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Ring Them Belles

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Just two weeks after Eight Belles broke down on the track at Churchill Downs, the jockeys at the Preakness Stakes had a uni-bourne salute on Saturday. You can see it there on Kent Desormeaux’s right boot — a small sticker in red and white. Gabriel Saez, who was riding Eight Belles two weeks ago, put it on his cap. You can also see Saez’s layered goggles, as mentioned in Paul’s last Page 2 column. Jockeys in Saturday’s Barbaro Stakes (no, really — the Barbaro Stakes) also wore the tribute.

And if horse racing isn’t your thing, but the drinking that accompanies it is, there’s this. Ah, the Sport of Kings … — Bryan

 

55 comments to Ring Them Belles

  • Ricko | May 18, 2008 at 8:32 am |

    Said it here yesterday. Having Secretariat flashbacks all over the place.

  • John S. | May 18, 2008 at 9:05 am |

    Sorry for the crappy picture quality, but Chan Ho Park was having MLB logo tag issues last night in the bottom of the 4th, as you can see here and here.

  • Stuby | May 18, 2008 at 9:34 am |

    Nice tongue wag, Big Brown. Very Jordan-esque.

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

  • Shane | May 18, 2008 at 10:38 am |

    I’m not sure why, but the Red Sox in red just bothers me. I think it’s the whole navy cap/red top/white pants thing. Maybe if they started wearing these hats with the red alts.

  • Joey Guns | May 18, 2008 at 10:42 am |

    Giambi wears a golden thong when he’s in a slump…..

    Talk about too much information:

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • =bg= | May 18, 2008 at 11:39 am |

    http://www.kctv5.com...

    kids unis and helmets snatched

  • I. M. Carr | May 18, 2008 at 11:42 am |

    Rooting for the Cavaliers today . . . and if they don’t come out of the tunnel wearing their alt blues feeling all will be doomed. Time to conjure the spirit of James-on-the-road-in-Detroit. They must.

  • Big Smooth | May 18, 2008 at 11:54 am |

    [quote comment=”271859″]Giambi wears a golden thong when he’s in a slump…..

    Talk about too much information:

    http://sports.yahoo....

    whoa, whoa, whoa…the Yankess swap butt floss? Buncha gays

  • Moose | May 18, 2008 at 12:17 pm |

    This is a very safe entry today Bryan. I am sure the overly sensitive crowd will love it.

  • Bryan Redemske | May 18, 2008 at 12:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”271863″]This is a very safe entry today Bryan. I am sure the overly sensitive crowd will love it.[/quote]

    I thought about posting a picture of Barbaro, because everybody loves Barbaro. So courageous, so majestic. So … dead. Nobody dares speak ill of sweet Barbaro.

  • Jack H. | May 18, 2008 at 12:30 pm |

    According to this article from the Freep, the Tigers all decided to wear high socks for luck against the D-Backs last night. Apparently it worked, since they broke their win streak and won their first game in which they scored less than 5 runs. Apparently they’ll be doing it for a while. A good sign, I think…I think Guillen and Maggs look pretty good with the socks, but unfortunately there are no photos of them there…

  • simon | May 18, 2008 at 12:34 pm |

    Shinjo’s done it again!

    He continues ways to surprise people, even in his retirement.
    I’m not sure if any former player has ever donned the full getup (including cleats) of a team he has never played for, then threw a full at bat, giving it his all and hitting 90 mph!
    http://jhockey.wordp...

  • simon | May 18, 2008 at 12:36 pm |

    For a ceremonial first “pitch”, I forgot to add..

  • Just Sayin' | May 18, 2008 at 1:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”271862″][quote comment=”271859″]Giambi wears a golden thong when he’s in a slump…..

    Talk about too much information:

    http://sports.yahoo....

    whoa, whoa, whoa…the Yankess swap butt floss? Buncha gays[/quote]

    Nothing like some good old fashioned homophobia.

  • lukejameslarson | May 18, 2008 at 1:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”271866″]According to this article from the Freep, the Tigers all decided to wear high socks for luck against the D-Backs last night. Apparently it worked, since they broke their win streak and won their first game in which they scored less than 5 runs. Apparently they’ll be doing it for a while. A good sign, I think…I think Guillen and Maggs look pretty good with the socks, but unfortunately there are no photos of them there…[/quote]

    i can verify this, i watched the game last night. most of the dudes looked pretty good. todd jones, however, did not leave his socks showing…. and at the end of the game, he pulled his pants up to his knees, to show him wearing a pair of crew-height NBA LOGO SOCKS. it was pretty funny. also, some of the guys looked a little silly, like they weren’t used to cuffing their pants…. aquilino lopez and francisco cruceta were both more than a little uneven.

