Gimme Provolone, With

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New ESPN column today. Thought it was running tomorrow, but here it is.

Meanwhile: As you can see at right, our latest city-specific logo mashup, submitted yesterday by Michael Boyer, is devoted to Philadelphia (here’s a larger view). And that’s appropriate, because I have a bunch of Philly-related news to announce.

First, I’m planning a Uni Watch party in Philadelphia for next Saturday, April 19th. It’ll take place at 5pm at Bob & Barbara’s Lounge, a lovable dive that’s a longtime fave of mine. Hope to see lots of you there.

Also of interest: Earlier that same afternoon, I’ll be at the National Constitution Center, where the “Baseball as America” exhibit is currently on display. From noon to 3pm, Mitchell & Ness prexy Peter Caporino and researcher Jared Wheeler will be making a special presentation, which Jared describes like so:

We’re going to be displaying a uniform history of the Phillies and Athletics, during their time in Philadelphia. It will mostly consist of jerseys and jackets. We’ll be set up in the lobby area of the Constitution Center, where there will be other things going on. (i.e., old ballplayers speaking). You’ll definitely meet some interesting characters who are also extremely knowledgeable about uniforms. It will kind of be a glimpse of what Mitchell and Ness used to be!

Cool, right? I’ll be there for that, too.

My final Philly-related bulletin involves an event just outside the city limits (or, more specifically, just across the Delaware River), in Camden, New Jersey. Camden is home to the Camden Riversharks, whose management has graciously agreed to hold a special uni-centric promotion on June 5th. I believe the working title is “Old-Time Baseball Night,” and it will involve the following: All members of the Riversharks will wear striped stirrups, which I will pick out for them (I may also go into the clubhouse to give instrux and pointers, hopefully accompanied by a video crew); I will throw out the first pitch; there will be a special pregame Uni Watch gathering at the stadium; and the team is offering a big discount for Uni Watch readers, with all box seats (normally priced from $11 to $20) available for $8 apiece.

To take advantage of the discount, here’s what you need to do:

• First, go to this link. You’ll see the Riversharks’ April schedule.

• Then use the drop-down menu to choose “June 2008.” Once you’ve done that, click on the June 5th game. And then click on “Let me pick my seats from a seating chart.” You should then see a diagram of the Sharks’ stadium.

• See the teal seats right behind home plate, and the yellow seats extending down the baselines? All of those seats are available for the $8 price. Just click on the section you want and choose your tickets from the resulting seat listing (“Eligible for Stirrups” means you can get the discounted price).

• When checking out, enter the promotional code “stirrups” in the appropriate field.

Super-duper thanks to Philly reader Morris Levin for coming up with this idea, pitching it to the Sharks, and then acting as an intermediary between me and the team. This whole thing is really his baby — I’m just happy to be along for the ride. Big thanks also to JC Williams and all the other great Riversharks staffers. Looking forward to a fun night in June!

And now here’s a word from Vince: I could lie and say that I was waiting until the NCAA championship game was over before I scored the Uni Watch Pool, but that would be lying. With all of the No. 1 seeds making it to the Final Four, the championship game had no bearing on the contest results. The real reason the results were delayed is that I was quite busy and watching lots of miserable Tribe baseball.

Anyway, the results are finally tabulated, and if you didn’t have some combination including either Davidson (a possible 30 points), Villanova (24 points), or Western Kentucky (24 points), don’t bother looking for your name in the winners’ list below. Also, the tiebreaker came into effect, with fourth and fifth place being decided by the 143 total points in the championship game.

Without further ado:

First Place: Jim Satriano, 84 points (Michigan State, Marquette, West
Virginia, Davidson, Villanova, St. Joseph’s)

Second Place: Tyler Young, 82 points (Wisconsin, Pitt, Xavier, Davidson,
Villanova, Louisville)

Third Place: Brian Ashbaugh, 80 points (St. Joseph’s, Davidson,
Villanova, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Butler)

Fourth Place: Eric Sigman, 74 points (Siena, Western Kentucky, Davidson, Baylor, Butler, St. Mary’s; tiebreaker guess: 141)

Fifth Place: Carmelo Kuffel, 74 points (Butler, Siena, Davidson, West
Virginia, UCLA, Texas; tiebreaker guess: 148)

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all 400 readers who participated. If you think I’ve erred in scoring your entry, contact me asap. The five winners, meanwhile, will be hearing from Paul momentarily regarding their prizes.

Uni Watch News Ticker: If you go to this page and scroll down about halfway (or search on “Topes Tower”), you’ll find a small news item about the Albuquerque Isotopes’ new bullpen cart. … “The Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated the upcoming inaugural MotoGP race by having 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden take some laps on their newly reconfigured road course,” writes Doug Mooney. “They first had him take a lap on an Indian motorcycle that raced at the first IMS race in 1909, complete with vintage racing outfit. Looks like a cool idea until you see the Red Bull logo on the ‘vintage’ lid.” And for good measure, Doug also created a Detroit logo mashup. … Jere Smith and Mario Fontana both report that the retired numbers inside Fenway Park have been updated from this to this (note the outlines on the façade, where the previous numbers had been). “Also interesting to note that Buckner chose (or was given) a No. 6 jersey when he threw out the first pitch on Tuesday,” adds Jere. “That’s the number he wore in ’86. He wore 16 when he arrived in ’84, then wore 6 for ’85-’87, and then wore 22 when he returned in 1990.” And Mario adds the following: “They also added a giant ’380′ sign on the right field bullpen. But look closely, you can still see the chalk guide markings — very bush league!” … Here’s a first: The Rays have apparently tried to “mow” their new sunburst logo into the outfield turf at the Trop (with thanks to Cork Gaines). … Cool auction here for one of the Denver Bears’ “strike zone” uniforms (with thanks to Todd Radom). … John Massingill notes that the Norfolk Tides’ uniforms have really gone down the crapper. … A few days ago I showed photos of my super-cool vintage jacket from the Army volleyball team, complete with a chenille volleyball patch on one sleeve. But Scott Imus notes that the patch actually looks more like a water polo ball — and Army does indeed have a men’s water polo team, while they only have a women’s volleyball team. So it appears that I actually have a super-cool water polo jacket, which makes it even cooler than I thought. … Not quite a mashup, but David Ribar says he painted this when he was a teenager. “Obviously, I am not a professional artist, and the fountain is kind of weak, but I’m proud of it,” he says. “Last year my wife was going to throw it out because it didn’t go with anything in our new house. I sold it on eBay instead for a few dollars. In reality, the buyer probably took a good look at it and threw it away. But in my mind, its hanging in a central location of their Pittsburgh-themed game room.” … 42er updates here and here. … With the Stanley Cup playoffs underway, Rob Ullman has prepared a new set of hockey-themed cheeesecake illos (or is it the other way around?). Check out his full gallery of playoff artwork here. … Once upon a time there were American League balls and National League balls. But then the separate league offices and identities were dismantled, which left us with an all-purpose MLB ball (plus an All-Star Game ball in July and a World Series ball in October). But check out what Chad Gilman spotted: a Shea Stadium’s final season ball! Turns out they’re for sale (big surprise), and that the Yankees have one, too. I got that last photo from this page, which shows a much wider range of commemorative baseballs than I realized existed. … Lincoln King notes that Aramis Ramirez has the Dominican flag on his batting gloves, and that a PNC Park vendor was wearing an old-school uniform last night.

 

211 comments to Gimme Provolone, With

  • Robert | April 10, 2008 at 8:57 am |

    It looks like Prince Fielder is going to stick with his Babe Ruth look this season, as he continued with it throughout the Reds series.

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

    I prefer these pants to the pajamas, but dang . . . .

  • Mike | April 10, 2008 at 9:00 am |

    Thank goodness someone got a screengrab of that PNC Park vendor. I saw him on opening day working in the super expensive seats behind home plate and did not have my camera with me. He was totally decked out in what appeared to be in an early 190o’s era uniform, complete with stirrups.

  • Joe | April 10, 2008 at 9:08 am |

    Can we get a Baltimore mashup?

  • LI Phil | April 10, 2008 at 9:08 am |

    [quote]All members of the Riversharks will wear striped stirrups, which I will pick out for them (I may also go into the clubhouse to give instrux and pointers.[/quote]

    first…congrats on the gig…that’s awesome…perhaps some of us NY UWers will make the trip

    second…do you really need to give players instructions and pointers on how to properly wear stirrups?

    that’s just sad, man

  • Chad | April 10, 2008 at 9:11 am |

    Bob and Barbara’s? I’d think i went to the wrong place if i walked in there and saw anyone wearing a jersey. Good bar, but really?!

  • Jack | April 10, 2008 at 9:15 am |

    Both of those mashups are really sweet. Nice work.

  • Ash | April 10, 2008 at 9:15 am |

    Second place! Sweet.

  • MPowers1634 | April 10, 2008 at 9:17 am |

    [quote comment="250347"][quote]All members of the Riversharks will wear striped stirrups, which I will pick out for them (I may also go into the clubhouse to give instrux and pointers.[/quote]

    first…congrats on the gig…that’s awesome…perhaps some of us NY UWers will make the trip

    second…do you really need to give players instructions and pointers on how to properly wear stirrups?

    that’s just sad, man[/quote]

    That’s clsoe to a 3 hour trip for me, but if fate has it, I will be at the Wagner Football Golf Outing that day which would cut a large chunk of the trip out for me. Maybe do-able. For 8 bucks, how can you go wrong?

    I’ll tell you how…the forty bucks in gas it will cost to get home!

  • MPowers1634 | April 10, 2008 at 9:21 am |

    [quote comment="250351"]Both of those mashups are really sweet. Nice work.[/quote]

    They are cool. If you could have integrated the Flyers logo into the Fabric a bit more, it would have been GREAT.

    The Detroit championship component as well could have been less obvious. Maybe Roman Numerals or something worked into the design.

    A New York, or Boston mashup would be cool. Is it against protocol to onclude the prominent college teams of the area as well, or would that make it too labor intensive and busy?

  • War Damn Eagle | April 10, 2008 at 9:21 am |

    Pics of Indians wearing their alternate “I” cap on the road yesterday. At least it was consistent with the blue alt jersey, which also has the “I.”

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Batting helmets still had Chief Wahoo on them:

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Michael Boyer | April 10, 2008 at 9:24 am |

    I just wanted to thank Paul again. I emailed him my creation last night, and I came into work wondering if he would even read it. I never would have guessed that I would provided the main image for the day. Is it dorky to say that this is one of my prouder accomplishments?

  • Joey Guns | April 10, 2008 at 9:26 am |

    Paul, it figures that I’ll be in Philly next Saturday, but I’ll be at the Mets/Phillies game at 4 PM, so I’ll probably miss your party. Oh well….

  • Mark in Shiga | April 10, 2008 at 9:27 am |

    I’m looking at the picture of the “380″ on the Fenway Park wall… didn’t they have metric distances in yellow underneath the distances in feet? Have they been removed? Why?

  • Roger Faso | April 10, 2008 at 9:27 am |

    [quote comment="250346"]Can we get a Baltimore mashup?[/quote]

    I’m still waiting to see a Boston one (I’d do it, if it didn’t feel like cheating.) It would be so easy. A Bruin, dressed like a leprechaun wearing red stirrups and a three cornered hat. It begs to be done.

  • Kyle at IU | April 10, 2008 at 9:30 am |

    “Provolone with” sounds amazing right about now. Looks like a trip to Penn Station Subs for me later on…

    Also, major props for working your way into one of those crazy minor league promotions, Paul. I totally cannot wait for the pictures and videos from that one. It’s about time we taught some of these baseball players how to properly wear a uniform.

  • Michael Boyer | April 10, 2008 at 9:32 am |

    Is it against protocol to onclude the prominent college teams of the area as well, or would that make it too labor intensive and busy?

    I was thinking of doing a mashup for the Big Five if I get some free time. I was going to include them in the Philly one but it got too busy.

  • Joey Guns | April 10, 2008 at 9:36 am |

    Two stirrup sightings in the 15 inning Cubs-Pirates game last night.

