245228"][quote comment="245219"]I generally hate the Indians (being a White Sox fan), but I like their new alts. Somebody should tell the White Sox radio team that they aren’t 1954 throwbacks, though, since they kept saying all game they were.[/quote]

    Seriously? They referred to them as a 1954 design?! That’s nuts.[/quote]

    More like 1972.

  • Max | April 1, 2008 at 10:02 am |

    [quote comment="245235"]The real issue with the Reds is, is Affeldt still going to wear number 41, since the Reds did RETIRE it yesterday.[/quote]

    The Reds will be “honoring” Nuxhall, not retiring #41.

    Harang usually wears #39. What is ironic is that Nuxhall also wore #39 during either his first or second stint with the Reds.

  • BCrisp | April 1, 2008 at 10:02 am |

    Thanks Justin Timberlake.
    I went to Corpus over the weekend to visit my brother-in-law. The baseball field is next to the bridge on the way out of town. They shut down the bridge so they could get some helicopter shot. Took us forever leave.

  • nate | April 1, 2008 at 10:03 am |

    this is the mayor of Philadelphia:
    http://www.youtube.c...

  • StevieW | April 1, 2008 at 10:04 am |

    The reds just placed Nuxhall’s #41 on the wall for a year on a jersey he never wore. Not retired. Oh by the way, they retired Davey Concepcion’s #13 and no mention of it on the website either. Not sure if it’s at the ballpark?

  • David | April 1, 2008 at 10:08 am |

    [quote comment="245262"]The reds just placed Nuxhall’s #41 on the wall for a year on a jersey he never wore. Not retired. Oh by the way, they retired Davey Concepcion’s #13 and no mention of it on the website either. Not sure if it’s at the ballpark?[/quote]

    They retired that last year, and yes it is on the facing behind home plate.

  • Marty Met | April 1, 2008 at 10:11 am |

    [quote comment="245207"]The Yankee NOB thing better be an April Fools joke.[/quote]

    Yeah, God forbid, someone “mess” with the precious Yankees uniform.

  • chance | April 1, 2008 at 10:14 am |

    [quote comment="245264"][quote comment="245207"]The Yankee NOB thing better be an April Fools joke.[/quote]

    Yeah, God forbid, someone “mess” with the precious Yankees uniform.[/quote]

    Damn straight, brother. :P

  • David | April 1, 2008 at 10:14 am |

    [quote comment="245262"]The reds just placed Nuxhall’s #41 on the wall for a year on a jersey he never wore. Not retired. Oh by the way, they retired Davey Concepcion’s #13 and no mention of it on the website either. Not sure if it’s at the ballpark?[/quote]

    That jersey they used for his number is a jersey no team has worn, it just has the font of the current jersey. You can see it about two thirds of the way through this slideshow.

  • Adam | April 1, 2008 at 10:18 am |

    [quote comment="245228"][quote comment="245219"]I generally hate the Indians (being a White Sox fan), but I like their new alts. Somebody should tell the White Sox radio team that they aren’t 1954 throwbacks, though, since they kept saying all game they were.[/quote]

    Seriously? They referred to them as a 1954 design?! That’s nuts.[/quote]

    They did. I’m positive of it, because it started them talking about how the Indians had 111 wins that season and the Yankees had 103. Ed Farmer, the play-by-play guy, tends to be pretty clueless, but I expected better from new parter Steve Stone.

    On another semi-unirelated note, they were discussing people who were hit in the head with balls. Steve Stone said the worst he ever saw was Sammy Sosa a few years ago (when his helmet shattered), and then brought up “Ben Chapman”, who he said died after being hit with a ball. Farmer had never heard of that. Maybe because his name was actually “Ray Chapman”.

  • Kevin | April 1, 2008 at 10:21 am |

    Gagne was absolutely hideous yesterday. Cubs were looking good though.

  • Rich | April 1, 2008 at 10:21 am |

    Obama bowling a 37 would probably equate to a 15 in candlepin bowling. Yeesh.

  • JoeS | April 1, 2008 at 10:25 am |

    [quote comment="245273"]Obama bowling a 37 would probably equate to a 15 in candlepin bowling. Yeesh.[/quote]
    This just in: “Clinton campaign recommends allocating Florida and Michigan delegates proportionally based on upcoming televised bowling match”

  • LI Phil | April 1, 2008 at 10:27 am |

    [quote comment="245230"]And just because it made me a little crazy:

    Every time I see a Reds player (or players, in yesterday’s case) wearing No. 41, I think of Tom Seaver.[/quote]

    and everytime i see a mets player wearing No. 40, i think of pat zachry

    *june 15, 1977*…the darkest day in met history

  • MPowers1634 | April 1, 2008 at 10:28 am |

    [quote comment="245220"]I was gonna say..if that’s not an April Fool’s Joke..all those shitty replicas with NOBs are gonna be accurate now..

    Well..except for the fact that 98% of them say Soriano on them..[/quote]

    Sounds like a plug for Straight Cash Homey!

  • derek | April 1, 2008 at 10:28 am |

    Did anyone else know that the Florida Panthers used to have arched NOB’s? This is news to me

    http://www.authentic...

  • Kevin | April 1, 2008 at 10:30 am |

    And speaking of opening day

  • Ben | April 1, 2008 at 10:30 am |

    [quote comment="245189"]The Brewers and Astros have pretty much shelved their grey road jerseys. The Astros wore the red almost 100% last year, and the Brewers started wearing the alt after the break.

    Im guessing if you keep track this year, the alt will be worn 80-90 percent of the road games for these two teams.[/quote]

    Personally, I think the Brewers looked kick ass yesterday! There blue alts are one of the best alternates in the bigs in my opinion.

  • Mark | April 1, 2008 at 10:31 am |

    Paul…The Pirates pitcher Ian Snell went double flap in the game @ the Braves last night, can’t find a pic though

  • Marty Met | April 1, 2008 at 10:33 am |

    [quote comment="245275"][quote comment="245230"]And just because it made me a little crazy:

    Every time I see a Reds player (or players, in yesterday’s case) wearing No. 41, I think of Tom Seaver.[/quote]

    and everytime i see a mets player wearing No. 40, i think of pat zachry

    *june 15, 1977*…the darkest day in met history[/quote]

    M. Donald Grant Sucks.

  • Poisso3 | April 1, 2008 at 10:36 am |

    [quote comment="245205"]As an Astros fan, I don’t know which continuing tradition was worse last night: the stranded baserunners or the red softball jerseys. Drayton McLane apparently loves those things. I despise them.

    In reality, the only decent thing about the Astros’ unis is the cap. (I still don’t understand that middle “s” design in Houston and Astros on the jerseys.) I say ditch the whole thing and go back to the shooting star design they used just before switching to the rainbow-gut unis.[/quote]

    Yeah, Uncle Drayton loves the Red Alts and the Astros Equipment Manager has said that they will rear them on the road unless the home team requests the grays worn. Stranded base runners and power hitters trying too hard…nothing changed there with this 08 roster. Hopefully that will change. Oh, anyone get a count of the number of Astros wearing the high socks last night?

    As for the “Astros” on the jersey, I think thy should do something to incorporate the shooting star on the chest, but last thing I would want was a repeat of the 2000 Season uniforms. Ok, so maybe the uniform Bags is sporting in that last link but in road gray…

  • Elwood | April 1, 2008 at 10:36 am |

    [quote comment="245277"]Did anyone else know that the Florida Panthers used to have arched NOB’s? This is news to me

    http://www.authentic...

    Yep. They started out single-color straight, went to what you show, and then recently switched back.

  • JoeS | April 1, 2008 at 10:36 am |

    [quote]Interesting piece here about the rebranding of a high school sports program. …[/quote]
    The helmet they came up with looks a bit too much like the Detroit Lions prototype. And both of them are ugly. I like the rest of their logos, though.

  • Perry | April 1, 2008 at 10:36 am |

    [quote comment="245230"]And just because it made me a little crazy:

    Every time I see a Reds player (or players, in yesterday’s case) wearing No. 41, I think of Tom Seaver.[/quote]

    Ya know, Nuxhall pitched the first live game I ever saw, and according to my scorecard wore #39 that year (1965). And that’s my memory of him… and now according to this he NEVER wore 41!

    http://www.baseball-...

    I do remember he used to pitch BP in the 70s wearing 41, and how he gave it up when Seaver joined the Reds. But never when an active player, apparently. Very puzzling.

  • MPowers1634 | April 1, 2008 at 10:39 am |

    [quote comment="245238"]I didn’t know Jose Mesa was the mayor of Philly[/quote]

    I think he looks more like the lovechild of Jose Mesa and Greg Vaughn.

  • ESS | April 1, 2008 at 10:41 am |

    [quote comment="245261"]this is the mayor of Philadelphia:
    http://www.youtube.c...

    Funny thing is, in the paper yesterday he said he had been practicing so that the ball would at least get over the plate. He was worried that if it didn’t, he’d be on YouTube…..again.

  • ScottyJ in WV | April 1, 2008 at 10:43 am |

    As a serious bowler AND a lefty, I’d have to say that Obama wears rental shoes well.

  • Chuck Ryals | April 1, 2008 at 10:46 am |

    new Tribe unis are sweet! the block C cap is so much better than the lame Wahoo cap.

  • David | April 1, 2008 at 10:47 am |

    [quote comment="245279"][quote comment="245189"]The Brewers and Astros have pretty much shelved their grey road jerseys. The Astros wore the red almost 100% last year, and the Brewers started wearing the alt after the break.

    Im guessing if you keep track this year, the alt will be worn 80-90 percent of the road games for these two teams.[/quote]

    Personally, I think the Brewers looked kick ass yesterday! There blue alts are one of the best alternates in the bigs in my opinion.[/quote]

    So it is kind of like being the smartest kid in the remedial class?

  • Walaitis | April 1, 2008 at 10:52 am |

    [quote comment="245293"]new Tribe unis are sweet! the block C cap is so much better than the lame Wahoo cap.[/quote]

    I’m confused here … It appears everyone is offended and annoyed by the “boring” Civil Rights Game jerseys, but seem to really love the Indians’ new alternates … is there really much of a difference?

  • Walaitis | April 1, 2008 at 10:54 am |

    http://www.astroland... comment=”245285″][quote comment="245205"]As an Astros fan, I don’t know which continuing tradition was worse last night: the stranded baserunners or the red softball jerseys. Drayton McLane apparently loves those things. I despise them.

    In reality, the only decent thing about the Astros’ unis is the cap. (I still don’t understand that middle “s” design in Houston and Astros on the jerseys.) I say ditch the whole thing and go back to the shooting star design they used just before switching to the rainbow-gut unis.[/quote]

    Yeah, Uncle Drayton loves the Red Alts and the Astros Equipment Manager has said that they will rear them on the road unless the home team requests the grays worn. Stranded base runners and power hitters trying too hard…nothing changed there with this 08 roster. Hopefully that will change. Oh, anyone get a count of the number of Astros wearing the high socks last night?

    As for the “Astros” on the jersey, I think thy should do something to incorporate the shooting star on the chest, but last thing I would want was a repeat of the 2000 Season uniforms. Ok, so maybe the uniform Bags is sporting in that last link but in road gray…[/quote]

    http://www.astroland...

    I’m so confused by this, I don’t even know where to start. Anyone have an explanation???

  • Kerry P | April 1, 2008 at 10:58 am |

    OK, this really isn’t uni-related, but I read this quote in an article and had to share it:

    “God, Nike and New Balance got us here,”

    This was said by a Louisiana state legislator after arriving from his 220-mile walk from Shreveport in northen Louisiana to the state capital of Baton Rouge for the start of the regular legislative session.

    Click HERE for the full story if you’re interested. It’s not related to sports or unis at all, but I read the quote and immediately thought of Uni Watch.

  • Derek | April 1, 2008 at 10:58 am |

    [quote comment="245297"][quote comment="245293"]new Tribe unis are sweet! the block C cap is so much better than the lame Wahoo cap.[/quote]

    I’m confused here … It appears everyone is offended and annoyed by the “boring” Civil Rights Game jerseys, but seem to really love the Indians’ new alternates … is there really much of a difference?[/quote]
    Yeah i feel the same way, The indians new uniforms are just as bland as the civil rights game uni’s. In my onpinion i cant stand either, too plain and boring, we are in the 21st century we should have such simplistic uniforms.

  • Derek | April 1, 2008 at 10:59 am |

    Correction, we should have should be we shouldnt have

  • Brian | April 1, 2008 at 11:02 am |

    A Jewish kid going to a pig butchering? What’s the world coming to? Just kidding. Much cleaner than the way I learned to butcher a wild pig or a deer. Made me ready for barbecue season, Boston butt for 10 hours on the smoker.

  • Jay | April 1, 2008 at 11:02 am |

    [quote comment="245297"][quote comment="245293"]new Tribe unis are sweet! the block C cap is so much better than the lame Wahoo cap.[/quote]

    I’m confused here … It appears everyone is offended and annoyed by the “boring” Civil Rights Game jerseys, but seem to really love the Indians’ new alternates … is there really much of a difference?[/quote]

    I thought people loved the Civil Rights Game unis last year. I think the difference this year is that MLB stopped short in the Civil Rights Game. Last year, there was a whole new uni for the teams, complete with new pants and caps. That was missing from this years game. Teams wore their hats and the White Sox wore their road gray pants.

    Maybe if MLB took some uni hints from the Negro League teams in the area the MLB team is from…

    The Indians unis are a nice interpretation of the 50′s era unis, especially the caps.

  • Walaitis | April 1, 2008 at 11:02 am |

    [quote comment="245299"]OK, this really isn’t uni-related, but I read this quote in an article and had to share it:

    “God, Nike and New Balance got us here,”

    This was said by a Louisiana state legislator after arriving from his 220-mile walk from Shreveport in northen Louisiana to the state capital of Baton Rouge for the start of the regular legislative session.

    Click HERE for the full story if you’re interested. It’s not related to sports or unis at all, but I read the quote and immediately thought of Uni Watch.[/quote]

    Well, as least God was listed first!!!!

  • Derek | April 1, 2008 at 11:03 am |

    Breaking News!
    must read this

    http://nhllogos.blog...

  • Dane | April 1, 2008 at 11:04 am |

    This place could either be really cool, or really lame.

  • Marty Met | April 1, 2008 at 11:07 am |

    [quote comment="245278"]And speaking of opening day…[/quote]

    I’m sure those Roger Clemens’ New york Yankees jerseys will be flying off the shelf.

    (Well maybe with Republican memebers of Congreess)

  • Walaitis | April 1, 2008 at 11:09 am |

    [quote comment="245306"]Breaking News!
    must read this

    http://nhllogos.blog...

    Never trust news like this on April 1.

  • Bouj | April 1, 2008 at 11:09 am |

    [quote comment="245285"]

    Yeah, Uncle Drayton loves the Red Alts and the Astros Equipment Manager has said that they will rear them on the road unless the home team requests the grays worn. Stranded base runners and power hitters trying too hard…nothing changed there with this 08 roster. Hopefully that will change. Oh, anyone get a count of the number of Astros wearing the high socks last night?

    [/quote]

    Only 4 Astros usually go high socks: Berkman, Oswalt, Pence, & Erstad. I’m not sure Berkman had them high last night.

    And Biggio requested they wear the greys last year during the final road series in CIN. They wore the bricks from mid-May on or so.

  • Joe | April 1, 2008 at 11:10 am |

    I pretty much crapped my pants when I saw the line about the Yanks going to NOB jerseys… I HATE those replicas with NOBs. They’re awful. Then I realized that I hadn’t switched my desk calendar to the correct date yet. Well played, Mr. Lukas.

  • Derek | April 1, 2008 at 11:15 am |

    [quote comment="245315"]I pretty much crapped my pants when I saw the line about the Yanks going to NOB jerseys… I HATE those replicas with NOBs. They’re awful. Then I realized that I hadn’t switched my desk calendar to the correct date yet. Well played, Mr. Lukas.[/quote]
    I was extremely happy about that untill i realized what day it was. The yankees need to update their look, i mean i like the class of thier uniforms but would it be so much to ask for them to put names on the uni’s?

  • LI Phil | April 1, 2008 at 11:22 am |

    [quote comment="245320"]The yankees need to update their look, i mean i like the class of thier uniforms but would it be so much to ask for them to put names on the uni’s?[/quote]

    im no fan of the yankees, but why the fuck should they do that?

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | April 1, 2008 at 11:25 am |

    [quote comment="245313"][quote comment="245306"]Breaking News!
    must read this

    http://nhllogos.blog...

    Never trust news like this on April 1.[/quote]

    The line that convinced me it was an April Fools joke was;

    …Gary Bettman would consider having the folks at Bravo TV series Project Runway design the new sweaters…

  • Derek | April 1, 2008 at 11:25 am |

    [quote comment="245321"][quote comment="245320"]The yankees need to update their look, i mean i like the class of thier uniforms but would it be so much to ask for them to put names on the uni’s?[/quote]

    im no fan of the yankees, but why the fuck should they do that?[/quote]
    Why not? What is so wrong with having names on the back of jerseys, its supposed to be that way, look at every other sport.

  • Mike Engle | April 1, 2008 at 11:25 am |

    [quote comment="245320"][quote comment="245315"]I pretty much crapped my pants when I saw the line about the Yanks going to NOB jerseys… I HATE those replicas with NOBs. They’re awful. Then I realized that I hadn’t switched my desk calendar to the correct date yet. Well played, Mr. Lukas.[/quote]
    I was extremely happy about that untill i realized what day it was. The yankees need to update their look, i mean i like the class of thier uniforms but would it be so much to ask for them to put names on the uni’s?[/quote]
    Yes. Don’t mess with tradition.
    You want an update? We wear white at home. No longer oatmeal off-white, and definitely not contrasting beer league tops. White at home. I could live with taking the stripe jobs off of the road tops’ sleeve cuffs. Not crazy about those. But the rest of the white on the grays needs to stay, lest we look too much like the vintage Red Sox on the road.
    I’ve been a Yankees fan since I was 7 (first game 4 July 96 at The Stadium and I recognized Paul O’Neill as a movie star), and I took great pride in the fact that I didn’t need names on backs to know my team’s players. I felt like a real fan. Don’t take that away from me.

  • Derek | April 1, 2008 at 11:26 am |

    [quote comment="245325"][quote comment="245313"][quote comment="245306"]Breaking News!
    must read this

    http://nhllogos.blog...

    Never trust news like this on April 1.[/quote]

    The line that convinced me it was an April Fools joke was;

    …Gary Bettman would consider having the folks at Bravo TV series Project Runway design the new sweaters…[/quote]
    Yeah i know same here, i was excited for a split second though

  • David T | April 1, 2008 at 11:29 am |

    Is that Sandy Koufax embracing Torre in that first Dodgers picture?