  • Moose | May 18, 2008 at 1:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”271864″][quote comment=”271863″]This is a very safe entry today Bryan. I am sure the overly sensitive crowd will love it.[/quote]

    I thought about posting a picture of Barbaro, because everybody loves Barbaro. So courageous, so majestic. So … dead. Nobody dares speak ill of sweet Barbaro.[/quote]
    HAHAHA…

    That would be one way to win back to the crowd.

    On a side note… Bangs should be worn inside your hat, actually guys shouldn’t have “bangs”.

  • simon | May 18, 2008 at 2:08 pm |

    Here’s a video of Shinjos ceremonial first pitches. His order made Hawks uni has a big picture of his face on the back (lol), and the fielders behind him were from a local school team.

  • simon | May 18, 2008 at 2:09 pm |

    ummm.. the link:
    http://youtube.com/w...

  • =bg= | May 18, 2008 at 2:25 pm |

    NICE gold glove. This guy was all style-no substance in SF…still looks like style counts more to him.

  • simon | May 18, 2008 at 2:44 pm |

    Apparently it was the actual gold glove that the Golden Glove winners get presented with each year, and that was the one he won in 2006, his last year.

    He was a mediocre hitter in Japan, so that translated to being a below average hitter stateside. But the guy sure knows how to please the fans.

  • Dan C. | May 18, 2008 at 3:02 pm |

    The Rays are wearing their Spring Training jerseys in St. Louis this afternoon. Lame.

  • Just Sayin' | May 18, 2008 at 3:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”271854″]Said it here yesterday. Having Secretariat flashbacks all over the place.[/quote]

    I paused yesterday when I read your comment and wondered if it were really possible for somebody (aside from an owner, trainer, or someone else closely involved) to have flashbacks comparing two horses, that he has probably seen a combined 5 times. Let’s ignore that it’s been 25 years since the first one last raced in a major event.

    Your comment is even more perplexing when you consider that we’re talking about horses running around tracks. I’ll concede that Big Brown and Secretariat are both brown horses that run around those tracks much faster than the other horses, but beyond that, it’s not like the horses have similar signature moves or anything.

    Now you’ve essentially posted the same comment twice. What’s the deal, man? We get it, you probably know a superficial thing or two about horse racing and it makes you feel like a well-rounded sports fan, but give it a rest. Nobody is impressed. If you said the same thing to people in the real world yesterday, they weren’t impressed either. They thought you were being pompous too.

  • Paul Lukas | May 18, 2008 at 3:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”271870″][quote comment=”271866″]According to this article from the Freep, the Tigers all decided to wear high socks for luck against the D-Backs last night. Apparently it worked, since they broke their win streak and won their first game in which they scored less than 5 runs. Apparently they’ll be doing it for a while. A good sign, I think…I think Guillen and Maggs look pretty good with the socks, but unfortunately there are no photos of them there…[/quote]

    i can verify this, i watched the game last night. most of the dudes looked pretty good. todd jones, however, did not leave his socks showing…. and at the end of the game, he pulled his pants up…[/quote]

    There was a stretch during Jones’s stint with the Marlins in 2005 when the rest of the team went high-cuffed except for him, and he’d pull up his cuffs after geting the last out. So this is sort of a deja vu thing for him.

  • Walaitis | May 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”271876″]The Rays are wearing their Spring Training jerseys in St. Louis this afternoon. Lame.[/quote]

    Just turned on the game (note to self … time to upgrade the satellite to include WGN so I can enjoy baseball again!), I assumed those were Spring Training/Batting Practice, but I wasn’t sure.

    On a similar note from the broadcast … Just saw a tourism commercial for Kansas City, of which a big part was a pitcher (about the size of Roidger Clemens, for some reason) pitching off the mound at Kauffman Stadium. It had the stadium name, and even the new jumbo-jumbotron, but the pitcher was wearing an unmarked Jersey!

    I’m guessing MLB wouldn’t allow the unis to be used without a kickback. I wonder why baseball’s no longer considered the national pastime?

  • BA | May 18, 2008 at 3:56 pm |

    Derrick Lowe is wearing a blue glove on the mound this afternoon.

