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Space Is the Place

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Today’s entry isn’t quite uni-related, but it’s too good an inside story not to share. Dig: As you probably heard, the first pitch at last Wednesday’s Yankees/Bosox game was thrown out via video-link by astronaut Garrett Reisman, who’s aboard the International Space Station (you can view the footage here, and you can see how it looked on the Yankee Stadium scoreboard here). By fairly remarkable coincidence, Garrett happens to be the brother-in-law of my longtime friend and financial advisor Nicole Francis. She attended the game with her sister Simone — who’s Garrett’s wife — and they submitted the following report on the proceedings:

Simone and I sat in the back row of the bleachers, taking in the whole experience and documenting it with a cleverly smuggled video camera on loan from NASA.

Having grown up in Parsippany, New Jersey, Garrett has been a Yankees fan his entire life. When he was assigned to the Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions, he was allowed to bring along a small number of things that were meaningful to him. Among them were a box of pitcher’s mound dirt and a banner that had hung in Yankee Stadium, both of which had been presented to him by Roger Clemens during a pregame ceremony in August of 2007. He often calls down to Earth from the ISS and his first question is always “What’s the score?”

What didn’t make it on to the news last night was the video of Garrett doing the “Cotton Eye Joe(y)” dance in zero gravity in the middle of the eighth inning, a dance usually done by the Bronx Italian pizza boy after he drops off pies to the broadcast booth.

I had a few additional questions about all this, so I called Nicole for some follow-up:

Uni Watch: How did Garrett become such an insider with the Yankees? Like, how did he end up getting that pitcher’s mound dirt from Roger Clemens and all that?

Nicole Francis: Well, he’s always been a Yankees fan and has always looked for ways to get close to the Yankees. But also, his father died of pancreatic cancer six or seven years ago, and Roger Clemens’s press agent also died of pancreatic cancer. So back when Garrett’s father had about a year left to live, Garrett made some calls and arranged to have his father meet Roger Clemens. That’s how it started. And since then, Garrett’s been…

UW: Persistent?

NF: Yeah. Throwing out lots of ideas.

UW: So who’s idea was it to have him throw out the first pitch?

NF: Garrett’s.

UW: What did you shoot with your video camera? Like, were you taking video of the video of Garrett on the scoreboard?

NF: Yeah. And then Simone panned to the crowd, because the Bleacher Creatures were going crazy. And then she filmed lots of other stuff throughout the game. The cops were like, “Y’know, you’re really not supposed to do that here, but just don’t get caught.”

UW: Have you put the video on YouTube?

NF: Not yet. She wants to edit it and send it to Garrett first. And it definitely needs editing, because she uses the word “douchebag” like four times!

UW: When referring to..?

NF: Manny Ramirez. Also some Red Sox fans in the crowd. I think NASA would probably want us to clean it up a bit.

UW: Why were you in the bleachers, instead of in a luxury box or something?

NF: My sister’s very low-key about that. She probably could’ve called the front office and said, “My husband’s throwing out the first pitch” and gotten free tickets, but instead we paid $40 a pop for bleacher seats.

UW: Did you tell the people sitting near you that you were related to Garrett?

NF: Yeah. But when you’re sitting in the last row of the bleachers, people tend not to believe you. They’re like, “Yeah, right — and I’m the Cookie Monster.”

UW: Was there anyone on the field, like Jorge Posada or someone else from the Yankees, symbolically catching the first pitch?

NF: No. I was wondering if they were going to do that, but they didn’t.

UW: Was there any talk of having the Space Station positioned directly above Yankee Stadium? That way Garrett could just drop the ball straight down to Earth.

NF: That would be so cool! I don’t think they discussed that. But he knows when he’s above the Stadium — he took a picture one time and sent it to Simone. You could see the outline of the new stadium alongside the old stadium.

UW: Really? How high up is he?

NF: Not that high, really — it’s only about 225 miles. But they’re going 17,500 miles an hour.

Yowza — let’s see the radar gun clock that! Big thanks to Nicole and Simone for sharing their story, and here’s hoping NASA sends up a Mets or Red Sox fan soon.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Great photo here of an American Indian basketball team from 1918. Further details here. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: What’s David Ortiz wearing on his left forearm? … The Red Sox will wear an Earth Day sleeve patch tonight. Details here. … Yesterday I asked about logo-emblazoned bat weights. That prompted a response from Mets batboy Matt Harris: “In my previous two seasons with the Mets, I’ve seen a few teams doing it. We (the Mets) usually just wrote ‘METS’ or ‘NYM on it with Sharpie, but I used a circular skyline logo sticker on it this year — I like the way it looks.” … Alex Shuman visited the United States Military Academy in West Point last weekend and got a photo of this 1904 Army football sweater. Alex also adds, “I coach JV baseball for grades 5-7 at a school called Indian Mountain in Connecticut. Most of these kids are playing organized baseball for the first time. I figure I should teach them the beauty of stirrups.” … Interesting catch by Jeff Scott: Last year Hal McRae wore No. 8 while coaching for the Cardinals. This year he’s listed on the roster as No. 15 (8 is being worn by Troy Glaus), but he’s been wearing a dugout jacket so his number hasn’t been visible — until Sunday, when it turned out he was still wearing No. 8. Better yet, there was a split-screen shot that showed him and Glaus wearing the same number. … More on Nebraska’s footwear: Yesterday I linked to photos showing some players in black cleats and some in white/red, but here’s the scoop from Brandon Rubeck: “The current shoes are still black, and that’s what will be used. The red/white shoes are a holdover from the all-white Colorado game last year, which included white shoes (but even then some players stuck with black).” … You know those play-calling wristbands that quarterbacks wear? According to a small reference in this article, the Apollo 11 astronauts in 1969 had something similar sewn into their spacesuit gloves, to remind them of all the tasks they had to carry out (great find by Kevin Whisman). … The awesome Fleer Sticker Project site has a page featuring a slideshow of Sicks Stadium photos (that’s where the Seattle Pilots played), from its beginnings to its weedy, overgrown post-use state of decay, all set to the Pilots’ fight song. Check it out here (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … The Pope isn’t the only one whose distinctive attire has been in the news lately.

