Now reader Ryan Barto has found something similar on the knob of another player’s bat. He was recently looking through some photos he took prior to a Braves/Nats game last summer and noticed something he’d previously overlooked in a photo of Brian McCann. Here, take a look — classy.
Naturally, I went looking for other photos of McCann to see if this same inscription was visible during game action, but all I could find on the knob of McCann’s bats was his uni number. My hunch is that the bat with the anatomical graffiti was McCann’s BP bat. Anyone know if there’s some precedent for a player referring to his BP stick as his “dick bat,” or something to that effect?
Of course, the McCann photo isn’t appearing on a baseball card, so it’ll never become as legendary as the Ripken shot. But as of right now, it’s our own little Uni Watch “Fuck Face” moment.
• Lot 1: A free Uni Watch membership.
• Lot 2: A free Uni Watch T-shirt, your choice of size, color, and style.
• Lot 4: A copy of Benchclearing: Baseball’s Greatest Brawls by Spike Vrusho.
• Lot 6: An official MLB Mother’s Day pink wristband.
• Lot 7: A pink Phiten titanium necklace (with Japanese packaging!).
• Lots 9 through 12: Four retro-styled pennants from Mitchell & Ness. One pennant per raffle winner — choose from Reds, Tigers, Browns (the background is brown, not black), or Dodgers (that one’s black). Very soft felt with raised flocking — really nice.
• Lot 13: A pair of vintage cotton-flannel baseball pants, complete with really nice belt tunnels and patch pockets. Ricko gave these to me a few months back, but they’re too big in the waist for me, so they really should belong to someone who can wear them on the softball field (or just around the house).
• Lot 14: A tin of Farkas Original Eye Black.
• Lots 15 through 29: Thanks to an inside connection, I happen to be in possession of 30 pairs of Easton batting gloves. Most of them were manufactured for specific MLB players and feature embroidered names, numbers, or both. I’ve got 10 pairs of extra-large (including two with purple, which I can’t wait to get out of my house), 18 large, and two mediums, and I’ll offer them in 15 lots of two pairs each — your choice of sizes and designs. (And no, I’m not gonna list which name or number is embroidered on each glove, so please don’t ask.)
Lot 30: A “Trajan Sucks” T-shirt, size large.
Lot 31: A 2000 National Championship Game bean-bag teddy bear that erroneously lists Florida State as the national champs (FSU lost to Oklahoma in that game). “I used to work for the Collegiate Licensing Company, and this sample bear was sent to our office prior to the game,” explains the anonymous reader who donated this item. “Material like this isn’t supposed to kept by employees but I could not resist.”
Lot 32: Another “phantom” piece of national championship merch: a 2003 Oklahoma cap erroneously listing the Sooners as the champs (they lost to LSU). The cap was destroyed via a quick snip of the scissors, but that just adds to its backstory.
So there you have it — 32 prizes to choose from (and I may add a few more to the mix in the next couple of days). To enter, send a blank e-mail with your name in the subject line to the raffle address (not to the regular Uni Watch e-mail address, please) by
10pm 7pm eastern next Wednesday, December 24th. One entry per person, except for enrollees of the Uni Watch membership program, who can send four entries. I’ll announce the 32 winners on Christmas Day.
Uni Watch News Ticker: One of those Lou Dorfsman-designed Yankee Stadium vendor uniforms is available here (great find by Mike Hersh). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Wouldn’t it be
ridiculous great if sensors could be embedded inside a football, or inside players’ gloves, so we could track the spot of the ball more accurately? Someone’s actually working on that, as seen in this video report. … Check out what the Winter Classic tickets look like. Love the die-cut top edge. … Did you know that the Akron Zips have separate corporate names for their stadium and for the field itself? I didn’t, until Nicholas Popczun told me. … Now that’s a lot of pinstripes. The jersey did not include the Citi Field right-sleeve patch, which will presumably be officially unveiled later on (trust me, you’re better off not seeing it until it’s absolutely necessary). I hate baseball uni numbers in the 70s, but I gather K-Rod chose 75 because his usual 57 is already spoken for. Nice to see that they used this cap for the press conference, though. Also, note K-Rod’s customized French cuffs. … Meanwhile, Mike Pelfrey had a new alternate uniform (and thanks to the beard, we didn’t have to see his tongue sticking out like he’s always doing on the mound). … “The Sunoco stamp entry reminded me of the McDonald’s Super Bowl series I used to have as a kid,” writes Todd Davis. “Big, huge photos, stats, recaps, and either rosters or lineups from each game in a glossy color booklet with awesome artwork. Don’t have them anymore, but I found one of the sets on eBay.” … The new Oregon football uniform has leaked (genius contribution from Luke Mohamed). … Alternates and throwbacks are both on the upcoming calendar for Dayton (thanks, Phil) … Catherine Reeder found an old photo of herself, circa 1976. Love those socks! … I don’t know what to say about this video of 1970s soccer fashions, except that it’s probably the video contribution of the year (big thanks to Dan Erhardt). … Several readers have already debunked the Wikipedia speculation that the Bills’ uniforms were based on a CFL design, but now an alternate theory has been put forward by a reader who prefers to remain anonymous: “I worked for the Bills during the 2000 and 2001 seasons when the team was in the midst of redesigning their uniform, and the person in charge of the uniform’s redesign was Julie Regan, who was the team’s director of marketing. Before Regan worked for the Bills, she was in charge of the Sabres’ merchandising — and was also in charge of that team’s uniform redesign in 1996. If you compare the old Sabres home jersey and the Bills’ white jersey, they both have the shoulder element, along with the alternate color nameplate and lettering over a different color number. The dark uniforms are both the same color in terms of lettering and numbering. The common thread is the same person was put in charge of the design, and so it’s not surprising they were trying to go for a similar look as the Sabres.”