  • Marcus Hall - B-More | May 18, 2008 at 3:59 pm |

    Some interesting corporate mashups i saw over at underconsideration

    http://www.undercons...

    http://marioav.blogs...

  • Ricko | May 18, 2008 at 4:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”271877″][quote comment=”271854″]Said it here yesterday. Having Secretariat flashbacks all over the place.[/quote]

    I paused yesterday when I read your comment and wondered if it were really possible for somebody (aside from an owner, trainer, or someone else closely involved) to have flashbacks comparing two horses, that he has probably seen a combined 5 times. Let’s ignore that it’s been 25 years since the first one last raced in a major event.

    Your comment is even more perplexing when you consider that we’re talking about horses running around tracks. I’ll concede that Big Brown and Secretariat are both brown horses that run around those tracks much faster than the other horses, but beyond that, it’s not like the horses have similar signature moves or anything.

    Now you’ve essentially posted the same comment twice. What’s the deal, man? We get it, you probably know a superficial thing or two about horse racing and it makes you feel like a well-rounded sports fan, but give it a rest. Nobody is impressed. If you said the same thing to people in the real world yesterday, they weren’t impressed either. They thought you were being pompous too.[/quote]

    Well, I meant the whole Secretariat “thing” that developed back then…all the excitement beyond normal horse racing circles…and that it kinda feels like it might happen again.

    And that was fun.

    But take it however you want. I have a feeling you will matter what I say, anyway.

    I’m not gonna get into a pissing contest with you.

  • Matt Lesser | May 18, 2008 at 5:48 pm |

    Filling in today for injured hosiery fanatic Jeff Keppinger…Edwin Encarnacion!

    Pictures to follow.

  • BigBootyLover58 | May 18, 2008 at 5:54 pm |

    [quote comment=\”271869\”][quote comment=\”271862\”][quote comment=\”271859\”]Giambi wears a golden thong when he\’s in a slump…..

    Talk about too much information:

    http://sports.yahoo....

    whoa, whoa, whoa…the Yankess swap butt floss? Buncha gays[/quote]

    Nothing like some good old fashioned homophobia.[/quote]
    Yes, pointing out that it is a little uncommon (if not down-right strange) for people to share items that go in between their butt cheeks is the very definition of homophobia.

  • LI Phil | May 18, 2008 at 6:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”271877″][quote comment=”271854″]Said it here yesterday. Having Secretariat flashbacks all over the place.[/quote]

    I paused yesterday when I read your comment and wondered if it were really possible for somebody (aside from an owner, trainer, or someone else closely involved) to have flashbacks comparing two horses, that he has probably seen a combined 5 times. Let’s ignore that it’s been 25 years since the first one last raced in a major event.

    Your comment is even more perplexing when you consider that we’re talking about horses running around tracks. I’ll concede that Big Brown and Secretariat are both brown horses that run around those tracks much faster than the other horses, but beyond that, it’s not like the horses have similar signature moves or anything.

    Now you’ve essentially posted the same comment twice. What’s the deal, man? We get it, you probably know a superficial thing or two about horse racing and it makes you feel like a well-rounded sports fan, but give it a rest. Nobody is impressed. If you said the same thing to people in the real world yesterday, they weren’t impressed either. They thought you were being pompous too.[/quote]

    wow

    just got thru reading yesterdays (glad i missed that) and todays comments, and the only one that stuck with me both yesterday and today WAS that comment…and while i barely remember seeing secretariat race (and never live), i gotta say…maybe it wasn’t flashbacks, as that is prolly not the proper term…but damn

    this horse…big brown…is SOMETHING SPECIAL…

    i’ve been at belmont either 3 or 4 times when there was a shot a triple crown (since slew and affirmed), and of course, none have done it…don’t know if i’ll be making it there this year, but i’d bet every last penny i had on this horse…this is the real deal…of course…brown will prolly run at like 1-7

    say what you want about the previous poster’s “flashbacks”, but there is NO DENYING this is one special beast and one who WOULD be wearing carnations 3 weeks hence, if he could stand flowers, that is…because he WILL be the champion…and you can take that to the bank…i wouldn’t be surprised if the field is only 3-4 deep after brownie, as who wants to be humiliated (and all will be)

    bryan…awesome post yesterday, i am glad i missed it tho…and you should have posted barbaro today…ah well…save that for the saturday of the belmont…for sunday, you will have to post big brown

  • Mark | May 18, 2008 at 7:03 pm |

    Halladay (32) just hit in the eight in Philadelphia wearing Burnett’s 34 helmet. Philly TV commentary speculated that Halladay didn’t bring a helmet on the trip because he didn’t anticipate pitching in an NL stadium (he started Wed in Minnesota).

