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,
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.