Weird case of déjà vu last night: Back in April, when Pedro Martinez made his very truncated season debut, he left the second button on his jersey unfastened (and I said as much at the time). Two months later, Pedro finally returned to the mound last night — with the same button undone (additional views here, here, here, here, and here). Guess he didn’t read last week’s ESPN column.
Speaking of which, I’ve got a new column going up today (here’s the link). See you over there.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Good story here about minor league team names, logos, and branding (with thanks to Kenn Tomasch). … Great find here — a basketball uniform made for the USFL’s Philadelphia Stars for a charity game. “I believe David Trout later went on to play for the Steelers, as a kicker,” says Todd Davis. “He also had that strange double-bar facemask that never quite looked like any others I’d seen.” … Yesterday’s entry about cap inserts prompted this from Paul Hirsch: “I know all about the cap inserts. I have one — it’s red — that my parents bought for me in the 1960s [additional pics here and here]. They were quite popular in Southern California then, because Maury Wills used one. There’s also some discussion regarding having youth baseball pitchers wear them to protect from comebackers. My son pitches, and I’m trying to sell him on the idea. Don’t know if they’re readily available at the moment, but if they become mandatory or encouraged for young pitchers, they’ll be back on the market.” … Check out this great old photo of the 240th Coast Artillery baseball team uniform. “Found it in a display at Fort Williams, adjacent to Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine,” says Dan Cichalski. … Chipper Jones came to bat left-handed last night while wearing a right-handed batting helmet. See it unfold in real time here (with thanks to Brent Hardman). … In that same game, the Marlins’ announcers took a uni-related question from a viewer. I don’t have access to that broadcast, but reader Steven Nathan actually captured it on his cellphone. Crummy audio and even crummier video, but you can get the gist here.