 

89 comments to Space Is the Place

  • Roger Faso | April 22, 2008 at 8:49 am |

    It looks like a bracelet of catholic saints. Maybe some santaterria thingy.

  • Roger Faso | April 22, 2008 at 8:55 am |

    [quote comment=”255488″]It looks like a bracelet of catholic saints. Maybe some santaterria thingy.[/quote]

    yup. that’s what it is.

    i guess joboo no help with curve ball.

  • Roger Faso | April 22, 2008 at 9:06 am |

    [quote comment=”255489″][quote comment=”255488″]It looks like a bracelet of catholic saints. Maybe some santaterria thingy.[/quote]

    yup. that’s what it is.

    i guess joboo no help with curve ball.[/quote]

    i meant santeria.

  • Luke Mohamed | April 22, 2008 at 9:10 am |

    Flowered skirt and pinstripes?
    Doesn’t seem like your type of person, Paul.

  • Roger Faso | April 22, 2008 at 9:25 am |

    i found 1973 world series press pins for sale on ebay. 1 met and 1 oakland.

  • John | April 22, 2008 at 9:34 am |

    The Apollo astronouts also had small checklists with multiple pages on their wrists. The apollo 12 checklists had a little extra. (NSFW)

    http://www.boingboin...

  • Marty Met | April 22, 2008 at 9:36 am |

    My guess is Tony LaRussa was either drunk or too busy not paying child support to noticed that Glaus and McRae both wear #8

  • Joey Guns | April 22, 2008 at 9:40 am |

    [quote comment=”255495″]My guess is Tony LaRussa was either drunk or too busy not paying child support to noticed that Glaus and McRae both wear #8[/quote]

    I wanna see LaRussa in this jersey………

    http://www.joesports...

  • Marty Met | April 22, 2008 at 9:59 am |

    [quote comment=”255496″][quote comment=”255495″]My guess is Tony LaRussa was either drunk or too busy not paying child support to noticed that Glaus and McRae both wear #8[/quote]

    I wanna see LaRussa in this jersey………

    http://www.joesports...

    Or one of the T-Bones prison jerseys…

  • Nate Ahlberg | April 22, 2008 at 10:10 am |

    I’m a high school baseball coach in northern Wisconsin, and we finally had a home game after an extremely long winter. The coach of the other team kept yelling numbers to his infielders, who then looked at their wristbands. They each had a QB wristband with their defensive alignments. The third baseman had to pitch in relief, but forgot to take off the band. The umps made him put it in his pocket because the band had a white background.

  • LI Phil | April 22, 2008 at 10:19 am |

    [quote comment=”255496″][quote comment=”255495″]My guess is Tony LaRussa was either drunk or too busy not paying child support to noticed that Glaus and McRae both wear #8[/quote]

    I wanna see LaRussa in this jersey………

    http://www.joesports...

    heh

  • Kek | April 22, 2008 at 10:35 am |

    [quote comment=”255498″]I’m a high school baseball coach in northern Wisconsin, and we finally had a home game after an extremely long winter. The coach of the other team kept yelling numbers to his infielders, who then looked at their wristbands. They each had a QB wristband with their defensive alignments. The third baseman had to pitch in relief, but forgot to take off the band. The umps made him put it in his pocket because the band had a white background.[/quote]
    I’ve been seeing that in college baseball, in fact, a photo might have been linked on uni-watch during last year’s CWS. Hadn’t seen it trickle down to the high school level but I’m not surprised. It’s easier and quicker than having the catcher stand in front of the plate and give signals. Plus, most athletic departments will have those wristbands from football season.

  • Phil | April 22, 2008 at 10:38 am |

    The person who snapped these photos believes that it was Montéal Canadiens’ jerseys in the Reebok store which drew attention to the place in the riots last night. Scroll down.

  • Phil | April 22, 2008 at 10:41 am |

    [quote comment=”255501″]The person who snapped these photos believes that it was Montéal Canadiens’ jerseys in the Reebok store which drew attention to the place in the riots last night. Scroll down.[/quote]

    oops Montréal.