  • LI Phil | April 1, 2008 at 11:35 am |

    [quote comment="245327"][quote comment="245321"][quote comment="245320"]The yankees need to update their look, i mean i like the class of thier uniforms but would it be so much to ask for them to put names on the uni’s?[/quote]

    im no fan of the yankees, but why the fuck should they do that?[/quote]
    Why not? What is so wrong with having names on the back of jerseys, its supposed to be that way, look at every other sport.[/quote]

    “it’s supposed to be that way”

    can you show me that passage in the rule book by any chance?

    in other sports…YES…it is a regulation, but NOT in mlb

    unless and until it is, there is NO REASON for the yankees to have NOBs

  • Derek | April 1, 2008 at 11:38 am |

    [quote comment="245335"][quote comment="245327"][quote comment="245321"][quote comment="245320"]The yankees need to update their look, i mean i like the class of thier uniforms but would it be so much to ask for them to put names on the uni’s?[/quote]

    im no fan of the yankees, but why the fuck should they do that?[/quote]
    Why not? What is so wrong with having names on the back of jerseys, its supposed to be that way, look at every other sport.[/quote]

    “it’s supposed to be that way”

    can you show me that passage in the rule book by any chance?

    in other sports…YES…it is a regulation, but NOT in mlb

    unless and until it is, there is NO REASON for the yankees to have NOBs[/quote]
    There is no reason for them not, not one at all, clearly fans like it or they wouldnt buy the jerseys with the name on the back.

  • Alan #44 | April 1, 2008 at 11:38 am |

    [quote comment="245327"][quote comment="245321"][quote comment="245320"]The yankees need to update their look, i mean i like the class of thier uniforms but would it be so much to ask for them to put names on the uni’s?[/quote]

    im no fan of the yankees, but why the fuck should they do that?[/quote]
    Why not? What is so wrong with having names on the back of jerseys, its supposed to be that way, look at every other sport.[/quote]
    Why is it supposed to be that way?

  • Tim Abel | April 1, 2008 at 11:41 am |

    The cubs agree with you about wearing the team’s regular jerseys on opening day. Zambrano, who usually opts to wear the blue alternate (which is back this year), instead wore the classic pinstripes.

  • Ian K | April 1, 2008 at 11:43 am |

    [quote comment="245331"]Is that Sandy Koufax embracing Torre in that first Dodgers picture?[/quote]

    Yes. He threw out the first pitch but for unexplained reasons, wore an oxford shirt, blazer, and jeans. On the ESPN broadcast, Dave O’Brien remarked how “Koufax always looks like 8 million bucks.” He looked like he was channeling George Hamilton.

  • Walaitis | April 1, 2008 at 11:46 am |

    [quote comment="245336"][quote comment="245335"][quote comment="245327"][quote comment="245321"][quote comment="245320"]The yankees need to update their look, i mean i like the class of thier uniforms but would it be so much to ask for them to put names on the uni’s?[/quote]

    im no fan of the yankees, but why the fuck should they do that?[/quote]
    Why not? What is so wrong with having names on the back of jerseys, its supposed to be that way, look at every other sport.[/quote]

    “it’s supposed to be that way”

    can you show me that passage in the rule book by any chance?

    in other sports…YES…it is a regulation, but NOT in mlb

    unless and until it is, there is NO REASON for the yankees to have NOBs[/quote]
    There is no reason for them not, not one at all, clearly fans like it or they wouldnt buy the jerseys with the name on the back.[/quote]

    Excellent point … to which the counter-point would be: So, of the licensed Yankee jerseys in circulation, what percentage have NOB vs. NNOB?

    Everything else can be found on Big Al’s Web – why not this?

  • Mark K | April 1, 2008 at 11:49 am |

    This is the mayor of Philadelphia. I’m just gonna leave it at that. Draw your own conclusions.

    And this makes him the frontrunner for today’s Unitard Award.

  • DUCKstyle | April 1, 2008 at 11:50 am |

    [quote comment="245228"][quote comment="245219"]I generally hate the Indians (being a White Sox fan), but I like their new alts. Somebody should tell the White Sox radio team that they aren’t 1954 throwbacks, though, since they kept saying all game they were.[/quote]

    Seriously? They referred to them as a 1954 design?! That’s nuts.[/quote]

    I listened to almost the entire game and never heard them say they were throwbacks. I think Ed Farmer reffered to them as 50′s style, or something to that effect.

  • DawgFan | April 1, 2008 at 11:51 am |

    At what point does an alternate jersey become a road jersey? Like said before, the Astros wear the road alternate maybe 90% of their road games. Despite it not being the “official” road jersey, isn’t it essentially their everyday road? In 1974 the Braves wore this on opening day (another shot). Even with white pants, is this acceptable because it was the “official” road uni?

  • John | April 1, 2008 at 11:52 am |

    [quote comment="245204"][quote comment="245202"][quote comment="245190"]My wife’s first comment when she saw our illustrious mayor throwing out the first pitch?

    “Why’s he wearing mom jeans?”[/quote]
    And why does he have a glove?[/quote]

    And why does he have his shirt tucked into his jeans. You don’t tuck things into jeans. Sticker still on the hat. There’s just so many things wrong with that picture. That’s the guy that’s making decisions for the entire city of Philadelphia?[/quote]

    well thats what happens when we elected a guy from the Prep

  • Eric B. | April 1, 2008 at 11:54 am |

    To answer the previous question, yes that is Sandy Koufax in street clothes with Torre. He and Fernando Valenzuela were the only guys who opted to go with street clothes for the Dodgers ceremony.

    And DeWitt wasn’t the only player to undergo a last minute number change. There’s a little tidbit about it (and the headaches it apparently caused for equipment manager Mitch Poole) about halfway down in this story:

    http://www.latimes.c...

  • Mike H | April 1, 2008 at 11:54 am |

    It should be noted that, goofy as he looked, Mayor Nutter delivered a perfect strike from the rubber.

    Here’s more of the red carpet pageantry of Opening Day: http://philadelphia....

    These fans were all apparently given Phillies caps and jersey-like shirts. I have my own photos of this, which I hope to have online tonight.

  • Sports Tsar | April 1, 2008 at 11:55 am |

    Barack Obama – OVER THE LINE!

    George
    http://sportstsar.co...

  • Rob McLeod | April 1, 2008 at 11:56 am |

    Scary Scary NHL news here… Advertisements on the Detroit Red Wings Jerseys for next year.

  • Poisso3 | April 1, 2008 at 11:58 am |

    [quote comment="245298"]http://www.astroland.net/2000gooden[quote comment="245285"][quote comment="245205"]As an Astros fan, I don’t know which continuing tradition was worse last night: the stranded baserunners or the red softball jerseys. Drayton McLane apparently loves those things. I despise them.

    In reality, the only decent thing about the Astros’ unis is the cap. (I still don’t understand that middle “s” design in Houston and Astros on the jerseys.) I say ditch the whole thing and go back to the shooting star design they used just before switching to the rainbow-gut unis.[/quote]

    Yeah, Uncle Drayton loves the Red Alts and the Astros Equipment Manager has said that they will rear them on the road unless the home team requests the grays worn. Stranded base runners and power hitters trying too hard…nothing changed there with this 08 roster. Hopefully that will change. Oh, anyone get a count of the number of Astros wearing the high socks last night?

    As for the “Astros” on the jersey, I think thy should do something to incorporate the shooting star on the chest, but last thing I would want was a repeat of the 2000 Season uniforms. Ok, so maybe the uniform Bags is sporting in that last link but in road gray…[/quote]

    http://www.astroland...

    I’m so confused by this, I don’t even know where to start. Anyone have an explanation???[/quote]

    Gooden signed a minor league contract with the Astros in 2000, and only appeared in one game, if I remember correctly. The black unis were only worn in 2000, then dropped.

  • Fontenot | April 1, 2008 at 11:58 am |

    Check this out!!

    Apparently Paul Lukas and/or Uni Watch was 19th most searched item on ESPN.com for the month of March! Scroll to the bottom of the page for the full list of searches.

  • Marty Met | April 1, 2008 at 11:58 am |

    [quote comment="245337"][quote comment="245327"][quote comment="245321"][quote comment="245320"]The yankees need to update their look, i mean i like the class of thier uniforms but would it be so much to ask for them to put names on the uni’s?[/quote]
    Why not? What is so wrong with having names on the back of jerseys, its supposed to be that way, look at every other sport.[/quote]
    Why is it supposed to be that way?[/quote]

    Are they’re supposed to be really, really ugly also?

  • Rob McLeod | April 1, 2008 at 11:59 am |

    here is the link to the Wings 09 Jersey

  • LI Phil | April 1, 2008 at 12:01 pm |

    [quote comment="245336"]There is no reason for them not, not one at all, clearly fans like it or they wouldnt buy the jerseys with the name on the back.[/quote]

    well then, by that ridiculous logic, the yankess should be wearing this, this or, in what is sure to be paul’s favorite, this…since “clearly the fans like it”

    why does everyone INSIST on fixing something which clearly isn’t broken?

    just because YOU don’t like it, doesn’t mean everyone else does

  • muddlehead | April 1, 2008 at 12:01 pm |

    koufax indeed. awesome in a suit. thought he might be making some kind of anti retro uni marketing i’m way over reliving the past thing, but, then i read valenzuela was sans uni also. oh well.

  • Rob McLeod | April 1, 2008 at 12:01 pm |

    HA HA IT HAS TO BE AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE… Wow I’m a total jackass.

  • Cowboy | April 1, 2008 at 12:04 pm |

    . “I will always remember his stubborn refusal to allow U.S. flag patches on UK’s uniforms except in times of war. Mr. Keightley was a former Marine and he felt that using the flag as a common decoration on a uniform was wholly inappropriate.

    I couldn’t agree more. I have a healthy, patriotic respect for the flag as a symbol of my country. I remember a conversation with my father-in-law, a Navy veteran, as we drove past a flag-festooned car dealership. I said I had a problem with using the flag to sell cars, and he completely agreed with me. Now, I am as patriotic as the next American, and more patriotic than most, but does the presence of a flag sticker on a helmet or a patch on a sports uniform enhance a feeling of patriotism, or does its ever-presence diminish the impact of the Stars-and-Stripes waving proudly in the breeze above the stadium?

  • Bryan S | April 1, 2008 at 12:09 pm |

    Anyone think that:

    He

    Looks a little bit like
    Him?

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | April 1, 2008 at 12:10 pm |

    [quote comment="245359"][quote comment="245336"]There is no reason for them not, not one at all, clearly fans like it or they wouldnt buy the jerseys with the name on the back.[/quote]

    well then, by that ridiculous logic, the yankess should be wearing this, this or, in what is sure to be paul’s favorite, this…since “clearly the fans like it”

    why does everyone INSIST on fixing something which clearly isn’t broken?

    just because YOU don’t like it, doesn’t mean everyone else does[/quote]

    I hate the Yankees because of King George and what he (allegedly) did to Yogi. That said … there are some uniforms that you just don’t mess with and the Yankee pinstripes is the number one example in my book. Another (controversial) example are the Penn State football unis. Some uniforms are the brand.

  • Mike Engle | April 1, 2008 at 12:12 pm |

    [quote comment="245365"]Anyone think that:

    He

    Looks a little bit like
    Him?[/quote]
    No.

  • Kevin M. | April 1, 2008 at 12:16 pm |

    [quote comment="245367"][quote comment="245365"]Anyone think that:

    He

    Looks a little bit like
    Him?[/quote]
    No.[/quote]

    I was thinking more like him

  • Zac Neubauer | April 1, 2008 at 12:22 pm |

    CNN has a video of the lego ballpark guy here.

  • mtjaws | April 1, 2008 at 12:25 pm |

    The Arizona Diamondbacks are wearing a 10th Anniversary patch on their right sleeve.

    Bob Melvin wearing the patch

    Patch/Logo close-up

  • Teebz | April 1, 2008 at 12:28 pm |

    [quote comment="245277"]Did anyone else know that the Florida Panthers used to have arched NOB’s? This is news to me

    http://www.authentic...

    Yes. Used up until their playoff loss to Colorado in the Stanley Cup Finals, and then tragically discarded. I blame the removal of the arched nameplates for their current streak of futility.

    The hockey gods frowned upon Miami.

  • shadoquad | April 1, 2008 at 12:32 pm |

    Paul,

    I haven’t read all of the comments, but if no other O’s fans addressed it yet, in answer to your question in the column about opening day pageantry, the Orioles have been rolling out the orange carpet on opening day practically since Camden Yards opened, I believe. I don’t think they did anything like that at Memorial Stadium, but I think they’ve done it every year since Camden was erected. Were they the first?

  • DJK | April 1, 2008 at 12:37 pm |

    The new Indians cream colored alts, along with the Phillies, are truly sweet. I also am not a fan of alts for opening day, but the INdians and Phils should just make these their standard home unis anyway.

  • Dan | April 1, 2008 at 12:39 pm |

    thats a lot of name on a little jersey.
    http://cache.daylife...

  • chance | April 1, 2008 at 12:39 pm |

    [quote comment="245336"][quote comment="245335"]there is NO REASON for the yankees to have NOBs[/quote]
    There is no reason for them not, not one at all, clearly fans like it or they wouldnt buy the jerseys with the name on the back.[/quote]

    That’s not a question of the fans wanting them, but fans not wanting to spring for authentics – replicas only come with NOB.

    It’s more about economics than actual preference.

  • Andrew C | April 1, 2008 at 12:41 pm |

    I must be completely missing the point on the Dimitar Berbatov picture (that is, the “what uniform” note in the Ticker.

    Long sleeve jersey, white shorts, white socks. It’s sort of Tottenham’s thing: they’re nicknamed the “Lillywhites,” for goodness sake.

    I’m sure I’m missing an obvious point–I’m a pretty huge Spurs fan and no doubt leaping to the defensive without cause.

  • chance | April 1, 2008 at 12:46 pm |

    [quote comment="245308"]This place could either be really cool, or really lame.[/quote]
    I’ll let you know – I work a block from the place.

    Not sure about donating anything from my collection, though….

  • Chris Mewett | April 1, 2008 at 12:48 pm |

    Can anyone explain the Tottenham “what uniform?” reference?

  • Jay | April 1, 2008 at 12:53 pm |

    [quote comment="245351"]It should be noted that, goofy as he looked, Mayor Nutter delivered a perfect strike from the rubber.

    Here’s more of the red carpet pageantry of Opening Day: http://philadelphia....

    These fans were all apparently given Phillies caps and jersey-like shirts. I have my own photos of this, which I hope to have online tonight.[/quote]

    Yep, could been the Cincy mayor:

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

  • Garbonzo Bean | April 1, 2008 at 12:56 pm |

    [quote comment="245327"][quote comment="245321"][quote comment="245320"]The yankees need to update their look, i mean i like the class of thier uniforms but would it be so much to ask for them to put names on the uni’s?[/quote]

    im no fan of the yankees, but why the fuck should they do that?[/quote]
    Why not? What is so wrong with having names on the back of jerseys, its supposed to be that way, look at every other sport.[/quote]

    Boy Derek did you put your foot in your mouth. Did you know back in 1929 when the Yankees were 1st to CONSISTANTLY use uniform numbers, they were considered out of place…and that the names didnt go on to other club’s backs until the 60s…so much it being the standard…dope. Ever seen the back of a RED SAWX jersey…no numbers…NEVER have been, i hate the sawx and it looks classy to me…

  • jesse | April 1, 2008 at 1:02 pm |

    “clearly the fans like it”

    Not really;

    [1] Seriously, most people don’t give a shit. This blog really distorts the perception that anyone cares what the players are wearing; and [2] the Yankees don’t sell replicas without a name, so the NOB jerseys are cheaper than the NNOB ones.

  • Patrick | April 1, 2008 at 1:04 pm |

    [quote comment="245385"]Can anyone explain the Tottenham “what uniform?” reference?[/quote]

    I didn’t get that one, either, and I studied the picture for a few minutes.

  • Thomps | April 1, 2008 at 1:05 pm |

    [quote comment="245304"][quote comment="245297"][quote comment="245293"]new Tribe unis are sweet! the block C cap is so much better than the lame Wahoo cap.[/quote]

    I’m confused here … It appears everyone is offended and annoyed by the “boring” Civil Rights Game jerseys, but seem to really love the Indians’ new alternates … is there really much of a difference?[/quote]

    I thought people loved the Civil Rights Game unis last year. I think the difference this year is that MLB stopped short in the Civil Rights Game. Last year, there was a whole new uni for the teams, complete with new pants and caps. That was missing from this years game. Teams wore their hats and the White Sox wore their road gray pants.

    Maybe if MLB took some uni hints from the Negro League teams in the area the MLB team is from…

    The Indians unis are a nice interpretation of the 50′s era unis, especially the caps.[/quote]

    I bought the Indians alternate cap when it was first revealed months ago and I get more compliments on it than any of my other caps. The simple retro look is a good one.

  • Matt | April 1, 2008 at 1:07 pm |

    Hiller actually has the koho logos blacked in right now because Koho has not payed him to wear the pads. Companies will pay goalies around $40,000 to wear their stuff and Hiller has recieved no money from Koho. His response? Blacking in all of the logos. For a short while this season his pads did indeed have the koho branding.

  • mtjaws | April 1, 2008 at 1:12 pm |

    [quote comment="245373"][quote comment="245277"]Did anyone else know that the Florida Panthers used to have arched NOB’s? This is news to me

    http://www.authentic...

    Yes. Used up until their playoff loss to Colorado in the Stanley Cup Finals, and then tragically discarded. I blame the removal of the arched nameplates for their current streak of futility.

    The hockey gods frowned upon Miami.[/quote]

    Those older Panthers uniforms were so much better than today’s. I like the arched name better than the straight, but either worked fine on the old design. The new one has so many terrible elements to it. The apron pipes, the bad sleeve strives, the neck Ree-box, the overlapped Captain C. They are my favorite hockey team, and I love the logo and colors, but I definitely vote to go back to the old uniform.

    I can’t find a picture, but I swear the top corners of Jay Bouwmeester’s straight nameplate/letters overlap slightly on the piping near the shoulders. I’ll keep looking for evidence of what I think I saw on tv.

  • Walaitis | April 1, 2008 at 1:12 pm |

    [quote comment="245392"]Hiller actually has the koho logos blacked in right now because Koho has not payed him to wear the pads. Companies will pay goalies around $40,000 to wear their stuff and Hiller has recieved no money from Koho. His response? Blacking in all of the logos. For a short while this season his pads did indeed have the koho branding.[/quote]

    And with that said, whether it’s an AFD joke or not, is the Red Wings annoucement really that big a deal? While I’m not a fan of “billboarding” an athlete, I understand that manufacturers want to put their logo on the product they produce. I work in retail. If my company makes and sells something, you can BET it will have the company name on it! I think it hits a whole new level when a player will black out a logo because they aren’t specifically being paid to wear that logo. At that point, they ARE selling advertising space on uniforms.

  • Perry | April 1, 2008 at 1:13 pm |

    [quote comment="245383"]I must be completely missing the point on the Dimitar Berbatov picture (that is, the “what uniform” note in the Ticker.

    Long sleeve jersey, white shorts, white socks. It’s sort of Tottenham’s thing: they’re nicknamed the “Lillywhites,” for goodness sake.

    I’m sure I’m missing an obvious point–I’m a pretty huge Spurs fan and no doubt leaping to the defensive without cause.[/quote]

    I’m an Arsenal fan but I wondered the same thing. Paul must have made the comment because (1) he’s not that familiar with Spurs (or soccer, for that matter) and (2) especially with the long sleeves, there’s a LOT of plain white there and not much in the way of trim color or insignias. Sometimes Spurs wear navy shorts, and in past years they’ve sometimes had more navy trim on the shirts, or even navy sleeves, but this year not so much.

    P.S. Where’s Berby going next year? :-)

  • Cathy | April 1, 2008 at 1:14 pm |

    [quote comment="245383"]I must be completely missing the point on the Dimitar Berbatov picture (that is, the “what uniform” note in the Ticker.

    Long sleeve jersey, white shorts, white socks. It’s sort of Tottenham’s thing: they’re nicknamed the “Lillywhites,” for goodness sake.