    Uni-watch favorite Nyjer Morgan:

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

    Some guy on the Cubs named Reed Johnson:

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

  • Luke Mohamed | April 10, 2008 at 9:39 am |

    [quote comment="250345"]Thank goodness someone got a screengrab of that PNC Park vendor. I saw him on opening day working in the super expensive seats behind home plate and did not have my camera with me. He was totally decked out in what appeared to be in an early 190o’s era uniform, complete with stirrups.[/quote]
    Yeah I was sitting about 12 rows behind his section, the other vendor was also wearing a retro pirate uni, but his didn’t look as good (I also think it was just a mixture of uniforms). That section (The Home Plate Club) gets free food, so those vendors just go around tossing food and beverages to everyone.

  • Mike Engle | April 10, 2008 at 9:39 am |

    Help on the title, please? It seems like a pop culture reference that’s over my head.

  • Yankee Hank | April 10, 2008 at 9:41 am |

    [quote comment="250360"]I’m looking at the picture of the “380″ on the Fenway Park wall… didn’t they have metric distances in yellow underneath the distances in feet? Have they been removed? Why?[/quote]

    B/c no one in this country uses (or should use) the METRIC SYSTEM…like NOT having to press 1 for English or 2 for SPANISH…Who cares how many meters it is to CF?

  • Brandon T. | April 10, 2008 at 9:43 am |

    The old school vendor at PNC Park kinds looks like Tobias from arrested development to me.

  • Pete | April 10, 2008 at 9:46 am |

    The Tribe “I” hats are terrible. The tradition has been to have a “C”, and I see no reason for the change with this cap. They should make the new C hats the only hat besides Chief Wahoo.

  • Pat | April 10, 2008 at 9:47 am |

    Good for the people that are making them, I’m sure they put some work into them… but does anyone else think that these “mashups” are kind of dumb?

  • Marc | April 10, 2008 at 9:47 am |

    Got to hear you finally making your way down the turnpike to Philly. And B&B’s no less, can’t imagine jerseys there either, but cool place. I’ll have a couple specials lined up for you. However, that night is the first night of a certain holiday sans bread – you should know better

  • Pete | April 10, 2008 at 9:48 am |

    Mike: I believe the title of this entry refers to the way to order a Philly cheesesteak sandwich, but there are probably others far more familiar with it…

  • Paul Lukas | April 10, 2008 at 9:50 am |

    [quote comment="250349"]Bob and Barbara’s? I’d think i went to the wrong place if i walked in there and saw anyone wearing a jersey.[/quote]

    Then don’t wear a jersey. It’s a favorite place of mine, the beer is cheap, and it won’t be crowded at 5pm, which makes it perfect for a get-together. If you were hoping for a sports bar, forget it — I love sports and I love bars, but I hate sports bars.

  • Tim | April 10, 2008 at 9:50 am |

    [quote comment="250349"]Bob and Barbara’s? I’d think i went to the wrong place if i walked in there and saw anyone wearing a jersey. Good bar, but really?![/quote]

    What if they were wearing a Pabst Jersey? How would that strike you. I will unfortunately be in Montreal for this Uniwatch party.

  • Nicole | April 10, 2008 at 9:52 am |

    [quote comment="250344"]It looks like Prince Fielder is going to stick with his Babe Ruth look this season, as he continued with it throughout the Reds series.

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

    I prefer these pants to the pajamas, but dang . . . .[/quote]

    I was just coming on here to post about this. Since Bud extended the 42 thing to this year, the Brewers decided one guy would wear it and they pulled names from a hat and Prince will be wearing the 42. The article about it includes this paragraph:

    Fielder, who visited the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City over the winter to accept the Josh Gibson Legacy Award, has been wearing his socks high this season as a nod to the great players who came before him. The opportunity to wear No. 42 is a great honor, he said.

    http://milwaukee.bre...

  • Joey Guns | April 10, 2008 at 9:52 am |

    Not sure if anyone knows (or cares), but Barry Bonds last home run ball (#762) is up on the auction block. Right now, it’s at $259k. It ends in 2 days. Here’s the link:

    http://www.theroadto...

  • DahPhillyguyz | April 10, 2008 at 9:52 am |

    Actually, it should be “gimme uh provolone WIT”

    get one at Genos Steaks and say hi to Joey Vento when you are there.

  • teamcinnamon | April 10, 2008 at 9:52 am |

    [quote comment="250371"]Help on the title, please? It seems like a pop culture reference that’s over my head.[/quote]

    Cheesesteak related.

    IMO, the best way to have it, actually.

    Provolone w/fried onions.

  • teamcinnamon | April 10, 2008 at 9:53 am |

    [quote comment="250384"]Actually, it should be “gimme uh provolone WIT”

    get one at Genos Steaks and say hi to Joey Vento when you are there.[/quote]

    Geno’s is horrendous and Joey Vento needs to get over himself.

  • War Damn Eagle | April 10, 2008 at 9:53 am |

    [quote comment="250372"][quote comment="250360"]I’m looking at the picture of the “380″ on the Fenway Park wall… didn’t they have metric distances in yellow underneath the distances in feet? Have they been removed? Why?[/quote]

    B/c no one in this country uses (or should use) the METRIC SYSTEM…like NOT having to press 1 for English or 2 for SPANISH…Who cares how many meters it is to CF?[/quote]

    Blue Jays fans in Canada might care.

  • MPowers1634 | April 10, 2008 at 10:01 am |

    [quote comment="250355"]Pics of Indians wearing their alternate “I” cap on the road yesterday. At least it was consistent with the blue alt jersey, which also has the “I.”

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Batting helmets still had Chief Wahoo on them:

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Kobayashi, (Kaiser Sosay in a barbershop quartet from Skokie,Illinois)seems to be the anti-flat brim that we were discussing yesterday!

  • Rob Ullman | April 10, 2008 at 10:01 am |

    [quote comment="250375"]The Tribe “I” hats are terrible. The tradition has been to have a “C”, and I see no reason for the change with this cap. They should make the new C hats the only hat besides Chief Wahoo.[/quote]

    I actually really like the Indians “I” cap…finally bought one last season. I think it’s because it doesn’t immediately read as an “i”, sorta like the Expos old “m” logo. I know a lot of Tribe fans agree with you, but I think it’s sharp.

  • Yankee Hank | April 10, 2008 at 10:03 am |

    [quote comment="250388"][quote comment="250372"][quote comment="250360"]I’m looking at the picture of the “380″ on the Fenway Park wall… didn’t they have metric distances in yellow underneath the distances in feet? Have they been removed? Why?[/quote]

    B/c no one in this country uses (or should use) the METRIC SYSTEM…like NOT having to press 1 for English or 2 for SPANISH…Who cares how many meters it is to CF?[/quote]

    Blue Jays fans in Canada might care.[/quote]

    I getcha but we were referencing Fenway PAHK here in the USA…where we speak ENGLISH (NOT Spanish) and use FEET and MILES to measure things…

  • Juan Grande | April 10, 2008 at 10:03 am |

    [quote comment="250388"][quote comment="250372"][quote comment="250360"]I’m looking at the picture of the “380″ on the Fenway Park wall… didn’t they have metric distances in yellow underneath the distances in feet? Have they been removed? Why?[/quote]

    B/c no one in this country uses (or should use) the METRIC SYSTEM…like NOT having to press 1 for English or 2 for SPANISH…Who cares how many meters it is to CF?[/quote]

    Blue Jays fans in Canada might care.[/quote]

    Canadians don’t care when it comes to imported American games. Their football fields are in yards, not meters.

  • Lose Remerswaal | April 10, 2008 at 10:05 am |

    [quote comment="250360"]I’m looking at the picture of the “380″ on the Fenway Park wall… didn’t they have metric distances in yellow underneath the distances in feet? Have they been removed? Why?[/quote]
    They removed them 4 or so years ago.

    All the distance markers were replaced and increased in size this offseason, while bleacher seats were all replaced and decreased in size.

  • Morte | April 10, 2008 at 10:06 am |

    [quote comment="250346"]Can we get a Baltimore mashup?[/quote]

    Can we get a Birmingham mashup? Wait… okay, nevermind, how about just the whole state of Alabama? Oh…well…we could use minor league and college teams. :(

  • War Damn Eagle | April 10, 2008 at 10:07 am |

    Pujols wore his red 5950 cap for BP in Houston yesterday. Why not just wear the 3930, or the blue 5950 that the team wears on the road?

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • MPowers1634 | April 10, 2008 at 10:09 am |

    [quote comment="250372"][quote comment="250360"]I’m looking at the picture of the “380″ on the Fenway Park wall… didn’t they have metric distances in yellow underneath the distances in feet? Have they been removed? Why?[/quote]

    B/c no one in this country uses (or should use) the METRIC SYSTEM…like NOT having to press 1 for English or 2 for SPANISH…Who cares how many meters it is to CF?[/quote]

    The Metric system is actually a much more reasonable unit of measurement. However, if you want a real challenge try teaching both systems to eighth graders simultaneously! It would probably rank up there around Dante’s sixth circle of hell, ahead of being locked in a closet full of tarantulas and right after Birthday parties at Chuck E’ Cheese!

  • Taha | April 10, 2008 at 10:11 am |

    Did anyone else happen to catch extra innings of the Cubs-Pirates game on CLTV or CSN plus in the Chicago area? I happend to catch the bottom of the 14th, and the Pirates mascot, a giant parrot, was wearing what looked like pajamas, standing behind home plate and gyrating. Len Kasper and Bob Brenly kept commenting on its attire and how it was supposed to have gone to bed. I didn’t get a chance to grab it

  • Perry | April 10, 2008 at 10:13 am |

    [quote comment="250387"][quote comment="250384"]Actually, it should be “gimme uh provolone WIT”

    get one at Genos Steaks and say hi to Joey Vento when you are there.[/quote]

    Geno’s is horrendous and Joey Vento needs to get over himself.[/quote]

    Food fight!

  • War Damn Eagle | April 10, 2008 at 10:15 am |

    [quote comment="250392"][quote comment="250388"][quote comment="250372"][quote comment="250360"]I’m looking at the picture of the “380″ on the Fenway Park wall… didn’t they have metric distances in yellow underneath the distances in feet? Have they been removed? Why?[/quote]

    B/c no one in this country uses (or should use) the METRIC SYSTEM…like NOT having to press 1 for English or 2 for SPANISH…Who cares how many meters it is to CF?[/quote]

    Blue Jays fans in Canada might care.[/quote]

    I getcha but we were referencing Fenway PAHK here in the USA…where we speak ENGLISH (NOT Spanish) and use FEET and MILES to measure things…[/quote]

    And yet the United States is a signatory to the treaty that encouraged the world to convert to the metric system. There’s also the Metric Conversion Act of 1975, in which Congress authorized a conversion to the metric system. And it’s even in English, right here in the USA.

  • teamcinnamon | April 10, 2008 at 10:17 am |

    [quote comment="250402"][quote comment="250387"][quote comment="250384"]Actually, it should be “gimme uh provolone WIT”

    get one at Genos Steaks and say hi to Joey Vento when you are there.[/quote]

    Geno’s is horrendous and Joey Vento needs to get over himself.[/quote]

    Food fight![/quote]

    Yeah!

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | April 10, 2008 at 10:17 am |

    [quote comment="250404"][quote comment="250392"][quote comment="250388"][quote comment="250372"][quote comment="250360"]I’m looking at the picture of the “380″ on the Fenway Park wall… didn’t they have metric distances in yellow underneath the distances in feet? Have they been removed? Why?[/quote]

    B/c no one in this country uses (or should use) the METRIC SYSTEM…like NOT having to press 1 for English or 2 for SPANISH…Who cares how many meters it is to CF?[/quote]

    Blue Jays fans in Canada might care.[/quote]

    I getcha but we were referencing Fenway PAHK here in the USA…where we speak ENGLISH (NOT Spanish) and use FEET and MILES to measure things…[/quote]

    And yet the United States is a signatory to the treaty that encouraged the world to convert to the metric system. There’s also the Metric Conversion Act of 1975, in which Congress authorized a conversion to the metric system. And it’s even in English, right here in the USA.[/quote]

    An excellent example of Congress doing something that the American people did not want and that could not be enforced.

  • Robert | April 10, 2008 at 10:20 am |

    [quote comment="250382"][quote comment="250344"]It looks like Prince Fielder is going to stick with his Babe Ruth look this season, as he continued with it throughout the Reds series.

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

    I prefer these pants to the pajamas, but dang . . . .[/quote]

    I was just coming on here to post about this. Since Bud extended the 42 thing to this year, the Brewers decided one guy would wear it and they pulled names from a hat and Prince will be wearing the 42. The article about it includes this paragraph:

    Fielder, who visited the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City over the winter to accept the Josh Gibson Legacy Award, has been wearing his socks high this season as a nod to the great players who came before him. The opportunity to wear No. 42 is a great honor, he said.

    http://milwaukee.bre...