  • Beats in Buffalo | April 22, 2008 at 11:14 am |

    Just throwing a question out the the board I’ve been looking into getting an American Needle cap, because well despite the headquarters being in my hometown, I can’t stand the new New Era 5950’s the fit is terrible for anyone not buying an oversized hat and keeping the brim straight. But rant over I was curious of how the American Needle hats fit, any weird sizing or quality issues. Any help is appreciated

  • jjm | April 22, 2008 at 11:30 am |

    Or was it the fact they were selling white Canadian’s sweaters with pink trim and logo. I saw that in the crowd and just shook my head in disgust. I don’t know why it bothered me more than it did when I see it for football and baseball teams. Maybe its because I figured Canadians would have more pride and not buy something that awful. Considering I’m originally from Boston and I love the Canadian’s sweaters, it just seemed completely wrong. I refuse to go and look to see if the Bruin’s sell those, even though I’m sure they do. A team’s colors are just as important as the logo!

    And now I’ll stop beating the dead horse.

  • bertold | April 22, 2008 at 11:43 am |

    Hal McRae is wearing last years jersey in the photo. You can tell by the Josh Hancock memorial patch on the right sleeve and the World Series Champions patch on the the left.

  • Matt D. | April 22, 2008 at 12:03 pm |

    I have a lingering question from the Clemente documentary last night- In some of the films, which I’m guessing are from 1970, the pirates are wearing black batting helmets with their pullover jerseys. Was this a knowing decision by the Pirates (probably not, as they would noticed how much better it looked) or were they too cheap to order new helmets until ’71?

  • RCJ | April 22, 2008 at 12:08 pm |

    I thought I’d point out that if Mcrae was wearing that Cardinal jersey just this last sunday, then he’s wearing last years jersey. You can tell by the World Champions patch on one sleeve and the Josh Hancock memorial number on the other sleeve. Someone should dig into why he’d be wearing a jersey from last year. That or someone dug up footage from last year.

  • AK | April 22, 2008 at 12:19 pm |

    THAT chick advises you on your finances? Yow!

  • MasterK | April 22, 2008 at 12:23 pm |

    “…here’s hoping NASA sends up a Mets or Red Sox fan soon.”
    And Here’s hoping they don’t come back. Send up a few Patriots fans too.

  • Paul Lukas | April 22, 2008 at 12:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”255508″]THAT chick advises you on your finances? Yow![/quote]

    Nicole is a certified financial planner, has her own investment company, also owns a retail shop specializing in vintage furniture, lives in a huge old Victorian house, blah-blah-blah. She’s the bomb.

  • Bill | April 22, 2008 at 12:35 pm |

    Copyright fighting gone to far!

    The University of Miami is putting heat on the University of Nebraska – Omaha because the Canes feel that the Mav’s trademarked logo — an “O” — is too similar to UM’s copyrighted “U” design.

  • Jets/Mets Fan in Chicagoland | April 22, 2008 at 12:47 pm |

    Definitely uni-related, and I’m sure the headline will induce some giggles and/or snickers

  • Patrick | April 22, 2008 at 12:53 pm |

    With only 23 comments so far, I’m guessing the new spam filter is still being tweaked.

  • Walaitis | April 22, 2008 at 1:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”255513″]With only 23 comments so far, I’m guessing the new spam filter is still being tweaked.[/quote]

    Well, it’s not like this group coudn’t use a little more filtering! *grin*

  • Walaitis | April 22, 2008 at 1:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”255513″]With only 23 comments so far, I’m guessing the new spam filter is still being tweaked.[/quote]

    Well, it’s not like this group coudn’t use a little more filtering! *grin*

  • Marty Met | April 22, 2008 at 1:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”255504″]Or was it the fact they were selling white Canadian’s sweaters with pink trim and logo. I saw that in the crowd and just shook my head in disgust. I don’t know why it bothered me more than it did when I see it for football and baseball teams. Maybe its because I figured Canadians would have more pride and not buy something that awful. Considering I’m originally from Boston and I love the Canadian’s sweaters, it just seemed completely wrong. I refuse to go and look to see if the Bruin’s sell those, even though I’m sure they do. A team’s colors are just as important as the logo!

    And now I’ll stop beating the dead horse.[/quote]

    Canadiens. A Canadian is an English speaking citizen of Canada. The team’s players are Canadiens.

  • mtjaws | April 22, 2008 at 1:03 pm |

    I’m not sure how these bowling shoes perform, but based on those pictures, I would sure love to watch.

  • Terri | April 22, 2008 at 1:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”255512″]Definitely uni-related, and I’m sure the headline will induce some giggles and/or snickers[/quote]

    What’s with the guy in the back who’s wearing what look like blue basketball shorts?

  • BCrisp | April 22, 2008 at 1:17 pm |

    This is actually the third first pitch thrown from space. Quotes from this article… link
    The first one, he said, was in conjunction with Game 5 of the 1995 World Series between the Braves and Indians at Jacobs Field.
    The Red Sox set one up last year with NASA astronauts Michael Lopez-Alegria and Suni Williams live at Fenway Park for the Sept. 16 game against New York.

    Another interesting note is that Suni Williams ran the Boston Marathon while on board the ISS, and is a Red Sox fan.
    link

  • jesse | April 22, 2008 at 1:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”255503″]Just throwing a question out the the board I’ve been looking into getting an American Needle cap, because well despite the headquarters being in my hometown, I can’t stand the new New Era 5950’s the fit is terrible for anyone not buying an oversized hat and keeping the brim straight. But rant over I was curious of how the American Needle hats fit, any weird sizing or quality issues. Any help is appreciated[/quote]

    American Needle hats are 70% Wool 30% polyester (I think). I don’t like them as much as the original 59/50, because they don’t break in nearly as nicely, but I suspect that they are better than the new 59/50’s. Also they run about a size bigger than the old New Era’s.