    I’m sure I’m missing an obvious point–I’m a pretty huge Spurs fan and no doubt leaping to the defensive without cause.[/quote]

    Look at the goalies shorts (or lack thereof)….

  • joe | April 1, 2008 at 1:14 pm |

    They actually do sell replicas without the name on the back, it just doesn’t have the number. I prefer this over one with the name on the back because it just isn’t a Yankee thing to have a name on the back. They simply don’t sell replicas with numbers without the name.

  • mtjaws | April 1, 2008 at 1:17 pm |

    Sorry my first link doesn’t work in Post #141, but the second link has a similar picture.

  • Paul Lukas | April 1, 2008 at 1:21 pm |

    [quote comment="245398"][quote comment="245383"]I must be completely missing the point on the Dimitar Berbatov picture (that is, the “what uniform” note in the Ticker.

    Long sleeve jersey, white shorts, white socks. It’s sort of Tottenham’s thing: they’re nicknamed the “Lillywhites,” for goodness sake.

    I’m sure I’m missing an obvious point–I’m a pretty huge Spurs fan and no doubt leaping to the defensive without cause.[/quote]

    Look at the goalies shorts (or lack thereof)….[/quote]

    Can’t believe it took this long for someone to understand the point of that photo.

  • Cathy | April 1, 2008 at 1:24 pm |

    [quote comment="245401"][quote comment="245398"][quote comment="245383"]I must be completely missing the point on the Dimitar Berbatov picture (that is, the “what uniform” note in the Ticker.

    Long sleeve jersey, white shorts, white socks. It’s sort of Tottenham’s thing: they’re nicknamed the “Lillywhites,” for goodness sake.

    I’m sure I’m missing an obvious point–I’m a pretty huge Spurs fan and no doubt leaping to the defensive without cause.[/quote]

    Look at the goalies shorts (or lack thereof)….[/quote]

    Can’t believe it took this long for someone to understand the point of that photo.[/quote]

    being a girl…it jumped right out at me ;)

  • Chris Hilf | April 1, 2008 at 1:31 pm |

    [quote comment="245280"]Paul…The Pirates pitcher Ian Snell went double flap in the game @ the Braves last night, can’t find a pic though[/quote]
    He did indeed. And Adam LaRoche’s pirate patch on his right arm sleeve was torn in half. Can’t get a SS though.

  • Dane | April 1, 2008 at 1:32 pm |

    [quote comment="245373"]The hockey gods frowned upon Miami.[/quote]

    There’s a sentence I never thought I would read.

  • Quint | April 1, 2008 at 1:34 pm |

    [quote comment="245355"][quote comment="245298"]http://www.astroland.net/2000gooden[quote comment="245285"][quote comment="245205"]As an Astros fan, I don’t know which continuing tradition was worse last night: the stranded baserunners or the red softball jerseys. Drayton McLane apparently loves those things. I despise them.

    In reality, the only decent thing about the Astros’ unis is the cap. (I still don’t understand that middle “s” design in Houston and Astros on the jerseys.) I say ditch the whole thing and go back to the shooting star design they used just before switching to the rainbow-gut unis.[/quote]

    Yeah, Uncle Drayton loves the Red Alts and the Astros Equipment Manager has said that they will rear them on the road unless the home team requests the grays worn. Stranded base runners and power hitters trying too hard…nothing changed there with this 08 roster. Hopefully that will change. Oh, anyone get a count of the number of Astros wearing the high socks last night?

    As for the “Astros” on the jersey, I think thy should do something to incorporate the shooting star on the chest, but last thing I would want was a repeat of the 2000 Season uniforms. Ok, so maybe the uniform Bags is sporting in that last link but in road gray…[/quote]

    http://www.astroland...

    I’m so confused by this, I don’t even know where to start. Anyone have an explanation???[/quote]

    Gooden signed a minor league contract with the Astros in 2000, and only appeared in one game, if I remember correctly. The black unis were only worn in 2000, then dropped.[/quote]
    I don’t think the confusion comes from Dwight Gooden wearing a black Astros jersey. I think the question is, why is Dwight Gooden on the All Star Rookie team in 2000? I can only assume they were honoring former All Star Rookies.

  • interlockingtc | April 1, 2008 at 1:36 pm |

    I don’t know how I feel about the re-introduction of those white paneled Twins helmets. Last year their catchers wore them and I was amused.

    They are not good looking. But they are a sweet nod to (a less than memorable era in) the Twins history–which I appreciate. The Twins just jumped on the front panel bandwagon when they were introduced in the mid-’70′s. Hmmmm…

    I guess they win my approval for showing up unexpectantly. And because they’re being worn by base coaches. It’s all kind of strange…and I love strange, unexpected occurrences in a sports world where originality is being squeezed out little by little.

    Also. The Royals patch looks so much better on the sleeve without the white border.

  • Anthony | April 1, 2008 at 1:45 pm |

    NOB???? APRIL FOOLS PLEASE!!!!!!

  • Anthony | April 1, 2008 at 1:51 pm |

    “no name, of course”

    -John Sterling

    Debate over.

  • john in DC | April 1, 2008 at 1:53 pm |

    There’s always room for hockey after Opening Day…

    Last question of this interview with Bridgeport Sound Tigers goaltender Joey MacDonald covers his New York Islanders-themed mask and its inspiration.

  • Derek | April 1, 2008 at 1:56 pm |

    [quote comment="245359"][quote comment="245336"]There is no reason for them not, not one at all, clearly fans like it or they wouldnt buy the jerseys with the name on the back.[/quote]

    well then, by that ridiculous logic, the yankess should be wearing this, this or, in what is sure to be paul’s favorite, this…since “clearly the fans like it”

    why does everyone INSIST on fixing something which clearly isn’t broken?

    just because YOU don’t like it, doesn’t mean everyone else does[/quote]
    Right, and i never said they dont, i was just offering my opinion

  • Perry | April 1, 2008 at 1:57 pm |

    [quote comment="245288"][quote comment="245230"]And just because it made me a little crazy:

    Every time I see a Reds player (or players, in yesterday’s case) wearing No. 41, I think of Tom Seaver.[/quote]

    Ya know, Nuxhall pitched the first live game I ever saw, and according to my scorecard wore #39 that year (1965). And that’s my memory of him… and now according to this he NEVER wore 41!

    http://www.baseball-...

    I do remember he used to pitch BP in the 70s wearing 41, and how he gave it up when Seaver joined the Reds. But never when an active player, apparently. Very puzzling.[/quote]

    Okay, I contacted the Reds about this, and they say Nuxhall wore #41 from 1962-66, and specifically requested #41 be used in any memorial the team might do. At least one late-60s baseball card I found on e-bay does indeed show him wearing 40-something. So apparently the baseball-almanac site is incorrect. I’ve sent them an e-mail with the correction.

  • LI Phil | April 1, 2008 at 1:57 pm |

    [quote] Ever seen the back of a RED SAWX jersey…no numbers…NEVER have been, i hate the sawx and it looks classy to me…[/quote]

    no numbers???

    i know ya meant NAMES

    a few other teams have gone to the NNOB at home (and gone away from it) in the past few years (gints, dodgers, mets come to mind)

    a trend i would love to see continue

    but i guess these kids today…

    *searches newspaper for matlock reruns*

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | April 1, 2008 at 1:58 pm |

    For all you folks waiting in breathless anticipation………..

  • MPowers1634 | April 1, 2008 at 1:58 pm |

    Hopefully, this is an AFD joke from the people at New Era.

  • LI Phil | April 1, 2008 at 2:04 pm |

    [quote comment="245418"]Hopefully, this is an AFD joke from the people at New Era.[/quote]

    no wai matt

    those lids are poppin!

  • Derek | April 1, 2008 at 2:04 pm |

    [quote comment="245416"][quote] Ever seen the back of a RED SAWX jersey…no numbers…NEVER have been, i hate the sawx and it looks classy to me…[/quote]

    no numbers???

    i know ya meant NAMES

    a few other teams have gone to the NNOB at home (and gone away from it) in the past few years (gints, dodgers, mets come to mind)

    a trend i would love to see continue

    but i guess these kids today…

    *searches newspaper for matlock reruns*[/quote]
    Yeah im 18 so i guees thats why i like the NOB look, i guess liking NNOB is an older guy thing

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | April 1, 2008 at 2:05 pm |

    Apparently, the NFL has approved radios (and green dots) for one defensive player on the field.

    The hair issue, on the other hand, has been tabled until after the NFL gets input from the players union.

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | April 1, 2008 at 2:05 pm |

    [quote comment="245418"]Hopefully, this is an AFD joke from the people at New Era.[/quote]
    No more a joke than this or this

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | April 1, 2008 at 2:07 pm |

    [quote comment="245424"][quote comment="245418"]Hopefully, this is an AFD joke from the people at New Era.[/quote]
    No more a joke than this or this[/quote]
    Oops! Forgot these beauties

  • Paul Lukas | April 1, 2008 at 2:07 pm |

    [quote comment="245412"]“no name, of course”

    -John Sterling

    Debate over.[/quote]

    Michael Kay, actually, not Sterling.

  • Dave in VA | April 1, 2008 at 2:08 pm |

    [quote comment="245425"][quote comment="245424"][quote comment="245418"]Hopefully, this is an AFD joke from the people at New Era.[/quote]
    No more a joke than this or this[/quote]
    Oops! Forgot these beauties[/quote]

    Aargh…my eyes…

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | April 1, 2008 at 2:10 pm |

    [quote comment="245421"][quote comment="245418"]Hopefully, this is an AFD joke from the people at New Era.[/quote]

    no wai matt

    those lids are poppin![/quote]
    Phil, you are so street – fo’ shizzle ;-)

  • Hank | April 1, 2008 at 2:14 pm |

    [quote comment="245193"]Lol @ Mayor Nutter, with the jersey tucked in, but hey hes better than our last mayor (and hes only been mayor for a few months!) so I cant make fun too much.[/quote]
    So true, so true. (Mini claim to fame. I went to high school with Michael.) At least he pitched better than Flash Gordon. Yeesh.

  • Philly Bill | April 1, 2008 at 2:14 pm |

    [quote comment="245401"][quote comment="245398"][quote comment="245383"]I must be completely missing the point on the Dimitar Berbatov picture (that is, the “what uniform” note in the Ticker.

    Long sleeve jersey, white shorts, white socks. It’s sort of Tottenham’s thing: they’re nicknamed the “Lillywhites,” for goodness sake.

    I’m sure I’m missing an obvious point–I’m a pretty huge Spurs fan and no doubt leaping to the defensive without cause.[/quote]

    Look at the goalies shorts (or lack thereof)….[/quote]

    Can’t believe it took this long for someone to understand the point of that photo.[/quote]

    No kidding! If that photo depicted a female athlete in a similar state, you would have to ban a dozen posters by now.

  • Teebz | April 1, 2008 at 2:15 pm |

    [quote comment="245405"][quote comment="245373"]The hockey gods frowned upon Miami.[/quote]

    There’s a sentence I never thought I would read.[/quote]

    Believe me… I never would have thought “Florida Panthers in Cup Final” would be something to be uttered either, but it happened. ;o)

  • Poisso3 | April 1, 2008 at 2:18 pm |

    [quote comment="245406"][quote comment="245355"][quote comment="245298"]http://www.astroland.net/2000gooden[quote comment="245285"][quote comment="245205"]As an Astros fan, I don’t know which continuing tradition was worse last night: the stranded baserunners or the red softball jerseys. Drayton McLane apparently loves those things. I despise them.

    In reality, the only decent thing about the Astros’ unis is the cap. (I still don’t understand that middle “s” design in Houston and Astros on the jerseys.) I say ditch the whole thing and go back to the shooting star design they used just before switching to the rainbow-gut unis.[/quote]

    Yeah, Uncle Drayton loves the Red Alts and the Astros Equipment Manager has said that they will rear them on the road unless the home team requests the grays worn. Stranded base runners and power hitters trying too hard…nothing changed there with this 08 roster. Hopefully that will change. Oh, anyone get a count of the number of Astros wearing the high socks last night?

    As for the “Astros” on the jersey, I think thy should do something to incorporate the shooting star on the chest, but last thing I would want was a repeat of the 2000 Season uniforms. Ok, so maybe the uniform Bags is sporting in that last link but in road gray…[/quote]

    http://www.astroland...

    I’m so confused by this, I don’t even know where to start. Anyone have an explanation???[/quote]

    Gooden signed a minor league contract with the Astros in 2000, and only appeared in one game, if I remember correctly. The black unis were only worn in 2000, then dropped.[/quote]
    I don’t think the confusion comes from Dwight Gooden wearing a black Astros jersey. I think the question is, why is Dwight Gooden on the All Star Rookie team in 2000? I can only assume they were honoring former All Star Rookies.[/quote]

    From Wikipedia:

    In 2000, a special 10-card insert set of Topps All-Star Rookies was included in packs of the regular issue. Topps combined a list of All-Star names and holographic foil design to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Topps All-Star Rookie team. On the front these cards featured a current player that had been named to a team in his respective rookie season. The backs of each card contained a list of players from 1959 through 1999 that had been named to the team at the position played by the player on the front of the card. The team was composed of the following:

    Mark McGwire, 1B
    Chuck Knoblauch, 2B
    Chipper Jones, 3B
    Cal Ripken, Jr., SS
    Manny Ramírez, OF
    Ken Griffey, Jr., OF
    José Canseco, OF
    Mike Piazza, C
    Dwight Gooden, RHP
    Billy Wagner, LHP

  • tedkerwin | April 1, 2008 at 2:24 pm |

    Hey Paul, if you keep your ball in the trunk in cold weather the ball will react differently until it reaches the room temperature. If you know you are going bowling put it under the front seat heater on your drive to the alley.

  • Marty Met | April 1, 2008 at 2:28 pm |

    [quote comment="245366"][quote comment="245359"][quote comment="245336"]There is no reason for them not, not one at all, clearly fans like it or they wouldnt buy the jerseys with the name on the back.[/quote]

    well then, by that ridiculous logic, the yankess should be wearing this, this or, in what is sure to be paul’s favorite, this…since “clearly the fans like it”

    why does everyone INSIST on fixing something which clearly isn’t broken?

    just because YOU don’t like it, doesn’t mean everyone else does[/quote]

    I hate the Yankees because of King George and what he (allegedly) did to Yogi. That said … there are some uniforms that you just don’t mess with and the Yankee pinstripes is the number one example in my book. Another (controversial) example are the Penn State football unis. Some uniforms are the brand.[/quote]

    YUCK!!

  • Anthony | April 1, 2008 at 2:30 pm |

    Well done Lucas, RE: Sterling

    It must kill you that you must fight for what is right as a mets fan (solid blue hats) while across town they do it perfectly, aside from the pajama pants.

  • Marty Met | April 1, 2008 at 2:30 pm |

    [quote comment="245426"][quote comment="245412"]“no name, of course”

    -John Sterling

    Debate over.[/quote]

    Michael Kay, actually, not Sterling.[/quote]

    Neither of whom could come close to Bob Murphy

  • MPowers1634 | April 1, 2008 at 2:34 pm |

    [quote comment="245435"]Hey Paul, if you keep your ball in the trunk in cold weather the ball will react differently until it reaches the room temperature. If you know you are going bowling put it under the front seat heater on your drive to the alley.[/quote]

    Heed the advice of Big Ern, you don’t want to get Munsoned!

  • Zakawitz | April 1, 2008 at 2:34 pm |

    [quote comment="245368"][quote comment="245367"][quote comment="245365"]Anyone think that:

    He

    Looks a little bit like
    Him?[/quote]
    No.[/quote]

    I was thinking more like him[/quote]

    what concerns me is that it looks like Paul might be wearing purple in that picture. I’m sure its blue, right Paul?

  • Marty Met | April 1, 2008 at 2:38 pm |

    [quote comment="245439"]Well done Lucas, RE: Sterling

    It must kill you that you must fight for what is right as a mets fan (solid blue hats) while across town they do it perfectly, aside from the pajama pants.[/quote]

    Dude even with the black the Mets have better uniforms. If the “Ditch the Black”, then the Metropolitans will be perfect.

  • Paul Lukas | April 1, 2008 at 2:39 pm |

    [quote comment="245440"][quote comment="245426"][quote comment="245412"]“no name, of course”

    -John Sterling

    Debate over.[/quote]

    Michael Kay, actually, not Sterling.[/quote]

    Neither of whom could come close to Bob Murphy[/quote]

    Hate to say it, and I know some of the other Mets fans here will crucify me for saying this, but Murph was (and still is) terribly overrated. I have a soft spot for him, sure, but his major virtue was longevity. Back in the day, Lindsey Nelson practically ran rings around him, and even Kiner was much better than Murph (hard to believe now, but Ralph was actually pretty sharp behind the mic before age and Bell’s Palsy set in).

    Even as a 9-yr-old, I could tell that Murph was always the yes-man, the company man, the weakest link in the broadcast trio. Very weak on analysis, incapable of offering anything resembling a critique of a player or situation. Yes, he had some charming catch phrases, but that was in large part because he had a very limited descriptive vocabulary and had to keep resorting to the same verbiage again and again.

    Good voice? Definitely. Nice cadence, good phrasing? You bet. But in many ways, Murph was a lightweight. Sad but true.

    Wanna hear a heavyweight? Listen to old clips of Lindsey Nelson. It’s no contest.

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | April 1, 2008 at 2:42 pm |

    [quote comment="245440"][quote comment="245426"][quote comment="245412"]“no name, of course”

    -John Sterling

    Debate over.[/quote]

    Michael Kay, actually, not Sterling.[/quote]

    Neither of whom could come close to Bob Murphy[/quote]
    …or Lindsey Nelson, for that matter

  • Anthony | April 1, 2008 at 2:42 pm |

    What a clown–Mets having better uniforms than the Yankees!! They have two borrowed colors (Dodger blue and Giant orange) and have desecrated the original interlocking NY, designed by tiffany’s for a NYPD medal or soemthing of that sort.

    Even Lukas can’t agree with you there.

  • LI Phil | April 1, 2008 at 2:43 pm |

    mookie wilson still hopes to win it for new york…3-2 the count…and the pitch by stanley…and a ground ball trickling…it’s a fair ball..it gets by buckner! rounding third is knight…the mets will win the ballgame…they win! they win!

    –murph

  • Costa | April 1, 2008 at 2:43 pm |

    Paul, I just saw that you’ll be doing a chat at Baseball Prospectus in May! Looking forward to it. How did that come about? Do you have any friends there?

  • Costa | April 1, 2008 at 2:44 pm |

    Or not =P I just now noticed the year, LOL. Hope you had fun 3 years ago.

  • Anthony | April 1, 2008 at 2:45 pm |

    Not liking the Mets, Murphy was unbearable. But it could be worse….

    “ROGER CLEMENS IS IN STEINBRENNERS BOX”

    and I am a yankees fan.

  • LI Phil | April 1, 2008 at 2:45 pm |

    so the winning run is at second base, with two outs, three and two to mookie wilson. (a) little roller up along first… behind the bag! it gets through buckner! here comes knight, and the mets win it!

    -vin

  • LI Phil | April 1, 2008 at 2:47 pm |

    [quote comment="245450"]Not liking the Mets, Murphy was unbearable. But it could be worse….

