There was a uni-related sequence for the ages during last night’s Mariners/Rangers game in Arlington. With the Mariners trailing by a run in the top of the 9th, Kenji Johjima was hit by a pitch and had to leave the game. With the Seattle bench running a tad thin (Jeff Clement and Jose Vidro are both nicked up), skipper Jim Riggleman called on pitcher Jarrod Washburn to pinch-run — which turned out to be slightly problematic, because Washburn was out of uniform.
There was a slight delay as Washburn disappeared into the clubhouse to put on spikes and a jersey. He eventually re-emerged into the dugout while still tucking in his shirttails fore and aft. Just one problem: He’d forgotten to put on a belt. So Riggleman, displaying the kind of keen managerial acumen that only a man with a season-opening 14-game losing streak on his résumé can possess, took off his own belt and
proceeded to give Washburn a whoopin’ handed it to Washburn, who then held the belt while doing a bit more tucking, zipping up his pants, and trotting to first base, where he finally put on the belt.
All this occasioned a fair degree of merriment in the Rangers’ broadcast booth, where Tom Grieve noted, among other things, that it was a good thing Lou Piniella no longer manages the Mariners, or else Washburn would’ve had to wrap the belt around his waist twice.
Footnote: Washburn eventually scored the go-ahead run. I have not yet been able to ascertain whether he then returned the belt to Riggleman, but it’s worth noting that Seattle ended up losing the game a half-inning later, which is the sort of thing that can happen when your manager is working without a crucial component of his uniform.
(Special thanks to Jerry Gardner for bringing this delicious fiasco to my attention.)
Soylent Green Dot: Monday’s coverage of the NFL’s new logo-emblazoned green dot prompted an interesting note from reader Mike Brodsky. Check it out:
My employer, Deloitte, has a green dot at the end of its logo. It’s been in place since 2003. While the green “dot” is effectively a period at the end of a one-word sentence, the purpose of the green dot is for “finality” or to “stop” — i.e., you need look no further for your professional service needs (audit, tax, financial advisory, consulting). …
The green dot has taken on a life of its own at Deloitte. Our “greening” initiative is called “the greening of the green dot.” If you ask my kids where I work, my youngest will say “Daddy works at Deloitte greendot.” For the past three years, we’ve had an annual “Deloitte Film Festival” where Deloitte employees are invited to make short films about their “Deloitte experience,” and many of the movies focus on the ubiquitous green dot. In addition, we’ve all been given lapel pins with the “D” in the Deloitte logo followed by a green dot.
When the green dot started appearing on NFL helmets last year, someone at work mentioned it to me and thought maybe we’d struck a sponsorship deal with the NFL, but I have a buddy who works for the Pats and he told me what it was about. I admit it’s funny seeing green dots in random places since it’s such a part of our corporate identity. When I read that defensive players would be wearing the dot this season, I thought, “Wonderful branding idea — it could be the NFL Defensive Player sponsored by Deloitte.”
Man, you just know someone at NFL HQ is scurrying to explore that idea at this very moment (because as we all know, if there’s one thing the NFL needs, it’s more corporate sponsorships). Nice going, Mike.
Uni Watch News Ticker: I’d totally bid on this, except it’s too big. … “Do you know what this photo is all about?” asks Neil Paine. “It’s Peter Forsberg in 1995, the first year the Avalanche were in Denver, but the uniform is way off. The burgundy of the jersey is too bright/red, and he’s wearing a black helmet even though the Avs traditionally wear white helmets with their white jerseys.” Anyone know more about this? … Rick Friedel notes that Willis McGahee is now wearing a new LT-ish facemask. And Troy Smith has already worn at least two facemasks during camp, switching from this to this. … We’ve heard this before — let’s see if it really happens this time (with thanks to Eric Borer). … And so it has come to this: People need to be shown how to hike up their cuffs. … Note for Brett Favre watchers: The Jets waived punter Joe Smith yesterday. His uni number was 4. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Rockies third baseman Ian Stewart appears to have an upside-down M, instead of a W, on his NOB. Check out Troy Tulowitzki for comparison. … “A friend sent me this picture of Cal Ripken, Jr. in his 1981 Rochester Red Wings uniform,” writes Terry Proctor. “The Wings wore those god-awful mesh-backed caps with a heat-sealed letter for most of the 1980s.” … Josh Rose notes that A’s prospect Jemile Weeks, currently playing with the Kane County Cougars, goes high-cuffed in the field but low-cuffed at the plate. Odd. … Check out the bizarre jersey worn by the host Argentinian team in the recent FIBA 18u Americas Tournament. Additional pics here and here (with thanks to Stanton Smith). … Interesting story of questionable veracity regarding Tampa Bay’s old Bucco Bruce logo, courtesy of Jeffrey Moulden: “I couldn’t find any merchandise with the old logo, so I asked the owner of Buc Heaven in Tampa. Supposedly, when the Culverhouse estate sold the team to the Glazers in ’97, they either told them they had to change the uniforms, or else the Glazers got a cheaper price if they didn’t take the logo rights (I’m not sure which is correct), so the Culverhouse estate still owns that logo and colors. Therefore, the team cannot market the old logo, and the Culverhouse estate hasn’t chosen to market it either. The only loophole is if a player who played on a team prior to the sale in ’97 puts his name on a product — for example, when I found a couple of shirts down there, they all had this Mike Alstott tag.” Not sure how accurate all that is, but I bet someone else can help us fill in some of the blanks, yes? … The Ft. Myers Miracle will be hosting a Negro Leagues tribute night this Friday (with thanks to Scott Johnson, who also sent along this article about clubbies). … Hmmm, is this a Boise State cap or a Florida cap? Both, as it turns out. Details here (with thanks to Mike Kingery). … Larry Wiederecht sent along this ad from the 1969 All-Star Game program. Can you spot the anomaly? Give yourself a gold star if you noticed that the Mets cap has an orange button, something that didn’t happen on the field until 1997. … The Astros wore right-sleeve patches last night in honor of the 50th anniversary of NASA. Details here, and there’s a partial close-up here. … Just when you thought logo creep couldn’t get any worse — oy vey (nice spot by Chris Ray). … David Lee has turned up two articles that mention how the Cardinals considered adding a Sportsman’s Park-esque mound ring to the Busch Stadium mound in 2006. For details, scroll down to the end of this piece and look at the third bullet point in the middle of this one. … Mike Piekarski was looking at some old video from the 2002 season and spotted Toronto’s Raul Mondesi with an “18” inscription on his helmet. “The only player I could find who wore 18 for the Blue Jays that year was Homer Bush, who had been released a month earlier,” writes Mike. “By the time of this game, Bush had already been signed by the Marlins, so I find it hard to believe Mondesi would still have an 18 inscribed in protest of the release.” Must have been a shout-out to some other 18 — anyone know more? … The Chicago Jacks, an American Legion team, look my-t-fine (with thanks to Mike Hlebasko).