One of Shea Stadium’s lesser-known details is that there’s a seat positioned directly behind each foul pole in the Loge section, providing just the view you want to have when Ricardo Rincon is coming into the game. Here we find the lovely Collateral Gammage giving the leftfield pole seat a pregame test drive, one of several Shea details in which I was helpfully schooling her last night. (This and many other bits of Shea arcana are covered in today’s ESPN column, complete with video.)
Before the game, we explored the amazing futuristic bus shelters, originally built for the 1964 World’s Fair, located just northwest of the stadium. So incredibly cool. There’s a bunch more photos of these awesome structures here.
Had a blast at the game, not least because reader Eric Garment found me in the stands and sat with us for a few innings. Meanwhile, in another part of the stadium, Uni Watch reader/member Gaylord Fields was sitting next to a guy whose Mets jersey had this on the back. I’d say “Willie 07” would be a closer parallel to the team’s recent performance, but I guess ya gotta believe and all that.
Glorious Fatherland Raffle Reminder: Remember, today’s the last day to help topple the oppressive capitalist monolith by entering the raffle for the College Vault book welfare-state handout. Oh wait, I forgot, capitalism already fell apart all by itself last week. But the raffle will go on as scheduled, just to show that the Uni Watch state can keep the trains running on time. Details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: This has officially gotten way the fuck out of hand. … Speaking of which, here’s some more about Prince Fielder’s logo-emblazoned underoos, courtesy of a source in the Mets’ clubouse: “All teams have ‘team-themed’ underwear from a company called Toolshed. We have Mets ones, and I’ve seen other ones from guys who get traded here. I’d say maybe half of our players wear ’em, with the other half wearing major companies (Nike, Rebok, Mizuno, etc.). I wore ’em in ’07 but just used a generic brand this year.” Ah yes, Toolshed — such a wonderful underwear brand name, sort of like Dickferbrainz. … Pillbox caps, a trend that just can’t be stopped (that one was photographed by Adam Walter). … “I couldn’t be more indifferent about soccer if you paid me to be.” No, I didn’t say that (this time) — Jason Hillyer did. And then he said this: “However, this story about soccer shoes caught my eye this morning.” … Remember those cream-colored flannels that several old-timers were wearing at the Yankee Stadium? Several people thought they looked a little too creamy, and several others wondered if flannels are always off-white (and if so, why can’t they just be white?). Our own Scott M.X. Turner checks in with an explanation: “Doubleknits are as white as a sheet of paper, but wool flannels (and later wool/cotton blends) were never bleached white. Is there a dyeing process that could make that so? I don’t know. I believe we’d have seen that before the doubleknit revolution took over. In fact, I suspect that was one of the selling points of the new synthetics — ‘pure’ color renderings.” … Simple but vexing question from Kim Byram: Which was the first college football team to use NOBs? Anyone know? … Paul Ricciardi recently visited the Penn State All Sports Museum and sent along a dozen pics, which I’ve gathered into this slideshow. … According to this article, Utah will wear black uniforms on November 6th against TCU (with thanks to Brett Crane). … Any of you hockey fans know if this guy has any shot at making the Devils? Would make for an awesome NOB (good find by John Vivino). … The new Yankee Stadium is already finished — in Lego (cool find by Paul Ricciardi). … Cool article here about the deflating of the RCA Dome’s roof (with thanks to David Soline). … Coupla days ago I ran an item, but no photo, about Frank Minnifield having his facemask custom-positioned a bit farther back on his helmet, so he face would be closer to the mask. Sure enough (good follow-up by Rick Massimo). … This is such a simple, effective T-shirt approach — why aren’t there more of these? That’s reader Gabe Kleinfeld, as photographed by his galpal Valerie. … Mike Begley notes that with Troy Brown announcing his retirement, Boston.com has put up a slideshow of his career, which essentially functions as a great timeline of Flying Elvis-era Pats uniforms. … Andrew Thomason, who recently created a site documenting the Diamondbacks’ uniform history, has now created a similar one for the Mariners. … Remember when I was trying to establish exactly when the circle-R logo began appearing on the Cubs’ jersey? Guess I should’ve gone straight to Bill Henderson when researching that one. “I’ll forgive you for not bothering to ask the guy who has 63,000 photos of jerseys on his computer,” he says. “1979 was indeed the first year, for sure. You said till someone proved otherwise you’d go with 1980, but trust me on this, it’s 1979.” And let’s face it, it’s hard not to trust someone who also sends you a photo of a sumo wrestler throwing out a first pitch. … See the crossed-cannons forehead logo on this mask? Matt Lesser is wondering if it’s appeared anywhere else, or if this is the only place it’s being used. … What kind of number font is this? Can’t even be sure of those are 1s or 7s (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Also from Jeremy: “The China Sharks, part of the Asia League Ice Hockey (that is how it is on the web site) have just moved their operations to Shanghai and the San Jose Sharks have a working agreement with the team. Here’s San Jose’s mascot, SJ Sharkie, showing off the China Sharks jersey.” … Lots of additional pics of the new Illinois hoops unis here, and this time maybe the players’ poses and hand gestures and hairstyles and the way they tie their shoes will meet with everyone’s approval (if not, blame Andrew Joseph). … Jeremy again: “Seibu Princess Rabbits, a women’s ice hockey team in Japan, has a player named Asami Ōhashi or Ohhashi. But her NOB does not have a macron or the double h — instead, it look like this.