    “ROGER CLEMENS IS IN STEINBRENNERS BOX”

    and I am a yankees fan.[/quote]

    it could be worse…

    “ROGER CLEMENS IS IN SUZYN WALDMAN’S BOX”

  • Marty Met | April 1, 2008 at 2:53 pm |

    [quote comment="245444"][quote comment="245440"][quote comment="245426"][quote comment="245412"]“no name, of course”

    -John Sterling

    Debate over.[/quote]

    Michael Kay, actually, not Sterling.[/quote]

    Neither of whom could come close to Bob Murphy[/quote]

    Hate to say it, and I know some of the other Mets fans here will crucify me for saying this, but Murph was (and still is) terribly overrated. I have a soft spot for him, sure, but his major virtue was longevity. Back in the day, Lindsey Nelson practically ran rings around him, and even Kiner was much better than Murph (hard to believe now, but Ralph was actually pretty sharp behind the mic before age and Bell’s Palsy set in).

    Even as a 9-yr-old, I could tell that Murph was always the yes-man, the company man, the weakest link in the broadcast trio. Very weak on analysis, incapable of offering anything resembling a critique of a player or situation. Yes, he had some charming catch phrases, but that was in large part because he had a very limited descriptive vocabulary and had to keep resorting to the same verbiage again and again.

    Good voice? Definitely. Nice cadence, good phrasing? You bet. But in many ways, Murph was a lightweight. Sad but true.

    Wanna hear a heavyweight? Listen to old clips of Lindsey Nelson. It’s no contest.[/quote]

    I have to disagree. Nelson, yes, but Kiner?
    Kiner used to butcher the english language. My favorite being during a Mets Padres game “Randy Jones is throwing up in the bullpen”.

  • Nicole | April 1, 2008 at 2:54 pm |

    [quote comment="245233"]NFL tells Super Bowl volunteers to go f themselves so no more stories about the good experience on uniwatch I presume.[/quote]

    See that’s volunteering with the host committee, which is totally different from what I did as well as different from the other person that posted about helping with the halftime show.

    Host committee people are like the folks that stand at the airport with the sign and greets people. The SB I worked at, they were mostly little old ladies.

  • Chris Mewett | April 1, 2008 at 2:57 pm |

    [quote comment="245401"][quote comment="245398"][quote comment="245383"]I must be completely missing the point on the Dimitar Berbatov picture (that is, the “what uniform” note in the Ticker.

    Long sleeve jersey, white shorts, white socks. It’s sort of Tottenham’s thing: they’re nicknamed the “Lillywhites,” for goodness sake.

    I’m sure I’m missing an obvious point–I’m a pretty huge Spurs fan and no doubt leaping to the defensive without cause.[/quote]

    Look at the goalies shorts (or lack thereof)….[/quote]

    Can’t believe it took this long for someone to understand the point of that photo.[/quote]
    Are we quite certain that it’s not simply the case that his shorts have ridden up? It seems unlikely to me that he was running around without any on.

  • Paul Lukas | April 1, 2008 at 2:59 pm |

    [quote comment="245454"][quote comment="245444"][quote comment="245440"][quote comment="245426"][quote comment="245412"]“no name, of course”

    -John Sterling

    Debate over.[/quote]

    Michael Kay, actually, not Sterling.[/quote]

    Neither of whom could come close to Bob Murphy[/quote]

    Hate to say it, and I know some of the other Mets fans here will crucify me for saying this, but Murph was (and still is) terribly overrated. I have a soft spot for him, sure, but his major virtue was longevity. Back in the day, Lindsey Nelson practically ran rings around him, and even Kiner was much better than Murph (hard to believe now, but Ralph was actually pretty sharp behind the mic before age and Bell’s Palsy set in).

    Even as a 9-yr-old, I could tell that Murph was always the yes-man, the company man, the weakest link in the broadcast trio. Very weak on analysis, incapable of offering anything resembling a critique of a player or situation. Yes, he had some charming catch phrases, but that was in large part because he had a very limited descriptive vocabulary and had to keep resorting to the same verbiage again and again.

    Good voice? Definitely. Nice cadence, good phrasing? You bet. But in many ways, Murph was a lightweight. Sad but true.

    Wanna hear a heavyweight? Listen to old clips of Lindsey Nelson. It’s no contest.[/quote]

    I have to disagree. Nelson, yes, but Kiner?
    Kiner used to butcher the english language. My favorite being during a Mets Padres game “Randy Jones is throwing up in the bullpen”.[/quote]

    Wrong Kiner malapropism. It was Rich Folkers who was “throwing up in the bullpen.” Randy Jones was referred to as “the pitcher with the Karl Marx hairdo” (he meant to say Harpo Marx).

    Ralph also famously referred to Gary Carter as Gary Cooper, Mother’s Day as Father’s Day (or maybe the other way around — I forget), and himself as Ralph Korner (yes, really).

    Despite all of this, and much more, he was a much sharper baseball analyst than Murph.

  • Andrew C | April 1, 2008 at 3:07 pm |

    Ah, sorry. Naturally, my eye is drawn to Berbatov.

    And the answer to the other question: he damn well better be at Tottenham still.

  • Marty Met | April 1, 2008 at 3:08 pm |

    [quote comment="245457"][quote comment="245454"][quote comment="245444"][quote comment="245440"][quote comment="245426"][quote comment="245412"]“no name, of course”

    -John Sterling

    Debate over.[/quote]

    Michael Kay, actually, not Sterling.[/quote]

    Neither of whom could come close to Bob Murphy[/quote]

    Hate to say it, and I know some of the other Mets fans here will crucify me for saying this, but Murph was (and still is) terribly overrated. I have a soft spot for him, sure, but his major virtue was longevity. Back in the day, Lindsey Nelson practically ran rings around him, and even Kiner was much better than Murph (hard to believe now, but Ralph was actually pretty sharp behind the mic before age and Bell’s Palsy set in).

    Even as a 9-yr-old, I could tell that Murph was always the yes-man, the company man, the weakest link in the broadcast trio. Very weak on analysis, incapable of offering anything resembling a critique of a player or situation. Yes, he had some charming catch phrases, but that was in large part because he had a very limited descriptive vocabulary and had to keep resorting to the same verbiage again and again.

    Good voice? Definitely. Nice cadence, good phrasing? You bet. But in many ways, Murph was a lightweight. Sad but true.

    Wanna hear a heavyweight? Listen to old clips of Lindsey Nelson. It’s no contest.[/quote]

    I have to disagree. Nelson, yes, but Kiner?
    Kiner used to butcher the english language. My favorite being during a Mets Padres game “Randy Jones is throwing up in the bullpen”.[/quote]

    Wrong Kiner malapropism. It was Rich Folkers who was “throwing up in the bullpen.” Randy Jones was referred to as “the pitcher with the Karl Marx hairdo” (he meant to say Harpo Marx).

    Ralph also famously referred to Gary Carter as Gary Cooper, Mother’s Day as Father’s Day (or maybe the other way around — I forget), and himself as Ralph Korner (yes, really).

    Despite all of this, and much more, he was a much sharper baseball analyst than Murph.[/quote]

    Well we’ll have to disagree between Murph and Ralph. But Micheal Kay and John Sterling? They’re awful. And the combination of Waldman and Sterling is maybe the worst in the history of baseball.

  • LI Phil | April 1, 2008 at 3:15 pm |

    [quote comment="245457"]Wrong Kiner malapropism. It was Rich Folkers who was “throwing up in the bullpen.” Randy Jones was referred to as “the pitcher with the Karl Marx hairdo” (he meant to say Harpo Marx).

    Ralph also famously referred to Gary Carter as Gary Cooper, Mother’s Day as Father’s Day (or maybe the other way around — I forget), and himself as Ralph Korner (yes, really).

    Despite all of this, and much more, he was a much sharper baseball analyst than Murph.[/quote]

    in addition…he called dwight gooden “greg goossen” and darryl strawberry “darryl throneberry”…he also said, “if casey stengel were alive today, he’d be spinning in his grave” and, (my personal favorite) that Nolan Ryan’s fastball had been clocked at 200 miles per hour (!)

    i think…think…he was also credited with mentioning the HOF inductions and ceremonies would be taking place on july 31 and 32…

    paul would prolly know better than i but i believe he is STILL doing a select few boradcasts on SNY this year (and didn’t he do one or two from ST already???)

  • Al | April 1, 2008 at 3:20 pm |

    [quote comment="245381"]thats a lot of name on a little jersey.
    http://cache.daylife...

    That’s nothing like the guy wearing the 10 shirt for Glasgow Rangers. Or Mark Grudzielanek.

  • Walaitis | April 1, 2008 at 3:20 pm |

    [quote comment="245425"][quote comment="245424"][quote comment="245418"]Hopefully, this is an AFD joke from the people at New Era.[/quote]
    No more a joke than this or this[/quote]
    Oops! Forgot these beauties[/quote]

    Would you say the joke(s) here to be the designs, or the PRICES?

  • Shaftman | April 1, 2008 at 3:20 pm |

    [quote comment="245446"]What a clown–Mets having better uniforms than the Yankees!! They have two borrowed colors (Dodger blue and Giant orange) and have desecrated the original interlocking NY, designed by tiffany’s for a NYPD medal or soemthing of that sort.

    Even Lukas can’t agree with you there.[/quote]

    Anthony, you were better off with the “borrowed” argument. The interlocking NY that the Mets use is the same one that the Giants used when they were in NY.

    I disagree with your assessment as a whole because I think the nod to the New York National League Baseball heritage is awesome, but if you’re going to not like something you have to blame the originators.

    That being said, I still feel that the Yankees (even as a Mets fan) have great uni’s. Not so much because they look great but because of the intangibles. For instance, I am genuinely angry about the Yankees moving (even across the street) yet I’m not terribly upset about Shea being knocked down. For me it’s something that I can’t describe and probably never will be able to but after this year, I can’t go to a game in New York and watch the field where Gehrig and Ruth played. But at least, even today, I get a glimpse of what they would have looked like, due to the consistency that the Yankees have in their uni’s. Now if they would just get rid of the white boarder around “New York” and their numbers on the road uni’s we’d have something really sweet.

  • Al | April 1, 2008 at 3:22 pm |

    [quote comment="245464"][quote comment="245381"]thats a lot of name on a little jersey.
    http://cache.daylife...

    That’s nothing like the guy wearing the 10 shirt for Glasgow Celtic.[/quote]

    Whoops.

    http://www.kitbag.co...

  • Al | April 1, 2008 at 3:24 pm |

    [quote comment="245465"][quote comment="245425"][quote comment="245424"][quote comment="245418"]Hopefully, this is an AFD joke from the people at New Era.[/quote]
    No more a joke than this or this[/quote]
    Oops! Forgot these beauties[/quote]

    Would you say the joke(s) here to be the designs, or the PRICES?[/quote]

    At least the Poppin’s aren’t gang colors ….

  • Christopher | April 1, 2008 at 3:27 pm |

    My post just got lost.

    I was referring to Steve Stone saying the Indians unis were throwbacks to the 1954 season when they lost to the- get this- San Francisco Giants in the World Series.

    He’s normally a really smart guy…

  • Paul Lukas | April 1, 2008 at 3:27 pm |

    [quote comment="245463"]paul would prolly know better than i but i believe he is STILL doing a select few boradcasts on SNY this year (and didn’t he do one or two from ST already???)[/quote]

    He did several games during spring training. Not sure if he’s doing reg. season games (he lives in Flordia, so spring games are easy for him), but it wouldn’t surprise me. He did some last year.

  • Shaftman | April 1, 2008 at 3:27 pm |

    [quote comment="245463"][quote comment="245457"]Wrong Kiner malapropism. It was Rich Folkers who was “throwing up in the bullpen.” Randy Jones was referred to as “the pitcher with the Karl Marx hairdo” (he meant to say Harpo Marx).

    Ralph also famously referred to Gary Carter as Gary Cooper, Mother’s Day as Father’s Day (or maybe the other way around — I forget), and himself as Ralph Korner (yes, really).

    Despite all of this, and much more, he was a much sharper baseball analyst than Murph.[/quote]

    in addition…he called dwight gooden “greg goossen” and darryl strawberry “darryl throneberry”…he also said, “if casey stengel were alive today, he’d be spinning in his grave” and, (my personal favorite) that Nolan Ryan’s fastball had been clocked at 200 miles per hour (!)

    i think…think…he was also credited with mentioning the HOF inductions and ceremonies would be taking place on july 31 and 32…

    paul would prolly know better than i but i believe he is STILL doing a select few boradcasts on SNY this year (and didn’t he do one or two from ST already???)[/quote]

    Every so often he does an inning or two with the guys (Keith, Gary, and Ron) in the booth. Everytime he’s there it breaks by heart. I used to love listening to him and watching Kiner’s Korner when I was a kid. When he’s in the booth I force whoever is in the room to listen to his stories because even though he doesn’t speak as well anymore there are very few people who are able to tell the history of the game the way he does.

  • Carl G | April 1, 2008 at 3:29 pm |

    [quote comment="245288"][quote comment="245230"]And just because it made me a little crazy:

    Every time I see a Reds player (or players, in yesterday’s case) wearing No. 41, I think of Tom Seaver.[/quote]

    Ya know, Nuxhall pitched the first live game I ever saw, and according to my scorecard wore #39 that year (1965). And that’s my memory of him… and now according to this he NEVER wore 41!

    http://www.baseball-...

    I do remember he used to pitch BP in the 70s wearing 41, and how he gave it up when Seaver joined the Reds. But never when an active player, apparently. Very puzzling.[/quote]

    Wasn’t the 41 related to how many years he was with the team or how many years he announced for the team?

  • Dave in VA | April 1, 2008 at 3:29 pm |

    [quote comment="245472"]My post just got lost.

    I was referring to Steve Stone saying the Indians unis were throwbacks to the 1954 season when they lost to the- get this- San Francisco Giants in the World Series.

    He’s normally a really smart guy…[/quote]
    I guess hanging around Harry Caray all those years destroyed some of Stoney’s brain cells via osmosis…

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | April 1, 2008 at 3:31 pm |

    [quote comment="245457"][quote comment="245454"][quote comment="245444"][quote comment="245440"][quote comment="245426"][quote comment="245412"]“no name, of course”

    -John Sterling

    Debate over.[/quote]

    Michael Kay, actually, not Sterling.[/quote]

    Neither of whom could come close to Bob Murphy[/quote]

    Hate to say it, and I know some of the other Mets fans here will crucify me for saying this, but Murph was (and still is) terribly overrated. I have a soft spot for him, sure, but his major virtue was longevity. Back in the day, Lindsey Nelson practically ran rings around him, and even Kiner was much better than Murph (hard to believe now, but Ralph was actually pretty sharp behind the mic before age and Bell’s Palsy set in).

    Even as a 9-yr-old, I could tell that Murph was always the yes-man, the company man, the weakest link in the broadcast trio. Very weak on analysis, incapable of offering anything resembling a critique of a player or situation. Yes, he had some charming catch phrases, but that was in large part because he had a very limited descriptive vocabulary and had to keep resorting to the same verbiage again and again.

    Good voice? Definitely. Nice cadence, good phrasing? You bet. But in many ways, Murph was a lightweight. Sad but true.

    Wanna hear a heavyweight? Listen to old clips of Lindsey Nelson. It’s no contest.[/quote]

    I have to disagree. Nelson, yes, but Kiner?
    Kiner used to butcher the english language. My favorite being during a Mets Padres game “Randy Jones is throwing up in the bullpen”.[/quote]

    Wrong Kiner malapropism. It was Rich Folkers who was “throwing up in the bullpen.” Randy Jones was referred to as “the pitcher with the Karl Marx hairdo” (he meant to say Harpo Marx).

    Ralph also famously referred to Gary Carter as Gary Cooper, Mother’s Day as Father’s Day (or maybe the other way around — I forget), and himself as Ralph Korner (yes, really).

    Despite all of this, and much more, he was a much sharper baseball analyst than Murph.[/quote]
    Lest we forget when he opened a Father’s Day broadcast “wishing all the fathers out there a ‘Happy Birthday’”

  • Perry | April 1, 2008 at 3:33 pm |

    [quote comment="245475"][quote comment="245288"][quote comment="245230"]And just because it made me a little crazy:

    Every time I see a Reds player (or players, in yesterday’s case) wearing No. 41, I think of Tom Seaver.[/quote]

    Ya know, Nuxhall pitched the first live game I ever saw, and according to my scorecard wore #39 that year (1965). And that’s my memory of him… and now according to this he NEVER wore 41!

    http://www.baseball-...

    I do remember he used to pitch BP in the 70s wearing 41, and how he gave it up when Seaver joined the Reds. But never when an active player, apparently. Very puzzling.[/quote]

    Wasn’t the 41 related to how many years he was with the team or how many years he announced for the team?[/quote]

    Nah, I posted an update on this earlier — he really did wear 41 in his last stint as a pitcher with them, from 1962-66. I (and baseball-almanac) was misinformed.

  • Husul | April 1, 2008 at 3:33 pm |

    Anyone know anything anything about this Buffalo Bills/Bears jersey on NFL.COM?

  • Carl G | April 1, 2008 at 3:35 pm |

    [quote comment="245328"][quote comment="245320"][quote comment="245315"]I pretty much crapped my pants when I saw the line about the Yanks going to NOB jerseys… I HATE those replicas with NOBs. They’re awful. Then I realized that I hadn’t switched my desk calendar to the correct date yet. Well played, Mr. Lukas.[/quote]
    I was extremely happy about that untill i realized what day it was. The yankees need to update their look, i mean i like the class of thier uniforms but would it be so much to ask for them to put names on the uni’s?[/quote]
    Yes. Don’t mess with tradition.
    You want an update? We wear white at home. No longer oatmeal off-white, and definitely not contrasting beer league tops. White at home. I could live with taking the stripe jobs off of the road tops’ sleeve cuffs. Not crazy about those. But the rest of the white on the grays needs to stay, lest we look too much like the vintage Red Sox on the road.
    I’ve been a Yankees fan since I was 7 (first game 4 July 96 at The Stadium and I recognized Paul O’Neill as a movie star), and I took great pride in the fact that I didn’t need names on backs to know my team’s players. I felt like a real fan. Don’t take that away from me.[/quote]

    Why do you have to memorize every player’s number to be a real fan? Maybe some fans are just starting out and haven’t yet memorized every player. Also, because of player movement, it is much harder to know every player number. Finally, people besides fans of the yankees watch yankees games. Would not seem like a big deal to pput names on the back, but I am a Mets fan, so what do I know

  • Husul | April 1, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  • Carl G | April 1, 2008 at 3:40 pm |

    [quote comment="245358"]here is the link to the Wings 09 Jersey[/quote]

    I assume this is an April’s Fool’s day joke? Pretty lame

  • Carl G | April 1, 2008 at 3:42 pm |

    [quote comment="245383"]I must be completely missing the point on the Dimitar Berbatov picture (that is, the “what uniform” note in the Ticker.

    Long sleeve jersey, white shorts, white socks. It’s sort of Tottenham’s thing: they’re nicknamed the “Lillywhites,” for goodness sake.

    I’m sure I’m missing an obvious point–I’m a pretty huge Spurs fan and no doubt leaping to the defensive without cause.[/quote]

    I think it looks like the goalie has no pants on

  • Carl G | April 1, 2008 at 3:45 pm |

    [quote comment="245421"][quote comment="245418"]Hopefully, this is an AFD joke from the people at New Era.[/quote]

    no wai matt

    those lids are poppin![/quote]

    seems to be. you can’t add them to your cart.