    The high socks are great, but those pants are just soooooooooo baggy. If that look caught on with the masses, it would make me crazy. Just think how extra silly the skinny players would look in those balloon pants.

  • T-Roy | April 10, 2008 at 10:22 am |

    [quote comment="250372"][quote comment="250360"]I’m looking at the picture of the “380″ on the Fenway Park wall… didn’t they have metric distances in yellow underneath the distances in feet? Have they been removed? Why?[/quote]

    B/c no one in this country uses (or should use) the METRIC SYSTEM[/quote]

    I’m sure a lot of engineers and scientists would disagree with you there. I mean, what’s easier to remember- that there’s 550 ft-lb/s^2 in 1 horsepower, or that theres 1 N-m/s^2 in 1 Watt? Once you try to wrap your head around the difference between a pound-force and a pound-mass, you realize that the SI (metric) system is much easier. Since you love the English system so much, I’m sure you can all tell us your exact mass in slugs, right?

  • john in DC | April 10, 2008 at 10:24 am |

    Paul,

    Rob Ullman’s drawings are again top-notch, but what exactly makes them “cheesecake”?

  • Mark | April 10, 2008 at 10:27 am |

    Tried to look at the Norfolk Tides link, and got a login protected Facebook page?????

  • Yankee Hank | April 10, 2008 at 10:27 am |

    [quote comment="250410"][quote comment="250372"][quote comment="250360"]I’m looking at the picture of the “380″ on the Fenway Park wall… didn’t they have metric distances in yellow underneath the distances in feet? Have they been removed? Why?[/quote]

    B/c no one in this country uses (or should use) the METRIC SYSTEM[/quote]

    I’m sure a lot of engineers and scientists would disagree with you there. I mean, what’s easier to remember- that there’s 550 ft-lb/s^2 in 1 horsepower, or that theres 1 N-m/s^2 in 1 Watt? Once you try to wrap your head around the difference between a pound-force and a pound-mass, you realize that the SI (metric) system is much easier. Since you love the English system so much, I’m sure you can all tell us your exact mass in slugs, right?[/quote]

    Hey T-Roy, i am NOT an engineer, and i could care less about my mass in slugs. I care about it being 380 FT to right center, not 102.3 meters…MMMMMMMMMMMM K? All i am saying.

  • War Damn Eagle | April 10, 2008 at 10:30 am |

    [quote comment="250410"][quote comment="250372"][quote comment="250360"]I’m looking at the picture of the “380″ on the Fenway Park wall… didn’t they have metric distances in yellow underneath the distances in feet? Have they been removed? Why?[/quote]

    B/c no one in this country uses (or should use) the METRIC SYSTEM[/quote]

    I’m sure a lot of engineers and scientists would disagree with you there. I mean, what’s easier to remember- that there’s 550 ft-lb/s^2 in 1 horsepower, or that theres 1 N-m/s^2 in 1 Watt? Once you try to wrap your head around the difference between a pound-force and a pound-mass, you realize that the SI (metric) system is much easier. Since you love the English system so much, I’m sure you can all tell us your exact mass in slugs, right?[/quote]

    Exactly – guess that guy should avoid buying 2-liter bottles of soft drinks, b/c to do is just un-American. Ha.

  • JohnnyO | April 10, 2008 at 10:31 am |

    I would love it if someone could create a Wisconsin mashup! I would be super indebted to anyone who could do that.

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 10, 2008 at 10:32 am |

    [quote comment="250410"][quote comment="250372"][quote comment="250360"]I’m looking at the picture of the “380″ on the Fenway Park wall… didn’t they have metric distances in yellow underneath the distances in feet? Have they been removed? Why?[/quote]

    B/c no one in this country uses (or should use) the METRIC SYSTEM[/quote]

    I’m sure a lot of engineers and scientists would disagree with you there. I mean, what’s easier to remember- that there’s 550 ft-lb/s^2 in 1 horsepower, or that theres 1 N-m/s^2 in 1 Watt? Once you try to wrap your head around the difference between a pound-force and a pound-mass, you realize that the SI (metric) system is much easier. Since you love the English system so much, I’m sure you can all tell us your exact mass in slugs, right?[/quote]

    The metric system is much more intuitive than the largely arbitrary English system. Metric units of measure (distance, volume, mass) are all interrelated. For example, one cubic centimeter equals one milliliter of volume (1000cm³, i.e., 10cm x 10cm x 10cm, = 1 liter); one milliliter of water equals one gram of mass (1 liter = 1 kg). There is no such relationship between inches and pounds.

  • Thorold Blair | April 10, 2008 at 10:33 am |

    [quote comment="250376"]Good for the people that are making them, I’m sure they put some work into them… but does anyone else think that these “mashups” are kind of dumb?[/quote]

    I agree. Good for everyone for making them, but it’s smacking one logo on top of another with not much real thought.

  • diz | April 10, 2008 at 10:34 am |

    [quote comment="250346"]Can we get a Baltimore mashup?[/quote]

    Can we get a Birmingham mashup? Wait… okay, nevermind, how about just the whole state of Alabama? Oh…well…we could use minor league and college teams. :([/quote]

    you could always do a Birminghams mashup, just so you have a couple of top flight pro teams in there :P

    I can’t wait for someone to try a London mashup though…

  • Stuby | April 10, 2008 at 10:35 am |

    [quote comment="250395"][quote comment="250346"]Can we get a Baltimore mashup?[/quote]

    Can we get a Birmingham mashup? Wait… okay, nevermind, how about just the whole state of Alabama? Oh…well…we could use minor league and college teams. :([/quote]
    God, how many pro football teams have played at Legion Field in Birmingham? Seems like every startup league (and even the CFL, I think) has had a team there.

  • Duckstyle | April 10, 2008 at 10:36 am |

    [quote comment="250410"][quote comment="250372"][quote comment="250360"]I’m looking at the picture of the “380″ on the Fenway Park wall… didn’t they have metric distances in yellow underneath the distances in feet? Have they been removed? Why?[/quote]

    B/c no one in this country uses (or should use) the METRIC SYSTEM[/quote]

    I’m sure a lot of engineers and scientists would disagree with you there. I mean, what’s easier to remember- that there’s 550 ft-lb/s^2 in 1 horsepower, or that theres 1 N-m/s^2 in 1 Watt? Once you try to wrap your head around the difference between a pound-force and a pound-mass, you realize that the SI (metric) system is much easier. Since you love the English system so much, I’m sure you can all tell us your exact mass in slugs, right?[/quote]

    Dimpus Burger Guy Uhh, right. Beverage?

    Farva Gimme a liter o’ cola

    Dimpus Burger Guy (into the mic) Literacola? Do we sell Literacola?

    Thorny: Will you just order a large, Farva.

    Farva: I don’t want a large Farva. I want a goddamn liter o’ cola!

    Dimpus Burger Guy (to Farva) I don’t know what that is!

    Farva (enraged and grabbing the Dimpus Burger Guy) Liter is french for give me my fuckin’ cola before I break your fuckin’ lip!

  • LI Phil | April 10, 2008 at 10:36 am |

    can we perhaps avoid a dodgeball redux, this time involving the metric system

    decidedly un-uni-ish

  • ben | April 10, 2008 at 10:37 am |

    NHL playoffs started last night. With some horrendous inside the blue lines logo’s. You can kind of see it here.

    Photo.

  • Adam | April 10, 2008 at 10:37 am |

    [quote comment="250417"]I would love it if someone could create a Wisconsin mashup! I would be super indebted to anyone who could do that.[/quote]

    Probably should be careful, you could easily be sued for this one.

  • Kek | April 10, 2008 at 10:39 am |

    Oh no, a conversation about the Metric system, I think I’m starting to feel a headache coming on!!!

    You see, in sixth grade science we were taught about the metric system and were learning conversions within the metric system and with the standard system. For whatever reason I struggled GREATLY with this unit and it got me the lovingly, we’re not laughing at you we’re laughing WITH you (yeah RIGHT!) nickname “Mr. Metric” from my dear old Dad (God rest his soul)

    Now in my adult years, I have a better grasp of the systems thankfully! And as a huge Formula 1 fan, it helps to know because a lot dealings in meters and liters come into play when discussions of braking zones, speed traps and fuel loads start (which is often).

  • Daniel | April 10, 2008 at 10:40 am |

    I am currently looking for pictures of the Steelers “Dwight’s White’s” fan club of the 70′s and was curious if you can point me in the right direction to find some. My grandfather was one of the members of the group back then and I wanted to get a framed photo of them to give to him as a surprise… any help would be appreciated.

  • Jet | April 10, 2008 at 10:41 am |

    I’m not liking the Tribe’s “I” hats, too enigmatic, like it could easily be a “J” or an “L”…

    -Jet

  • Mark in Shiga | April 10, 2008 at 10:42 am |

    [quote comment="250415"][quote comment="250410"][quote comment="250372"][quote comment="250360"]I’m looking at the picture of the “380″ on the Fenway Park wall… didn’t they have metric distances in yellow underneath the distances in feet? Have they been removed? Why?[/quote]

    B/c no one in this country uses (or should use) the METRIC SYSTEM[/quote]

    I’m sure a lot of engineers and scientists would disagree with you there. I mean, what’s easier to remember- that there’s 550 ft-lb/s^2 in 1 horsepower, or that theres 1 N-m/s^2 in 1 Watt? Once you try to wrap your head around the difference between a pound-force and a pound-mass, you realize that the SI (metric) system is much easier. Since you love the English system so much, I’m sure you can all tell us your exact mass in slugs, right?[/quote]

    Hey T-Roy, i am NOT an engineer, and i could care less about my mass in slugs. I care about it being 380 FT to right center, not 102.3 meters…MMMMMMMMMMMM K? All i am saying.[/quote]

    Hank, then you’re free to ignore the meters on the bottom and just look at the feet. Nobody’s asking them to dump feet entirely and make everything metric. Just don’t erase the world-standard measurements that are already there. I don’t have a problem with them writing “67.6 oz” on a 2-liter bottle of soda; why can’t you put up with meters on the outfield wall? And feet still get top billing — they’re written in the brighter color, and on top.

  • Paul Lukas | April 10, 2008 at 10:43 am |

    [quote comment="250412"]Paul,

    Rob Ullman’s drawings are again top-notch, but what exactly makes them “cheesecake”?[/quote]

    See fourth paragraph here.

  • Daniel | April 10, 2008 at 10:45 am |

    [quote comment="250418"][quote comment="250410"][quote comment="250372"][quote comment="250360"]I’m looking at the picture of the “380″ on the Fenway Park wall… didn’t they have metric distances in yellow underneath the distances in feet? Have they been removed? Why?[/quote]

    B/c no one in this country uses (or should use) the METRIC SYSTEM[/quote]

    Should use? Pretty much every science uses metric as when you try to do anything in English units a screw up is inevitable, try designing a gear box with MPH, RPM, in, feet, seconds, ft/s^2, Ft-lbs, Lb force, and HP… its a real pain in the but. Now I know here people are against the change just because they are more intuitive for us since thats what we grew up with. But Metric is the superior system

    I’m sure a lot of engineers and scientists would disagree with you there. I mean, what’s easier to remember- that there’s 550 ft-lb/s^2 in 1 horsepower, or that theres 1 N-m/s^2 in 1 Watt? Once you try to wrap your head around the difference between a pound-force and a pound-mass, you realize that the SI (metric) system is much easier. Since you love the English system so much, I’m sure you can all tell us your exact mass in slugs, right?[/quote]

    The metric system is much more intuitive than the largely arbitrary English system. Metric units of measure (distance, volume, mass) are all interrelated. For example, one cubic centimeter equals one milliliter of volume (1000cm³, i.e., 10cm x 10cm x 10cm, = 1 liter); one milliliter of water equals one gram of mass (1 liter = 1 kg). There is no such relationship between inches and pounds.[/quote]

  • Paul Lukas | April 10, 2008 at 10:47 am |

    No more metric discussion, please. Thanks.

  • DahPhillyguyz | April 10, 2008 at 10:49 am |

    Instead of Bob and Babs, you should have the party and Champions sports bar in the Marriott and 12th and Walnut. The Flyers playoff game would be over by that time and the joint would be empty. Bonus: No chance of running into a drag queen.