  • Ian K | April 22, 2008 at 1:36 pm |

    About UM suing UNO-

    I wonder if they’ve gone after Union High School in Tulsa, which uses the same “U” logo with different colors.

  • Robert | April 22, 2008 at 1:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”255521″]About UM suing UNO-

    I wonder if they’ve gone after Union High School in Tulsa, which uses the same “U” logo with different colors.[/quote]

    You should place a call to Miami regarding the violation. Perhaps they will give you a nice reward.

  • Joey Guns | April 22, 2008 at 1:44 pm |

    Yesterday I asked about logo-emblazoned bat weights. That prompted a response from Mets batboy Matt Harris: “In my previous two seasons with the Mets, I’ve seen a few teams doing it. We (the Mets) usually just wrote ‘METS’ or ‘NYM on it with Sharpie, but I used a circular skyline logo sticker on it this year — I like the way it looks.”

    I’m glad Matt was able to chime in. I also noticed the Mets logo on the bat weights this year. So Matt, when are you going to rock the stirrups???

  • Phil | April 22, 2008 at 1:52 pm |

    Regarding my earlier post, which may have been grabbed by the filter, about Union High School and the “U”

    http://www.tulsaworl...

    That article states that they were going to drop it, but that logo is still in use.

    If my previous comment was deleted, the gist was that Union Schools and Univ of Miami reached a licensing deal. That’s how they are still able to use it today.

  • Jack H. | April 22, 2008 at 2:06 pm |

    Hold on. Bleacher seats at Yankee Stadium really cost 40 bucks each? Or did she mean 40 bucks total? If it’s the former, than I’ve lost whatever respect for the Yankee organization that I ever had…

  • Elena | April 22, 2008 at 2:10 pm |

    Enough of the ignorant remarks about LaRussa. He paid all the required child support from his previous marriage and he’s not a drunk. One DUI doesn’t make a person a drunk. No doubt many of you have been lucky not to get stopped after a couple of drinks.
    And what’s wrong with a flowered skirt with pinstripes? Not that I ever wear pinstripes.

  • Joe | April 22, 2008 at 2:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”255525″]Hold on. Bleacher seats at Yankee Stadium really cost 40 bucks each? Or did she mean 40 bucks total? If it’s the former, than I’ve lost whatever respect for the Yankee organization that I ever had…[/quote]
    Used to be 20 bucks so its probably 40 total

  • Jets/Mets Fan in Chicagoland | April 22, 2008 at 2:26 pm |

    Filter is doing an excellent job :-(

  • BurghFan | April 22, 2008 at 2:28 pm |

    From yesterday’s discussion of penalty timekeepers:

    I don’t care, I could do it. Might be tough tho, considering I spent the last 2 periods of last night’s Stars’ game standing, and was jumping up and down at the end. Still, give me front row seats and occasionally let me sit next to a star player, and I’d keep my mouth shut and my ass in the seat.

    During the regular season…maybe; but not during the playoffs.

    During the playoffs, off-ice officials are brought in from other cities (as a unit) to eliminate any possibility of home-crew advantage.

    Sorry this is a day late (and apologies if this double-posts); the uni-related reason is that I was learning that the Wizards’ alts read terribly from the upper bowl of the (ex-)Gund. I also noticed a few intervals where all five Wizards were wearing single-digit numbers.

  • BurghFan | April 22, 2008 at 2:30 pm |

    Was this a knowing decision by the Pirates (probably not, as they would noticed how much better it looked) or were they too cheap to order new helmets until ‘71?

    Probably cheapness; they wore the gold helmets for a few years after they stopped wearing gold caps.

  • Joey Guns | April 22, 2008 at 2:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”255527″][quote comment=”255525″]Hold on. Bleacher seats at Yankee Stadium really cost 40 bucks each? Or did she mean 40 bucks total? If it’s the former, than I’ve lost whatever respect for the Yankee organization that I ever had…[/quote]
    Used to be 20 bucks so its probably 40 total[/quote]

    Bleacher seats for Yankees-Red Sox and Yankees-Mets games have been going for as much as $40 PER TICKET on Ebay and Stubhub. The face value is only $12. It’s all about supply and demand……

  • Walaitis | April 22, 2008 at 2:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”255526″]Enough of the ignorant remarks about LaRussa. He paid all the required child support from his previous marriage and he’s not a drunk. One DUI doesn’t make a person a drunk. No doubt many of you have been lucky not to get stopped after a couple of drinks.
    And what’s wrong with a flowered skirt with pinstripes? Not that I ever wear pinstripes.[/quote]

    One DUI may not make you a drunk (but it’s certainly not a nod towards sainthood, either – there are plenty of serial killers out there, but it doesn’t make becoming one OK!). One dead, drunk pitcher doesn’t make one either. Neither does a player in the prime of their lives found dead in a hotel room with marijuana in a room. All three from the same team? Sounds like some UNIFORM activities for a group that maybe should be avoided! (was the uniwatch tie-in subtle enough?)

  • Joey Guns | April 22, 2008 at 2:40 pm |

    Donate your Chad Johnson Jersey to Charity:

    http://whodeyrevolut...