  • Walaitis | April 1, 2008 at 3:48 pm |

    [quote comment="245483"]http://nfl.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/p2754863dt.jpg[/quote]

    OK … so that’s NOT an AFD joke (at least not your own, anyway). Freakish. Even stranger, if you look at the Chicago version, then look at the Buffalo “Alternate” jersey (as the website calls it), they’re two different shades of blue (in addition to the sleeve striping). On top of it all, those numbers on both just look very LoooooOOOOoong.

  • Carl G | April 1, 2008 at 3:52 pm |

    [quote comment="245480"][quote comment="245475"][quote comment="245288"][quote comment="245230"]And just because it made me a little crazy:

    Every time I see a Reds player (or players, in yesterday’s case) wearing No. 41, I think of Tom Seaver.[/quote]

    Ya know, Nuxhall pitched the first live game I ever saw, and according to my scorecard wore #39 that year (1965). And that’s my memory of him… and now according to this he NEVER wore 41!

    http://www.baseball-...

    I do remember he used to pitch BP in the 70s wearing 41, and how he gave it up when Seaver joined the Reds. But never when an active player, apparently. Very puzzling.[/quote]

    Wasn’t the 41 related to how many years he was with the team or how many years he announced for the team?[/quote]

    Nah, I posted an update on this earlier — he really did wear 41 in his last stint as a pitcher with them, from 1962-66. I (and baseball-almanac) was misinformed.[/quote]

    I am not so sure. Is it just a coincidence that he started broadcasting for the reds in 1967? Maybe that is why he wanted the 41 used instead of the other number.

  • Marty Met | April 1, 2008 at 3:53 pm |

    [quote comment="245466"][quote comment="245446"]What a clown–Mets having better uniforms than the Yankees!! They have two borrowed colors (Dodger blue and Giant orange) and have desecrated the original interlocking NY, designed by tiffany’s for a NYPD medal or soemthing of that sort.

    Even Lukas can’t agree with you there.[/quote]

    Anthony, you were better off with the “borrowed” argument. The interlocking NY that the Mets use is the same one that the Giants used when they were in NY.

    I disagree with your assessment as a whole because I think the nod to the New York National League Baseball heritage is awesome, but if you’re going to not like something you have to blame the originators.

    That being said, I still feel that the Yankees (even as a Mets fan) have great uni’s. Not so much because they look great but because of the intangibles. For instance, I am genuinely angry about the Yankees moving (even across the street) yet I’m not terribly upset about Shea being knocked down. For me it’s something that I can’t describe and probably never will be able to but after this year, I can’t go to a game in New York and watch the field where Gehrig and Ruth played. But at least, even today, I get a glimpse of what they would have looked like, due to the consistency that the Yankees have in their uni’s. Now if they would just get rid of the white boarder around “New York” and their numbers on the road uni’s we’d have something really sweet.[/quote]

    What? you want to make the Yankees uniforms even uglier?

  • Carl G | April 1, 2008 at 3:56 pm |

    [quote comment="245480"][quote comment="245475"][quote comment="245288"][quote comment="245230"]And just because it made me a little crazy:

    Every time I see a Reds player (or players, in yesterday’s case) wearing No. 41, I think of Tom Seaver.[/quote]

    Ya know, Nuxhall pitched the first live game I ever saw, and according to my scorecard wore #39 that year (1965). And that’s my memory of him… and now according to this he NEVER wore 41!

    http://www.baseball-...

    I do remember he used to pitch BP in the 70s wearing 41, and how he gave it up when Seaver joined the Reds. But never when an active player, apparently. Very puzzling.[/quote]

    Wasn’t the 41 related to how many years he was with the team or how many years he announced for the team?[/quote]

    Nah, I posted an update on this earlier — he really did wear 41 in his last stint as a pitcher with them, from 1962-66. I (and baseball-almanac) was misinformed.[/quote]

    You may be right. On this page their is a link to a picture of him wearing 41. Just seems like an interesting coincidence to me.

  • Gavin | April 1, 2008 at 3:56 pm |

    Just noticed this-there were some Cubs wearing CoolBase jerseys yesterday, in Chicago.

    Carlos Zambrano

    Kerry Wood

    I know that anything above 40 on opening day in Chicago feels warm, but come on…

  • Greg V. | April 1, 2008 at 3:59 pm |

    [quote comment="245488"][quote comment="245421"][quote comment="245418"]Hopefully, this is an AFD joke from the people at New Era.[/quote]

    no wai matt

    those lids are poppin![/quote]

    seems to be. you can’t add them to your cart.[/quote]
    yes you can. click on the poppin cap of your choice and the Add to Cart button is there. too bad.

  • Walaitis | April 1, 2008 at 4:01 pm |

    [quote comment="245489"][quote comment="245483"]http://nfl.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/p2754863dt.jpg[/quote]

    OK … so that’s NOT an AFD joke (at least not your own, anyway). Freakish. Even stranger, if you look at the Chicago version, then look at the Buffalo “Alternate” jersey (as the website calls it), they’re two different shades of blue (in addition to the sleeve striping). On top of it all, those numbers on both just look very LoooooOOOOoong.[/quote]

    Wow … now I know I belong here. Upon further inspection, the jerseys themselves are totally different materials and cuts. If it is an AFD joke, somebody took alot of time to do so.

  • Mike Edgerly | April 1, 2008 at 4:09 pm |

    [quote comment="245467"][quote comment="245464"][quote comment="245381"]thats a lot of name on a little jersey.
    http://cache.daylife...

    That’s nothing like the guy wearing the 10 shirt for Glasgow Celtic.[/quote]

    Whoops.

    http://www.kitbag.co...
    Here’s the same guy’s NOB for the Netherlands

  • Tony Miller | April 1, 2008 at 4:13 pm |

    [quote comment="245454"][quote comment="245444"][quote comment="245440"][quote comment="245426"][quote comment="245412"]“no name, of course”

    -John Sterling

    Debate over.[/quote]

    Michael Kay, actually, not Sterling.[/quote]

    Neither of whom could come close to Bob Murphy[/quote]

    Hate to say it, and I know some of the other Mets fans here will crucify me for saying this, but Murph was (and still is) terribly overrated. I have a soft spot for him, sure, but his major virtue was longevity. Back in the day, Lindsey Nelson practically ran rings around him, and even Kiner was much better than Murph (hard to believe now, but Ralph was actually pretty sharp behind the mic before age and Bell’s Palsy set in).

    Even as a 9-yr-old, I could tell that Murph was always the yes-man, the company man, the weakest link in the broadcast trio. Very weak on analysis, incapable of offering anything resembling a critique of a player or situation. Yes, he had some charming catch phrases, but that was in large part because he had a very limited descriptive vocabulary and had to keep resorting to the same verbiage again and again.

    Good voice? Definitely. Nice cadence, good phrasing? You bet. But in many ways, Murph was a lightweight. Sad but true.

    Wanna hear a heavyweight? Listen to old clips of Lindsey Nelson. It’s no contest.[/quote]

    I have to disagree. Nelson, yes, but Kiner?
    Kiner used to butcher the english language. My favorite being during a Mets Padres game “Randy Jones is throwing up in the bullpen”.[/quote]
    Several of these are also credited to Jerry Coleman.

  • ScottyJ in WV | April 1, 2008 at 4:14 pm |

    More about the Nuxy tribute, courtesy of Uni Watch friend C. Trent Rosecrans……

    Ol’ Lefthander

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | April 1, 2008 at 4:15 pm |

    [quote comment="245465"][quote comment="245425"][quote comment="245424"][quote comment="245418"]Hopefully, this is an AFD joke from the people at New Era.[/quote]
    No more a joke than this or this[/quote]
    Oops! Forgot these beauties[/quote]

    Would you say the joke(s) here to be the designs, or the PRICES?[/quote]
    A little bit of both, my friend

  • LI Phil | April 1, 2008 at 4:37 pm |

    [quote]Why do you have to memorize every player’s number to be a real fan?[/quote]

    you don’t…that is what programs are for

    [quote]Maybe some fans are just starting out and haven’t yet memorized every player.[/quote]

    and what better way to become better acquainted with the game?

    /sit yerself down, buy a scorecard…write in the players names…eat some peanuts (it’s ok to throw the shells on the ground)…have a cold beverage…cheer for your team, but respect your opponents…high-five some dude you never met in the seat in front of you…and forchrissakes, take your cap off during the anthem…and oh yeah…it’s ok to sing ‘TMOTTB’ during the stretch

    talkin baseball!

  • DUCKstyle | April 1, 2008 at 4:43 pm |

    [quote comment="245472"]My post just got lost.

    I was referring to Steve Stone saying the Indians unis were throwbacks to the 1954 season when they lost to the- get this- San Francisco Giants in the World Series.

    He’s normally a really smart guy…[/quote]

    Stoney, wow, must have missed that. But even so, what a upgrade from Chris “I take broadcasting tips from Darrin Jackson” Singleton.

  • Walaitis | April 1, 2008 at 4:45 pm |

    [quote comment="245511"][quote]Why do you have to memorize every player’s number to be a real fan?[/quote]

    you don’t…that is what programs are for

    [quote]Maybe some fans are just starting out and haven’t yet memorized every player.[/quote]

    and what better way to become better acquainted with the game?

    /sit yerself down, buy a scorecard…write in the players names…eat some peanuts (it’s ok to throw the shells on the ground)…have a cold beverage…cheer for your team, but respect your opponents…high-five some dude you never met in the seat in front of you…and forchrissakes, take your cap off during the anthem…and oh yeah…it’s ok to sing ‘TMOTTB’ during the stretch

    talkin baseball![/quote]

    Speaking of TMOTTB … John Campanara has a commercial out now for … well, I won’t name … that has all of Chicago (and Dutchie Caray) in an uproar.

    http://youtube.com/w...

  • Joe H | April 1, 2008 at 4:45 pm |

    [quote comment="245243"][quote comment="245232"][quote comment="245225"][quote comment="245218"]Slowly but surely, the Royals are getting there. First, they’ve switched from nameplates to direct-sewn lettering

    Why is this better…I have gone into detail before about why I think nameplates are better, but never heard a qualified response from anyone as to why they think direct sewn is better????[/quote]

    I think nameplates look like shit. Extra seams, extra fabric, extra puckering. What if the insignia on the front was actually a big piece of fabric with a script design on it — wouldn’t THAT look like shit? Damn right. So do nameplates.[/quote]

    It may look cleaner to have a direct sewn name, but the nameplate ensures a proper arch to the name. Now most teams that use direct sewing have the surnames in practically a straight line. Only when it’s a longer name does it start to resemble a proper radial arch.

    And they don’t pucker if done right, but nobody can seem to do that today.[/quote]

    Red wings have arched names and it’s directly sewn onto the jersey.[/quote]

    Correct, but they are Vertical arched, not Radial. Vertical arching by it’s nature ensures a proper arch…it’s the Radial that the nameplate assists with.

  • Shaftman | April 1, 2008 at 4:46 pm |

    [quote comment="245491"][quote comment="245466"][quote comment="245446"]What a clown–Mets having better uniforms than the Yankees!! They have two borrowed colors (Dodger blue and Giant orange) and have desecrated the original interlocking NY, designed by tiffany’s for a NYPD medal or soemthing of that sort.

    Even Lukas can’t agree with you there.[/quote]

    Anthony, you were better off with the “borrowed” argument. The interlocking NY that the Mets use is the same one that the Giants used when they were in NY.

    I disagree with your assessment as a whole because I think the nod to the New York National League Baseball heritage is awesome, but if you’re going to not like something you have to blame the originators.

    That being said, I still feel that the Yankees (even as a Mets fan) have great uni’s. Not so much because they look great but because of the intangibles. For instance, I am genuinely angry about the Yankees moving (even across the street) yet I’m not terribly upset about Shea being knocked down. For me it’s something that I can’t describe and probably never will be able to but after this year, I can’t go to a game in New York and watch the field where Gehrig and Ruth played. But at least, even today, I get a glimpse of what they would have looked like, due to the consistency that the Yankees have in their uni’s. Now if they would just get rid of the white boarder around “New York” and their numbers on the road uni’s we’d have something really sweet.[/quote]

    What? you want to make the Yankees uniforms even uglier?[/quote]

    I prefer that numbers be flush to the uni base. I loved the fact that the Dodgers who used to look like this, then added the white border, and then corrected their mistake last season. It’s similar to the Royals patch this season.

    I just like things to be simple. It’s not for everyone.

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | April 1, 2008 at 4:46 pm |

    [quote comment="245511"][quote]Why do you have to memorize every player’s number to be a real fan?[/quote]

    you don’t…that is what programs are for

    [quote]Maybe some fans are just starting out and haven’t yet memorized every player.[/quote]

    and what better way to become better acquainted with the game?

    /sit yerself down, buy a scorecard…write in the players names…eat some peanuts (it’s ok to throw the shells on the ground)…have a cold beverage…cheer for your team, but respect your opponents…high-five some dude you never met in the seat in front of you…and forchrissakes, take your cap off during the anthem…and oh yeah…it’s ok to sing ‘TMOTTB’ during the stretch

    talkin baseball![/quote]

    Absolutely! I totally agree with you Phil. That is baseball!

  • DUCKstyle | April 1, 2008 at 4:51 pm |

    [quote comment="245511"][quote]Why do you have to memorize every player’s number to be a real fan?[/quote]

    you don’t…that is what programs are for

    [quote]Maybe some fans are just starting out and haven’t yet memorized every player.[/quote]

    and what better way to become better acquainted with the game?

    /sit yerself down, buy a scorecard…write in the players names…eat some peanuts (it’s ok to throw the shells on the ground)…have a cold beverage…cheer for your team, but respect your opponents…high-five some dude you never met in the seat in front of you…and forchrissakes, take your cap off during the anthem…and oh yeah…it’s ok to sing ‘TMOTTB’ during the stretch

    talkin baseball![/quote]

    Well Mr. Burns had done it,
    The power plant had won it,
    With Roger Clemens clucking all the while,
    Mike Scioscia’s tragic illness made us smile,
    While Wade Boggs lay unconscious on the barroom tile…

    We’re talkin’ softball…
    From Maine to San Diego.
    Talkin’ softball…
    Mattingly and Canseco.
    Ken Griffey’s grotesquely swollen jaw.
    Steve Sax and his run-in with the law.
    We’re talkin’ Homer…
    Ozzie and the Straw.

    We’re talkin’ softball…
    From Maine to San Diego.
    Talkin’ softball…
    Mattingly and Canseco.
    Ken Griffey’s grotesquely swollen jaw.
    Steve Sax and his run-in with the law.
    We’re talkin’ Homer…
    Ozzie and the Straw.

  • MetsFan AZ | April 1, 2008 at 4:53 pm |

    A Uniwatch Pet peeve of mine is every so often, those New Era fashion caps come up and they’re uglier than the last time and everyone starts cracking on them. It’s like shoooting fish in a barrel or picking low hanging fruit, or even fruit off the ground. They make ‘em – people buy ‘em, leave them be. It’s barely uni-related if you ask me. oh, and get off my lawn.

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | April 1, 2008 at 5:01 pm |

    [quote comment="245521"]A Uniwatch Pet peeve of mine is every so often, those New Era fashion caps come up and they’re uglier than the last time and everyone starts cracking on them. It’s like shoooting fish in a barrel or picking low hanging fruit, or even fruit off the ground. They make ‘em – people buy ‘em, leave them be. It’s barely uni-related if you ask me. oh, and get off my lawn.[/quote]
    It’s only related in the context of a previous poster who opined “well, people buy ‘em” (or words to that effect), which set off the critiquing of said ugly hats.
    You got a lawn in AZ? ;-)

  • DUCKstyle | April 1, 2008 at 5:04 pm |

    [quote comment="245523"][quote comment="245521"]A Uniwatch Pet peeve of mine is every so often, those New Era fashion caps come up and they’re uglier than the last time and everyone starts cracking on them. It’s like shoooting fish in a barrel or picking low hanging fruit, or even fruit off the ground. They make ‘em – people buy ‘em, leave them be. It’s barely uni-related if you ask me. oh, and get off my lawn.[/quote]
    It’s only related in the context of a previous poster who opined “well, people buy ‘em” (or words to that effect), which set off the critiquing of said ugly hats.
    You got a lawn in AZ? ;-)[/quote]

    Get off my FieldTurf!

  • Cathy | April 1, 2008 at 5:10 pm |

    [quote comment="245476"][quote comment="245472"]My post just got lost.

    I was referring to Steve Stone saying the Indians unis were throwbacks to the 1954 season when they lost to the- get this- San Francisco Giants in the World Series.

    He’s normally a really smart guy…[/quote]
    I guess hanging around Harry Caray all those years destroyed some of Stoney’s brain cells via osmosis…[/quote]

    I’m surprised Stoney would make a mistake like that…not like him. Talk about NOT being a ‘yes’ guy. Stoney was practically fired (I know he “resigned”) because Dusty Baker, Kerry Wood et. al. could not take his criticism, as right as it was. They are a bunch of babies and I miss Stoney every game.

  • Husul | April 1, 2008 at 5:10 pm |

    There is the page the BUFFALO BEARS jersey is from (second row, third jersey)

    http://www.nflshop.c...

  • MetsFan AZ | April 1, 2008 at 5:11 pm |

    [quote comment="245523"][quote comment="245521"]A Uniwatch Pet peeve of mine is every so often, those New Era fashion caps come up and they’re uglier than the last time and everyone starts cracking on them. It’s like shoooting fish in a barrel or picking low hanging fruit, or even fruit off the ground. They make ‘em – people buy ‘em, leave them be. It’s barely uni-related if you ask me. oh, and get off my lawn.[/quote]
    It’s only related in the context of a previous poster who opined “well, people buy ‘em” (or words to that effect), which set off the critiquing of said ugly hats.
    You got a lawn in AZ? ;-)[/quote]
    sorry, should say “get off my decorative rock”. i was just commenting on the general occurence of the “ugly hat critiquing” that happens every so often. not directed at any one partilar person.

  • Cathy | April 1, 2008 at 5:11 pm |

    [quote comment="245456"][quote comment="245401"][quote comment="245398"][quote comment="245383"]I must be completely missing the point on the Dimitar Berbatov picture (that is, the “what uniform” note in the Ticker.

    Long sleeve jersey, white shorts, white socks. It’s sort of Tottenham’s thing: they’re nicknamed the “Lillywhites,” for goodness sake.

    I’m sure I’m missing an obvious point–I’m a pretty huge Spurs fan and no doubt leaping to the defensive without cause.[/quote]

    Look at the goalies shorts (or lack thereof)….[/quote]

    Can’t believe it took this long for someone to understand the point of that photo.[/quote]
    Are we quite certain that it’s not simply the case that his shorts have ridden up? It seems unlikely to me that he was running around without any on.[/quote]

    yes, his shorts rode up…I think Paul’s comment was not meant to be taken literally. It just LOOKS like he has not shorts on…

  • DUCKstyle | April 1, 2008 at 5:13 pm |

    [quote comment="245525"][quote comment="245476"][quote comment="245472"]My post just got lost.

    I was referring to Steve Stone saying the Indians unis were throwbacks to the 1954 season when they lost to the- get this- San Francisco Giants in the World Series.