  • Roger Faso | April 10, 2008 at 10:51 am |

    David Ribar,

    Your work is impressive. You should’ve saved that one.

  • Roger Faso | April 10, 2008 at 10:54 am |

    [quote comment="250419"][quote comment="250376"]Good for the people that are making them, I’m sure they put some work into them… but does anyone else think that these “mashups” are kind of dumb?[/quote]

    I agree. Good for everyone for making them, but it’s smacking one logo on top of another with not much real thought.[/quote]

    I put a lot of thought into mine. The most prevelant one being, “my teams are friggin awesome.”

    Catch me on a good day and my whole outfit is a mash-up. A’s hat, Raider t-shirt, Warrior track jacket.

  • Kek | April 10, 2008 at 11:02 am |

    [quote comment="250430"]I am currently looking for pictures of the Steelers “Dwight’s White’s” fan club of the 70′s and was curious if you can point me in the right direction to find some. My grandfather was one of the members of the group back then and I wanted to get a framed photo of them to give to him as a surprise… any help would be appreciated.[/quote]
    I don’t remember a Dwight White fan club, did it have a name like “Frenchy’s Foreign Legion,” “Bradshaw’s Brigade,” “Gerela’s Gorillas,” “Ham’s Hussars” or “Franco’s Italian Army”.

    I’ll have to dust off my old copy of “A Few Bricks Shy of a Load” to see if there’s any info there.

  • TOG | April 10, 2008 at 11:04 am |

    Not sure what type font that is on the Joes Conteras’ road uni but it’s not something I was aware of?

    Slide #3

    http://chicago.white...

    Weird

  • Michael Boyer | April 10, 2008 at 11:05 am |

    Good for the people that are making them, I’m sure they put some work into them… but does anyone else think that these “mashups” are kind of dumb?

    I agree. Good for everyone for making them, but it’s smacking one logo on top of another with not much real thought.

    I put a lot of thought into mine. The most prevelant one being, “my teams are friggin awesome.”

    I agree. I spent a considerable amount of time coming up with mine. I was trying to bring the best aspects of the different logos and use them together. And remember guys, this is a blog about sports and uniforms. Something fun. I am just thankful that Paul allows us to express some creativity, and share it with like-minded people. I will now put away my soap box.

  • teamcinnamon | April 10, 2008 at 11:07 am |

    Such a great idea for the Riversharks game!

    That stadium is quirky.. instead of having the outfield face the Philly skyline across the river, it faces the underneath of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

    Makes for some good visuals though.

    I was originally under the impression that this was because the point of all home plates have to “point” south in all professional baseball games due to some old folklore about where the first organized baseball game was played.

    Anybody know anything about the home plate thing?

  • chance | April 10, 2008 at 11:07 am |

    [quote comment="250422"][quote comment="250395"][quote comment="250346"]Can we get a Baltimore mashup?[/quote]

    Can we get a Birmingham mashup? Wait… okay, nevermind, how about just the whole state of Alabama? Oh…well…we could use minor league and college teams. :([/quote]
    God, how many pro football teams have played at Legion Field in Birmingham? Seems like every startup league (and even the CFL, I think) has had a team there.[/quote]

    When the XFL folded, a joke made the rounds that Birmingham was sports-league cyanide….

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

    [quote comment="250392"][quote comment="250388"][quote comment="250372"][quote comment="250360"]I’m looking at the picture of the “380″ on the Fenway Park wall… didn’t they have metric distances in yellow underneath the distances in feet? Have they been removed? Why?[/quote]

    B/c no one in this country uses (or should use) the METRIC SYSTEM…like NOT having to press 1 for English or 2 for SPANISH…Who cares how many meters it is to CF?[/quote]

    Blue Jays fans in Canada might care.[/quote]

    I getcha but we were referencing Fenway PAHK here in the USA…where we speak ENGLISH (NOT Spanish) and use FEET and MILES to measure things…[/quote]

    But games are televised in Canada and many other countries.

  • chance | April 10, 2008 at 11:10 am |

    [quote comment="250445"]Such a great idea for the Riversharks game!

    That stadium is quirky.. instead of having the outfield face the Philly skyline across the river, it faces the underneath of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

    Makes for some good visuals though.

    I was originally under the impression that this was because the point of all home plates have to “point” south in all professional baseball games due to some old folklore about where the first organized baseball game was played.

    Anybody know anything about the home plate thing?[/quote]
    Never heard that.

    But their stadium can’t face Philadelphia because Camden is east of Philly. Facing west would force the batters to stare into sunsets every night, which might impact offensive production.

  • Teebz | April 10, 2008 at 11:11 am |

    [quote comment="250372"][quote comment="250360"]I’m looking at the picture of the “380″ on the Fenway Park wall… didn’t they have metric distances in yellow underneath the distances in feet? Have they been removed? Why?[/quote]

    B/c no one in this country uses (or should use) the METRIC SYSTEM…like NOT having to press 1 for English or 2 for SPANISH…Who cares how many meters it is to CF?[/quote]

    Except the rest of the world does. The metric system is a much more accurate measurement system. Science uses it exclusively over the imperial system.

  • Jeff H. | April 10, 2008 at 11:12 am |

    I’ve taken a stab at a Toronto Mashup. (Sorry if someone else has already done it & I missed it.)

    Whaddya think?

    I didn’t include anything to represent championships, just components from the teams’ current logos. For those who are unfamiliar with the CFL, the “A” on the Jay/Raptor’s chest is the current Toronto Argonauts football logo. (Regardless of how many games they play here, they’re still the Buffalo Bills until someone says otherwise.) Also the red Toronto banner at the bottom is from the Toronto FC logo, for those of y’all who aren’t soccer fans.

    One other note I’ve been meaning to post for the last little while:

    A while ago we were talking about “most jersey” players… Guys who, although not that well-travelled, nonetheless had worn a ton of jerseys over their career. With his return to the fold, Toronto Blue Jay Shannon Stewart has to be near the all-time record.

    By my count, he’s now worn 5 home, 5 away and a whopping 10 alternate uniforms in Toronto alone! (Not even mentioning the many various combinations he wore in Minny and Oakland, his only 2 other teams.) Plus there was an unused alternate jersey in 1997 that almost upped his total one more!

  • T-Roy | April 10, 2008 at 11:14 am |

    [quote comment="250436"]No more metric discussion, please. Thanks.[/quote]

    Yeah, I felt dirty for getting it started.

    Man, I hope Nyjer Morgan hits .500 or something for a few weeks so the rest of my Buccos copy his style. Although the old-school bumblebee stripes would be even better.

  • Jeff H. | April 10, 2008 at 11:15 am |

    Sorry, link didn’t seem to work! Let’s try that again…

    Toronto sports mashup

  • Joe | April 10, 2008 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment="250445"]Such a great idea for the Riversharks game!

    That stadium is quirky.. instead of having the outfield face the Philly skyline across the river, it faces the underneath of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

    Makes for some good visuals though.

    I was originally under the impression that this was because the point of all home plates have to “point” south in all professional baseball games due to some old folklore about where the first organized baseball game was played.

    Anybody know anything about the home plate thing?[/quote]
    considering the first game took place in Hoboken, which it to the north of Camden across the river from NYC, that wouldnt work out.

  • Teebz | April 10, 2008 at 11:17 am |

    I apologize. I missed Paul’s memo.

    By the way, a contact from Hockey Canada said that while those new jerseys are vintage, they’re missing the nostalgia.

    He was “enthusiastically unimpressed”, especially since the Winnipeg Falcons jerseys were a resounding hit.

  • Teebz | April 10, 2008 at 11:19 am |

    [quote comment="250454"][quote comment="250454"]
    Anybody know anything about the home plate thing?[/quote]
    considering the first game took place in Hoboken, which it to the north of Camden across the river from NYC, that wouldnt work out.[/quote]

    Don’t all of them face east, giving us the term “southpaws” for lefties?

  • LI Phil | April 10, 2008 at 11:20 am |

    [quote]Catch me on a good day and my whole outfit is a mash-up. A’s hat, Raider t-shirt, Warrior track jacket.[/quote]

    you must get mad pussy many compliments

  • scott | April 10, 2008 at 11:21 am |

    [quote comment="250448"]

    But their stadium can’t face Philadelphia because Camden is east of Philly. Facing west would force the batters to stare into sunsets every night, which might impact offensive production.[/quote]

    Right, the sun would be brutal for batters as the sun sets, especially since there aren’t any trees to block out the sun, as there are in Pittsfield (where Wahconah Park, one of the more famous west-facing ballparks, is located).

    Just watching the 1972 All-Star Game and the broadcasters commenting on Carl Yastrzemski debuting the Red Sox pullover jerseys and elastic pants that the team would wear the rest of the season. “(They’re like) the new knits you’re seeing on many of the ballclubs.”

  • matt dub | April 10, 2008 at 11:21 am |

    Here’s a quick Boston mash-up I did.. and yes I realize that I forgot the Patriots, but I just couldn’t find a way to fit Flying Elvis in there and not take away from the classic look.

  • matt dub | April 10, 2008 at 11:22 am |

    http://www.flickr.co...

    sorry here’s the line

  • LI Phil | April 10, 2008 at 11:24 am |

    [quote comment="250456"][quote comment="250454"][quote comment="250454"]
    Anybody know anything about the home plate thing?[/quote]
    considering the first game took place in Hoboken, which it to the north of Camden across the river from NYC, that wouldnt work out.[/quote]

    Don’t all of them face east, giving us the term “southpaws” for lefties?[/quote]

    according to wiki…

    A left-handed individual may be known as a southpaw, particularly in a sports context. It is widely accepted that the term originated in the United States, in the game of baseball.[23] Ballparks are often designed so that right-handed batters are facing east, so that the afternoon or evening sun does not shine in their eyes. This means that left-handed pitchers are throwing with their south-side arm. However, the Oxford English Dictionary lists a non-baseball citation for “south paw”, meaning a punch with the left hand, as early as 1848,[24] just three years after the first organized baseball game.

    source

  • chance | April 10, 2008 at 11:28 am |

    Just as a follow-up:

    [quote comment="250445"]I was originally under the impression that this was because the point of all home plates have to “point” south in all professional baseball games due to some old folklore about where the first organized baseball game was played.
    [/quote]

    Looking at these diagrams of major league parks, most stadiums do not face north.

    Arizona: N
    Atlanta: NE
    Baltimore: NE
    Boston: NE
    Chicago AL: SE
    Chicago NL: NE
    Cincinnatti: SE
    Cleveland: N
    Colorado: N
    Detroit: SE
    Florida: E
    Houston: NE
    Kansas City: NE
    LA AL: ENE
    LA NL: NE
    Milwaukee: SSE
    Minnesota: unknown
    New York AL: E
    New York NL: NE
    Oakland: NE
    Philadelphia: N
    Pittsburgh: SE
    St. Louis: E
    San Deigo: N
    San Francisco: E
    Seattle: NE
    Tampa Bay: NE
    Texas: SE
    Toronto: NNW
    Washington: NNE

  • Peter | April 10, 2008 at 11:31 am |

    Fourth paragraph in this article says the Magic are getting new unifroms, and Jameer Nelson wants the pintripes back. As someone who used to be in a band called pinstripe mystery I have no objection.

  • TimP | April 10, 2008 at 11:34 am |

    [quote comment="250456"][quote comment="250454"][quote comment="250454"]
    Anybody know anything about the home plate thing?[/quote]
    considering the first game took place in Hoboken, which it to the north of Camden across the river from NYC, that wouldnt work out.[/quote]

    Don’t all of them face east, giving us the term “southpaws” for lefties?[/quote]

    When pro baseball first started, there were bleacher or stands only behind home plate, so they aligned the fields so that the evening sun would always be blocked by those stands. If a lefthanded pitcher stands on the rubber, he is facing first base, and facing south (I had to doodle it to make sure). Hence, the name ‘southpaw’. Similarly, you will almost always find football fields/stadia running north/south so that sideline bleachers will block the sun and so that no team is ever moving directly into the sun.

  • ESS | April 10, 2008 at 11:36 am |

    GAHHH!!! I’ll miss the first Philly Uni-Watch Party since I’ve become addicted to this site. My firehouse’s 100th anniversary banquet is that night. Needless to say there aren’t a lot of us chosen people in our house for them to schedule it on such a night.

    I should make the ‘Sharks game. Been there a few times, and it’s a great place to see a game. I’d recommend it.