  • Steve | April 22, 2008 at 2:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”255526″]Enough of the ignorant remarks about LaRussa. He paid all the required child support from his previous marriage and he’s not a drunk. One DUI doesn’t make a person a drunk. No doubt many of you have been lucky not to get stopped after a couple of drinks.
    And what’s wrong with a flowered skirt with pinstripes? Not that I ever wear pinstripes.[/quote]

    The .093 jersey was a joke. That’s all.

    So you don’t think there’s a double standard between LaRussa and Spiezio though? The team cut Spiezio and didn’t even discipline LaRussa whatsoever!

  • Steve | April 22, 2008 at 2:46 pm |

    NF: Not yet. She wants to edit it and send it to Garrett first. And it definitely needs editing, because she uses the word “douchebag” like four times!

    UW: When referring to..?

    NF: Manny Ramirez.

    Stay classy, Yankees fans! I love it how you call Manny a douchebag, yet it seems like he hits 2 home runs almost every time he plays you guys!

  • Marty Met | April 22, 2008 at 2:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”255534″][quote comment=”255526″]Enough of the ignorant remarks about LaRussa. He paid all the required child support from his previous marriage and he’s not a drunk. One DUI doesn’t make a person a drunk. No doubt many of you have been lucky not to get stopped after a couple of drinks.
    And what’s wrong with a flowered skirt with pinstripes? Not that I ever wear pinstripes.[/quote]

    The .093 jersey was a joke. That’s all.

    So you don’t think there’s a double standard between LaRussa and Spiezio though?

    The team cut Spiezio and didn’t even discipline LaRussa whatsoever![/quote]

    And even worse LaRussa is a DEADBEAT DAD. He has seen his daughters maybe a half a dozen times in their life and had to be sued for the child support. This from a man who makes millions.

  • Walaitis | April 22, 2008 at 3:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”255532″][quote comment=”255526″]Enough of the ignorant remarks about LaRussa. He paid all the required child support from his previous marriage and he’s not a drunk. One DUI doesn’t make a person a drunk. No doubt many of you have been lucky not to get stopped after a couple of drinks.
    And what’s wrong with a flowered skirt with pinstripes? Not that I ever wear pinstripes.[/quote]

    One DUI may not make you a drunk (but it’s certainly not a nod towards sainthood, either – there are plenty of serial killers out there, but it doesn’t make becoming one OK!). One dead, drunk pitcher doesn’t make one either. Neither does a player in the prime of their lives found dead in a hotel room with marijuana in a room. All three from the same team? Sounds like some UNIFORM activities for a group that maybe should be avoided! (was the uniwatch tie-in subtle enough?)[/quote]

    Oh yeah … totally forgot Spezio when I did that … I need to go get a drink and start thinking straight again!

  • Kevin M. | April 22, 2008 at 3:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”255531″][quote comment=”255527″][quote comment=”255525″]Hold on. Bleacher seats at Yankee Stadium really cost 40 bucks each? Or did she mean 40 bucks total? If it’s the former, than I’ve lost whatever respect for the Yankee organization that I ever had…[/quote]
    Used to be 20 bucks so its probably 40 total[/quote]

    Bleacher seats for Yankees-Red Sox and Yankees-Mets games have been going for as much as $40 PER TICKET on Ebay and Stubhub.

    The face value is only $12.

    It’s all about supply and demand……[/quote]

    Try this again and see if the Spam filters get it. According to the Yankees site the bleacher seats are $14 per seat. Do the Yankees do the “premium game” ticket prices or certain games if say the Red Sox are in town? I know some other teams do this for prime dates but don’t know about the Yankees.

  • LI Phil | April 22, 2008 at 3:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”255526″]Enough of the ignorant remarks about LaRussa. He paid all the required child support from his previous marriage and he’s not a drunk. One DUI doesn’t make a person a drunk. No doubt many of you have been lucky not to get stopped after a couple of drinks.[/quote]

    lucky? i really shouldn’t even dignify that with a response

    tony larussa getting stopped for DUI COULD be the best thing that ever happened to him, but i doubt it…it could be the best thing for him, his team, his charges and whatever remains of his relationship with his daughters…i truly feel sorry for him and anyone who is/was ever close to him

  • Paul Lukas | April 22, 2008 at 4:21 pm |

    For those who care about such things: I’ll be doing an interview on 710 ESPN Radio in L.A. tonight, 8pm eastern (5pm Pacific, etc.). Here’s the link to their live stream.

  • George | April 22, 2008 at 4:39 pm |

    Yowza — let’s see the radar gun clock that!

    If Mythbusters has taught me anything, it’s that everything has a terminal velocity. Not sure what it’d be for a baseball, but I figure it wouldn’t be much more than the “penny dropped from a tall building” myth, and not (relatively speaking) all that fast.

    (Assuming no friction / re-entry burnup / etc.)

    I’ll leave it to any physics students to figure out what the actual speed would be.

  • Jets/Mets Fan in Chicagoland | April 22, 2008 at 4:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”255537″][quote comment=”255532″][quote comment=”255526″]Enough of the ignorant remarks about LaRussa. He paid all the required child support from his previous marriage and he’s not a drunk. One DUI doesn’t make a person a drunk. No doubt many of you have been lucky not to get stopped after a couple of drinks.
    And what’s wrong with a flowered skirt with pinstripes? Not that I ever wear pinstripes.[/quote]

    One DUI may not make you a drunk (but it’s certainly not a nod towards sainthood, either – there are plenty of serial killers out there, but it doesn’t make becoming one OK!). One dead, drunk pitcher doesn’t make one either. Neither does a player in the prime of their lives found dead in a hotel room with marijuana in a room. All three from the same team? Sounds like some UNIFORM activities for a group that maybe should be avoided! (was the uniwatch tie-in subtle enough?)[/quote]

    Oh yeah … totally forgot Spezio when I did that … I need to go get a drink and start thinking straight again![/quote]
    Too much blood in your alcoholstream, sir?