  • LI Phil | May 18, 2008 at 7:12 pm |

    so much wrong with this

    on a day the cards honored stan the man…and you (rays) show up lookin like this?

    joke

    /but then again, what’s not to love about a rays-cards interplague matchup?

  • Ricko | May 18, 2008 at 7:23 pm |

    One more time. I meant flashbacks to the Secretariat media storm and the legend that came to grow around him.

    I don’t know fetlocks from withers…and never said I did.

    If you can SHOW me where I even remotely sounded like some kind of horse racing expert, I’ll be happy to pay you.

  • LI Phil | May 18, 2008 at 7:26 pm |

    and of course…whom amongst us couldn’t enjoy

    christmas in atlanta?

  • LI Phil | May 18, 2008 at 7:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”271888″]One more time. I meant flashbacks to the Secretariat media storm and the legend that came to grow around him.

    I don’t know fetlocks from withers…and never said I did.

    If you can SHOW me where I even remotely sounded like some kind of horse racing expert, I’ll be happy to pay you.[/quote]

    ricko…i didn’t mean to imply i was jumpin on your comments…au contraire, i AGREE with you (and i do know a little suminsumin about teh ponies)…and i don’t think your comment was in any way pompus at all…looks like someone prefers to stir shit at your comments, i am NOT piling on nor am i one to do that

    i for one cannot wait for the belmont…and i may just head there myself (again…but this time i won’t be disapointed)…and if you think there’s a media storm brewing now…just wait for this to really build…visa and nbc practically came already

  • LI Phil | May 18, 2008 at 8:11 pm |

    “you can’t steal first base”

    –joe morgan, SNB, 05-18-08

  • LI Phil | May 18, 2008 at 8:12 pm |

    “you can’t steal first base”

    –joe morgan, SNB, 05-18-08

    (closing tags…sorry)

  • LI Phil | May 18, 2008 at 8:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”271891″]“you can’t steal first base”

    –joe morgan, SNB, 05-18-08[/quote]

  • KT | May 18, 2008 at 8:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”271887″]so much wrong with this

    on a day the cards honored stan the man…and you (rays) show up lookin like this?

    joke

    /but then again, what’s not to love about a rays-cards interplague matchup?[/quote]

    Phil, you know I love ya, but…WTF does what one team does in its peripheral game entertainment have to do with what the other team wears?

    Has Stan Musial never been honored by the Cardinals before? I mean, he’s got a freaking statue outside the ballpark, n’est-ce pas? Number retired, all that jazz?

    As for Secretariat, it was 35 years ago – 35 years ago that “Big Red” won the Triple Crown. I barely remember it, and I’m 43. Unless you’re my age or older, you had to be pretty precocious to remember what the media storm was like back then.

    Except that it’s been kind of repeated four times in the last six years when a horse won the first two legs of the Triple Crown. I have no idea if Big Brown is better than War Emblem or Sunday Silence or Pleasant Colony. (Or Affirmed, who actually did win the Triple Crown.) But I know people fall all over themselves about any horse that wins the Derby convincingly and if they follow up by winning the Preakness, it’s Katie Bar the Door. The last 10 times a horse has won the first two legs, it hasn’t sealed the deal.

  • James Craven | May 18, 2008 at 8:39 pm |

    BTW, the Phils lost for the first time on the Phanatic’s Birthday sine 1997, ending a ten-year streak. It was also the first birthday loss in Citizens Bank Park as well as also the first to a Canadian club (no, not that item) since the Montreal Expos in a make-up doubleheader that year.

  • LI Phil | May 18, 2008 at 8:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”271894″][quote comment=”271887″]so much wrong with this

    on a day the cards honored stan the man…and you (rays) show up lookin like this?

    joke

    /but then again, what’s not to love about a rays-cards interplague matchup?[/quote]

    Phil, you know I love ya, but…WTF does what one team does in its peripheral game entertainment have to do with what the other team wears?

    Has Stan Musial never been honored by the Cardinals before? I mean, he’s got a freaking statue outside the ballpark, n’est-ce pas? Number retired, all that jazz?