    He’s normally a really smart guy…[/quote]
    I guess hanging around Harry Caray all those years destroyed some of Stoney’s brain cells via osmosis…[/quote]

    I’m surprised Stoney would make a mistake like that…not like him. Talk about NOT being a ‘yes’ guy. Stoney was practically fired (I know he “resigned”) because Dusty Baker, Kerry Wood et. al. could not take his criticism, as right as it was. They are a bunch of babies and I miss Stoney every game.[/quote]

    No need to miss him, he’s safe and sound, on the South Side ;)

  • MPowers1634 | April 1, 2008 at 5:17 pm |

    [quote comment="245521"]A Uniwatch Pet peeve of mine is every so often, those New Era fashion caps come up and they’re uglier than the last time and everyone starts cracking on them. It’s like shoooting fish in a barrel or picking low hanging fruit, or even fruit off the ground. They make ‘em – people buy ‘em, leave them be. It’s barely uni-related if you ask me. oh, and get off my lawn.[/quote]

    My apologies…for I am the accused poster. I was searching the web for the a cap version of the base coach helmets and I happened upon those wretched creations. I felt it my civic duty to warn the uni-watching public of their dangers.

    In the future, I will think twice before sharing such information because it is not a revelation discovering homely hats designed by New Era but fate, such as the rising of the sun, Marty Met decrying the ugliness of the Yankees, Penn State or Alabama, and Phil with his love of the Mets and sarcasm!

  • Andrew | April 1, 2008 at 5:17 pm |

    The extra hardware on the catcher’s helmet is to stop the mask from sliding around on the helmet, particularly forward on the helmet. It keeps the mask more secure on the helmet.

  • DUCKstyle | April 1, 2008 at 5:22 pm |

    Does it make me a bad person if I like the Packers gold(mustard yellow) jersey. I realize pairing it with the Packers only pants, gold(mustard yellow) as well, would be puke worthy. So I’m not necessarily suggesting any uniform change, just that I like the replica(even though since there’s no real authentic for it to replicate)

  • Shaftman | April 1, 2008 at 5:23 pm |

    Did the Rams try to draw the Champion logo on their spats?

  • LI Phil | April 1, 2008 at 5:26 pm |

    [quote comment="245534"]Did the Rams try to draw the Champion logo on their spats?[/quote]

    looks like two champion logos to me, jay ;)

  • James Craven | April 1, 2008 at 5:28 pm |

    [quote comment="245483"]http://nfl.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/p2754863dt.jpg[/quote]

    I suggest we put Queenie or Catcher’s Mitt (alias of Ron Mexico/Michael Vick) on the back of this bad mammajamma!

  • Shaftman | April 1, 2008 at 5:30 pm |

    [quote comment="245536"][quote comment="245534"]Did the Rams try to draw the Champion logo on their spats?[/quote]

    looks like two champion logos to me, jay ;)[/quote]

    Now you’re just nitpicking Phil. I’m just thrilled that this post went up. I’ve had the spam monster eating my stuff up for the last few weeks. Luckily Paul is pretty quick getting it fixed.

  • MPowers1634 | April 1, 2008 at 5:35 pm |

    As for broadcasting greats:

    My first televised baseball recollections were from the mid to late 80′s when NBC was broadcasting their “Game of the Week”. Vin Scully and Joe Garagiola taught me the game better than anybody could have.

    That is why a kid from the New York suburbs was so in love with the Cubs of Dawson, Sandberg, and Jerome Walton with his ridiculous open stance as well as the Red Sox with Dewey, Rich Gedman, Mike Greenwell, Boggs, and the Rocket.

    Waldman and Sterling are AWFUL, I agree. I loved Bobby Murcer and Rizzuto, wishing everyone in the tri-state area a happy birthday and letting slip how many “bucas he had prior to the game!

    Caray was priceless but I love Joe Morgan as an analyst. He is an OUTSTANDING teacher of the game.

  • Colin Morton | April 1, 2008 at 5:55 pm |

    From the ticker:

    GoalieMonkey.com, and Koho recently signed a deal for a limited production run of their new 700-series, which will look like this and this. Not sure what it will amount to, but I was surprised to see Koho as an independent entity again.

    The 700′s, along with a “semi-pro” 680, appear to be available:

    http://www.goaliemon...

  • Costa | April 1, 2008 at 5:57 pm |

    [quote comment="245540"]Caray was priceless but I love Joe Morgan as an analyst. He is an OUTSTANDING teacher of the game.[/quote]

    Do yourself a favor and never google the term “fjm” ;-)

  • Shaftman | April 1, 2008 at 6:06 pm |

    [quote comment="245547"][quote comment="245540"]Caray was priceless but I love Joe Morgan as an analyst. He is an OUTSTANDING teacher of the game.[/quote]

    Do yourself a favor and never google the term “fjm” ;-)[/quote]

    Nice….I had to do it.

  • Bryan Redemske | April 1, 2008 at 6:16 pm |

    [quote comment="245540"]
    Caray was priceless but I love Joe Morgan as an analyst. He is an OUTSTANDING teacher of the game.[/quote]

    If I could ban you for that statement, I would. Joe Morgan is a jackass. He’s an oustanding teacher of his career, but that’s about it.

  • Shaftman | April 1, 2008 at 6:28 pm |

    [quote comment="245552"][quote comment="245540"]
    Caray was priceless but I love Joe Morgan as an analyst. He is an OUTSTANDING teacher of the game.[/quote]

    If I could ban you for that statement, I would. Joe Morgan is a jackass. He’s an oustanding teacher of his career, but that’s about it.[/quote]

    I was having a conversation with my father in law the other day about Joe Morgan and we both feel that it’s very simple. If we disagreed with his analysis or opinions it would be one thing. But this is a man that talks for 9 innings and gets FACTS wrong.

    During the Civil Rights game he called the Mets 3rd starter Odalis Perez (should be Oliver). Last year when the Mets were playing the Cubs he stated that Luis Castillo (a new acquisition) would have a tough time that night since he played he entire career in the American League. (When did the Marlins switch leagues?).

    I understand that these are only two examples but those of you that have listened to him should know what I’m speaking of. He just gets things wrong. I don’t mind disagreeing with analyst (I even disagree with Gary Cohen at times), but when people who don’t know the difference listen to his broadcast, it has the chance to ruin other people as well.

    Fire Joe Morgan!!!

  • LI Phil | April 1, 2008 at 6:30 pm |

    [quote comment="245552"]Caray was priceless but I love Joe Morgan as an analyst. He is an OUTSTANDING teacher of the game.[/quote]

    surely you’re referring to the former bosox skip

    /construct any inference you wish

  • lwiedy | April 1, 2008 at 6:33 pm |

    [quote comment="245232"][quote comment="245225"][quote comment="245218"]Slowly but surely, the Royals are getting there. First, they’ve switched from nameplates to direct-sewn lettering

    Why is this better…I have gone into detail before about why I think nameplates are better, but never heard a qualified response from anyone as to why they think direct sewn is better????[/quote]

    I think nameplates look like shit. Extra seams, extra fabric, extra puckering. What if the insignia on the front was actually a big piece of fabric with a script design on it — wouldn’t THAT look like shit? Damn right. So do nameplates.[/quote]

    It may look cleaner to have a direct sewn name, but the nameplate ensures a proper arch to the name. Now most teams that use direct sewing have the surnames in practically a straight line. Only when it’s a longer name does it start to resemble a proper radial arch.

    And they don’t pucker if done right, but nobody can seem to do that today.[/quote]

    You are both right (how’s that for riding the fence). Direct sew looks better, but the arch on most of them is too straight. However, nameplates are not the solution. There are templates used (Liebe has them, for example) when positioning lettering for application. Apparently someone believes the arch is adequate the way it is, I disagree.

    Just because much of this is on the on-field jerseys, doesn’t make it correct. The Royals switched from Wilson to Rawlings in 1987 and the letter placement on the front has been an absolute mess ever since, right up to this year’s spring training tops. The same, IMO, goes for name placement on the backs of many team’s jerseys.

  • lwiedy | April 1, 2008 at 6:34 pm |

    [quote comment="245275"][quote comment="245230"]And just because it made me a little crazy:

    Every time I see a Reds player (or players, in yesterday’s case) wearing No. 41, I think of Tom Seaver.[/quote]

    and everytime i see a mets player wearing No. 40, i think of pat zachry

    *june 15, 1977*…the darkest day in met history[/quote]

    Yes, I cried for weeks when they traded Kingman! ;-)

  • lwiedy | April 1, 2008 at 6:46 pm |

    [quote comment="245407"]I don’t know how I feel about the re-introduction of those white paneled Twins helmets. Last year their catchers wore them and I was amused.

    They are not good looking. But they are a sweet nod to (a less than memorable era in) the Twins history–which I appreciate. The Twins just jumped on the front panel bandwagon when they were introduced in the mid-’70′s. Hmmmm…

    I guess they win my approval for showing up unexpectantly. And because they’re being worn by base coaches. It’s all kind of strange…and I love strange, unexpected occurrences in a sports world where originality is being squeezed out little by little.

    Also. The Royals patch looks so much better on the sleeve without the white border.[/quote]

    Let’s take it a step further, how good would the O’s coaches look in this? Seriously, could this open up some, dare I suggest, marketing possibilities? You have predominantly “old school” guys wearing throwback designs (where applicable) just for the coaches.

  • charlie | April 1, 2008 at 7:14 pm |

    shannon stewart on the jays is wearing a number 4 helmet and a number 23 jersey.

  • Stevo | April 1, 2008 at 7:15 pm |

    Just heard during the Iowa Cubs exhibition broadcast that there is a team mandate that all pants have to be worn above the calf. I don’t know for sure if it’s the manager or higher up, but you’ll get to see a lot of blue legs in Des Moines this summer.

  • hockey sweaters | April 1, 2008 at 7:43 pm |

    did you hear about the whole thing that they might drop the rbk edge uniforms? the link is here. i have my suspicions its an april fools joke, but still.
    http://nhllogos.blog...
    see what you think

  • Evan | April 1, 2008 at 8:00 pm |

    Although its been said the Yankees were only wearing the All Star Patches from the time voting started until the game, they are wearing them tonight!

  • hockey sweaters | April 1, 2008 at 8:06 pm |

    here’s the link to my hockey uniforms website- i made it before michael kemezis, by the way! no connection. here;s the link:
    http://www.freewebs....
    enjoy

  • Stuby | April 1, 2008 at 8:23 pm |

    [quote comment="245577"]Although its been said the Yankees were only wearing the All Star Patches from the time voting started until the game, they are wearing them tonight![/quote]
    Are you sure its not the ‘Final Year of Yankee Stadium’ patch?

  • Paul Lukas | April 1, 2008 at 8:31 pm |

    [quote comment="245556"][quote comment="245552"][quote comment="245540"]
    Caray was priceless but I love Joe Morgan as an analyst. He is an OUTSTANDING teacher of the game.[/quote]

    If I could ban you for that statement, I would. Joe Morgan is a jackass. He’s an oustanding teacher of his career, but that’s about it.[/quote]

    I was having a conversation with my father in law the other day about Joe Morgan and we both feel that it’s very simple. If we disagreed with his analysis or opinions it would be one thing. But this is a man that talks for 9 innings and gets FACTS wrong.

    During the Civil Rights game he called the Mets 3rd starter Odalis Perez (should be Oliver). Last year when the Mets were playing the Cubs he stated that Luis Castillo (a new acquisition) would have a tough time that night since he played he entire career in the American League. (When did the Marlins switch leagues?).

    I understand that these are only two examples but those of you that have listened to him should know what I’m speaking of. He just gets things wrong. I don’t mind disagreeing with analyst (I even disagree with Gary Cohen at times), but when people who don’t know the difference listen to his broadcast, it has the chance to ruin other people as well.[/quote]

    Morgan is a symptom of a bigger disease. Like so many color men today, he’s supposed to be an analyst, but he thinks he’s a critic. He treats the entire game as an excuse to critique everyone’s performance (very different than explaining or illuminating those performances, which is what his job is supposed to be). He consequently spends the whole game sounding like a coach lecturing a bunch of Little Leaguers.

    This would be annoying enough if he did it effectively, but he doesn’t. As noted above, he makes many, many factual errors; he has an incredibly limited analytical vocabulary; he somehow thinks describing a slo-mo replay counts as “analysis,” when in fact it’s just really, really boring (are you listening, Keith Hernandez?); he often says the replay validates what he had said during the play when in fact it often CONTRADICTS what he said; he starts lots of sentences with “Again…,” even though he’s not repeating himself (this is a lose-lose proposition — if he WAS repeating himself, that would be bad in itself, so at least he’s not doing that, but why keep saying, “Again…”?); and so on.

    To my mind, there are only two good things about Morgan: (1) He sometimes offers a useful historical perspective, which I respect and appreciate; and (2) he’s utterly unaware that Jon Miller is essentially making fun of him for most of their games, so he makes a great straight man. Miller plays Morgan like a violin and Morgan has no fucking clue. Go back to sleep, Joe.

    The primary virus carrying this disease is, of course, Tim McCarver (a man who actually once said in an interview, “I’m not an analyst — I’m a critic”). Morgan, Hernandez, and all the other assholes making fools of themselves in the booth these days are directly traceable to Mr. McBlowhard. Sigh….

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | April 1, 2008 at 8:47 pm |

    [quote comment="245552"][quote comment="245540"]
    Caray was priceless but I love Joe Morgan as an analyst. He is an OUTSTANDING teacher of the game.[/quote]

    If I could ban you for that statement, I would. Joe Morgan is a jackass. He’s an oustanding teacher of his career, but that’s about it.[/quote]

    AMEN! Take Ron Santo wit ya!

  • Stevo | April 1, 2008 at 8:57 pm |

    [quote comment="245599"][quote comment="245552"][quote comment="245540"]
    Caray was priceless but I love Joe Morgan as an analyst. He is an OUTSTANDING teacher of the game.[/quote]

    If I could ban you for that statement, I would. Joe Morgan is a jackass. He’s an oustanding teacher of his career, but that’s about it.[/quote]

    AMEN! Take Ron Santo wit ya![/quote]

    I’ll take Ron and put him on any radio station in the nation.

  • MPowers1634 | April 1, 2008 at 9:00 pm |

    [quote comment="245552"][quote comment="245540"]
    Caray was priceless but I love Joe Morgan as an analyst. He is an OUTSTANDING teacher of the game.[/quote]

    If I could ban you for that statement, I would. Joe Morgan is a jackass. He’s an oustanding teacher of his career, but that’s about it.[/quote]

    Last night, during the Twins game, there was a high pop hit into shallow left field. Delmon Young? was on first and very alertly made it all the way to third, when the ball wasn’t caught in the OF. Morgan explained how and why Young trailed the fielders judging his chances.

    Morgan often explains reasoning and justification of certain plays that I would have otherwise not seen. For that, I like him. As for his pompous way, I agree with you guys there!

  • Shaftman | April 1, 2008 at 9:06 pm |

    [quote comment="245604"][quote comment="245552"][quote comment="245540"]
    Caray was priceless but I love Joe Morgan as an analyst. He is an OUTSTANDING teacher of the game.[/quote]

    If I could ban you for that statement, I would. Joe Morgan is a jackass. He’s an oustanding teacher of his career, but that’s about it.[/quote]

    Last night, during the Twins game, there was a high pop hit into shallow left field. Delmon Young? was on first and very alertly made it all the way to third, when the ball wasn’t caught in the OF. Morgan explained how and why Young trailed the fielders judging his chances.

    Morgan often explains reasoning and justification of certain plays that I would have otherwise not seen. For that, I like him. As for his pompous way, I agree with you guys there![/quote]

    I don’t dismiss the fact that there are times that he might have some nice insight. The problem remains that everything coming out of the mans mouth is suspect when he has, and continues to, get basic FACTS wrong.

    It’s not a mistake here and there…he gets FACTS wrong every single inning that he’s on the air.

  • tmac3217 | April 1, 2008 at 9:07 pm |

    Slight changes to the Twins Navy Home Alternate Jerseys….

    The front numbers have changed from white with red trim to red with white trim (to match the Twins script and numbers on the back).

    They also removed the red trim from the NOB

    Sorry – no screen shots :-(

  • Bryan Redemske | April 1, 2008 at 9:10 pm |

    [quote comment="245601"][quote comment="245599"][quote comment="245552"][quote comment="245540"]
    Caray was priceless but I love Joe Morgan as an analyst. He is an OUTSTANDING teacher of the game.[/quote]

    If I could ban you for that statement, I would. Joe Morgan is a jackass. He’s an oustanding teacher of his career, but that’s about it.[/quote]

    AMEN! Take Ron Santo wit ya![/quote]

    I’ll take Ron and put him on any radio station in the nation.[/quote]

    Santo’s definition of radio analysis is “ohhhhh godddd no” or “yep, you can see it right there on the replay.”

    And I’m a Cubs fan.

  • MPowers1634 | April 1, 2008 at 9:14 pm |

    [quote comment="245606"][quote comment="245604"][quote comment="245552"][quote comment="245540"]
    Caray was priceless but I love Joe Morgan as an analyst. He is an OUTSTANDING teacher of the game.[/quote]

    If I could ban you for that statement, I would. Joe Morgan is a jackass. He’s an oustanding teacher of his career, but that’s about it.[/quote]

    Last night, during the Twins game, there was a high pop hit into shallow left field. Delmon Young? was on first and very alertly made it all the way to third, when the ball wasn’t caught in the OF. Morgan explained how and why Young trailed the fielders judging his chances.

    Morgan often explains reasoning and justification of certain plays that I would have otherwise not seen. For that, I like him. As for his pompous way, I agree with you guys there![/quote]

    I don’t dismiss the fact that there are times that he might have some nice insight. The problem remains that everything coming out of the mans mouth is suspect when he has, and continues to, get basic FACTS wrong.

    It’s not a mistake here and there…he gets FACTS wrong every single inning that he’s on the air.[/quote]

    To be brutally honest, I listen to Miller call the game and wait for Morgan to explain something strategy-wise that I might not have caught, especially with the NL, because I”m very unfamiliar with the substitution rules.

    When he’s good, he’s good. I stand by what I said. He illuminates alot of what I don’t know baseball and mechanics wise. He and McCarver could talk til they turned blue about how they did it, but they still teach me alot.

  • Shaftman | April 1, 2008 at 9:21 pm |

    [quote comment="245614"][quote comment="245606"][quote comment="245604"][quote comment="245552"][quote comment="245540"]
    Caray was priceless but I love Joe Morgan as an analyst. He is an OUTSTANDING teacher of the game.[/quote]

    If I could ban you for that statement, I would. Joe Morgan is a jackass. He’s an oustanding teacher of his career, but that’s about it.[/quote]

    Last night, during the Twins game, there was a high pop hit into shallow left field. Delmon Young? was on first and very alertly made it all the way to third, when the ball wasn’t caught in the OF. Morgan explained how and why Young trailed the fielders judging his chances.

    Morgan often explains reasoning and justification of certain plays that I would have otherwise not seen. For that, I like him. As for his pompous way, I agree with you guys there![/quote]

    I don’t dismiss the fact that there are times that he might have some nice insight. The problem remains that everything coming out of the mans mouth is suspect when he has, and continues to, get basic FACTS wrong.

    It’s not a mistake here and there…he gets FACTS wrong every single inning that he’s on the air.[/quote]

    To be brutally honest, I listen to Miller call the game and wait for Morgan to explain something strategy-wise that I might not have caught, especially with the NL, because I”m very unfamiliar with the substitution rules.

    When he’s good, he’s good. I stand by what I said. He illuminates alot of what I don’t know baseball and mechanics wise. He and McCarver could talk til they turned blue about how they did it, but they still teach me alot.[/quote]

    You raise good points, but in a way you also prove my point. Since you are “unfamiliar with the substitution rules” of the NL, if he were to give you the wrong information, you would accept it as fact and never know the difference.