  • Wade Harder | April 22, 2008 at 5:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”255541″]For those who care about such things: I’ll be doing an interview on 710 ESPN Radio in L.A. tonight, 8pm eastern (5pm Pacific, etc.). Here’s the link to their live stream.[/quote]

    Paul, I’ve never listened to one of your radio interviews. Do they just ask you the run of the mill what’s your favorite uniform questions or do you get into the finer details of uniforms?

  • Jen | April 22, 2008 at 5:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”255538″][quote comment=”255531″][quote comment=”255527″][quote comment=”255525″]Hold on. Bleacher seats at Yankee Stadium really cost 40 bucks each? Or did she mean 40 bucks total? If it’s the former, than I’ve lost whatever respect for the Yankee organization that I ever had…[/quote]
    Used to be 20 bucks so its probably 40 total[/quote]

    Bleacher seats for Yankees-Red Sox and Yankees-Mets games have been going for as much as $40 PER TICKET on Ebay and Stubhub.

    The face value is only $12.

    It’s all about supply and demand……[/quote]

    Try this again and see if the Spam filters get it. According to the Yankees site the bleacher seats are $14 per seat. Do the Yankees do the “premium game” ticket prices or certain games if say the Red Sox are in town? I know some other teams do this for prime dates but don’t know about the Yankees.[/quote]

    No, they don’t do “premium game” pricing. They do have different prices for season tickets though. Regular bleachers tickets are $14, but for season ticket holders it’s $12.

  • =bg= | April 22, 2008 at 6:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”255545″][quote comment=”255541″]For those who care about such things: I’ll be doing an interview on 710 ESPN Radio in L.A. tonight, 8pm eastern (5pm Pacific, etc.). Here’s the link to their live stream.[/quote]

    Paul, I’ve never listened to one of your radio interviews. Do they just ask you the run of the mill what’s your favorite uniform questions or do you get into the finer details of uniforms?[/quote]

    call in and say you heard the Mets were going purple when they open the new stadium. then stand back from the phone.

  • Phil | April 22, 2008 at 6:48 pm |

    Re: Filter

    I know that the general topic of wearing pink uniforms has been discussed previously. I tried to post something which asked where the money from the pink jerseys went. Do the manufacturers produce the jerseys at cost and then does the rest of the money go to cancer research. Apparently when I specified the type of cancer which is associated with pink jerseys my post didn’t appear.

  • Chris Mayberry | April 22, 2008 at 6:56 pm |

    Ahh, stirrups !
    My favourite, courtesy of Trusty Rusty Staub when he was a Tiger:

    http://h1.ripway.com...

  • odessasteps magazine | April 22, 2008 at 7:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”255541″]For those who care about such things: I’ll be doing an interview on 710 ESPN Radio in L.A. tonight, 8pm eastern (5pm Pacific, etc.). Here’s the link to their live stream.[/quote]

    Is that Dave Dameshek’s show? He is also a uniform zealot.

  • LynchMob | April 22, 2008 at 7:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”255543″]Yowza — let’s see the radar gun clock that!

    If Mythbusters has taught me anything, it’s that everything has a terminal velocity. Not sure what it’d be for a baseball, but I figure it wouldn’t be much more than the “penny dropped from a tall building” myth, and not (relatively speaking) all that fast.

    (Assuming no friction / re-entry burnup / etc.)

    I’ll leave it to any physics students to figure out what the actual speed would be.[/quote]

    [spam filter ate my first reply … trying again]

    I asked a similar question a couple of years ago when one of the astronauts “lost” a spatula while out doing some repairs … what ensued was a discussion that will be of interest to any space-physicist-wannabees (like me) …

    (URL removed … go to space dot com and search for “spatula” at their community forums)

    One part of the bottom line: If he threw the ball at 100 miles / hour towards Earth, the ball’s closest approach to Earth would (Assuming no friction / re-entry burnup / etc.) come no closer to the earth than 39 kilometers lower than the orbit of the ISS.

    Figure that one out!

    (Hint: the thrower, and hence the ball, would still be going 17500+mph around the earth!)

  • LI Phil | April 22, 2008 at 8:17 pm |

    just listened to PL on dameshek…pretty good interview there, mr. lukas

    best line: ‘the merchandizing tail wags the uniform dog’

    nice…kudos & props

  • Peter | April 22, 2008 at 8:51 pm |

    I don’t know if either of these have been noted already but 1) the Canada Under-18 national team is wearing an ED sticker in their upcoming championship game in honour of Ed Chynoweth. 2) I’m watching the Jays – Rays game. The TB uniform is lettered in such a way that with the top button undone it spells raays thats no typo.