    As for Secretariat, it was 35 years ago – 35 years ago that “Big Red” won the Triple Crown. I barely remember it, and I’m 43. Unless you’re my age or older, you had to be pretty precocious to remember what the media storm was like back then.

    Except that it’s been kind of repeated four times in the last six years when a horse won the first two legs of the Triple Crown. I have no idea if Big Brown is better than War Emblem or Sunday Silence or Pleasant Colony. (Or Affirmed, who actually did win the Triple Crown.) But I know people fall all over themselves about any horse that wins the Derby convincingly and if they follow up by winning the Preakness, it’s Katie Bar the Door. The last 10 times a horse has won the first two legs, it hasn’t sealed the deal.[/quote]

    kenn…love ya right back…you’re absolutely right…what the rays wear (or what st. louie did) should have no bearing on one another…it prolly didn’t bother you that the braves chose to wear their new blue alts when the nats opened their new digs (which was also opening day night)…fair enough…but what DID bother me was that they wore their friggen BP jerseys…

    as far as teh ponies…you made good points…yeah…im your age, and i BARELY remember secretariat, but i do remember slew & affirmed, and i was at the belmont for either 3 or 4 of the recent attempts to win the crown…including being in the owner’s box & the visa box for war emblem (at which time the owner, trainer & jockey for seattle slew were all there…quite a treat–was the 25th anniversary of slew’s TC)…and THEY GUARANTEED A WIN…and i said to my wife…we’re bolting after the 6th race because this will get ugly…and sure enough, savara won…anyhoo…

    you can take it to the bank that brown is not going to falter in this year’s belmont

    anyone who wasn’t alive (or could remember) 1978 better watch, because there will be history 3 weekends from now

  • Big Smooth | May 18, 2008 at 9:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”271884″][quote comment=\”271869\”][quote comment=\”271862\”][quote comment=\”271859\”]Giambi wears a golden thong when he\’s in a slump…..

    Talk about too much information:

    http://sports.yahoo....

    whoa, whoa, whoa…the Yankess swap butt floss? Buncha gays[/quote]

    Nothing like some good old fashioned homophobia.[/quote]
    Yes, pointing out that it is a little uncommon (if not down-right strange) for people to share items that go in between their butt cheeks is the very definition of homophobia.[/quote]

    My thoughts exactly

  • lwiedy | May 18, 2008 at 10:00 pm |

    Just got finished watching “Bang The Drum Slowly” on Classic. This is my favorite baseball movie. Sure there are a lot of things wrong with it, but for those of use who harp about a time in the game that we truly loved, this movie serves as a time capsule.

    Just a few of reasons to see it if you haven’t:
    -DeNiro.
    -Shea Stadium before they put crap all over, pitching rubbers to the right and left of the home plate circle.
    -Yankee Stadium before they tore it down in 1973.
    -Great MLB clips including White Sox with blue sanis and Oakland A’s in gold vests.
    -Tampa Airport before the “Tony Jannus” airside trams.
    -Carpenter Complex (which looks pretty much the same) in “Aquaclara” a cute take on Clearwater.

    The last two are personal favs based on countless hours spent.

  • Tom | May 18, 2008 at 10:42 pm |

    jose reyes is rocking the white cleats

  • Patrick | May 18, 2008 at 10:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”271862″][quote comment=”271859″]Giambi wears a golden thong when he’s in a slump…..

    Talk about too much information:

    http://sports.yahoo....

    whoa, whoa, whoa…the Yankess swap butt floss? Buncha gays[/quote]

    What exactly makes that gay? Please explain!

  • Patrick | May 18, 2008 at 10:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”271887″]so much wrong with this

    on a day the cards honored stan the man…and you (rays) show up lookin like this?

    joke

    /but then again, what’s not to love about a rays-cards interplague matchup?[/quote]

    Damn Musial…got his bangs sticking out. What a slob!

  • LI Phil | May 18, 2008 at 11:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”271901″][quote comment=”271887″]so much wrong with this

    on a day the cards honored stan the man…and you (rays) show up lookin like this?

    joke

    /but then again, what’s not to love about a rays-cards interplague matchup?[/quote]

    Damn Musial…got his bangs sticking out. What a slob![/quote]

    do you know what bangs are?

  • Failos2002 | May 18, 2008 at 11:45 pm |

    One on a bun!

    http://www.boingboin...

