Today is Canada Day, which means my Canadian pal Liz is hosting a cookout in her yard this evening. I plan to make Nanaimo bars for the occasion, whoop-whoop.
Canada Day also means the Blue Jays will be wearing special holiday jerseys — or they would be, if they were playing at home. But for the second consecutive year, they’re spending July 1st on the road. Of course, it’s not as though the holiday jerseys from previous years have been things of beauty, as you can see here, here, here, here, and here (all those pages courtesy of Bill Henderson’s awesome jersey reference CD), but c’mon, how hard can it be for MLB to schedule their one Canadian team to be at home on the summer’s biggest Canadian holiday? Lame.
New ESPN column today — here’s the link.
Uni Watch News Ticker: “There are lots of hockey fight videos on YouTube,” says Alan Kreit. “But this one is unique because of the officials’ jerseys — note the advertising.” … Patrick Murray found a site devoted to Cubs scorecard cover art, including more killer Otis Shepard designs (see also here, here, here, here, and here), plus a separate page devoted to Cubbie pocket schedules. … Remember the basketball cape from that old Rawlings catalog I surveyed last week? I’ve never seen anyone wear a hoops cape, but Jim McGlynn has: “Growing up in Indiana, I remember watching the University of Evansville Purple Aces play at Butler University. The Aces wore sleeved basketball jerseys, but more importantly, they wore capes during warm up. The capes went down to their knees and hung from their shoulders. Wish I had pictures of that.” Me, too. … There’s a high school softball player in Virginia who calls herself Kate the Great. How do I know? Because C.T. Wykes sent me a photo of her glove. … Larry Wiederecht sent along a nice photo of authentic Phillies stirrups. … Fascinating note from Brandon Davis, who writes: “After reading your articles about the Cubs trademark logo, I inspected an A’s ’68 throwback jersey that I just bought at a team charity auction. Look closely at the Majestic logo — it includes the trademark symbol embroidered into the design. (it doesn’t photograph well, but it’s clearly visible when looking at it). I’ll check some of my other Majestic jerseys to see if I can pinpoint when Majestic may have started doing this.” If anyone else wants to check their game-used jerseys and report on their findings, feel free. … Awesome story out of Milwaukee about a fan who showed up in a full retro uniform and got invited onto the field during BP. For details, scroll down to the “Earning a Spot” section on this page (with thanks to Nicole Haase). … I got outbid on this — really nice, no?