  • Paul Lukas | April 22, 2008 at 9:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”255545″][quote comment=”255541″]For those who care about such things: I’ll be doing an interview on 710 ESPN Radio in L.A. tonight, 8pm eastern (5pm Pacific, etc.). Here’s the link to their live stream.[/quote]

    Paul, I’ve never listened to one of your radio interviews. Do they just ask you the run of the mill what’s your favorite uniform questions or do you get into the finer details of uniforms?[/quote]

    It’s usually pretty basic stuff. It’s rare that we discuss anything that I haven’t already covered in pretty serious detail here on the site. That said, the interviewer tonight was much better than most — sometimes you can tell that they’re just looking to fill some airtime, but this guy was clearly familiar with Uni Watch. In short, he Got It™.

  • James Craven | April 22, 2008 at 9:13 pm |

    Kinda like “Philllies” on their jerseys.

  • James Craven | April 22, 2008 at 9:15 pm |

    And this new SPAM FILTER GETS IT!(TM)

  • Mike Engle | April 22, 2008 at 9:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”255556″][quote comment=”255545″][quote comment=”255541″]For those who care about such things: I’ll be doing an interview on 710 ESPN Radio in L.A. tonight, 8pm eastern (5pm Pacific, etc.). Here’s the link to their live stream.[/quote]

    Paul, I’ve never listened to one of your radio interviews. Do they just ask you the run of the mill what’s your favorite uniform questions or do you get into the finer details of uniforms?[/quote]

    It’s usually pretty basic stuff. It’s rare that we discuss anything that I haven’t already covered in pretty serious detail here on the site. That said, the interviewer tonight was much better than most — sometimes you can tell that they’re just looking to fill some airtime, but this guy was clearly familiar with Uni Watch. In short, he Got It™.[/quote]
    I missed it. :-(
    Do you know if the interview is archived anywhere?

  • LI Phil | April 22, 2008 at 9:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”255556″][quote comment=”255545″][quote comment=”255541″]For those who care about such things: I’ll be doing an interview on 710 ESPN Radio in L.A. tonight, 8pm eastern (5pm Pacific, etc.). Here’s the link to their live stream.[/quote]

    Paul, I’ve never listened to one of your radio interviews. Do they just ask you the run of the mill what’s your favorite uniform questions or do you get into the finer details of uniforms?[/quote]

    It’s usually pretty basic stuff. It’s rare that we discuss anything that I haven’t already covered in pretty serious detail here on the site. That said, the interviewer tonight was much better than most — sometimes you can tell that they’re just looking to fill some airtime, but this guy was clearly familiar with Uni Watch. In short, he Got It™.[/quote]

    paul…did you listen to any of the follow up questions?

    one douchebag said that dameshek had a “man crush” on you…HA!

    mike engle…it’s definitely worth the ‘relisten’ if that option is available…i won’t spoil it if you can check it out, but some good shit…and clearly dameshek WAS into it…the man crush…i think the caller was just bustin balls tho

  • Paul Lukas | April 22, 2008 at 9:27 pm |

    We’re trying to re-install the old spam filter. There will no doubt be problems. Bear with us.

  • Paul Lukas | April 22, 2008 at 10:17 pm |

    OK, here’s the deal: Our old spam filter insists on treating every single post as spam. That’s obviously unacceptable. We don’t know why it’s behaving this way (it worked fine for so long). We tried re-installing it, using a newer version of it, using an OLDER version of it — no dice.

    The filter we’ve been using for the past few days is better, but not good enough. As many of you have discovered, it treats lots of legitimate posts as spam. What’s worse, it doesn’t allow me (or John, or Bryan) to go into the filter and rescue lost/eaten posts.

    So for now we’ve gone back to a security system that requires you to enter a code. I know, I know — it’s a major pain. But this system is better than the similar system we used a while back. For example, if you enter the code incorrectly (or click “Say It!” without entering the code at all), your post won’t simply be rejected and disappear — instead, your comment will be preserved and you’ll be taken to a “try again” page.

    We hope this will be just a temporary fix. Our goal is to get our original spam filter working again. Please bear with us while we try to make that happen.

    And just to underscore how necessary it is to have a filter: It took John about 30 seconds to disable the old filter and install the new security system. In that time, two porno spams were posted on the site.

  • john doe | April 22, 2008 at 10:30 pm |

    Just a test

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | April 22, 2008 at 10:37 pm |

    That David Ortiz wristband thingy is a “Saints bracelet” it has pictures of Patron Saints and or Jesus and Mary too.

  • Bendert | April 22, 2008 at 10:39 pm |

    Some good striped socks at the MSU-NMU rugby game. Thats Northern Michigan with the striped socks

  • ML | April 22, 2008 at 10:42 pm |

    The new University of Minnesota football uniforms will be released tomorrow at 1 pm. The following from a Star Tribune Gophers Blog posting:

    By now, everyone knows that the new uniforms will be unveiled tomorrow at a 1 p.m. press conference. I’ve had a chance to see them and thought they looked sharp. They’re certainly not Oregon-like by any measure. They look modern but not over the top, if that makes any sense. There are six different versions, which I assume will be shown tomorrow. The list of “models” will include Adam Weber, Jack Simmons and Steve Davis.

  • Stuby | April 22, 2008 at 10:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”255586″]That David Ortiz wristband thingy is a “Saints bracelet” it has pictures of Patron Saints and or Jesus and Mary too.[/quote]
    If the sleeve of your jersey is touching your bracelet either A) your sleeve is too damn long or B) its not really a bracelet anymore.