    (Link thingy not working, sorry)

  • LI Phil | May 18, 2008 at 11:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”271903″]One on a bun![/quote]

    oh my gawd

  • Juan Grande | May 19, 2008 at 12:24 am |

    [quote comment=”271858″]I’m not sure why, but the Red Sox in red just bothers me. I think it’s the whole navy cap/red top/white pants thing. Maybe if they started wearing these hats with the red alts.[/quote]

    In the mid 1990s the Sox had a red alternate caps for Sunday games that I don’t think made it past April. It was a good looking red cap with a white “B” with navy shadowing. I bought one a few years ago on-line from Twin Enterprise, Inc. They don’t offer it anymore, just the ’70s era cap. The 1990s cap was a good looking cap, I wish they held on to it. It would go perfectly with the red jerseys.

  • Patrick R. | May 19, 2008 at 1:01 am |

    [quote comment=”271887]so much wrong with this

    on a day the cards honored stan the man…and you (rays) show up lookin like this?

    joke

    /but then again, what’s not to love about a rays-cards interplague matchup?[/quote]

    Consider that the Rays are one of two MLB teams (other than the Yankees) who don’t have at least one CoolBase style in a game uniform.

    Home example

    Road example

  • War Damn Eagle | May 19, 2008 at 9:40 am |

    Odd the way the Pirates had those striped stirrups. It doesn’t match the stripes on the sleeves or the waistband. The gold should be on the bottom, just like the Red Sox and Orioles. THAT would match the sleeve stripes on those Pirates unis.

  • BringBackTheVet | May 19, 2008 at 10:00 am |

    [quote comment=”271897″][quote comment=”271884″][quote comment=\”271869\”][quote comment=\”271862\”][quote comment=\”271859\”]Giambi wears a golden thong when he\’s in a slump…..

    Talk about too much information:

    http://sports.yahoo....

    whoa, whoa, whoa…the Yankess swap butt floss? Buncha gays[/quote]

    Nothing like some good old fashioned homophobia.[/quote]
    Yes, pointing out that it is a little uncommon (if not down-right strange) for people to share items that go in between their butt cheeks is the very definition of homophobia.[/quote]

    My thoughts exactly[/quote]

    Actually, I ammend my original post – I misread the last word of the original comment as “guys” instead of what it actually was. It was pretty dumb.

  • tivonia | May 19, 2008 at 11:30 am |

    A number of the jockeys at Charles Town in West Virginia also work the “Eight Bells” stickers Saturday. One of them even made sure to point to his sticker during a winner’s circle photo.

  • KT | May 19, 2008 at 2:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”271896″][quote comment=”271894″][quote comment=”271887″]so much wrong with this

    on a day the cards honored stan the man…and you (rays) show up lookin like this?

    joke

    /but then again, what’s not to love about a rays-cards interplague matchup?[/quote]

    Phil, you know I love ya, but…WTF does what one team does in its peripheral game entertainment have to do with what the other team wears?

    Has Stan Musial never been honored by the Cardinals before? I mean, he’s got a freaking statue outside the ballpark, n’est-ce pas? Number retired, all that jazz?

    As for Secretariat, it was 35 years ago – 35 years ago that “Big Red” won the Triple Crown. I barely remember it, and I’m 43. Unless you’re my age or older, you had to be pretty precocious to remember what the media storm was like back then.

    Except that it’s been kind of repeated four times in the last six years when a horse won the first two legs of the Triple Crown. I have no idea if Big Brown is better than War Emblem or Sunday Silence or Pleasant Colony. (Or Affirmed, who actually did win the Triple Crown.) But I know people fall all over themselves about any horse that wins the Derby convincingly and if they follow up by winning the Preakness, it’s Katie Bar the Door. The last 10 times a horse has won the first two legs, it hasn’t sealed the deal.[/quote]

    kenn…love ya right back…you’re absolutely right…what the rays wear (or what st. louie did) should have no bearing on one another…it prolly didn’t bother you that the braves chose to wear their new blue alts when the nats opened their new digs (which was also opening day night)…fair enough…but what DID bother me was that they wore their friggen BP jerseys…[/quote]

    Nope. Didn’t bother me a bit.

    I don’t think it’s a big deal.

    I mean, I might have thought it was a big deal if the ship hadn’t already sailed on tradition in baseball eons ago. Or if there weren’t about 3,487 other things wrong with baseball that should be fixed before I feign righteous indignation about what the other team wears.

    I barely give a shit what my team wears. The white with blue pinstripes look nice. The grays are fairly traditional, I like them. The blue alts I could live without, but what’s the point of bitching about it?