    Based on the misinformation he has given in the past, I can’t accept what he says as fact and that ruins the complete broadcast for me. I can’t appreciate (or trust) anything he says.

  • Paul Lukas | April 1, 2008 at 9:24 pm |

    One final thought re: Morgan (and it has nothing to do with his work as a broadcaster — it’s just a fun story):

    A few yrs back, a friend of mine was getting married, and he wanted a new suit for the occasion. So he went to Moe Ginsburg (now-defunct menswear shop in Manhattan) and began looking thru the racks. He picked out a suit, put it on, and then came out of the fitting room to see how he looked in the mirror. And who should he see a few feet away but Joe Morgan, who was apparently doing a bit of shopping of his own.

    “Hey Joe,” said my friend, turning toward Morgan and holding out his arms in a “look at my new suit” gesture. “What do you think?”

    To which Joe Morgan replied, “It’s OK — for you.” And then he turned away.

    I don’t think this makes Joe Morgan an asshole (I dislike his broadcasting work on its own terms). In fact, I think this is a really funny story. And so does my friend who told it to me.

  • LI Phil | April 1, 2008 at 9:26 pm |

    how do you really feel paul?

    matt…i love ya like a brother, but morgan is an utter fool…paul summed it up better than i (or anyone) could

    and no, i don’t want you to draw any conclusion…i want you to listen to what I just said

  • lwiedy | April 1, 2008 at 9:30 pm |

    [quote comment="245620"]One final thought re: Morgan (and it has nothing to do with his work as a broadcaster — it’s just a fun story):

    A few yrs back, a friend of mine was getting married, and he wanted a new suit for the occasion. So he went to Moe Ginsburg (now-defunct menswear shop in Manhattan) and began looking thru the racks. He picked out a suit, put it on, and then came out of the fitting room to see how he looked in the mirror. And who should he see a few feet away but Joe Morgan, who was apparently doing a bit of shopping of his own.

    “Hey Joe,” said my friend, turning toward Morgan and holding out his arms in a “look at my new suit” gesture. “What do you think?”

    To which Joe Morgan replied, “It’s OK — for you.” And then he turned away.

    I don’t think this makes Joe Morgan an asshole (I dislike his broadcasting work on its own terms). In fact, I think this is a really funny story. And so does my friend who told it to me.[/quote]

    As did George Louis Constanza!

  • Mark | April 1, 2008 at 9:32 pm |

    [quote comment="245607"]Slight changes to the Twins Navy Home Alternate Jerseys….

    The front numbers have changed from white with red trim to red with white trim (to match the Twins script and numbers on the back).

    They also removed the red trim from the NOB

    Sorry – no screen shots :-([/quote]

    This Is DUMB!! I have a blue Jersey and now they ruined it. They “Dumbed it down”. It does look like they have Red trim on the White Numbers, but yeesh…why change it?

  • Teebz | April 1, 2008 at 9:33 pm |

    [quote comment="245579"]here’s the link to my hockey uniforms website- i made it before michael kemezis, by the way! no connection. here;s the link:
    http://www.freewebs....
    enjoy[/quote]

    Ok, I have to draw the line here. Are you truly a Uni Watcher? I’m quite certain that you aren’t. How do I know? Let me count the ways…

    1) Your site only lists 20 NHL uniforms. The last time I checked, there were 30 NHL teams. You can hardly be the “definitive source” when you’re missing 10 NHL teams, and all you do is offer your opinion.

    2) You linked all the pictures back to other people’s sites. All you’ve done is stolen someone else’s work and made it your own. And if one of those sites were mine, I’d be especially pissed at this part: “©2008 Please be respectful in taking materials from hockeysweaters.com”. None of it is yours except your own opinions. The least you could do is pilfer the pictures and host them yourself!

    3) Your information is sketchy at best. The Coyotes don’t have an alternate logo. That patch is the secondary logo. Huge difference.

    4) You need to do your research. The Nashville Predators had the word “Nashville” on their alternate jerseys last season. Both Dallas and Nashville have their city names on their jerseys this season, thus making Vancouver wordmark not unique. In fact, the Canucks weren’t even the first team to show off their wordmark this past offseason.

    5) Your information regarding the LA Kings contradicts yourself. If you look at the picture you stole from http://www.nhlunifor... for the Kings jersey last season, you can clearly see the wordmark on the hemstripe. Yet you write in the “Bonus” section of this year’s jerseys, “For having the gumption to put the waist wordmark on- never before done, I think”. Again, do your research, and try reading what you write.

    6) Your write-up regarding the Detroit Red Wings is interesting, especially since Steve Yzerman retired before the Wings ever wore an Rbk jersey, yet you used his photo in a CCM jersey to speak of the contrast. Since that time, the captaincy lettering has switched shoulders. Again, you may want to keep the examples current with the jersey you are critiquing.

    6) For the love of all things good, stop using the comment section for your self-promotions. Send the link to Paul, or link it to your name. (Sorry, but this is a giant pet peeve of mine.)

    I apologize to Paul, and everyone else, for this, but this has been happening for the last three days for sure, and the number of glaring errors on that site began to seriously irritate me, especially when the author keeps telling people to visit his site.

    “Hockey sweaters” or whatever your name is, please email me directly at cdnuniguy-at-gmail-dot-com if you’d like to take this to a private discussion.

    Rant is over. Back to your regular programming.

  • =bg= | April 1, 2008 at 9:33 pm |

    I wonder why the Reds haven’t retired #41. I’ll ask Marty Brennaman.

  • Shaftman | April 1, 2008 at 9:42 pm |

    [quote comment="245626"][quote comment="245579"]here’s the link to my hockey uniforms website- i made it before michael kemezis, by the way! no connection. here;s the link:
    http://www.freewebs....
    enjoy[/quote]

    Ok, I have to draw the line here. Are you truly a Uni Watcher? I’m quite certain that you aren’t. How do I know? Let me count the ways…

    1) Your site only lists 20 NHL uniforms. The last time I checked, there were 30 NHL teams. You can hardly be the “definitive source” when you’re missing 10 NHL teams, and all you do is offer your opinion.

    2) You linked all the pictures back to other people’s sites. All you’ve done is stolen someone else’s work and made it your own. And if one of those sites were mine, I’d be especially pissed at this part: “©2008 Please be respectful in taking materials from hockeysweaters.com”. None of it is yours except your own opinions. The least you could do is pilfer the pictures and host them yourself!

    3) Your information is sketchy at best. The Coyotes don’t have an alternate logo. That patch is the secondary logo. Huge difference.

    4) You need to do your research. The Nashville Predators had the word “Nashville” on their alternate jerseys last season. Both Dallas and Nashville have their city names on their jerseys this season, thus making Vancouver wordmark not unique. In fact, the Canucks weren’t even the first team to show off their wordmark this past offseason.

    5) Your information regarding the LA Kings contradicts yourself. If you look at the picture you stole from http://www.nhlunifor... for the Kings jersey last season, you can clearly see the wordmark on the hemstripe. Yet you write in the “Bonus” section of this year’s jerseys, “For having the gumption to put the waist wordmark on- never before done, I think”. Again, do your research, and try reading what you write.

    6) Your write-up regarding the Detroit Red Wings is interesting, especially since Steve Yzerman retired before the Wings ever wore an Rbk jersey, yet you used his photo in a CCM jersey to speak of the contrast. Since that time, the captaincy lettering has switched shoulders. Again, you may want to keep the examples current with the jersey you are critiquing.

    6) For the love of all things good, stop using the comment section for your self-promotions. Send the link to Paul, or link it to your name. (Sorry, but this is a giant pet peeve of mine.)

    I apologize to Paul, and everyone else, for this, but this has been happening for the last three days for sure, and the number of glaring errors on that site began to seriously irritate me, especially when the author keeps telling people to visit his site.

    “Hockey sweaters” or whatever your name is, please email me directly at cdnuniguy-at-gmail-dot-com if you’d like to take this to a private discussion.

    Rant is over. Back to your regular programming.[/quote]

    Ummmm…..don’t piss off Teebz or he will lay a smack down on you.

    This still sucks.

  • LI Phil | April 1, 2008 at 9:44 pm |

    [quote comment="245632"]This still sucks.[/quote]

    that was AWESUM teebz!

    and dammit jay, now i want fishsticks

  • Shaftman | April 1, 2008 at 9:46 pm |

    [quote comment="245634"][quote comment="245632"]This still sucks.[/quote]

    that was AWESUM teebz!

    and dammit jay, now i want fishsticks[/quote]

    Now that you mention it…I could go for some ‘sticks myself. I just never liked my fish sticks on ice.

  • Mike | April 1, 2008 at 9:49 pm |

    This is sort of a bizzare day in the comments section…I’ve never seen Paul stray so far and so much from uniforms. Usually you frown upon people who bring up other things before they even get going. Now I don’t have a problem with it, I often wish that you would let the conversation spread further then unis, but I just found it odd today.

  • tmac3217 | April 1, 2008 at 9:49 pm |

    [quote comment="245625"][quote comment="245607"]Slight changes to the Twins Navy Home Alternate Jerseys….

    The front numbers have changed from white with red trim to red with white trim (to match the Twins script and numbers on the back).

    They also removed the red trim from the NOB

    Sorry – no screen shots :-([/quote]

    This Is DUMB!! I have a blue Jersey and now they ruined it. They “Dumbed it down”. It does look like they have Red trim on the White Numbers, but yeesh…why change it?[/quote]

    One word my friend — money. :-) How many people will need to buy new jerseys now…

    I wonder if they’ll change their jerseys when they move into the new ballpark in 2010, and go back to the old script lettering from the 60′s & 70′s???

  • Teebz | April 1, 2008 at 9:50 pm |

    [quote comment="245632"]
    Ummmm…..don’t piss off Teebz or he will lay a smack down on you.

    This still sucks.[/quote]

    I’m not pissed off, Shaft. :o)

    It’s just that hockey takes a beating in the comment section, and then we have someone writing incorrect information and claiming his/her site is the “definitive source”.

    That irritates me. Do the research, and then present it. Don’t just create a site full of errors and say “look at me!”.

  • Shaftman | April 1, 2008 at 9:53 pm |

    [quote comment="245641"][quote comment="245632"]
    Ummmm…..don’t piss off Teebz or he will lay a smack down on you.

    This still sucks.[/quote]

    I’m not pissed off, Shaft. :o)

    It’s just that hockey takes a beating in the comment section, and then we have someone writing incorrect information and claiming his/her site is the “definitive source”.

    That irritates me. Do the research, and then present it. Don’t just create a site full of errors and say “look at me!”.[/quote]

    I completely agree with you. And I never said that you were pissed off but you did put the poster in his place, in a informative yet firm way.

    But, onto an actually uni question? I’ve never asked….what exactly did you like about the fish uni’s? (I’m being serious)

  • Can't Fool Me | April 1, 2008 at 9:55 pm |

    [quote comment="245358"]here is the link to the Wings 09 Jersey[/quote]
    APRIL FOOLS!

  • Teebz | April 1, 2008 at 10:00 pm |

    [quote comment="245642"]
    But, onto an actually uni question? I’ve never asked….what exactly did you like about the fish uni’s? (I’m being serious)[/quote]

    It’s not so much that I like them for any one reason per se. It was during a time when hockey was becoming stale (1995 lockout), and the Islanders came back with something overly dramatic and different that basically shocked the entire sports world.

    Do I think they are hideous? Hell yeah! But the fact that the Islanders were trying something so off-the-wall in terms of breaking hockey traditions was impressive, especially when you consider the Isles’ history.

    It’s like the Turn Ahead The Clock jerseys in MLB. Ugly? Hell yeah! But all of would like to own that piece of history just because it was so different than what we were used to seeing.

    To me, the Fishermen will always be part of hockey folklore. As for the reasons, so few people have a Fisherman jersey, and even fewer have them totally customized right down to the jersey patches. It’s very noticeable as well. :o)

  • JohnnyO | April 1, 2008 at 10:03 pm |

    [quote comment="245609"][quote comment="245601"][quote comment="245599"][quote comment="245552"][quote comment="245540"]
    Caray was priceless but I love Joe Morgan as an analyst. He is an OUTSTANDING teacher of the game.[/quote]

    If I could ban you for that statement, I would. Joe Morgan is a jackass. He’s an oustanding teacher of his career, but that’s about it.[/quote]

    AMEN! Take Ron Santo wit ya![/quote]

    I’ll take Ron and put him on any radio station in the nation.[/quote]

    Santo’s definition of radio analysis is “ohhhhh godddd no” or “yep, you can see it right there on the replay.”

    And I’m a Cubs fan.[/quote]

    Say it aint so Bryan! All this time I have loved all your work on here, and now I find out your a Cubbies fan? *sigh* That’s OK, it will be a good year with my Brewers and your Cubs fighting over the Central Title.

    To make this uni-related, I thought I had heard that the Cub’s blue alts may be returning this year? Or was it next year? Anyone have an update? … and go Brewers!

  • MPowers1634 | April 1, 2008 at 10:07 pm |

    [quote comment="245621"]how do you really feel paul?

    matt…i love ya like a brother, but morgan is an utter fool…paul summed it up better than i (or anyone) could

    and no, i don’t want you to draw any conclusion…i want you to listen to what I just said[/quote]

    To Phil, Paul, and Shaft: If nothing else, I am very interested in closely following the banter between Miller and Morgan in ESPN’s next broadcast to witness for myself everything you’ve mentioned.

    I’ll be the first to agree if Morgan really is that abysmal in his disemmination.

    I’m impressed and hopeful, I’ve never been around to break the 300 post mark!

  • Shaftman | April 1, 2008 at 10:09 pm |

    [quote comment="245646"][quote comment="245642"]
    But, onto an actually uni question? I’ve never asked….what exactly did you like about the fish uni’s? (I’m being serious)[/quote]

    It’s not so much that I like them for any one reason per se. It was during a time when hockey was becoming stale (1995 lockout), and the Islanders came back with something overly dramatic and different that basically shocked the entire sports world.

    Do I think they are hideous? Hell yeah! But the fact that the Islanders were trying something so off-the-wall in terms of breaking hockey traditions was impressive, especially when you consider the Isles’ history.

    It’s like the Turn Ahead The Clock jerseys in MLB. Ugly? Hell yeah! But all of would like to own that piece of history just because it was so different than what we were used to seeing.

    To me, the Fishermen will always be part of hockey folklore. As for the reasons, so few people have a Fisherman jersey, and even fewer have them totally customized right down to the jersey patches. It’s very noticeable as well. :o)[/quote]

    Ok….I can understand that. Living on Long Island and having seen all the cups won at the Coliseum in person, I’ll tell you why you don’t see many people wearing them today; WE HATED THE CHANGE!!! It wasn’t so much that they changed the uniforms or modified the colors a bit (which on the 3rd uni version I very much liked). It was the fact that they changed the logo and as such were trying to change the identity and the history of the team.

    We Islander fans may not have been thrilled with that years team but we are extremely proud of that original crest and what it stood for. Changing that might as well been the same as moving the team off the Island.

    Add to the fact that they were ugly as sin and you can see why there was a very strong negative reaction.

    Of course, I’m probably not telling you something you don’t already know….Oh Great Hockey Guru.

  • MPowers1634 | April 1, 2008 at 10:11 pm |

    [quote comment="245646"][quote comment="245642"]
    But, onto an actually uni question? I’ve never asked….what exactly did you like about the fish uni’s? (I’m being serious)[/quote]

    It’s not so much that I like them for any one reason per se. It was during a time when hockey was becoming stale (1995 lockout), and the Islanders came back with something overly dramatic and different that basically shocked the entire sports world.

    Do I think they are hideous? Hell yeah! But the fact that the Islanders were trying something so off-the-wall in terms of breaking hockey traditions was impressive, especially when you consider the Isles’ history.

    It’s like the Turn Ahead The Clock jerseys in MLB. Ugly? Hell yeah! But all of would like to own that piece of history just because it was so different than what we were used to seeing.

    To me, the Fishermen will always be part of hockey folklore. As for the reasons, so few people have a Fisherman jersey, and even fewer have them totally customized right down to the jersey patches. It’s very noticeable as well. :o)[/quote]

    My Sharpei argument to a T!
    They’re ugly but their homeliness makes them endearing!

    This works for me concerning anything Oregon or Clemson related, however New Era will never be granted clemency.

  • Shaftman | April 1, 2008 at 10:15 pm |

    [quote comment="245651"][quote comment="245646"][quote comment="245642"]
    But, onto an actually uni question? I’ve never asked….what exactly did you like about the fish uni’s? (I’m being serious)[/quote]

    It’s not so much that I like them for any one reason per se. It was during a time when hockey was becoming stale (1995 lockout), and the Islanders came back with something overly dramatic and different that basically shocked the entire sports world.

    Do I think they are hideous? Hell yeah! But the fact that the Islanders were trying something so off-the-wall in terms of breaking hockey traditions was impressive, especially when you consider the Isles’ history.

    It’s like the Turn Ahead The Clock jerseys in MLB. Ugly? Hell yeah! But all of would like to own that piece of history just because it was so different than what we were used to seeing.

    To me, the Fishermen will always be part of hockey folklore. As for the reasons, so few people have a Fisherman jersey, and even fewer have them totally customized right down to the jersey patches. It’s very noticeable as well. :o)[/quote]

    My Sharpei argument to a T!
    They’re ugly but their homeliness makes them endearing!

    This works for me concerning anything Oregon or Clemson related, however New Era will never be granted clemency.[/quote]

    Being known for ugly uniforms is the same as being known as lovable losers…it only works when you never had nice uni’s or have won anything.

    The Mets are the greatest lovable losers because of the way they started their franchise (with 120 loses) and they way they lost.

    The Yankess has some pretty pathetic years but no one would confuse them with “lovable losers” because it’s not their history.

    We couldn’t accept the “fishsticks” uni’s as “so ugly their beautiful” because of the great uni’s the preceded them.

  • Teebz | April 1, 2008 at 10:23 pm |

    [quote comment="245652"]
    We couldn’t accept the “fishsticks” uni’s as “so ugly their beautiful” because of the great uni’s the preceded them.[/quote]

    I agree. While Mr. Powers may appreciate them for that reason, I simply find their freakishness to be something that makes them so unique rather than beautiful. They were hated so much that people wanted them burned at center ice. But I can guarantee you that someone asks me if they can buy it off me when I wear it.

    Again, I appreciate the historical portion of the jersey. The fact that no one has one makes me appreciate the rarity of the jersey so much more.

  • Paul Lukas | April 1, 2008 at 10:29 pm |

    [quote comment="245639"]This is sort of a bizzare day in the comments section…I’ve never seen Paul stray so far and so much from uniforms. Usually you frown upon people who bring up other things before they even get going. Now I don’t have a problem with it, I often wish that you would let the conversation spread further then unis, but I just found it odd today.[/quote]

    It’s the start of the baseball season, which (a) puts me in a good mood, and (b) makes it fun to discuss baseball broadcasters, which is the main non-uni topic I addressed in the comments today. And while I could be wrong, my sense of things is that I rarely shut down any topic (esp. if it’s sports-related) unless I think it’s gettting stoopid or descending into name-calling.

    But maybe I’m just arbitrary and moody…..

  • LI Phil | April 1, 2008 at 10:30 pm |

    [quote]Being known for ugly uniforms is the same as being known as lovable losers…it only works when you never had nice uni’s or have won anything.[/quote]

    so…what’s the cubbies excuse then?

