Finally, picture-perfect softball weather here in NYC, so it was time for another visit to the Uni Watch sock drawer. Here’s this week’s installment of my ongoing hosiery project:
This week’s design: I was originally planning to wear these. But look at bottom strap — it’s got the same heavy-gauge stitch as the rest of the stirrup. When I tried them on, they were too thick under my sole — it felt like I had something big and lumpy in my shoes. So I switched to these, which have elasticized understraps.
Ideal for feeling like a member of: Good question. I’ve been unable to match this design with any team on the big league timeline. If I’ve overlooked a historical antecedent, please let me know.
Color-coordination factor: “This’ll be a cinch,” I figured. “I’ve got tons of T-shirts featuring blue and red.” But it turns out that the blue component in most of them is navy, not royal. Fortunately, I came up with one that matched perfectly.
How they looked: Pretty sharp. I liked how the elasticized straps provided a teeny bit of white that peeked out above my shoetops.
How I felt: A bit like Little Boy Blue. Would’ve preferred a white tee with royal and red printing, but whaddaya gonna do. I’ll say this for heavy-knit stirrups: They stay up really nicely. Very low-maintenance.
How I played: The combination of batting ninth in a 12-man lineup (we usually play 12-on-12 and have two players per inning sit out from playing the field) and an opposing pitcher who was throwing BBs (he retired 13 of the last 14) meant that I only came to bat twice, flying out both times. Pfeh. But my team won, and made a nice sprinting catch in LF for the final out.
Thanks to Gabe Rivas, Robert Field, and Kirsten for the photos. I won’t be playing softball this Sunday, so this project will be now go on hiatus until June.
Raffle Results: The winner of the NameFrame raffle is charter member Michael C. Wilson. Thanks to all who entered. More raffles coming soon.
Still More Birthday Stuff: It was nine years ago yesterday that the very first Uni Watch column ran in the now-defunct sports section of The Village Voice. From such humble beginnings, blah-blah-blah, etc., etc. Thanks for making it such a fun ride.
Meanwhile, please join me in wishing feliz cumpleaños to Uni Watch bench coach and birthday boy Bryan Redesmke, who turns — actually, I’m not sure how old he turns today, but I’m very sure I couldn’t run this site without him. Enjoy your day, Bry — hope you get everything you wish for when you blow out the candles.
Friendly Reminder: I’ll be participating in a reading this Thursday night at KGB in the East Village. The evening’s theme is “Design and Food,” and I’ll be examining the evolution of butchery chart design. In addition, Akiko Busch will discuss the aesthetics of her favorite vegetable peeler, and Paola Antonelli will deconstruct the art and science of the pasta shell (sorry, no Milton Glaser after all — he cancelled). Festivities will commence at 7pm.
Uni Watch News Ticker: When the Red Wings moved their “C” and “A” designations to the right side of the jersey this season, we all wondered what would happen if they reached the Stanley Cup Finals. And now we have our answer (with thanks to Louis Capwell, who took those photos during Saturday night’s warm-ups). … Speaking of the NHL, here’s Rob Ullman’s Stanley Cup prediction (which he sent to me on Friday morning, before the first two games had been played). … MLB teams did the American flag patch thing yesterday. I received no reports of any wayward or upside-down flags, so maybe they’re using a better glue this year. … The flags on the Mets’ caps seemed to be positioned too far back, a few inches behind the ear. … Boone Logan didn’t have a flag on his cap, but that’s because he’d moved it to his right sleeve (additional view here, with thanks to Steve Johnston). … Jason Varitek marked the holiday by wearing camouflage catching gear (and also taped his fingers for higher signal-calling visibility). … Best logo ever (well, this week). … Indiana State has new football uniforms (with thanks to Dustin Hall). … Steve Eschenbach took this photo at Yankee Stadium on May 22nd. Anyone know if they routinely fly the Boston flag upside-down, or if it was just a one-time “mistake”? … “I saw something that shocked me on Saturday afternoon,” writes Brendan Tarpey. “While in downtown San Francisco, I saw Thomas DeCoud wearing his own Combine sweatshirt, complete with name and number on the back. Have you ever seen or heard of this before? I can understand if it was for some sort of sponsored appearance, but he just looked like he was going shopping with a friend.” … John Peacock pointed me toward this site, which is devoted to Cap Anson and features some tremendous photos. “Here’s the first picture I’ve ever seen of an 1871 Rockford Forest Citys player in uniform,” says John (who lives in Rockford, so he especially likes that one). “There’s also a great picture of the Chicago Cubs — then the White Stockings — showing players wearing color suit coats with their knickers.” … Cardinals blogger Jeff Scott has noticed an interesting problem: The plackets on the team’s Cool Base jerseys seem to be rather flimsy — so flimsy that it tends to flap or bend back — while the non-Cool Base plackets stay nice and crisp. … Still more about the LZR swimsuit controversy here (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Awesome Monday Night Football opening sequence, circa 1973, here (courtesy of Brinke Guthrie). … Scott Dunham notes that Coco Crisp has his real name on his glove. … Scroll down to the next-to-last entry on this Q-and-A page for some interesting info on Brad Ausmus’s mask (with thanks to Ryan Patrick). … According to the back of this card, Dante Bichette had some stirrups issues (good find by Matthew Glover). … Interesting item here: a Reds jersey with an NOB but no uni number (with thanks to Robert Eden).