  • Robert | April 10, 2008 at 11:37 am |

    [quote comment="250466"]Just as a follow-up:

    [quote comment="250445"]I was originally under the impression that this was because the point of all home plates have to “point” south in all professional baseball games due to some old folklore about where the first organized baseball game was played.
    [/quote]

    Looking at these diagrams of major league parks, most stadiums do not face north.

    Arizona: N
    Atlanta: NE
    Baltimore: NE
    Boston: NE
    Chicago AL: SE
    Chicago NL: NE
    Cincinnatti: SE
    Cleveland: N
    Colorado: N
    Detroit: SE
    Florida: E
    Houston: NE
    Kansas City: NE
    LA AL: ENE
    LA NL: NE
    Milwaukee: SSE
    Minnesota: unknown
    New York AL: E
    New York NL: NE
    Oakland: NE
    Philadelphia: N
    Pittsburgh: SE
    St. Louis: E
    San Deigo: N
    San Francisco: E
    Seattle: NE
    Tampa Bay: NE
    Texas: SE
    Toronto: NNW
    Washington: NNE[/quote]

    In the Rangers’ former ballpark, Arlington Stadium, home plate faced sort of to the northeast. I don’t know why they changed it when they built the new ballpark.

  • Mike Engle | April 10, 2008 at 11:37 am |

    [quote comment="250462"][quote comment="250456"][quote comment="250454"][quote comment="250454"]
    Anybody know anything about the home plate thing?[/quote]
    considering the first game took place in Hoboken, which it to the north of Camden across the river from NYC, that wouldnt work out.[/quote]

    Don’t all of them face east, giving us the term “southpaws” for lefties?[/quote]

    according to wiki…

    A left-handed individual may be known as a southpaw, particularly in a sports context. It is widely accepted that the term originated in the United States, in the game of baseball.[23] Ballparks are often designed so that right-handed batters are facing east, so that the afternoon or evening sun does not shine in their eyes. This means that left-handed pitchers are throwing with their south-side arm. However, the Oxford English Dictionary lists a non-baseball citation for “south paw”, meaning a punch with the left hand, as early as 1848,[24] just three years after the first organized baseball game.

    source[/quote]
    I always thought that “southpaw” originated in Chicago. Lefties at WEST Side Stadium would indeed throw with their south-facing hand.

  • Chris | April 10, 2008 at 11:41 am |

    I was watching Robert Fisk’s grand slam in the final game at Tigers Stadium in 1999 on youtube and before his at-bat there was a bang-bang play at the plate. More importantly it seems like the batter didn’t have anything on the back of his jersey while the others had numbers for the Tigers. It’s at about 00:14 of this link.

    Anybody know anything about it?

  • MPowers1634 | April 10, 2008 at 11:42 am |

    [quote comment="250452"]Sorry, link didn’t seem to work! Let’s try that again…

    Toronto sports mashup[/quote]

    That is cool and the RiverShark’s stdium with those visuals is amazing!. Richmond County Bank Ballpark, where the Staten Island Yankees play is pretty cool as well.

  • Daniel | April 10, 2008 at 11:44 am |

    [quote comment="250442"][quote comment="250430"]I am currently looking for pictures of the Steelers “Dwight’s White’s” fan club of the 70′s and was curious if you can point me in the right direction to find some. My grandfather was one of the members of the group back then and I wanted to get a framed photo of them to give to him as a surprise… any help would be appreciated.[/quote]
    I don’t remember a Dwight White fan club, did it have a name like “Frenchy’s Foreign Legion,” “Bradshaw’s Brigade,” “Gerela’s Gorillas,” “Ham’s Hussars” or “Franco’s Italian Army”.

    I’ll have to dust off my old copy of “A Few Bricks Shy of a Load” to see if there’s any info there.[/quote]

    Yes it was called, Dwight’s White’s You can see their sign at 1:57 of this video

    http://www.nfl.com/v...

  • teamcinnamon | April 10, 2008 at 11:46 am |

    [quote comment="250458"][quote comment="250448"]

    But their stadium can’t face Philadelphia because Camden is east of Philly. Facing west would force the batters to stare into sunsets every night, which might impact offensive production.[/quote]

    Right, the sun would be brutal for batters as the sun sets, especially since there aren’t any trees to block out the sun, as there are in Pittsfield (where Wahconah Park, one of the more famous west-facing ballparks, is located).[quote]

    That totally makes sense!

  • MPowers1634 | April 10, 2008 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment="250460"]http://www.flickr.com/photos/25543507@N06/2403596732/

    sorry here’s the line[/quote]

    That is GREAT. Maybe incorporate Pat Patriot or the Flying Elvis as the top back seraph? og the Red Sox B.

  • Greg | April 10, 2008 at 11:49 am |

    I’m still on the odd-even number basketball thing.

    I found a PowerPoint that seems to indicate that Iowa GIRLS still have the even-home/odd-road rule for basketball. Girls sports in Iowa are supervised by a separate association than the boys.

  • Dave in VA | April 10, 2008 at 11:51 am |

    [quote comment="250466"]Just as a follow-up:

    [quote comment="250445"]I was originally under the impression that this was because the point of all home plates have to “point” south in all professional baseball games due to some old folklore about where the first organized baseball game was played.
    [/quote]

    Looking at these diagrams of major league parks, most stadiums do not face north.

    Arizona: N
    Atlanta: NE
    Baltimore: NE
    Boston: NE
    Chicago AL: SE
    Chicago NL: NE
    Cincinnatti: SE
    Cleveland: N
    Colorado: N
    Detroit: SE
    Florida: E
    Houston: NE
    Kansas City: NE
    LA AL: ENE
    LA NL: NE
    Milwaukee: SSE
    Minnesota: unknown
    New York AL: E
    New York NL: NE
    Oakland: NE
    Philadelphia: N
    Pittsburgh: SE
    St. Louis: E
    San Deigo: N
    San Francisco: E
    Seattle: NE
    Tampa Bay: NE
    Texas: SE
    Toronto: NNW
    Washington: NNE[/quote]

    From the Official Baseball Rules:
    Rule 1.04 – The Playing Field
    (reads, in part)…It is desirable that the line from home base through the pitcher’s plate to second base shall run East-Northeast…

  • Paul Lukas | April 10, 2008 at 11:51 am |

    [quote comment="250473"]I was watching Robert Fisk’s grand slam in the final game at Tigers Stadium in 1999 on youtube and before his at-bat there was a bang-bang play at the plate. More importantly it seems like the batter didn’t have anything on the back of his jersey while the others had numbers for the Tigers. It’s at about 00:14 of this link.

    Anybody know anything about it?[/quote]

    For that last game at Tiger Stadium, Detroit’s starting lineup wore uni numbers to honor great Tigers of the past. That included Gabe Kapler, who wore a numberless jersey in honor of Ty Cobb, who played in the pre-numbers era.

  • Evan | April 10, 2008 at 11:57 am |

    Im trying to find a picture but I have at home a baseball that was sold for Don Mattingly Day. I was able to get it autographed too. Unfortunatly Im at school not home so I can’t get a picture of it

  • Chris M | April 10, 2008 at 11:58 am |

    Here’s a Buffalo mashup:

    http://farm3.static....

    No championship stars or anything, just a streaking slug with legs.

  • Shep | April 10, 2008 at 12:02 pm |

    The Phillie and Toronto logos are nice, but the Detroit one kicks but. What program are people using to make them?

  • Mike Burke | April 10, 2008 at 12:07 pm |

    Hey small guys! I’d get this but there’s no chance my large self would fit into it. Very nice though for someone who wants a real nice old baseball jersey.

    Check it out here

  • Joe H | April 10, 2008 at 12:19 pm |

    [quote comment="250346"]Can we get a Baltimore mashup?[/quote]

    Here are some!

  • Mike Engle | April 10, 2008 at 12:22 pm |

    [quote comment="250473"]I was watching Robert Fisk’s grand slam in the final game at Tigers Stadium in 1999 on youtube and before his at-bat there was a bang-bang play at the plate. More importantly it seems like the batter didn’t have anything on the back of his jersey while the others had numbers for the Tigers. It’s at about 00:14 of this link.

    Anybody know anything about it?[/quote]
    See Section 6 on this Wikipedia page.
    [quote comment="250478"][quote comment="250460"]http://www.flickr.com/photos/25543507@N06/2403596732/

    sorry here’s the line[/quote]

    That is GREAT. Maybe incorporate Pat Patriot or the Flying Elvis as the top back seraph? og the Red Sox B.[/quote]
    Put the Pat Patriot hat on top of the logo and call it a day.

  • Ken | April 10, 2008 at 12:22 pm |

    [quote comment="250493"]Hey small guys! I’d get this but there’s no chance my large self would fit into it. Very nice though for someone who wants a real nice old baseball jersey.

    Check it out here[/quote]

    Hey guys, would a jersey from the 20s or 30s have “made in the usa” stamped on it? Just curious.

  • Michael | April 10, 2008 at 12:23 pm |

    I think the Philly logo mash up should have the number 25 worked into it some way– representing our 25 year struggle without a championship.

  • Philly Al in NoCal | April 10, 2008 at 12:25 pm |

    Campbell’s Field in Camden is a great ballyard. It’s easy and fun to take the ferry from Philadelphia. Don’t forget to check out the South Jersey Baseball Museum. Wish I could be there

  • AK | April 10, 2008 at 12:34 pm |

    [quote comment="250425"]NHL playoffs started last night. With some horrendous inside the blue lines logo’s. You can kind of see it here.

    Photo.[/quote]
    What exactly is so horrendous about them???

    And for the record, I posted the info and pics about Nicky Hayden in Tuesday’s comments. Much better pics too, might I add.

  • War Damn Eagle | April 10, 2008 at 12:40 pm |

    CC Sabathia is wearing the old wool 5950 in his cover photo for ESPN the Magazine. Why? He wears the new polyester model during games. Do the old hats photograph better?

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

  • ALK | April 10, 2008 at 12:49 pm |

    [quote comment="250379"][quote comment="250349"]Bob and Barbara’s? I’d think i went to the wrong place if i walked in there and saw anyone wearing a jersey.[/quote]

    Then don’t wear a jersey. It’s a favorite place of mine, the beer is cheap, and it won’t be crowded at 5pm, which makes it perfect for a get-together. If you were hoping for a sports bar, forget it — I love sports and I love bars, but I hate sports bars.[/quote]

    Thank you for picking B&Bs over a sports bar. I agree that sports bars are awful & philly has two of the worst (Champions and Fox & Hound). It’s too bad about the timing, but I guess a Uni Watch party is one of the very few valid reasons to miss a Phillies/Mets game.

  • Doug Vander Meulen | April 10, 2008 at 12:59 pm |

    I had to represent Chicago with a Mashup

    Represented the major sports and even a little Chicago Fire element…

  • Adam | April 10, 2008 at 1:00 pm |

    25 years without a championship? Why don’t you call the Cleveland Fans in another 20 or so, then we’ll talk.

  • Michael | April 10, 2008 at 1:03 pm |

    Cleveland only has three teams pro though.

  • MikeR | April 10, 2008 at 1:04 pm |

    Any artistic Seattleites around here? I’d love to see a Mariners/Sonics/Seahawks mash-up. With all of the teams having similar color schemes (especially if you wanted to include the Sounders), I’d think something like that would look great. Plus, you can highlight the ONE title our city has won…

  • joe | April 10, 2008 at 1:05 pm |

    [quote comment="250449"][quote comment="250372"][quote comment="250360"]I’m looking at the picture of the “380″ on the Fenway Park wall… didn’t they have metric distances in yellow underneath the distances in feet? Have they been removed? Why?[/quote]

    B/c no one in this country uses (or should use) the METRIC SYSTEM…like NOT having to press 1 for English or 2 for SPANISH…Who cares how many meters it is to CF?[/quote]

    Except the rest of the world does. The metric system is a much more accurate measurement system. Science uses it exclusively over the imperial system.[/quote]
    the metric system is no more accurate then the english system. What the units are called has nothing to do with accuracy. SI is just more repetetive across units. As a biologist I use SI at work, but I don’t use it otherwise, I prefer the old system.

  • War Damn Eagle | April 10, 2008 at 1:16 pm |

    Mark Kotsay will wear #42 for the Braves on Jackie Robinson Day.

    http://atlanta.brave...