    100 years and counting…sorry bry

    and i agree with ya jay on the BEE-YOU-TEE-FUL unis our boys sported (and, of course, won 4 cups in)…the gorton’s period was kind of a nadir (are we still in it???)…remember when the LI Buses had those “palffy-tations” ads? the fishsticks pic reminded me of that

  • Teebz | April 1, 2008 at 10:32 pm |

    [quote comment="245658"][quote comment="245639"]This is sort of a bizzare day in the comments section…I’ve never seen Paul stray so far and so much from uniforms. Usually you frown upon people who bring up other things before they even get going. Now I don’t have a problem with it, I often wish that you would let the conversation spread further then unis, but I just found it odd today.[/quote]

    It’s the start of the baseball season, which (a) puts me in a good mood, and (b) makes it fun to discuss baseball broadcasters, which is the main non-uni topic I addressed in the comments today. And while I could be wrong, my sense of things is that I rarely shut down any topic (esp. if it’s sports-related) unless I think it’s gettting stoopid or descending into name-calling.

    But maybe I’m just arbitrary and moody…..[/quote]

    Nah, you just need a hug, Pauly! Hahaha!

    Personally, I don’t get to watch much baseball here unless it’s a Blue Jays telecast, so I can’t comment much on Morgan.

    I do know that Chris Berman should be banned from baseball games completely, though.

  • Teebz | April 1, 2008 at 10:35 pm |

    [quote comment="245659"][quote]Being known for ugly uniforms is the same as being known as lovable losers…it only works when you never had nice uni’s or have won anything.[/quote]

    so…what’s the cubbies excuse then?

    100 years and counting…sorry bry

    and i agree with ya jay on the BEE-YOU-TEE-FUL unis our boys sported (and, of course, won 4 cups in)…the gorton’s period was kind of a nadir (are we still in it???)…remember when the LI Buses had those “palffy-tations” ads? the fishsticks pic reminded me of that[/quote]

    Much like I said about the Panthers abandoning their vertically-arched names and their current futility, the hockey gods frowned upon Long Island with the merger of cheap, breaded fishsticks and hockey. ;o)

  • Shaftman | April 1, 2008 at 10:39 pm |

    [quote comment="245659"][quote]Being known for ugly uniforms is the same as being known as lovable losers…it only works when you never had nice uni’s or have won anything.[/quote]

    so…what’s the cubbies excuse then?

    100 years and counting…sorry bry

    and i agree with ya jay on the BEE-YOU-TEE-FUL unis our boys sported (and, of course, won 4 cups in)…the gorton’s period was kind of a nadir (are we still in it???)…remember when the LI Buses had those “palffy-tations” ads? the fishsticks pic reminded me of that[/quote]

    The Cubbies excuse is that at this point, it is their history. I don’t think they became “lovable losers” till the 80′s. Before that, they were just “losers”. (again, sorry Bryan, but they were).

    Yes, I remember those buses….bleeeech.

    Yes, we are in the next nadir. I guess it’s cylclical. Highlowhighlowhigh?

  • Tom From Staten Island | April 1, 2008 at 10:40 pm |

    hey paul looks link the nhl is dropping RBK
    http://nhllogos.blog...

  • Teebz | April 1, 2008 at 10:43 pm |

    [quote comment="245665"]hey paul looks link the nhl is dropping RBK
    http://nhllogos.blog...

    April Fool’s Day… and since it’s after noon, joke’s on you. ;o)

    They are not walking away from hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • simon | April 1, 2008 at 10:44 pm |

    The Yakult Swallows in Japan is doing a throwback series in May. Various clubs wore throwbacks last season, it’s good to see the powder blue, even if it’s rather uninspired.

    http://jhockey.wordp...

  • MPowers1634 | April 1, 2008 at 10:55 pm |

    [quote comment="245654"][quote comment="245652"]
    We couldn’t accept the “fishsticks” uni’s as “so ugly their beautiful” because of the great uni’s the preceded them.[/quote]

    I agree. While Mr. Powers may appreciate them for that reason, I simply find their freakishness to be something that makes them so unique rather than beautiful. They were hated so much that people wanted them burned at center ice. But I can guarantee you that someone asks me if they can buy it off me when I wear it.

    Again, I appreciate the historical portion of the jersey. The fact that no one has one makes me appreciate the rarity of the jersey so much more.[/quote]

    Ugly making them unique versus beautiful…You could argue that they are one in the same! I am ammending my statement.

    Oregon’s “tennis ball” helmets or “lightning” yellow jerseys or even their blacked-out hoops unis were unique albeit not beautiful.

    Or two years ago, when on a Thursday night on ESPN facing Georgia Tech, Clemson warmed up in all-orange unis, only to reappear at Howard’s Rock clad in all purple, dare I say it, especially after the Joe Morgan uproar, they were beautiful!

    However

  • Tod H. | April 1, 2008 at 11:06 pm |

    [quote comment="245638"][quote comment="245634"][quote comment="245632"]This still sucks.[/quote]

    that was AWESUM teebz!

    and dammit jay, now i want fishsticks[/quote]

    Now that you mention it…I could go for some ‘sticks myself. I just never liked my fish sticks on ice.[/quote]

    Thanks for the picture of the fish sticks.I had no idea what you were talking about without the visual.

    Sorry for the sarcasm, but it’s a big pet peeve of mine when people post links to pictures of things that need no explanation.

    I’m not trying to be an ass (for once), but Shaftman seems to be the biggest offender.

  • lwiedy | April 1, 2008 at 11:51 pm |

    [quote comment="245638"][quote comment="245634"][quote comment="245632"]This still sucks.[/quote]

    that was AWESUM teebz!

    and dammit jay, now i want fishsticks[/quote]

    Now that you mention it…I could go for some ‘sticks myself. I just never liked my fish sticks on ice.[/quote]

    As a diehard Isles fan, would it be sacrilegious to say I like this (note: original crest) as opposed to this?

  • chance | April 1, 2008 at 11:59 pm |

    [quote comment="245586"][quote comment="245577"]Although its been said the Yankees were only wearing the All Star Patches from the time voting started until the game, they are wearing them tonight![/quote]
    Are you sure its not the ‘Final Year of Yankee Stadium’ patch?[/quote]

    Nope, they wore that one as well. Just got back from the Stadium – beautiful night in the Bronx.

    I’m hoping that this was a special Opening Night thing, not a signal that they’ve changed their minds and will wear the damn patch all season.

    The Yankee Stadium patch is a thing of beauty, but the All-Star Game patch is ugly. And two patches on that jersey is one too many.

  • Illig | April 2, 2008 at 12:02 am |

    [quote comment="245287"][quote]Interesting piece here about the rebranding of a high school sports program. …[/quote]
    The helmet they came up with looks a bit too much like the Detroit Lions prototype. And both of them are ugly. I like the rest of their logos, though.[/quote]

    Ouch, and yet, thanks! Agreed on the Lions prototype, though. :) Here’s an adjunct article to our piece, Competing at a Higher Level, over on LucasOnSports.com questioning whether branding at a high school level is good idea or not.

  • Tony in Erie | April 2, 2008 at 12:04 am |

    Three Hundred and Twelve comments…

    Welcome back, baseball, we missed you.

    Sincerely,
    UniWatchers

  • LI Phil | April 2, 2008 at 12:04 am |

    [quote comment="245681"][quote comment="245638"][quote comment="245634"][quote comment="245632"]This still sucks.[/quote]

    that was AWESUM teebz!

    and dammit jay, now i want fishsticks[/quote]

    Now that you mention it…I could go for some ‘sticks myself. I just never liked my fish sticks on ice.[/quote]

    As a diehard Isles fan, would it be sacrilegious to say I like this (note: original crest) as opposed to this?[/quote]

    no…because they both suck

  • =bg= | April 2, 2008 at 12:14 am |

    I wish we had a baseball team in the Bay Area. Oh wait..we have the A’s.

  • lwiedy | April 2, 2008 at 12:15 am |

    [quote comment="245690"][quote comment="245681"][quote comment="245638"][quote comment="245634"][quote comment="245632"]This still sucks.[/quote]

    that was AWESUM teebz!

    and dammit jay, now i want fishsticks[/quote]

    Now that you mention it…I could go for some ‘sticks myself. I just never liked my fish sticks on ice.[/quote]

    As a diehard Isles fan, would it be sacrilegious to say I like this (note: original crest) as opposed to this?[/quote]

    no…because they both suck[/quote]

    I know you are right but I guess it is my guilty pleasure, like tapping the steering wheel when that band comes the radio on that you’d never admit you’d ever listen to.

  • lwiedy | April 2, 2008 at 12:22 am |

    [quote comment="245660"][quote comment="245658"][quote comment="245639"]This is sort of a bizzare day in the comments section…I’ve never seen Paul stray so far and so much from uniforms. Usually you frown upon people who bring up other things before they even get going. Now I don’t have a problem with it, I often wish that you would let the conversation spread further then unis, but I just found it odd today.[/quote]

    It’s the start of the baseball season, which (a) puts me in a good mood, and (b) makes it fun to discuss baseball broadcasters, which is the main non-uni topic I addressed in the comments today. And while I could be wrong, my sense of things is that I rarely shut down any topic (esp. if it’s sports-related) unless I think it’s gettting stoopid or descending into name-calling.

    But maybe I’m just arbitrary and moody…..[/quote]

    Nah, you just need a hug, Pauly! Hahaha!

    Personally, I don’t get to watch much baseball here unless it’s a Blue Jays telecast, so I can’t comment much on Morgan.

    I do know that Chris Berman should be banned from baseball games completely, though.[/quote]

    So should Brent Musburger. I’m sure we wont get him for the rest of the year, but it really sounded like a guy how hasn’t done a baseball broadcast in 10 years.

  • LI Phil | April 2, 2008 at 12:32 am |

    [quote comment="245694"]I know you are right but I guess it is my guilty pleasure, like tapping the steering wheel when that band comes the radio on that you’d never admit you’d ever listen to.[/quote]

    would you be speaking of, say, ‘motorin’ (sister christian) or some other godforesaken crap by night ranger, larry?

    please…do enlighten us ;)

  • LI Phil | April 2, 2008 at 12:36 am |

    [quote comment="245697"]So should Brent Musburger. I’m sure we wont get him for the rest of the year, but it really sounded like a guy how hasn’t done a baseball broadcast in 10 years.[/quote]

    funny shit

  • lwiedy | April 2, 2008 at 12:39 am |

    [quote comment="245700"][quote comment="245694"]I know you are right but I guess it is my guilty pleasure, like tapping the steering wheel when that band comes the radio on that you’d never admit you’d ever listen to.[/quote]

    would you be speaking of, say, ‘motorin’ (sister christian) or some other godforesaken crap by night ranger, larry?

    please…do enlighten us ;)[/quote]

    Are you kidding, Night Ranger is on my ipod right now (except I don’t have one, but that’s what everybody says, right?). No, the first thing that came to mind was a certain group from Sweden with the alphabetically catchy name, you with me?

  • LI Phil | April 2, 2008 at 12:42 am |

    [quote comment="245702"][quote comment="245700"][quote comment="245694"]I know you are right but I guess it is my guilty pleasure, like tapping the steering wheel when that band comes the radio on that you’d never admit you’d ever listen to.[/quote]

    would you be speaking of, say, ‘motorin’ (sister christian) or some other godforesaken crap by night ranger, larry?

    please…do enlighten us ;)[/quote]

    Are you kidding, Night Ranger is on my ipod right now (except I don’t have one, but that’s what everybody says, right?). No, the first thing that came to mind was a certain group from Sweden with the alphabetically catchy name, you with me?[/quote]

    so..i take it you’ve seen mamma mia then

  • lwiedy | April 2, 2008 at 12:46 am |

    [quote comment="245705"][quote comment="245702"][quote comment="245700"][quote comment="245694"]I know you are right but I guess it is my guilty pleasure, like tapping the steering wheel when that band comes the radio on that you’d never admit you’d ever listen to.[/quote]

    would you be speaking of, say, ‘motorin’ (sister christian) or some other godforesaken crap by night ranger, larry?

    please…do enlighten us ;)[/quote]

    Are you kidding, Night Ranger is on my ipod right now (except I don’t have one, but that’s what everybody says, right?). No, the first thing that came to mind was a certain group from Sweden with the alphabetically catchy name, you with me?[/quote]

    so..i take it you’ve seen mamma mia then[/quote]

    Absolutely not. Any possible connection outside my own car would be an admission of guilt. But as a 10-year-old Royals fan, I thought the song Waterloo (1974) was about KC’s Midwest League affiliate (that a true story).

  • James Craven | April 2, 2008 at 12:48 am |

    [quote comment="245667"]“The Yakult Swallows in Japan is doing a throwback series in May. Various clubs wore throwbacks last season, it’s good to see the powder blue, even if it’s rather uninspired.”

    http://jhockey.wordp...

    Hey, it’s all about Osaka-san and his most famous creation, Astro Boy my friend. Used to watch him every weekday with Wee Willie Webber on Channel 17 here in Philly back in the day.

  • lwiedy | April 2, 2008 at 12:51 am |

    [quote comment="245707"][quote comment="245667"]“The Yakult Swallows in Japan is doing a throwback series in May. Various clubs wore throwbacks last season, it’s good to see the powder blue, even if it’s rather uninspired.”

    http://jhockey.wordp...

    Hey, it’s all about Osaka-san and his most famous creation, Astro Boy my friend. Used to watch him every weekday with Wee Willie Webber on Channel 17 here in Philly back in the day.[/quote]

    Didn’t he pitch for the Braves?

  • lwiedy | April 2, 2008 at 12:56 am |

    [quote comment="245709"][quote comment="245707"][quote comment="245667"]“The Yakult Swallows in Japan is doing a throwback series in May. Various clubs wore throwbacks last season, it’s good to see the powder blue, even if it’s rather uninspired.”

    http://jhockey.wordp...

    Hey, it’s all about Osaka-san and his most famous creation, Astro Boy my friend. Used to watch him every weekday with Wee Willie Webber on Channel 17 here in Philly back in the day.[/quote]

    Didn’t he pitch for the Braves?[/quote]

    Sorry, couldn’t find a picture from behind.

    http://www.thebaseba...

  • Paul Lukas | April 2, 2008 at 1:10 am |

    [quote comment="245710"][quote comment="245709"][quote comment="245707"][quote comment="245667"]“The Yakult Swallows in Japan is doing a throwback series in May. Various clubs wore throwbacks last season, it’s good to see the powder blue, even if it’s rather uninspired.”

    http://jhockey.wordp...

    Hey, it’s all about Osaka-san and his most famous creation, Astro Boy my friend. Used to watch him every weekday with Wee Willie Webber on Channel 17 here in Philly back in the day.[/quote]

    Didn’t he pitch for the Braves?[/quote]

    Sorry, couldn’t find a picture from behind.

    http://www.thebaseba...

    You didn’t look hard enough.

  • LI Phil | April 2, 2008 at 1:12 am |

    [quote comment="245710"][quote comment="245709"][quote comment="245707"][quote comment="245667"]“The Yakult Swallows in Japan is doing a throwback series in May. Various clubs wore throwbacks last season, it’s good to see the powder blue, even if it’s rather uninspired.”

    http://jhockey.wordp...

    Hey, it’s all about Osaka-san and his most famous creation, Astro Boy my friend. Used to watch him every weekday with Wee Willie Webber on Channel 17 here in Philly back in the day.[/quote]

    Didn’t he pitch for the Braves?[/quote]

    Sorry, couldn’t find a picture from behind.

    http://www.thebaseba...

    you didn’t search hard enough lar…

    it was almost exactly one year ago paul had the goods

  • lwiedy | April 2, 2008 at 1:14 am |

    [quote comment="245712"][quote comment="245710"][quote comment="245709"][quote comment="245707"][quote comment="245667"]“The Yakult Swallows in Japan is doing a throwback series in May. Various clubs wore throwbacks last season, it’s good to see the powder blue, even if it’s rather uninspired.”

    http://jhockey.wordp...

    Hey, it’s all about Osaka-san and his most famous creation, Astro Boy my friend. Used to watch him every weekday with Wee Willie Webber on Channel 17 here in Philly back in the day.[/quote]

    Didn’t he pitch for the Braves?[/quote]

    Sorry, couldn’t find a picture from behind.

    http://www.thebaseba...

    You didn’t look hard enough.[/quote]

    Friggin’ Yahoo search

  • LI Phil | April 2, 2008 at 1:19 am |

    [quote comment="245716"]Friggin’ Yahoo search[/quote]

    not so…you just didn’t put in the right terms

    soon as i saw UW (#10), i knew i’d find gold…pure gold jerry

  • Josh Petty | April 2, 2008 at 1:28 am |

    Ever since the Marlins have been a team, I’ve always been a Marlins fan. I was about 7 or 8 when they came into existence. For opening day, I was planning on wearing my (white pinstriped) Marlins jersey to school, as I do every year on opening day. When I got it out this year, I noticed that it had a fairly large and obvious spot on it, so I decided not to wear it. Being the baseball fan that I am, I had to wear something baseball for opening day, so I settled on my white Ben Sheets Milwaukee Brewers jersey. To make a long story short, I had my picture taken for the Northern Star (Northern Illinois University’s school paper) because I as watching the Brewers/Cubs game next to somebody in Cubs apparel. Sure enough, the picture made the paper. The caption had my name, year, major, and even proclaimed me a “Brewers fan!” D’oh!

  • lwiedy | April 2, 2008 at 1:28 am |

    [quote comment="245720"][quote comment="245716"]Friggin’ Yahoo search[/quote]

    not so…you just didn’t put in the right terms

    soon as i saw UW (#10), i knew i’d find gold…pure gold jerry[/quote]

    Searched images only. My bad, yahoo.

  • Jay | April 2, 2008 at 5:17 am |

    Some good photos of both sleeve patches on the Yankees jerseys, here.
    And how about those fresh pressed jerseys, but the pleat down the sleeve creates a fold in the patch which just looks stupid.

  • Robert Anderson | April 2, 2008 at 6:16 am |

    Guess the mets are not undefeated anymore. Yanks are.

  • Eriq Jaffe | April 2, 2008 at 9:10 am |

    [quote comment="245270"]They did. I’m positive of it, because it started them talking about how the Indians had 111 wins that season and the Yankees had 103. Ed Farmer, the play-by-play guy, tends to be pretty clueless, but I expected better from new parter Steve Stone.[/quote]I heard it too, FWIW.

    I was a little more amused by the fact that Stoney went on to say that the 111-win Indians were swept in the ’54 series by the “San Francisco Giants”…

  • Adam | April 2, 2008 at 12:51 pm |

    i believe the mowhawked ballplayer is my boy brandon phillips

  • matt | April 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |

    the mohawked is indeed, b phill.

  • simon | April 2, 2008 at 8:45 pm |

    for some reason Alex Rios was sporting a very similar mohawk and I remember the TV commentators talking about it in the season opener against the Yankees.

  • Kerby | April 2, 2008 at 9:15 pm |

    Just to clarify…The Indians alt uni’s most resemble the 1958-62 road uni’s but don’t have the same block font. So they’re really brand new…They just look retro. The caps most closely resemble the 1920′s font cap but not exactly.

  • brian | April 2, 2008 at 11:25 pm |

    I wish the indians would go back to these

  • Ryan Fickes | April 5, 2008 at 2:44 pm |

    The Orioles have been using the orange carpet for Opening Day for more than a decade now… I remember them doing it the last time they made the playoffs, which was more than a decade ago.