  • chip | April 22, 2008 at 10:49 pm |

    Hey was at an ECHL playoff game tonight and notice the the on-ice officials seemed to have a memorial patch on their left shoulder. Anyone know of this? I thought I saw something about NHL officials having one.

    Wish I had a picture of the Texas Wildcatters Jersey on the bottom rear is a nice blue ford logo I am guessing this goes with their arena deal.

  • LI Phil | April 22, 2008 at 10:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”255590″][quote comment=”255586″]That David Ortiz wristband thingy is a “Saints bracelet” it has pictures of Patron Saints and or Jesus and Mary too.[/quote]
    If the sleeve of your jersey is touching your bracelet either A) your sleeve is too damn long or B) its not really a bracelet anymore.[/quote]

    well…he did sacrifice a live chicken…but

    it seems to be workin…check out his splits the past few days

    but yer right stuby…it’s no longer a bracelet…it’s a armband

  • Stuby | April 22, 2008 at 11:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”255592″][quote comment=”255590″][quote comment=”255586″]That David Ortiz wristband thingy is a “Saints bracelet” it has pictures of Patron Saints and or Jesus and Mary too.[/quote]
    If the sleeve of your jersey is touching your bracelet either A) your sleeve is too damn long or B) its not really a bracelet anymore.[/quote]

    well…he did sacrifice a live chicken…but

    it seems to be workin…check out his splits the past few days

    but yer right stuby…it’s no longer a bracelet…it’s a armband[/quote]
    Somebody check his birth certificate. No way Ortiz is only 32.

  • Joey Guns | April 22, 2008 at 11:14 pm |

    Here’s Dustin Pedroia with the Earth Day recycle patch:

    http://d.yimg.com/us...

  • =bg= | April 22, 2008 at 11:39 pm |

    Saw a commercial tonight with Big Papi- he has his own line of Reeboks out now, it was a spot for DICKS Sporting Goods. A great store that is sadly nowhere in the Bay Area.

  • Wade Harder | April 22, 2008 at 11:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”255589″]The new University of Minnesota football uniforms will be released tomorrow at 1 pm. The following from a Star Tribune Gophers Blog posting:

    By now, everyone knows that the new uniforms will be unveiled tomorrow at a 1 p.m. press conference. I’ve had a chance to see them and thought they looked sharp. They’re certainly not Oregon-like by any measure. They look modern but not over the top, if that makes any sense. There are six different versions, which I assume will be shown tomorrow. The list of “models” will include Adam Weber, Jack Simmons and Steve Davis.[/quote]

    Six different versions? That is very Oregon-esque!

  • Phil | April 22, 2008 at 11:45 pm |

    Re: Spam Filter

    I think that I am writing for the majority of us that while we find the new filter slightly annoying (I hardly ever comment but I can understand the feelings) we are grateful for the time that the UniWatch crew is taking to sort this out.

    So ‘Thanks.’

  • Tom From Staten Island | April 22, 2008 at 11:57 pm |

    anybody no were i can get stirrups

  • Original Jim | April 22, 2008 at 11:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”255589″]The new University of Minnesota football uniforms will be released tomorrow at 1 pm. The following from a Star Tribune Gophers Blog posting:

    By now, everyone knows that the new uniforms will be unveiled tomorrow at a 1 p.m. press conference. I’ve had a chance to see them and thought they looked sharp. They’re certainly not Oregon-like by any measure. They look modern but not over the top, if that makes any sense. There are six different versions, which I assume will be shown tomorrow. The list of “models” will include Adam Weber, Jack Simmons and Steve Davis.[/quote]

    I wonder how close they will be to this concept I came up with: http://img.photobuck...

  • James Craven | April 23, 2008 at 12:05 am |

    Rumor has it ther Reading Royals will become the Flyers’ new ECHL affiliate next season as the Los Angeles Kings move to Ontario, California and have the Ontario Reign. The Reading franchise, who will host the 2009 ECHL All-Star Game, will change their name to…

    Wait for it…

    The Reading Flyers, and change to the orange and black scheme for the 2008-09 season.

  • LI Phil | April 23, 2008 at 12:28 am |

    [quote comment=”255601″][quote comment=”255589″]The new University of Minnesota football uniforms will be released tomorrow at 1 pm. The following from a Star Tribune Gophers Blog posting:

    By now, everyone knows that the new uniforms will be unveiled tomorrow at a 1 p.m. press conference. I’ve had a chance to see them and thought they looked sharp. They’re certainly not Oregon-like by any measure. They look modern but not over the top, if that makes any sense. There are six different versions, which I assume will be shown tomorrow. The list of “models” will include Adam Weber, Jack Simmons and Steve Davis.[/quote]

    I wonder how close they will be to this concept I came up with: http://img.photobuck...

    that’s a SWEET mockup, jim…i bet you’re actually VERY close…i’d have to guess the 3rd jersey will be a gold one and the 3rd pants will be white…making for at least six combos (my guess: all white, all maroon, all gold, white+maroon, maroon+gold & maroon+white)

    we’ll know tomorrow…g’luck on yer approximation

  • Stuby | April 23, 2008 at 7:11 am |

    [quote comment=”255600″]anybody no were i can get stirrups[/quote]
    A quick Google search produced a few places, including these on Amazon.

  • Jordan | April 25, 2008 at 10:30 am |

    Beckham jersey tears kids apart….2 Hawaiian kids and families go to court over jersey