  • War Damn Eagle | April 10, 2008 at 1:18 pm |

    [quote comment="250509"]I had to represent Chicago with a Mashup

    Represented the major sports and even a little Chicago Fire element…[/quote]

    No Chicago Fire?

  • Teebz | April 10, 2008 at 1:22 pm |

    [quote comment="250514"][quote comment="250449"][quote comment="250372"][quote comment="250360"]I’m looking at the picture of the “380″ on the Fenway Park wall… didn’t they have metric distances in yellow underneath the distances in feet? Have they been removed? Why?[/quote]

    B/c no one in this country uses (or should use) the METRIC SYSTEM…like NOT having to press 1 for English or 2 for SPANISH…Who cares how many meters it is to CF?[/quote]

    Except the rest of the world does. The metric system is a much more accurate measurement system. Science uses it exclusively over the imperial system.[/quote]
    the metric system is no more accurate then the english system. What the units are called has nothing to do with accuracy. SI is just more repetetive across units. As a biologist I use SI at work, but I don’t use it otherwise, I prefer the old system.[/quote]

    So if I ask for two millilitres of some liquid in a chemical composition, would you hand me a 1/4 teaspoon and tell me to guess?

    It’s far more accurate because it’s an exact measurement. So if I need 2 millilitres as opposed to 0.676 fluid ounces, you know exactly how much without trying to guess at where to stop filling the graduated cylinder.

    Accuracy means everything in chemical compositions. Especially when dealing in nitroglycerine. :o)

    The reason sports hasn’t changed over, except at the Olympics, is because measuring large distances can allow for some margin of error because no one worries about 3 centimeters on a par-4, 400-yard hole.

    Also, hitting a baseball 400 feet is impressive. Hitting it 121.92 meters is still impressive, but we focus solely on the number in terms of its quantity. Otherwise, that baseball player didn’t even hit the ball 1/10th of a mile.

    Bigger numbers = more impressive feat.

  • Roger Faso | April 10, 2008 at 1:25 pm |

    [quote comment="250509"]I had to represent Chicago with a Mashup

    Represented the major sports and even a little Chicago Fire element…[/quote]

    I like it.

  • Paul Lukas | April 10, 2008 at 1:27 pm |

    [quote comment="250509"]I had to represent Chicago with a Mashup

    Represented the major sports and even a little Chicago Fire element…[/quote]

    My favorite one so far!

  • LI Phil | April 10, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  • ToasterPoodle | April 10, 2008 at 1:42 pm |

    I really dig the Detroit Mashup. Very clean
    Here’s my effort at a Cincinnati mash-up.
    I included the D-1 Colleges in Cincy due to fact there are only two current major league pro sports. As the ‘i-dots’, I also included logos for the departed Royals and Stingers.
    7 stars= 5 Reds World Series and 2 UC NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships

  • MPowers1634 | April 10, 2008 at 1:44 pm |

    [quote comment="250509"]I had to represent Chicago with a Mashup

    Represented the major sports and even a little Chicago Fire element…[/quote]

    This one is outstanding!

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | April 10, 2008 at 1:45 pm |

    [quote comment="250526"]yes, he is that good

    even thru 6[/quote]

    Y’know, I was gonna do a yards to meters (or is that metres) joke for the 7th hole, but, I really couldn’t stomach doing it and figured many of the folks reading today wouldn’t want it either.

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | April 10, 2008 at 1:47 pm |

    [quote comment="250529"]I really dig the Detroit Mashup. Very clean
    Here’s my effort at a Cincinnati mash-up.
    I included the D-1 Colleges in Cincy due to fact there are only two current major league pro sports. As the ‘i-dots’, I also included logos for the departed Royals and Stingers.
    7 stars= 5 Reds World Series and 2 UC NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships[/quote]

    Ahhh, the Stingers. My second date with my wife was to a Stingers game.

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | April 10, 2008 at 1:50 pm |

    [quote comment="250423"][quote comment="250410"][quote comment="250372"][quote comment="250360"]I’m looking at the picture of the “380″ on the Fenway Park wall… didn’t they have metric distances in yellow underneath the distances in feet? Have they been removed? Why?[/quote]

    B/c no one in this country uses (or should use) the METRIC SYSTEM[/quote]

    I’m sure a lot of engineers and scientists would disagree with you there. I mean, what’s easier to remember- that there’s 550 ft-lb/s^2 in 1 horsepower, or that theres 1 N-m/s^2 in 1 Watt? Once you try to wrap your head around the difference between a pound-force and a pound-mass, you realize that the SI (metric) system is much easier. Since you love the English system so much, I’m sure you can all tell us your exact mass in slugs, right?[/quote]

    Dimpus Burger Guy Uhh, right. Beverage?

    Farva Gimme a liter o’ cola

    Dimpus Burger Guy (into the mic) Literacola? Do we sell Literacola?

    Thorny: Will you just order a large, Farva.

    Farva: I don’t want a large Farva. I want a goddamn liter o’ cola!

    Dimpus Burger Guy (to Farva) I don’t know what that is!

    Farva (enraged and grabbing the Dimpus Burger Guy) Liter is french for give me my fuckin’ cola before I break your fuckin’ lip![/quote]
    Farva: Give me a double bacon cheeseburger.
    Dimpus Burger Guy: [into mic] Double baco cheeseburger. It’s for a cop.
    Farva: What the hell’s that all about? You gonna spit in it now?
    Dimpus Burger Guy: No, I just told him that so he makes it good.
    [into mic]
    Dimpus Burger Guy: Don’t spit in that cop’s burger.
    Farva: Yeah, thanks.
    Second Dimpus Guy: Roger, holding the spit.
    Farva: Gimme a pie… apple.
    Dimpus Burger Guy: Want me to hold the spit? Hah, just kidding officer Farva.
    [pause]
    Dimpus Burger Guy: Want me to dimpa-size your meal for 25 cents?
    Farva: Want me to punch-a-size your face, for free?

  • diz | April 10, 2008 at 1:50 pm |

    [quote comment="250521"]The reason sports hasn’t changed over, except at the Olympics, is because measuring large distances can allow for some margin of error because no one worries about 3 centimeters on a par-4, 400-yard hole.[/quote]

    Both codes of rugby use metric exclusively, despite being English in origin. Actually, I think all codes of football outside North America use it. All but Association Football (which just translates from imperial) base their measurements in it. There’s probably a load of other sports that use metric (I assume mostly from continental Europe) but I’m far too busy this week to look owt up

  • Paul Lukas | April 10, 2008 at 1:50 pm |

    I thought I had an ESPN column running tomorrow, but instead they’ve decided to run it today — here.

  • LI Phil | April 10, 2008 at 1:51 pm |

    [quote comment="250533"][quote comment="250526"]yes, he is that good

    even thru 6[/quote]

    Y’know, I was gonna do a yards to meters (or is that metres) joke for the 7th hole, but, I really couldn’t stomach doing it and figured many of the folks reading today wouldn’t want it either.[/quote]

    agreed rick

    especially since paul requested we drop it about 70 posts ago

  • TOG | April 10, 2008 at 1:53 pm |

    The trademark attorneys at MLB, NFL, MLB and NBA Properties are getting their filings ready now.

    http://www.donttalkt...

  • Tony in Erie | April 10, 2008 at 1:55 pm |

    Man, I’ve been trying to do one o’ dem mash up thangs for my little ol’ town but I can’t figure out how in the world you guys do it. Must be some space age graphic design program.

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | April 10, 2008 at 1:57 pm |

    [quote comment="250538"][quote comment="250533"][quote comment="250526"]yes, he is that good

    even thru 6[/quote]

    Y’know, I was gonna do a yards to meters (or is that metres) joke for the 7th hole, but, I really couldn’t stomach doing it and figured many of the folks reading today wouldn’t want it either.[/quote]

    agreed rick

    especially since paul requested we drop it about 70 posts ago[/quote]

    Yeah, the joke would’ve been my subtle way of reminding people of that. But, sometimes, it’s better just to hit people over the head.

    Please … NO MORE METRICS TALK.

  • migimasa | April 10, 2008 at 1:58 pm |

    Prince Fielder is wearing his baggy pants today, no picture yet

  • Teebz | April 10, 2008 at 1:59 pm |

    [quote comment="250537"]I thought I had an ESPN column running tomorrow, but instead they’ve decided to run it today — here.[/quote]

    Great article on Ebbets Field, Paul! I love seeing how these companies started! :o)

  • LI Phil | April 10, 2008 at 2:03 pm |

    [quote comment="250545"]Prince Fielder is wearing his baggy pants today, no picture yet[/quote]

    as opposed to every other day?

  • Jordan Pope | April 10, 2008 at 2:13 pm |

    [quote comment="250537"]I thought I had an ESPN column running tomorrow, but instead they’ve decided to run it today — here.[/quote]

    I remember going to a buzz cut night one year
    Can’t remember what year it was i was pretty small, but i got my head shaved.

    And I haven’t seen a Pittsburgh mashup, should be pretty easy to make given the colors.

  • Duckstyle | April 10, 2008 at 2:13 pm |

    [quote comment="250509"]I had to represent Chicago with a Mashup

    Represented the major sports and even a little Chicago Fire element…[/quote]

    That’s pretty sweet, and the Fire element was probably my favorite part. I would have assumed the walking Bear Cubs logo with a Bears head would have been the obvious choice, but this is better.

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 10, 2008 at 2:24 pm |

    While in Philly, if you have time, try and pay a visit to the S.S. United States. The ship, once and still the world’s fastest ocean liner, has been laid up there since 1996. You won’t be able to get in, but you can drive by, see the old gal and take some pictures.

    Sorry; I know this is not strictly a uni-related topic. However, one thing about ocean liners is that their funnels (a.k.a. smokestacks) were painted in certain color schemes to indicate what company owned and operated them. The Titanic, for example, had the buff-yellow and black funnels of the White Star Line. The funnels of the Queen Mary, which is now in Long Beach, CA, bear the Cunard Line’s scheme of orange/red with black top and thin black bands (see also: the Lusitania, and the modern Queen Mary 2). The United States has red funnels with a blue top and a narrow white band, the colors of the United States Lines.

    There are, of course, a great many more.

  • chance | April 10, 2008 at 2:28 pm |

    [quote comment="250537"]I thought I had an ESPN column running tomorrow, but instead they’ve decided to run it today — here.[/quote]

    Very cool.

    I love Ebbets Field Flannels. They’ll make any minor league flannel jersey you want. I had him make me a 1930s Milwaukee Brewers jersey. It’s addictive – I have at least five or six jerseys I want him to make now….

  • Kek | April 10, 2008 at 2:30 pm |

    [quote comment="250540"]Man, I’ve been trying to do one o’ dem mash up thangs for my little ol’ town but I can’t figure out how in the world you guys do it. Must be some space age graphic design program.[/quote]
    Tony, you weren’t a fan of the old Erie Panthers were you?

    If so, BOOOOOOOOO!

  • Frankie | April 10, 2008 at 2:32 pm |

    Here is an article about how the Mets are going to be honoring Jackie Robinson at Citi Field next year. They basically say it’s their responsibility because he played in New York, and they filled the void when the Giants and Dodgers left.

    “Remember,” Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said. “Our blue and orange is from the Dodgers and the Giants. We understand our place in National League history.”

    Funny they should mention that considering they rarely wear their blue and orange anymore. What a shame.

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 10, 2008 at 2:33 pm |

    Is there a link limit, or a particular link source, that causes comments to not appear here?

  • phil | April 10, 2008 at 2:36 pm |

    i would like to see a los angeles mashup with our two baseball teams, two basketball teams, a hockey team, and a soccer team to add.

  • Tony in Erie | April 10, 2008 at 2:40 pm |

    As a matter of fact, I was a big Panthers fan, Kek. Had a personalized jersey too. And I still hate Ron Hansis for moving the team to Baton Rouge, LA.

    Lot of good that did ya, eh Ronnie?

    We got the Otters now, and OHL hockey is alot more fun to watch than the East Coast Hockey League was (NOT to confused with the ECHL of current day, whatever the heck that monster is now)

    Why do you say BOO, my uniform conscious friend?

  • Tony in Erie | April 10, 2008 at 2:44 pm |

    ew, Kek, Johnstown? Should have known. :)

  • Kek | April 10, 2008 at 2:50 pm |

    [quote comment="250562"]As a matter of fact, I was a big Panthers fan, Kek. Had a personalized jersey too. And I still hate Ron Hansis for moving the team to Baton Rouge, LA.

    Lot of good that did ya, eh Ronnie?

    We got the Otters now, and OHL hockey is alot more fun to watch than the East Coast Hockey League was (NOT to confused with the ECHL of current day, whatever the heck that monster is now)

    Why do you say BOO, my uniform conscious friend?[/quote]
    Johnstown native….LET’S GO CHIEFS! LET’S GO CHIEFS.

    We had quite the little minor league hockey rivarly going with you guys. The New Year’s Eve game was a must attend event.

    They try to pass off the Wheeling Nailers as a rivalry, but it’s not the same. For one, Wheeling is a minor affiliate of the Pens, so it’s kind of counterproduct to dislike guys you may be rooting for in a few years.

    I laugh about the ECHL/East Coast designation. That league has gotten way too large, in both market and geographic scope. The league has equity in the “ECHL” brand, but they say, it really doesn’t stand for anything! Yeah, I guess you can’t call a league with a franchise in Alaska the “east coast hockey league”!!! I thought that absorbing the west coast league would be the end of the league, but it’s still hanging in there. As for the Chiefs, it seems like they are a year-to-year basis, always rumored to be on the way out. Only got 1500 for a playoff game the other night.

    My brother and I have considered a trip up your way to see an OHL game. I would imagine that level of juniors, OHL or QMJHL would be more entertaining. There’s SOME good play in the ECHL, but the second a guy starts doing well, he’s up to the AHL and the rest are just hangers-on, not ready to give up the dream.

  • Eric | April 10, 2008 at 2:51 pm |

    Someone beat me to the MLB Rulebook quote, but at the site ballparks.com, you can find all the MLB stadium orientations on a single page. I’m horrible with linking, (I’ve tried before and failed!)

    go to http://www.ballparks... and click on the baseball link

    –> on the left side, click on “Facts and Figures”

    –> in the middle of the page click MLB:Ballpark Orientations

  • Matt | April 10, 2008 at 2:52 pm |

    Paul, 1997 called. It wants its goatee back. (I kid, I kid … No, but really: Ditch the goatee.)

  • MPowers1634 | April 10, 2008 at 2:57 pm |

    Are the mashups done with Photoshop or Illustrator?

    If you cheated, you could probably do them in word too, with the order commands for autoshapes!

  • Kim | April 10, 2008 at 3:00 pm |

    [quote comment="250560"]i would like to see a los angeles mashup with our two baseball teams, two basketball teams, a hockey team, and a soccer team to add.[/quote]

    Wouldn’t that be two baseball teams (Dodgers, Angels), two basketball teams (Lakers, Clippers), two hockey teams (Kings, Ducks), and two soccer teams (Galaxy, Chivas USA)?

  • MPowers1634 | April 10, 2008 at 3:08 pm |

    [quote comment="250571"]Paul, 1997 called. It wants its goatee back. (I kid, I kid … No, but really: Ditch the goatee.)[/quote]

    Whoa!!!

    I have a bigger complaint: Memo to everyone in the Northeast: Just because the mercury is above 60, the wearing Jorts is still unacceptable!
    Especially when the wearing of said jorts exposes woefully pale lower extremities!

    Rant over…return to the mashing!

    Check out next year’s model of the Lebron James VI.

    http://i26.tinypic.c...

  • Greg V. | April 10, 2008 at 3:13 pm |

    Great article Paul. The Reds held a promotion last season that featured Bronson Arroyo hats with blonde hair flowing out the back. Pretty terrible.

  • LI Phil | April 10, 2008 at 3:21 pm |

    [quote comment="250575"]Just because the mercury is above 60, the wearing Jorts is still unacceptable![/quote]

    what’s that in celsuis?

    sorry

  • jeff in detroit | April 10, 2008 at 3:29 pm |

    i liked the detroit mashup, but i feel the “olde english D” should be represented somewhere.

  • Cowboy | April 10, 2008 at 3:41 pm |

    An epiphany!

    Maybe the New York Mets are embracing black as a standard uniform color in order to distance themselves from these guys ….

    http://nymag.com/new...

  • Tony in Erie | April 10, 2008 at 3:42 pm |

    If you want to see the “hey I saw that guy play in my town” hockey game, the OHL and the Otters are definitely the way to go. We’d be glad to have you up here. Wear your Chiefs jersey. HAHA

    Oh, and you can add the Otters to the Pink The Rink discussion. COMPLETELY forgot to mention this when it happened two months ago.

  • ESS | April 10, 2008 at 3:43 pm |

    [quote comment="250567"][quote comment="250562"]As a matter of fact, I was a big Panthers fan, Kek. Had a personalized jersey too. And I still hate Ron Hansis for moving the team to Baton Rouge, LA.

    Lot of good that did ya, eh Ronnie?

    We got the Otters now, and OHL hockey is alot more fun to watch than the East Coast Hockey League was (NOT to confused with the ECHL of current day, whatever the heck that monster is now)

    Why do you say BOO, my uniform conscious friend?[/quote]
    Johnstown native….LET’S GO CHIEFS! LET’S GO CHIEFS.

    We had quite the little minor league hockey rivarly going with you guys. The New Year’s Eve game was a must attend event.

    They try to pass off the Wheeling Nailers as a rivalry, but it’s not the same. For one, Wheeling is a minor affiliate of the Pens, so it’s kind of counterproduct to dislike guys you may be rooting for in a few years.

    I laugh about the ECHL/East Coast designation. That league has gotten way too large, in both market and geographic scope. The league has equity in the “ECHL” brand, but they say, it really doesn’t stand for anything! Yeah, I guess you can’t call a league with a franchise in Alaska the “east coast hockey league”!!! I thought that absorbing the west coast league would be the end of the league, but it’s still hanging in there. As for the Chiefs, it seems like they are a year-to-year basis, always rumored to be on the way out. Only got 1500 for a playoff game the other night.

    My brother and I have considered a trip up your way to see an OHL game. I would imagine that level of juniors, OHL or QMJHL would be more entertaining. There’s SOME good play in the ECHL, but the second a guy starts doing well, he’s up to the AHL and the rest are just hangers-on, not ready to give up the dream.[/quote]

    Just thought I’d throw out there that my brother and i take a hockey road trip every year. Last year we saw the Otters play the 67′s. Loved Tullio Arena. This year was Oshawa/Peterborough.

    A few years back was Lewiston Maine for some QMJHL. That was probably the most entertaining of all the levels we’ve seen on our various trips (AHL, ECHL, UHL, OHL, QMJHL).

    We were thinking for next year trying to work Johnstown in. We’re dying to see the hallowed ground where Slapshot was filmed!

  • ESS | April 10, 2008 at 3:44 pm |

    Forgot the best part of Tullio Arena: The old Erie Blades championship banners!

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | April 10, 2008 at 3:52 pm |

    [quote comment="250578"][quote comment="250575"]Just because the mercury is above 60, the wearing Jorts is still unacceptable![/quote]

    what’s that in celsuis?

    sorry[/quote]

    15.555555555555557 … but who’s counting.

  • Tony in Erie | April 10, 2008 at 3:52 pm |

    I went to this charity game back in 1996 (SO WISH I HAD PICS) where the two major pro sports teams in the pre-ECHL era squared off in an old-timers game.

    The Blades wore their Flyers-centric unis, and the Golden Blades (real original, I know) wore their Charlestown Chiefs-centric jerseys.

    Speaking of the Tullio, there’s lots of people around here who hate it. It needs a bit of work but its a great facility. As an Erie resident, thanks for the kudos, ESS.

  • Kevin | April 10, 2008 at 3:59 pm |

    [quote comment="250473"]I was watching Robert Fisk’s grand slam in the final game at Tigers Stadium in 1999 on youtube and before his at-bat there was a bang-bang play at the plate. More importantly it seems like the batter didn’t have anything on the back of his jersey while the others had numbers for the Tigers. It’s at about 00:14 of this link.

    Anybody know anything about it?[/quote]

    The player is Gabe Kapler. For the final game at Tiger Stadium, players commemorated the closing of the stadium by wearing the numbers of greats from the organization’s history. Gabe Kapler wore the blank jersey in hommage to Ty Cobb who played before players had jersey numbers.

  • Andrew | April 10, 2008 at 4:12 pm |

    Anyone else think they probably got this:

    http://store.cstv.co...

    From this:

    http://www.ebbets.co...

    Which is probably a copy of this:

    http://www.mitchella...

  • Duckstyle | April 10, 2008 at 4:22 pm |

    [quote comment="250575"][quote comment="250571"]Paul, 1997 called. It wants its goatee back. (I kid, I kid … No, but really: Ditch the goatee.)[/quote]

    Whoa!!!

    I have a bigger complaint: Memo to everyone in the Northeast: Just because the mercury is above 60, the wearing Jorts is still unacceptable!
    Especially when the wearing of said jorts exposes woefully pale lower extremities!

    Rant over…return to the mashing!

    Check out next year’s model of the Lebron James VI.

    http://i26.tinypic.c...

    Sock with sandels still ok?

  • Doug Vander Meulen | April 10, 2008 at 4:33 pm |

    [quote comment="250572"]Are the mashups done with Photoshop or Illustrator?

    If you cheated, you could probably do them in word too, with the order commands for autoshapes![/quote]

    Glad some folks like the Chicago Mashup, for those interested, I did a little in Adobe Illustrator, and most of it in Photoshop.

  • JoeM | April 10, 2008 at 4:55 pm |

    Hey all, Made a new Cleveland Logo Mash-up using the Browns Elf logo. Check it here.

  • Seth H | April 10, 2008 at 4:57 pm |

    The high socks are great, but those pants are just soooooooooo baggy. If that look caught on with the masses, it would make me crazy. Just think how extra silly the skinny players would look in those balloon pants.

    It is the beginning of the season, so let’s get this correct now, so that we don’t have the problem all summer: Baseball socks are always worn “high.” Whether you can see them depends on whether the pants are being worn high or low.

  • Teebz | April 10, 2008 at 4:58 pm |

    [quote comment="250602"][quote comment="250503"][quote comment="250425"]NHL playoffs started last night. With some horrendous inside the blue lines logo’s. You can kind of see it here.[/quote]
    What exactly is so horrendous about them???

    And for the record, I posted the info and pics about Nicky Hayden in Tuesday’s comments. Much better pics too, might I add.[/quote]

    Those logo’s take up a ton of space inside the blue line. Also i think it’s one of the first times sponsors (even though it’s NHL tied) have crept inside the lines.Looks very Euro.[/quote]

    There have been logos on the ice for some time in the NHL. Here’s Phoenix’s Jobing.com Arena after the lockout.

    It’s been going on just as long (maybe even longer) in the AHL. It’s just blends in for me now. :o)

  • Seth H | April 10, 2008 at 4:58 pm |

    The high socks are great, but those pants are just soooooooooo baggy. If that look caught on with the masses, it would make me crazy. Just think how extra silly the skinny players would look in those balloon pants.

    It is the beginning of the season, so let’s get this correct now, so that we don’t have the problem all summer: Baseball socks are always worn “high.” Whether you can see them depends on whether the pants legs are being worn high or low.

  • JoeM | April 10, 2008 at 5:02 pm |

    [quote comment="250600"][quote comment="250572"]Are the mashups done with Photoshop or Illustrator?

    If you cheated, you could probably do them in word too, with the order commands for autoshapes![/quote]

    Glad some folks like the Chicago Mashup, for those interested, I did a little in Adobe Illustrator, and most of it in Photoshop.[/quote]

    I did both the cleveland ones in Photoshop, i just linked the new one with the elf in comment #174

  • Marty Met | April 10, 2008 at 5:03 pm |

    [quote comment="250584"]An epiphany!

    Maybe the New York Mets are embracing black as a standard uniform color in order to distance themselves from these guys ….

    http://nymag.com/new...

    The Knicks have black in their uniforms also

  • LI Phil | April 10, 2008 at 5:06 pm |

    [quote comment="250611"][quote comment="250584"]An epiphany!

    Maybe the New York Mets are embracing black as a standard uniform color in order to distance themselves from these guys ….

    http://nymag.com/new...

    The Knicks have black in their uniforms also[/quote]

    the knicks should just be all black

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | April 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm |

    [quote comment="250612"][quote comment="250611"][quote comment="250584"]An epiphany!

    Maybe the New York Mets are embracing black as a standard uniform color in order to distance themselves from these guys ….

    http://nymag.com/new...

    The Knicks have black in their uniforms also[/quote]

    the knicks should just be all black[/quote]
    Yeah, like these guys….I’m just sayin’….if the shoe fits….

  • Kris Fulton | April 10, 2008 at 5:29 pm |

    [quote comment="250608"][quote comment="250602"][quote comment="250503"][quote comment="250425"]NHL playoffs started last night. With some horrendous inside the blue lines logo’s. You can kind of see it here.[/quote]
    What exactly is so horrendous about them???

    And for the record, I posted the info and pics about Nicky Hayden in Tuesday’s comments. Much better pics too, might I add.[/quote]

    Those logo’s take up a ton of space inside the blue line. Also i think it’s one of the first times sponsors (even though it’s NHL tied) have crept inside the lines.Looks very Euro.[/quote]

    There have been logos on the ice for some time in the NHL. Here’s Phoenix’s Jobing.com Arena after the lockout.

    It’s been going on just as long (maybe even longer) in the AHL. It’s just blends in for me now. :o)[/quote]

    Neither one of these are ‘sponsors’ below the blue line – the first says “Stanley Cup Playoffs” and the second says “Thank You, Fans” – I think the logos are horrendous because they’re ugly. The logos are way too big, monochromatic, and very high-contrast. It doesn’t seem like they tried at all. Even the WNBA makes some effort at design.

  • Morte | April 10, 2008 at 5:42 pm |

    [quote comment="250422"][quote comment="250395"][quote comment="250346"]Can we get a Baltimore mashup?[/quote]

    Can we get a Birmingham mashup? Wait… okay, nevermind, how about just the whole state of Alabama? Oh…well…we could use minor league and college teams. :([/quote]
    God, how many pro football teams have played at Legion Field in Birmingham? Seems like every startup league (and even the CFL, I think) has had a team there.[/quote]

    I refuse to formally acknowledge any of those teams. >.>

  • lwiedy | April 10, 2008 at 6:15 pm |

    [quote comment="250458"][quote comment="250448"]

    But their stadium can’t face Philadelphia because Camden is east of Philly. Facing west would force the batters to stare into sunsets every night, which might impact offensive production.[/quote]

    Right, the sun would be brutal for batters as the sun sets, especially since there aren’t any trees to block out the sun, as there are in Pittsfield (where Wahconah Park, one of the more famous west-facing ballparks, is located).

    Just watching the 1972 All-Star Game and the broadcasters commenting on Carl Yastrzemski debuting the Red Sox pullover jerseys and elastic pants that the team would wear the rest of the season. “(They’re like) the new knits you’re seeing on many of the ballclubs.”[/quote]

    Was that game being broadcast somewhere or were you watching a personal recording?

  • Tod H. | April 10, 2008 at 6:22 pm |

    Saw this and thought on Uni Watch immediately. Link

  • Mark MihaIik | April 10, 2008 at 7:36 pm |

    Here’s something you don’t see every day…

    Caption: Two ninjas battle in a demonstration as part of Japanese Day at Fenway Park…

  • Mark Doescher | April 10, 2008 at 7:45 pm |

    Paul-
    Your nightmare is coming true—

    (I hope no-one else has posted this-if they have-sorry)

    http://www.lids.com/...

  • Daren L | April 10, 2008 at 8:36 pm |

    Thank you Paul for your excellent report on Ebbets Fields. I’ve had my eye on a Winnipeg Whips jersey that they offer in their catalogue for a while now. So it’s nice to get a behind the scenes look at what goes into reproducing all these wonderful jerseys.

  • Al | April 10, 2008 at 8:39 pm |

    [quote comment="250596"]Anyone else think they probably got this:

    http://store.cstv.co...

    From this:

    http://www.ebbets.co...

    Which is probably a copy of this:

    http://www.mitchella...

    FYI, there have been other “mascots on a a bat” logos — the Baltimore Orioles in the 40s/50s when they were AAA, the Santurce Cangrejeros had two crabs on a bat, Vanderbilt had two stars on a bat, and at one time, Portland Beavers had a single beaver on a bat.

    One other thing: sometime between June 1990 and June 1995, a sports memorabilia auction advertised in Sports Collectors’ Digest auctioned off a Los Angeles Angels salesman’s sample with two angels on a bat.

  • =bg= | April 10, 2008 at 8:46 pm |

    Nice shot of Nadal’s personalized Nike’s with RAFA on ‘em

  • interlockingtc | April 10, 2008 at 8:51 pm |

    Wonderful espn article today. Yes, we have Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, et al, out here, but the real treasure is Ebbets Field Flannels. I love that Mr. Cohen’s idea germinated from acquiring a poorly rendered fake.

  • bar57988 | April 10, 2008 at 9:42 pm |

    [quote comment="250401"]Did anyone else happen to catch extra innings of the Cubs-Pirates game on CLTV or CSN plus in the Chicago area? I happend to catch the bottom of the 14th, and the Pirates mascot, a giant parrot, was wearing what looked like pajamas, standing behind home plate and gyrating. Len Kasper and Bob Brenly kept commenting on its attire and how it was supposed to have gone to bed. I didn’t get a chance to grab it[/quote]

    Bottom of the ninth, it was sitting directly behind home plate, “talking” on an oversized cell phone…

  • Nicole | April 10, 2008 at 9:42 pm |

    [quote comment="250548"][quote comment="250545"]Prince Fielder is wearing his baggy pants today, no picture yet[/quote]

    as opposed to every other day?[/quote]

    I think he means they’re the baggy PJ pants, no socks. He’s been hitting horribly, so I’m guessing due to superstition, the socks have been retired.

  • LI Phil | April 10, 2008 at 9:56 pm |

    [quote comment="250664"][quote comment="250548"][quote comment="250545"]Prince Fielder is wearing his baggy pants today, no picture yet[/quote]

    as opposed to every other day?[/quote]

    I think he means they’re the baggy PJ pants, no socks. He’s been hitting horribly, so I’m guessing due to superstition, the socks have been retired.[/quote]

    ah…gotcha…so…no more of this look?

  • bar57988 | April 10, 2008 at 9:58 pm |

    [quote comment="250509"]I had to represent Chicago with a Mashup

    Represented the major sports and even a little Chicago Fire element…[/quote]

    Phenomenal!!!!

  • ben | April 10, 2008 at 10:02 pm |

    [quote comment="250618"][quote comment="250608"][quote comment="250602"][quote comment="250503"][quote comment="250425"]NHL playoffs started last night. With some horrendous inside the blue lines logo’s. You can kind of see it here.[/quote]
    What exactly is so horrendous about them???

    And for the record, I posted the info and pics about Nicky Hayden in Tuesday’s comments. Much better pics too, might I add.[/quote]

    Those logo’s take up a ton of space inside the blue line. Also i think it’s one of the first times sponsors (even though it’s NHL tied) have crept inside the lines.Looks very Euro.[/quote]

    There have been logos on the ice for some time in the NHL. Here’s Phoenix’s Jobing.com Arena after the lockout.

    It’s been going on just as long (maybe even longer) in the AHL. It’s just blends in for me now. :o)[/quote]

    Neither one of these are ‘sponsors’ below the blue line – the first says “Stanley Cup Playoffs” and the second says “Thank You, Fans” – I think the logos are horrendous because they’re ugly. The logos are way too big, monochromatic, and very high-contrast. It doesn’t seem like they tried at all. Even the WNBA makes some effort at design.[/quote]

    This pretty much sums up what i was thinking. Just put much better. As a canadian hockey fan, i feel this is the 1st time it’s happened in canadian rinks. Hopefully the game can hold some sanctity here still.

  • Roger Faso | April 10, 2008 at 10:36 pm |

    [quote comment="250600"][quote comment="250572"]Are the mashups done with Photoshop or Illustrator?

    If you cheated, you could probably do them in word too, with the order commands for autoshapes![/quote]

    Glad some folks like the Chicago Mashup, for those interested, I did a little in Adobe Illustrator, and most of it in Photoshop.[/quote]

    I did mine all in photoshop, using logos I pulled from the net.

  • LI Phil | April 10, 2008 at 10:39 pm |

    so…help me out here…

    is this for the fans, who were uncertain why the guys on the ice are sporting 3 day growths and their ticket prices quadrupled…

    or the 3 fans who get versus and were expecting to see chain saw juggling or nekkid tree climbing?

  • LI Phil | April 10, 2008 at 11:08 pm |

    put it in the books!

  • Patrick | April 10, 2008 at 11:10 pm |

    Another day, another Mets reference on Uniwatch. OK, we get it!

  • Mike Engle | April 10, 2008 at 11:25 pm |

    Hardly a shining moment for SMU right here. Bizarre…
    To make it uni-related (I swear, click to see), #13 and #14 in red have their left digits missing (so they both look like off-centered #1), but from the front only. Their shoulder and rear numbers appear to be intact.

  • LI Phil | April 10, 2008 at 11:37 pm |

    [quote comment="250677"]Hardly a shining moment for SMU right here. Bizarre…
    To make it uni-related (I swear, click to see), #13 and #14 in red have their left digits missing (so they both look like off-centered #1), but from the front only. Their shoulder and rear numbers appear to be intact.[/quote]

    this is what happens when you remove dodgeball from the curriculum

  • MPowers1634 | April 11, 2008 at 12:07 am |

    [quote comment="250679"][quote comment="250677"]Hardly a shining moment for SMU right here. Bizarre…
    To make it uni-related (I swear, click to see), #13 and #14 in red have their left digits missing (so they both look like off-centered #1), but from the front only. Their shoulder and rear numbers appear to be intact.[/quote]

    this is what happens when you remove dodgeball from the curriculum[/quote]

    Here’s another example. This video is gonna take 14 years off of Phil Jackson’s life expectancy.

    The problem is: How many dumb-ass kids are going to try this stunt and get seriously hurt?

    They would be much safer cup stacking!

  • James Craven | April 11, 2008 at 12:15 am |

    LI Phil, Winner of “POST OF THE DAY!”

  • Jerry | April 11, 2008 at 12:48 am |

    [quote comment="250473"]I was watching Robert Fisk’s grand slam in the final game at Tigers Stadium in 1999 on youtube and before his at-bat there was a bang-bang play at the plate. More importantly it seems like the batter didn’t have anything on the back of his jersey while the others had numbers for the Tigers. It’s at about 00:14 of this link.

    Anybody know anything about it?[/quote]

    Yes, that was Gabe Kapler. For the final game at Tiger Stadium the defensive players wore the corresponding numbers of the Tigers All-Time team member. Because Ty Cobb was named as the Tigers All-Time CF, Kapler wore his number. Because Cobb played before they had numbers, Kapler didn’t wear a number.

  • dbw | April 11, 2008 at 1:13 am |

    The SF Bay area

    Here is a mashup I tried of the SF Bay Area teams. It has elements of the A’s, Giants, 49ers, Raiders, Warriors, Sharks, SJ SaberCats, SJ Stealth, SF Dragons, SJ Earthquakes, Cal, Stanford, SJ State, and U of SF.

  • Josh | April 11, 2008 at 1:30 am |
  • Azul Army | April 11, 2008 at 2:05 am |

    [quote comment="250560"]i would like to see a los angeles mashup with our two baseball teams, two basketball teams, a hockey team, and a soccer team to add.[/quote]
    There is only one baseball team in Los Angeles. The other team resides in Anaheim, CA, southeast of Los Angeles.

  • Josh | April 11, 2008 at 2:08 am |

    Phoenix Mashup
    Contains Suns, D-Backs, Coyotes, Cardinals, Rattlers.

  • Roger Faso | April 11, 2008 at 8:56 am |

    [quote comment="250695"]The SF Bay area

    Here is a mashup I tried of the SF Bay Area teams. It has elements of the A’s, Giants, 49ers, Raiders, Warriors, Sharks, SJ SaberCats, SJ Stealth, SF Dragons, SJ Earthquakes, Cal, Stanford, SJ State, and U of SF.[/quote]

    oh my

  • Jordan Pope | April 11, 2008 at 6:11 pm |

    [quote comment="250705"][quote comment="250560"]i would like to see a los angeles mashup with our two baseball teams, two basketball teams, a hockey team, and a soccer team to add.[/quote]
    There is only one baseball team in Los Angeles. The other team resides in Anaheim, CA, southeast of Los Angeles.[/quote]

    What he means is the greater LA Area
    and isn’t the Angels name the
    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim