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Uni Watch Book Club: Sports Memories of Western Pennsylvania

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At the recent Uni Watch gathering in Pittsburgh, George Fetkovich was kind enough to give me this book, which has a bunch of great photos. Let’s take a look:

• Remember my column about the pinned-on uni number panels in the 1934 MLB All-Star Game? Looks like the Pitt football team was doing something similar in 1908.

• Y.A. Tittle could have used this chest mark as his personal logo. No idea what it stands for, but I like it.

• Speaking of cool chest logos, look at this! Unfortunately, there’s no explanation of what the caption refers to as “their unusual jerseys.”

• Anyone wanna colorize this? I’m thinking royal with navy trim for the jerseys, and something mustard-ish for the shorts.

• Hey, fellas, why are you wearing bras? Never seen that pattern on a hoops jersey before.

• Never seen this one either. I really like it, though.

• Here’s an interesting football team portrait. Not sure why some players have the “A” jerseys and some just have stripes. Maybe one or the other was a practice jersey design..?

• There’s surprisingly little Pirates content in the book, but I was particularly fond of two shots: This one shows the awesome “P P” collar monogramming that I love so much, and this one shows another one of those heavy-knit baseball sweaters that I wish would make a comeback.

• Very odd football padding on this guy. Almost looks like he’s got tumorous growths coming out of his elbows and shoulders, no?

• Rough image quality, but I’m intrigued by this 1906 youth baseball shot. Note the “NE” script, for “New Eagle.”

• There’s no shortage of teams that have worn their team name or city name on their placket over the years (in fact, Phil devoted an entire entry to this phenomenon back in December). But until now, I’d never seen a team wear the first initial of its city along with its team name. Note that the little period in between the first two letters on each jersey — amazing.

• Sashes are so damn cool (especially when paired with striped socks).

• Although the caption simply refers to this as a “bowling” photo, the telltale small balls mean that these lanes are configured for either duckpins (which is found primarily in Baltimore and a little bit in New England) or candlepins (upper New England). I wasn’t aware of either game ever having a foothold in western Penna. — can anyone tell me more?

If you like what you see here, you can click through the entire book here. Thanks again, George.

Special opportunity for UW readers: As I mentioned a week or so ago, there’s a sports blog panel/conference thingie coming up in June, and the organizers are now offering a 20% discount for Uni Watch readers. To take advantage of this deal, enter the code “uniwatch” when checking out on the ticket ordering page.

About that No Mas event with David Wright tonight: Basically, everyone who e-mailed yesterday is in. The event is at 8:30 tonight at 21 Mercer St. in Manhattan. Enjoy, and someone be sure to ask David Wright why he goes high-cuffed for day games.

Raffle Results: You were totally convinced that you were gonna win this time. And you were right — if your name is Curtis Pidhorney.

In case you were wondering: Yes, the Uni Watch Classifieds are still an ongoing concern. Later today we’ll add a permanent link to them They now have their own perma-link on the home page, and later today I’ll be adding a few more listings. I realize this project has been slow to develop, but we’re getting there — thank for your patience.

Uni Watch News Ticker: For those who missed it yesterday: The “I’m Calling It Shea” T-shirts are now available (here’s what the blue version looks like). And you can get a 10% discount if you use the checkout code “uniwatch” … Not sure, but I think this is Rob Ullman‘s first NBA-themed treatment. … Jim Ransdell‘s Sports Design Blog continues to impress. His latest winner: a post featuring lots of great circa-’74 basketball graphics. … Decent article on kinesio tape here. … Nice article here about how the Shea family is coping with the demise of Shea Stadium. … Current issue of ESPN Mag has this shot of Michael Crabtree, in which he’s wearing socks with the old NFL logo (current logo is on the cleats, though). There’s also this shot, which finds Crabtree wearing old-logo wristbands (with thanks to Chris Flinn). … Did you know frequent Ticker contributor Tris Wykes used to work for the Tampa Bay Bucs? I didn’t, until he sent me this note yesterday: “Back in 1993, while serving as an equipment assistant for the Buccaneers, we played a preseason game at Miami and I snapped this picture of my boss, Frank Pupello, and his Fins counterpart, who I believe was named Bobby Monica. We were told the aqua Dolphins helmet prototype you see on the shelf was going to be the team’s regular helmet for 1994. Apparently, that plan was scrapped.” … Don’t eat any yellow snow ice. Details here (with thanks to Brian Castile). … Angel Cabrera wears a special glove on his cigarette hand (with thanks to John Muir). … Ryan Howard, on the other hand, smokes bare-handed. … Tony Kellogg found some old football pics at an antique shop — he says they’re from the 1930s, but I think they’re earlier than that — that show the officials wearing white, which was common in the pre-zebra era. … Now the NHL postseason is starting, it’s time to grow a playoff beard (with thanks to James Huening). … Check out the “B” on Wes Unseld’s socks (with thanks to Dave Holland). … Steve Cook did some quick Photoshopping to show how the new Bosox alt cap logo would look with a white outline. Much better, sez I. … Who’da tunk Leo Sayer, of all people, had such good taste in hockey jerseys? (With thanks to Scott Stone.) … No photo, but I’m told that the Mariners have had an Ichiro jersey hanging in the dugout, which is odd for two reasons: (1) I thought Ichiro’s teammates hated him, and (2) since when is going on the DL cause for a hanging-jersey tribute? … Joan Jett, rocker ballplayer. Chris Falvey saw that photo on the wall of a New Orleans eatery. Not sure of the backstory. … Bryan Justman just finished his latest DIY project, a Guy LaFleur Nordiques jersey. … Lids for Yids (with thanks to Trevor Williams). … Teebz is running his annual NHL playoff pool over on his blog. Details here. … Who’s going to wear 42 tomorrow? Apparently everyone. … ANaGELS? … Oh dear (blame Dan O’Connor). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Michigan’s spring football game featured a QB wearing red uni numbers, presumably in place of a red no-contact jersey. … Pretty great uni-related Bruins commercial here (with thanks to Michael Blinn). … The Orioles debuted their new “Baltimore” road uniforms last night. Or is it “Balttimore”? And here’s a great spot by Tom Hedrick: Brian Roberts began the game with the wrong script on his right sleeve. Someone must have noticed, because it had been fixed by his second at-bat. … No photo, but here’s something I’d never seen before: At several points during last night’s Mets/Padres game, cameras caught San Diego outfielder Jody Gerut consulting a little crib sheet that he kept in his back pocket. Presumably had info on outfield positioning. … Also, in that same game, Mets batboy and Uni Watch membership enrollee Matt Harris christened the new Shea by wearing stirrups. Nicely done, Matt, but I also saw you untucking your jersey while you were still in the dugout after the last out was made. Save that until you’re back in the clubhouse! … Speaking of Shea’s inaugural game, a cat showed up on the field. John Okray got a video grab. … See that guy in the front row? That’s New York Governor David Paterson. He’s legally blind — and yet, as pointed out in last night’s comments, even he knew which Mets cap to wear last night, unlike the Mets themselves. … Last night I got an e-mail from one of my ESPN editors, Thomas Neumann, with the subject line “I’m assuming alcohol was involved.” The e-mail contained this link. … Pirates had their home opener yesterday and used the occasion to memorialize those three Pittsburgh police officers who were murdered by a gun-toting nut 10 days ago. The Bucs and ’Stros both wore Pittsburgh police caps during pregame ceremonies, and the Pirates kept wearing them during the game. They also added a “PBP” patch (for Pittsburgh Bureau of Police). … Speaking of the Pirates, I think someone mentioned this over the weekend, but it’s interesting that their collar piping extends all the way down the inner edge of the jersey. … Good spot by Brian Hunsicker, who notes that the “N” on the front of Wilfredo Ledezma’s jersey was upside-down yesterday. … Dave Gilmore hosts a weekly podcast on BaltimoreSportsReport.com, and this week his guest was Kevin Brotzman of Oriolesnumbers.com. “We talked about Uni Watch, Mets by the Numbers, a whole bunch of stuff,” says Dave. Check it out here.

 

202 comments to Uni Watch Book Club: Sports Memories of Western Pennsylvania

  • Kek | April 14, 2009 at 7:50 am |

    duckpins are played in western PA. I know there were a few lanes were I grew up in Johnstown and I’m pretty sure there is a presence in Pittsburgh too.

  • bigo | April 14, 2009 at 7:57 am |

    Paul,
    Your first Brian Roberts link shows the Pittsburg player and the PBP patch.

  • bigo | April 14, 2009 at 7:59 am |

    [quote comment=\”323306\”]Paul,
    Your first Brian Roberts link shows the Pittsburg player and the PBP patch.[/quote]

    Sorry make that Pittsburgh

  • Paul Lukas | April 14, 2009 at 8:04 am |

    [quote comment=”323306″]Paul,
    Your first Brian Roberts link shows the Pittsburg player and the PBP patch.[/quote]

    Thanks. Now fixed.

  • Robert in Dallas | April 14, 2009 at 8:23 am |

    Joan Jett is a big baseball fan. In the liner notes of an album or two you will find her outfitted in an Orioles hat and jacket. As for the photo in the ticker, I am at a loss. She sure looks cool, though.

  • Glen | April 14, 2009 at 8:33 am |

    Does anyone know what the Phil’s are planning on doing for a Kalas tribute?

  • Dane | April 14, 2009 at 8:38 am |

    There are some duckpins lanes scattered about the Pittsburgh area, but usually just a few in a larger bowling center.

    Lucky Strike in West Nyack, NY has duckpins – anyone know if the one in midtown Manhattan does as well?

  • KF | April 14, 2009 at 8:43 am |

    Ugh. Flickr is blocked at work now, putting a severe damper on my morning ritual. Now what am I supposed to do? Work? Bastards!

  • HockeyDad | April 14, 2009 at 8:52 am |

    [quote comment=”323310″]Does anyone know what the Phil’s are planning on doing for a Kalas tribute?[/quote]
    RIP Harry. You will be missed.

  • jon | April 14, 2009 at 8:52 am |

    hey kek,

    a student-athlete posted on pittblather this morning: a.d. steve pedersen is gonna meet with the athletes today and tell them that PITT is switching to nike. so everyone here please wish or pray or whatever it is you do to sway the uni gods that PITT has some say in the unis and makes them fairly laid back. i love modern jerseys but i feel like wrap-around stripes on PITT jerseys would look terrible. regardless, looks like the panthers will have new threads come august.

  • Jeff | April 14, 2009 at 8:54 am |

    Hey Paul I was just wondering why you posted Ryan Howard smoking a cigarette without a) saying why he was doing it or b) even mentioning Harry Kalas at all.

  • Tris Wykes | April 14, 2009 at 8:58 am |

    1) Rob Ullman did a 76ers throwback gal once. 2) We had duckpins down here in SE Virginia. There might be one place still open in Portsmouth, but the one I used to frequent in Norfolk has been shut down. It was a total 1950s throwback, down to the light fixtures.

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 14, 2009 at 9:03 am |
  • Kevin | April 14, 2009 at 9:06 am |

    The Detroit Lions are unvailing their new unis next Monday.

    http://www.freep.com...

  • Kek | April 14, 2009 at 9:11 am |

    [quote comment=”323314″]hey kek,

    a student-athlete posted on pittblather this morning: a.d. steve pedersen is gonna meet with the athletes today and tell them that PITT is switching to nike. so everyone here please wish or pray or whatever it is you do to sway the uni gods that PITT has some say in the unis and makes them fairly laid back. i love modern jerseys but i feel like wrap-around stripes on PITT jerseys would look terrible. regardless, looks like the panthers will have new threads come august.[/quote]
    First, thanks for posting the last night. Pitt Blather is one of the blogs I frequent, but rarely do I read comments there. I may have posted there ONCE.

    To this Nike switch: is there any word if it’s simply them taking over or are they planning an overhaul of unis? For instance, there was little if no change when Adidas took over for Nike a few years back. I mean this in the first season. I realized the new PITT helmet and the change from PITTSBURGH to PANTHERS to PITT on the front of the jersey took place too.

    Also, is this an all sports switch or just for football? I don’t think basketball has ever been Nike, even in the seasons the football team sported the swoosh.

    I know my pipedream of script returning is slim and none, but I really hope they avoid some of these newfangled stripes, gussetts, piping, etc. Wannstedt seems like a guy that likes more tradition than modern stylings. I say this because when they wore the throwbacks a few years ago he was quoted as saying he loved the unis.

  • Paul Lukas | April 14, 2009 at 9:11 am |

    [quote comment=”323315″]Hey Paul I was just wondering why you posted Ryan Howard smoking a cigarette without a) saying why he was doing it or b) even mentioning Harry Kalas at all.[/quote]

    I have no idea why Howard was smoking. Was it Kalas-related?

  • Namhob | April 14, 2009 at 9:12 am |

    [quote comment=”323309″]Joan Jett is a big baseball fan. In the liner notes of an album or two you will find her outfitted in an Orioles hat and jacket. As for the photo in the ticker, I am at a loss. She sure looks cool, though.[/quote]
    It looks like the jersey says “Knights of Columbus”, so it’s probably a charity baseball/softball game.

  • JRJR | April 14, 2009 at 9:16 am |

    There is still duckpin bowling in Erie, PA. It’s mostly at an old german club called The Erie Maennerchor.

    http://www.eriemaenn...

    If you scroll to the bottom of the page, it appears you can still rent the bowling alley.

    This was an all men’s club when I was a kid(wives of members were aloud for Sunday dinner) and my grand dad was on their duckpin team. We used to go play on Saturdays and listen to Indians games. I seem to remember him traveling to Ashtabula, OH and Oil City, PA for competitions.

    Also, I still like the idea of a Kalas tribute sleeve patch that says “OOOOUUUTTA HEEEERRRRE!”

  • Tim Wood | April 14, 2009 at 9:17 am |

    [quote comment=”323320″][quote comment=”323315″]Hey Paul I was just wondering why you posted Ryan Howard smoking a cigarette without a) saying why he was doing it or b) even mentioning Harry Kalas at all.[/quote]

    I have no idea why Howard was smoking. Was it Kalas-related?[/quote]

    From today’s Inquirer game story:
    http://tinyurl.com/c...

  • Ry Co 40 | April 14, 2009 at 9:20 am |

    looks like the player in the heavy-knit baseball sweater has a cardnals sweater and a pirates hat. look at his sleeve. weird?

  • JRJR | April 14, 2009 at 9:23 am |

    [quote comment=”323322″]There is still duckpin bowling in Erie, PA. It’s mostly at an old german club called The Erie Maennerchor.

    http://www.eriemaenn...

    If you scroll to the bottom of the page, it appears you can still rent the bowling alley.

    This was an all men’s club when I was a kid(wives of members were aloud for Sunday dinner) and my grand dad was on their duckpin team. We used to go play on Saturdays and listen to Indians games. I seem to remember him traveling to Ashtabula, OH and Oil City, PA for competitions.

    Also, I still like the idea of a Kalas tribute sleeve patch that says “OOOOUUUTTA HEEEERRRRE!”[/quote]

    Whoops. I meant “allowed”–no coffee yet.

  • Ry Co 40 | April 14, 2009 at 9:24 am |

    [quote comment=”323319″][quote comment=”323314″]hey kek,

    a student-athlete posted on pittblather this morning: a.d. steve pedersen is gonna meet with the athletes today and tell them that PITT is switching to nike. so everyone here please wish or pray or whatever it is you do to sway the uni gods that PITT has some say in the unis and makes them fairly laid back. i love modern jerseys but i feel like wrap-around stripes on PITT jerseys would look terrible. regardless, looks like the panthers will have new threads come august.[/quote]
    First, thanks for posting the last night. Pitt Blather is one of the blogs I frequent, but rarely do I read comments there. I may have posted there ONCE.

    To this Nike switch: is there any word if it’s simply them taking over or are they planning an overhaul of unis? For instance, there was little if no change when Adidas took over for Nike a few years back. I mean this in the first season. I realized the new PITT helmet and the change from PITTSBURGH to PANTHERS to PITT on the front of the jersey took place too.

    Also, is this an all sports switch or just for football? I don’t think basketball has ever been Nike, even in the seasons the football team sported the swoosh.

    I know my pipedream of script returning is slim and none, but I really hope they avoid some of these newfangled stripes, gussetts, piping, etc. Wannstedt seems like a guy that likes more tradition than modern stylings. I say this because when they wore the throwbacks a few years ago he was quoted as saying he loved the unis.[/quote]

    i bet nike designs a SOD for them, but i bet it’s not gonna be over the top. more classic if anything (if that’s possible). but good, i can’t stand addidas and their cheap quality, bland product! i welcome the swoosh with open arms! haha

  • =bg= | April 14, 2009 at 9:35 am |

    Boy, that Dolphin’s Aqua helmet looks…….awful.

  • Scott Davis | April 14, 2009 at 9:46 am |

    Does anyone else feel that everyone wearing no. 42 sort of detracts from the meaning of Jackie Robinson Day?

  • Ricko | April 14, 2009 at 9:47 am |

    White outline or no white outline, that Red Sox alternate hat still looks like, “The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…”

    —Ricko

  • Johnny O | April 14, 2009 at 9:52 am |

    UNI WATCH HELP:

    I posted this yesterday, and some have already helped, but I just want to mention it again. Please forgive me for this huge post, but I really need the help of the Uni Watch Faithful on this.

    I have a rather awkward request. First some background information. I hail from a small college town called Stevens Point, WI. In 1969, in order to raise money for the local college radio station WWSP, the radio station came up with a trivia contest as a fundraiser. People in Stevens Point just call this event “Trivia”, and is also the World’s Largest Trivia Contest. There usually about 600-700 teams that play worldwide. There is always a theme every year for Trivia. This yeah it is “Trivia 40: Here’s Lookin’ At You Kid”, as a reference of Casablanca. Many times the theme has to deal with a famous actor who has recently passed away, or something relevant like in 1991 it was “Attack of the palindrome”. Teams can consist of as many players as the team wants. The contest is always sometime in April, and starts at 6pm on a Friday, and concludes at Midnight that following Sunday for 54 straight hours of Trivia. The format is simple. Eight questions per hour, and a few designated “speed rounds with twelve questions per hour. The DJ asks the trivia question, repeats it, plays a song (always oldies and classic rock) repeats the question again, plays another song, and then closes the question. So usually you have about 7 minutes to answer each question. Each team is given a “team ID” when they register. The team has to call a specific number that they are given to the WWSP phone bank, say their ID number, and give their guess for the question. You are not told if you are right or wrong. You have to wait for the question to be closed. If your team thinks that the answer given by the radio station is wrong, and the answer you found was correct, you must have two sources (none can be from the internet) and if you prove your case you will get the points. If a questions gets messed up, or read wrong, or there are multiple correct answers, or no team gets the question correct, then the question is worth zero points. Trivia has become known worldwide, and was even mentioned on Jay Leno a few years ago, a movie documentary was made called “Trivia Town”, it was the answer to a question on Jeopardy a few years ago, and Ken Jennings even mentioned it in his book. He was in Stevens Point a few years ago doing research. Here is an example of a question from a few years ago just for fun:

    “Question 6 of hour 54: What is the first and last name of the professional baseball player whose signature is on the baseball bat used by Wendy Torrence in striking her husband Jack?”

    That is all the DJ gives you. Your team has to figure out those characters, find out what movie or tv show is is from (this one is obviously from the 1980 movie THE SHINING) and either pop in the DVD and find out, or have the note already typed down in your database. The answer, if you didn’t know is Carl Yastrzemski. The scoring is parimutuel. All teams that respond correctly are given an equal share of the 2000 points that a question is worth, with a minimum of 5 points and a maximum of 500 points. The “Yaz” question was worth a measly 10 points because most people answered correctly.

    My Trivia team is called “Festivus For the Rest of Us” and are comprised of my high school and college friends. We are all between the ages of 22-26. We take notes on everything throughout the year. Movies, TV shows, magazines, cartoons, commercials, print ads… anything is game for Trivia questions. I started this team with another friend of mine in 2001. We had always played Trivia just with some friends and never took it too seriously. It seemed impossible to answer most of the questions, and like most people in the contest, we used it as an excuse for a party or just to hang out for three days. Now, Trivia has become more like a reunion. There are some people that I only see during this one weekend every year. Last year, my team finished in 8th place. We were the youngest team since 1980 to make it into the top 10. (The radio station hands out trophies at an awards ceremony at 1am for the top 10 teams). My Trivia team is a close knit family, and we are all obsessed with this obsession that is Trivia. I take notes on something every single day. It is a huge part of my life.

    Now… finally to my request. Aside from the normal 8 questions per hour. There are other ways to get points. There are “running questions”. The Running Questions are given at specific locations in Stevens Point at 7:00 A.M. both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Teams are asked to gather information within “running” distance of the meeting sight. It is basically a scavenger hunt. There are music snippets. The music questions are snippets of 8 songs. There are three music questions, and each of the snippets is equivalent to one question. These are very hard because the songs are about 3 seconds each, and kind of can run together. The final way to get point is through recognition of pictures from a booklet you get at registration called the New Trivia Times. There are 24 pictures with various sports figures, actors, musicians, products and advertisements. Being a young team, this visual trivia always gives us a bitch of a time. This is where I hope some of you can help. Teams are not allowed to post these images on the internet in a forum or anything like that… but they can e-mail, send out, or have as many people as they want look at the images. These images come out today at the first day of registration. The actual contest starts this Friday at 6PM and the New Trivia Times pictures are asked throughout the contest. If you are interested in taking a look at these pictures please contact me at:

    jokray @ gleneringolf . com

    I would think that people like Ricko, who is actually old enough to actually know the people in the images, (I kid cause I love) would know a lot of these pictures. If anyone could help me out I would really appreciate it. My team would really appreciate it. Trivia is very important to me, and this would mean so much if you could help me out. If you want to know more about Trivia, here is their home page:
    http://www.90fmtrivi...

  • Ricko | April 14, 2009 at 9:53 am |

    [quote comment=”323328″]Does anyone else feel that everyone wearing no. 42 sort of detracts from the meaning of Jackie Robinson Day?[/quote]

    I hear baseball is planning to honor the anniversary of the first time Morganna ran out onto the field during an MLB game (now THERE’s a patch that’ll be interesting).

    —Ricko

  • Bernard | April 14, 2009 at 9:54 am |

    [quote comment=”323324″]looks like the player in the heavy-knit baseball sweater has a cardnals sweater and a pirates hat. look at his sleeve. weird?[/quote]

    Maybe he was dating a Cardinal. I believe it was common practice in that day to wear your sweetheart’s sweater if you were “going steady”. :)

  • Christopher | April 14, 2009 at 9:56 am |

    [quote comment=”323328″]Does anyone else feel that everyone wearing no. 42 sort of detracts from the meaning of Jackie Robinson Day?[/quote]

    How so? I think it- like a lot of tributes- comes off a bit cheesy if not disingenuous. I get this feeling that under it all, MLB is trying to sell me a t-shirt or bobblehead of the event.

  • pdxclark | April 14, 2009 at 10:00 am |

    re: bullet point #3/”unusual jerseys”- I’m guessing its in reference to the fact they feature and upside down “4”?

  • Scott Davis | April 14, 2009 at 10:00 am |

    [quote comment=”323333″][quote comment=”323328″]

    How so? I think it- like a lot of tributes- comes off a bit cheesy if not disingenuous. I get this feeling that under it all, MLB is trying to sell me a t-shirt or bobblehead of the event.[/quote]

    It seemed before that when certain players had the opportunity to choose to wear 42, it was more of a genuine feeling for Robinson breaking the color barrier. Now it seems to be more of a novelty than anything that Selig is trying to exploit. You hit the nail on the head with your bobblehead comment.

  • Ricko | April 14, 2009 at 10:07 am |

    [quote comment=”323335″][quote comment=”323333″][quote comment=”323328″]

    How so? I think it- like a lot of tributes- comes off a bit cheesy if not disingenuous. I get this feeling that under it all, MLB is trying to sell me a t-shirt or bobblehead of the event.[/quote]

    It seemed before that when certain players had the opportunity to choose to wear 42, it was more of a genuine feeling for Robinson breaking the color barrier. Now it seems to be more of a novelty than anything that Selig is trying to exploit. You hit the nail on the head with your bobblehead comment.[/quote]

    So many tributes. So much sincerity.
    Like the pretty girl who smiles at everyone in school.
    Gee, she must really be a nice, caring person, huh.
    Riiiight.
    More like her campaign to get elected Homecoming Queen started when she was a sophomore.

    —Ricko

  • War Damn Eagle | April 14, 2009 at 10:08 am |

    Not only is that Citi Field Inaugural Season patch ugly, but it has this weird effect on the sleeves b/c it’s sewn on at an angle. It almost puffs out the right sleeve, while the “Mets” patch on the left sleeve does not. Maybe it’s because the cool-base material is flimsier.

    http://sports.yahoo....

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  • Ricko | April 14, 2009 at 10:11 am |

    Patch aside, ballpark name aside, that new Mets’ yard looks like a really incredible place to watch a game.

    Is it? Anyone there last night?

  • Bob A | April 14, 2009 at 10:12 am |

    Just to give him proper credit, Angel Cabrera no longer smokes.

  • Kek | April 14, 2009 at 10:13 am |

    [quote comment=”323326″][quote comment=”323319″][quote comment=”323314″]hey kek,

    a student-athlete posted on pittblather this morning: a.d. steve pedersen is gonna meet with the athletes today and tell them that PITT is switching to nike. so everyone here please wish or pray or whatever it is you do to sway the uni gods that PITT has some say in the unis and makes them fairly laid back. i love modern jerseys but i feel like wrap-around stripes on PITT jerseys would look terrible. regardless, looks like the panthers will have new threads come august.[/quote]
    First, thanks for posting the last night. Pitt Blather is one of the blogs I frequent, but rarely do I read comments there. I may have posted there ONCE.

    To this Nike switch: is there any word if it’s simply them taking over or are they planning an overhaul of unis? For instance, there was little if no change when Adidas took over for Nike a few years back. I mean this in the first season. I realized the new PITT helmet and the change from PITTSBURGH to PANTHERS to PITT on the front of the jersey took place too.

    Also, is this an all sports switch or just for football? I don’t think basketball has ever been Nike, even in the seasons the football team sported the swoosh.

    I know my pipedream of script returning is slim and none, but I really hope they avoid some of these newfangled stripes, gussetts, piping, etc. Wannstedt seems like a guy that likes more tradition than modern stylings. I say this because when they wore the throwbacks a few years ago he was quoted as saying he loved the unis.[/quote]

    i bet nike designs a SOD for them, but i bet it’s not gonna be over the top. more classic if anything (if that’s possible). but good, i can’t stand addidas and their cheap quality, bland product! i welcome the swoosh with open arms! haha[/quote]

    I have to agree with you, rather have nike than adidas. Not sure about on field stuff, but from a fan perspective, the nike items I’ve purchased are of a much higher quality. Talkin’ hats, polos and sweatshirts here.

    A post on that blog did say they were going to announce an all sports switch. One thing there is that this might make it easier to get cap from the baseball team. Those are so hard to find, I know they’re out there, but still, I think Nike pushes those a lot more than other makers.

  • War Damn Eagle | April 14, 2009 at 10:16 am |

    See that guy in the front row? That’s New York Governor David Paterson. He’s legally blind — and yet, as pointed out in last night’s comments, even he knew which Mets cap to wear last night, unlike the Mets themselves.

    Even Piazza and Seaver had the right jerseys on. What gives with the snow whites and black hats?

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Ry Co 40 | April 14, 2009 at 10:16 am |

    [quote comment=”323332″][quote comment=”323324″]looks like the player in the heavy-knit baseball sweater has a cardnals sweater and a pirates hat. look at his sleeve. weird?[/quote]

    Maybe he was dating a Cardinal. I believe it was common practice in that day to wear your sweetheart’s sweater if you were “going steady”. :)[/quote]

    LOL!!! good one!

  • PittSlovak | April 14, 2009 at 10:18 am |

    While I was growing up in Pittsburgh, my dad belonged to a duckpin bowling league. He even had his own set of balls that are still in my mom’s basement. I bet they would sell well on eBay.

  • Ian | April 14, 2009 at 10:21 am |

    I didn’t see this posted…

    Mark ‘The Bird’ Fidrych died in a trucking accident yesterday…

    http://www.boston.co...

    I wasn’t alive when he pitched, but it seems crazy that he was only 54, just seems like a billion years ago he was out on the mound talking to the ball. I remember seeing clips of that as a kid when I was in Little League. Seemed like a novel idea, so one day I was having a tough go of things on the mound, so I tried telling the ball what I needed it to do. I looked crazy AND got lit up. That was the end of that experiment.

    Sad news, though, left a wife and a lot of friends behind. Seemed like a generally nice guy that settled nicely out of the limelight.

  • LI Phil | April 14, 2009 at 10:23 am |

    [quote]He even had his own set of balls that are still in my mom’s basement.[/quote]

    same thing happened to my dad after years of marriage

  • Kek | April 14, 2009 at 10:25 am |

    verfication that was duckpin bowling in the Carnegie Library in Homestead: http://www.popcityme...

    Second paragraph under “How Time Flies”

    Also, anyone else from or in western PA back me up on this, but I don’t think candlepins have any presence whatsoever in our region.

  • Phoenix | April 14, 2009 at 10:26 am |

    Where is the leak on changes to the Dolphins uni? I’m sure there is something out there by now….

  • tommyforrester3 | April 14, 2009 at 10:30 am |

    [quote comment=”323309″]Joan Jett is a big baseball fan. In the liner notes of an album or two you will find her outfitted in an Orioles hat and jacket. As for the photo in the ticker, I am at a loss. She sure looks cool, though.[/quote]

    joan jett. i remember when she opened for def leppard in knoxville. her cover of the stooges’ “i wanna be your dog” is the best single song performance at a live concert i have ever witnessed. and that dolphins prototype looks ridiculous.

  • JRJR | April 14, 2009 at 10:30 am |

    [quote comment=”323346″]verfication that was duckpin bowling in the Carnegie Library in Homestead: http://www.popcityme...

    Second paragraph under “How Time Flies”

    Also, anyone else from or in western PA back me up on this, but I don’t think candlepins have any presence whatsoever in our region.[/quote]

    Never heard of any candlepins in NW PA.

  • johnny | April 14, 2009 at 10:40 am |

    The M’s are placing heavy emphasis on team chemistry, and Ichiro’s friendship with Junior was considered when they brought Griffey back. So hanging his jersey is a show of unity and concern over the seriousness of his bleeding ulcer. Pic:

    http://www.daylife.c...

  • Rick | April 14, 2009 at 10:41 am |

    Because everyone in the off season in Seattle took to hammering on Ichiro as a prima donna, hanging his jersey up in the dugout is an attempt at showing team unity. I guess when you lose 100+ games last year, even your best player gets crapped on.

  • Beardface | April 14, 2009 at 10:47 am |

    White outline or not, the Boston socks hat is stupid

    Stick with the B, please. Anything else just looks ridiculous. I mean, would you ever see the Yanks come out with the top-hat on their caps, the Mets with a NY skyline, or the Phillies with the Liberty Bell? Hell no, and for a good reason.

  • peter | April 14, 2009 at 10:51 am |

    [quote comment=”323327″]Boy, that Dolphin’s Aqua helmet looks…….awful.[/quote]

    Where did you see it? Please post a link…I need to make fun of the fish!!! Stupid Dolphins….

  • PittSlovak | April 14, 2009 at 10:54 am |

    [quote comment=”323345″][quote]He even had his own set of balls that are still in my mom’s basement.[/quote]

    same thing happened to my dad after years of marriage[/quote]
    As soon as I hit the “Say It” button, I knew I should’ve been more selective in my wording. ;)

  • Beardface | April 14, 2009 at 10:58 am |

    [quote comment=”323353″][quote comment=”323327″]Boy, that Dolphin’s Aqua helmet looks…….awful.[/quote]

    Where did you see it? Please post a link…I need to make fun of the fish!!! Stupid Dolphins….[/quote]
    Nobody tell him… Its like Where’s Waldo for UniWatch

  • anotherguy | April 14, 2009 at 11:00 am |

    [quote comment=”323328″]Does anyone else feel that everyone wearing no. 42 sort of detracts from the meaning of Jackie Robinson Day?[/quote]

    When they started this a few years back, it seemed as if there were no rules and you might have some teams with everyone, some teams with a few, etc. I was all for either ONE player on each team wearing 42, or EVERYONE in uniform wearing it. Many people mentioned that it would be impractical to have everyone wear the same number, so my vote was for the player with the most games on each team to wear it.

    Obviously, if you favored the idea of having one person wear it you’d have to have them present the lineup cards: or at least shake hands at home plate or something along those lines.

  • peter | April 14, 2009 at 11:03 am |

    Found it…thank you…(didn’t notice it before…it is stupid..)

  • MPowers1634 | April 14, 2009 at 11:05 am |

    [quote comment=”323311″]There are some duckpins lanes scattered about the Pittsburgh area, but usually just a few in a larger bowling center.

    Lucky Strike in West Nyack, NY has duckpins – anyone know if the one in midtown Manhattan does as well?[/quote]

    Chance, West Nyack is my neck of the woods.

    Nonetheless, I am planning on heading down to the No Mas shindig tonight. Anyone else?

  • Bopper | April 14, 2009 at 11:08 am |

    Duckpin bowling is a fine Maryland tradition…

  • MPowers1634 | April 14, 2009 at 11:08 am |

    [quote comment=”323326″][quote comment=”323319″][quote comment=”323314″]hey kek,

    a student-athlete posted on pittblather this morning: a.d. steve pedersen is gonna meet with the athletes today and tell them that PITT is switching to nike. so everyone here please wish or pray or whatever it is you do to sway the uni gods that PITT has some say in the unis and makes them fairly laid back. i love modern jerseys but i feel like wrap-around stripes on PITT jerseys would look terrible. regardless, looks like the panthers will have new threads come august.[/quote]
    First, thanks for posting the last night. Pitt Blather is one of the blogs I frequent, but rarely do I read comments there. I may have posted there ONCE.

    To this Nike switch: is there any word if it’s simply them taking over or are they planning an overhaul of unis? For instance, there was little if no change when Adidas took over for Nike a few years back. I mean this in the first season. I realized the new PITT helmet and the change from PITTSBURGH to PANTHERS to PITT on the front of the jersey took place too.

    Also, is this an all sports switch or just for football? I don’t think basketball has ever been Nike, even in the seasons the football team sported the swoosh.

    I know my pipedream of script returning is slim and none, but I really hope they avoid some of these newfangled stripes, gussetts, piping, etc. Wannstedt seems like a guy that likes more tradition than modern stylings. I say this because when they wore the throwbacks a few years ago he was quoted as saying he loved the unis.[/quote]

    i bet nike designs a SOD for them, but i bet it’s not gonna be over the top. more classic if anything (if that’s possible). but good, i can’t stand addidas and their cheap quality, bland product! i welcome the swoosh with open arms! haha[/quote]

    Good Boy!
    If basketball is involved, they will definitely go SOD.

  • Hank | April 14, 2009 at 11:10 am |

    [quote comment=”323346″]verfication that was duckpin bowling in the Carnegie Library in Homestead: http://www.popcityme...

    Second paragraph under “How Time Flies”

    Also, anyone else from or in western PA back me up on this, but I don’t think candlepins have any presence whatsoever in our region.[/quote]

    All you need to know about candle pin bowling: http://www.bowlcandl...

    I was flipping through the channels the other day and I caught a brief of glimpse of someone bowling and the pins were, well, odd looking. Now I know what I saw. Learn something new everyday at uniwatch.

  • anotherguy | April 14, 2009 at 11:12 am |

    You refer to Brian Robert’s left sleeve: but both pictures show his right sleeve, don’t they?

    And Ryan Howard: thinking back to the Murphy Brown episode where she showed someone how to hold a cigar, cigarette and joint: does Howard have the correct grip for a cigarette?

  • Rick Chaney | April 14, 2009 at 11:12 am |

    In image #4, you can almost see the custom glove of Koji Uehara. He has a silhouette of him pitching in the webbing of the glove.

    http://www.baltimore...

  • Ricko | April 14, 2009 at 11:16 am |

    So hanging his jersey is a show of unity and concern over the seriousness of his bleeding ulcer. Pic:

    http://www.daylife.c

    Gee, I don’t remember the Royals doing anything like that when George Brett had bad hemorrhoid trouble. Probably just as well, I suppose.

    (Although I did hear there was talk of a Designated Sitter).

    —Ricko

  • Leeroy | April 14, 2009 at 11:18 am |

    My friend and I have been screaming about the Ichiro hanging jersey for a week now. He’s not dead, he’s just on the DL!!! Not sure why they felt the need to do this. Ichiro also said yesterday that it was a nice gesture, but that he was also not dead yet.

  • jon | April 14, 2009 at 11:19 am |

    [quote comment=”323319″][quote comment=”323314″]hey kek,

    a student-athlete posted on pittblather this morning: a.d. steve pedersen is gonna meet with the athletes today and tell them that PITT is switching to nike. so everyone here please wish or pray or whatever it is you do to sway the uni gods that PITT has some say in the unis and makes them fairly laid back. i love modern jerseys but i feel like wrap-around stripes on PITT jerseys would look terrible. regardless, looks like the panthers will have new threads come august.[/quote]
    First, thanks for posting the last night. Pitt Blather is one of the blogs I frequent, but rarely do I read comments there. I may have posted there ONCE.

    To this Nike switch: is there any word if it’s simply them taking over or are they planning an overhaul of unis? For instance, there was little if no change when Adidas took over for Nike a few years back. I mean this in the first season. I realized the new PITT helmet and the change from PITTSBURGH to PANTHERS to PITT on the front of the jersey took place too.

    Also, is this an all sports switch or just for football? I don’t think basketball has ever been Nike, even in the seasons the football team sported the swoosh.

    I know my pipedream of script returning is slim and none, but I really hope they avoid some of these newfangled stripes, gussetts, piping, etc. Wannstedt seems like a guy that likes more tradition than modern stylings. I say this because when they wore the throwbacks a few years ago he was quoted as saying he loved the unis.[/quote]

    according to people i’ve talked to, pedersen announced at 8am this morning to all athletes that nike will be taking over all athletic apparel and footwear. i feel like an official presser will follow either later today or sometime this week. i remember what you’re talking about with the lack of a uniform redesign when adidas took over for nike a while back. i don’t know if any information as to redesigns has been given or even decided upon. personally, I feel like they will not redesign football, but my feeling has no basis any anything anyone has said. it’s just a hunch. from what i understand basketball will be included, and i would fully expect to see pitt in SOD next season. again, that’s not based on anything i’ve heard. it’s just another hunch. maybe some of these questions will be answered when the official press conference happens.

  • Hank | April 14, 2009 at 11:21 am |

    Being a fan of the Fightin’s, even I think the Mets look terrible in black hats and jerseys. Team colors are blue and orange. Live with it. Same goes for all teams who think adding a black alternate is a good look when that color is not part of their scheme.(Yeah, yeah I know its for the mighty dollar. Just so tired of looking at them.)

  • Mark in Shiga | April 14, 2009 at 11:21 am |

    [quote comment=”323352″]White outline or not, the Boston socks hat is stupid

    Stick with the B, please. Anything else just looks ridiculous. I mean, would you ever see the Yanks come out with the top-hat on their caps, the Mets with a NY skyline, or the Phillies with the Liberty Bell? Hell no, and for a good reason.[/quote]

    The Cubs would look pretty good with a bear on the hat, though.

  • LI Phil | April 14, 2009 at 11:24 am |

    [quote]If basketball is involved, they will definitely go SOD[/quote]

    isn’t that reserved for the *elite* schools?

  • random reader | April 14, 2009 at 11:26 am |

    [quote comment=”323352″]White outline or not, the Boston socks hat is stupid

    Stick with the B, please. Anything else just looks ridiculous. I mean, would you ever see the Yanks come out with the top-hat on their caps, the Mets with a NY skyline, or the Phillies with the Liberty Bell? Hell no, and for a good reason.[/quote]
    New Era did make a line of Yankee hats where the top hat sits over part of the “Y” in the interlocking NY logo. These were never made as on-field authentics, just caps for those who wanted a different-looking Yankee hat.
    An example of the logo used.

  • anotherguy | April 14, 2009 at 11:31 am |

    [quote comment=”323365″]My friend and I have been screaming about the Ichiro hanging jersey for a week now. He’s not dead, he’s just on the DL!!! Not sure why they felt the need to do this. Ichiro also said yesterday that it was a nice gesture, but that he was also not dead yet.[/quote]

    IIRC, the Cubs did something with a Ron Santo jersey: it was either in the dugout or perhaps up in the booth. Sort of a good luck gesture as the HOF vote was upcoming.

  • chance | April 14, 2009 at 11:32 am |

    [quote comment=”323370″]
    New Era did make a line of Yankee hats where the top hat sits over part of the “Y” in the interlocking NY logo. These were never made as on-field authentics, [/quote]

    And for good reason – a clear downgrade from the classic cap logo.

  • Shane | April 14, 2009 at 11:34 am |

    Mike Napoli going with the top two unbuttoned this weekend may have annoyed me more than the Sox’ alt caps.

  • anotherguy | April 14, 2009 at 11:35 am |

    [quote comment=”323361″]Learn something new everyday at uniwatch.[/quote]

    Well, if I could hold it down to one thing (singular) I’d be happy. Most times I’m off on a treasure hunt after clicking on a link or two.

    I feel like the five passengers on the Minnow. My three hour tour turns into a real adventure…

  • Kek | April 14, 2009 at 11:41 am |

    [quote comment=”323369″][quote]If basketball is involved, they will definitely go SOD[/quote]

    isn’t that reserved for the *elite* schools?[/quote]
    low blow

  • Hank | April 14, 2009 at 11:45 am |

    [quote comment=”323374″][quote comment=”323361″]Learn something new everyday at uniwatch.[/quote]

    Well, if I could hold it down to one thing (singular) I’d be happy. Most times I’m off on a treasure hunt after clicking on a link or two.

    I feel like the five passengers on the Minnow. My three hour tour turns into a real adventure…[/quote]

    So many links, so little time. But it’s time well spent.

  • allenjd | April 14, 2009 at 11:48 am |

    [quote comment=”323367″]Being a fan of the Fightin’s, even I think the Mets look terrible in black hats and jerseys. Team colors are blue and orange. Live with it. Same goes for all teams who think adding a black alternate is a good look when that color is not part of their scheme.(Yeah, yeah I know its for the mighty dollar. Just so tired of looking at them.)[/quote]

    The Mets originally chose blue and orange because they were the colors of the Dodgers and Giants. Black is also a Giants color so it can be argued that it belongs there as much as the others.

    Blue and white from the Dodgers, orange and black from the Giants.

    I do agree though that the blue hats look much better.

  • chance | April 14, 2009 at 11:51 am |

    [quote comment=”323377″][quote comment=”323367″]Being a fan of the Fightin’s, even I think the Mets look terrible in black hats and jerseys. Team colors are blue and orange. Live with it. Same goes for all teams who think adding a black alternate is a good look when that color is not part of their scheme.(Yeah, yeah I know its for the mighty dollar. Just so tired of looking at them.)[/quote]

    The Mets originally chose blue and orange because they were the colors of the Dodgers and Giants. Black is also a Giants color so it can be argued that it belongs there as much as the others.

    Blue and white from the Dodgers, orange and black from the Giants.

    I do agree though that the blue hats look much better.[/quote]
    Had they chosen black as a team color back in 1962, then I’d agree. But the inclusion, coming when it did, has the distinctive stink of a moneygrab.

    Then again, they just slapped black accents on top of a pretty good uniform design, completely wrecking it. Design is a delicate balance, like making a cake. You can’t just dump a load of baking powder on top of a finished cake and call it an improvement.

  • Skycat | April 14, 2009 at 11:51 am |

    [quote comment=”323370″][quote comment=”323352″]White outline or not, the Boston socks hat is stupid

    Stick with the B, please. Anything else just looks ridiculous. I mean, would you ever see the Yanks come out with the top-hat on their caps, the Mets with a NY skyline, or the Phillies with the Liberty Bell? Hell no, and for a good reason.[/quote]
    New Era did make a line of Yankee hats where the top hat sits over part of the “Y” in the interlocking NY logo. These were never made as on-field authentics, just caps for those who wanted a different-looking Yankee hat.
    An example of the logo used.[/quote]
    And then there’s this:
    http://www.amazon.co...

  • Wollen1 | April 14, 2009 at 11:54 am |

    Re: the murder and public hanging of the goat.

    Those crazy Cub fans, all I say can as a Red Sox fan in 2009 is how pathetic it is that a group of fans act so silly regarding an alleged curse!

    Besides, everyone knows that the only way to break a curse like this is for all women in the city between 18 and 50 to go topless for a day.

  • Dan the Goalie | April 14, 2009 at 11:56 am |

    We need to get somebody in the Cleveland area to market a shirt that says “I’m Calling It The Jake”

  • anotherguy | April 14, 2009 at 11:58 am |

    [quote comment=”323376″]So many links, so little time. But it’s time well spent.[/quote]

    I know that, and you know that. The trouble is that the people who pay my way don’t know that.
    :-)

  • david goodfriend | April 14, 2009 at 11:59 am |

    Joan Jett

    I went to the last night game at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore with her. What a nice and cool lady and she really knows her baseball. She would not sign any autographs while the game was being played but obliged anybody who wanted one at all other times and even had her own sharpie to use to sign them.

  • anotherguy | April 14, 2009 at 11:59 am |

    [quote comment=”323380″]Besides, everyone knows that the only way to break a curse like this is for all women in the city between 18 and 50 to go topless for a day.[/quote]

    I don’t know, I think I’d confine it to say, 34 D to 42…

    Wait, are you talking about age?

    Never mind.

  • MPowers1634 | April 14, 2009 at 12:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”323375″][quote comment=”323369″][quote]If basketball is involved, they will definitely go SOD[/quote]

    isn’t that reserved for the *elite* schools?[/quote]
    low blow[/quote]

    Because Oakland is an “elite” school?

  • T.A. | April 14, 2009 at 12:07 pm |

    Hey Paul,

    I just wanted a little more confirmation about the David Wright interview event tonight. While I did email yesterday, I didn’t want to go all the way out there from Jersey only to be turned away. I actually called the Nike store and they had no idea what I was talking about. Any confirmation you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  • Dan King | April 14, 2009 at 12:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”323381″]We need to get somebody in the Cleveland area to market a shirt that says “I’m Calling It The Jake”[/quote]
    i could see that if they had opened a new park, but since its the same place its not necessary. we still call it the jake anyways :)

    speaking of which, what is it w/ the new mandated nicknames for stadiums? as soon as gund arena and the jake were renamed they had immediate nicknames, mentioned in the press releases. plus the prog is a stupid name. let the fans come up w/ the nickname and they won’t feel like calling it the old name just b/c

  • Bernard | April 14, 2009 at 12:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”323375″][quote comment=”323369″][quote]If basketball is involved, they will definitely go SOD[/quote]

    isn’t that reserved for the *elite* schools?[/quote]
    low blow[/quote]

    C’mon, Phil. The best team in school history just made a deep run all the way to the Elite 8.

  • Paul Lukas | April 14, 2009 at 12:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”323386″]Hey Paul,

    I just wanted a little more confirmation about the David Wright interview event tonight. While I did email yesterday, I didn’t want to go all the way out there from Jersey only to be turned away. I actually called the Nike store and they had no idea what I was talking about. Any confirmation you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks![/quote]

    If you e-mailed yesterday, you’re in. Simple as that. Your name should be on the list. If it isn’t, ask the gatekeeper people to get Chris Isenberg and have him get you in.

  • T.A. | April 14, 2009 at 12:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”323389″][quote comment=”323386″]Hey Paul,

    I just wanted a little more confirmation about the David Wright interview event tonight. While I did email yesterday, I didn’t want to go all the way out there from Jersey only to be turned away. I actually called the Nike store and they had no idea what I was talking about. Any confirmation you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks![/quote]

    If you e-mailed yesterday, you’re in. Simple as that. Your name should be on the list. If it isn’t, ask the gatekeeper people to get Chris Isenberg and have him get you in.[/quote]

    Thanks Paul.

    And since I’ve never really spoken to you before, I should say that I really enjoy the blog and ESPN stuff. Good work.

  • Pete Puma | April 14, 2009 at 12:20 pm |

    “Speaking of cool chest logos, look at this! Unfortunately, there’s no explanation of what the caption refers to as ‘their unusual jerseys.'”

    Numbers are upside down.

  • pflava | April 14, 2009 at 12:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”323317″]How’s this for a t-shirt?[/quote]

    Fixed

  • Brendan | April 14, 2009 at 12:21 pm |

    Anyone else go to the Pirates home opener see the guy wearing the “Under 500” Pirates jersey (Under was the NOB and 500 the number)? I didn’t catch the number on the front if there was one.

  • Hank | April 14, 2009 at 12:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”323392″]“Speaking of cool chest logos, look at this! Unfortunately, there’s no explanation of what the caption refers to as ‘their unusual jerseys.'”

    Numbers are upside down.[/quote]

    They are?? Which one????
    /sarcasm

  • David | April 14, 2009 at 12:30 pm |

    The Joan Jett picture could have come from Orioles Fantasy Camp – she is a big Orioles fan, and attended the camp in 1992.

  • Kek | April 14, 2009 at 12:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”323397″]The Joan Jett picture could have come from Orioles Fantasy Camp – she is a big Orioles fan, and attended the camp in 1992.[/quote]
    Well, Joan Jett or not, I own the inside part of that plate.

  • LI Phil | April 14, 2009 at 12:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”323393″][quote comment=”323317″]How’s this for a t-shirt?[/quote]

    Fixed[/quote]

    nice!

  • bartusball | April 14, 2009 at 12:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”323320″][quote comment=”323315″]Hey Paul I was just wondering why you posted Ryan Howard smoking a cigarette without a) saying why he was doing it or b) even mentioning Harry Kalas at all.[/quote]

    I have no idea why Howard was smoking. Was it Kalas-related?[/quote]

    Yes, it sure was a tribute to the late Harry Kalas according to this article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Very cool idea!

    Players Light Up As Tribute

  • Dan King | April 14, 2009 at 12:40 pm |

    ok, i’m not sure how blind “legally” blind is, but if its that bad what the hell is the point of going to a baseball game, governor or not. at least they had him behind the netting so he wouldn’t get hit by a ball if he couldn’t see it coming. kinda reminds me of the jeff dunham joke of when a bunch of deaf people went to see his show. he’s a ventriloquist.

  • Teebz | April 14, 2009 at 12:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”323388″][quote comment=”323375″][quote comment=”323369″][quote]If basketball is involved, they will definitely go SOD[/quote]

    isn’t that reserved for the *elite* schools?[/quote]
    low blow[/quote]

    C’mon, Phil. The best team in school history just made a deep run all the way to the Elite 8.[/quote]

    They have their sights on a Regional Championship next season, I’ve heard.

    National Championship? Soooo overrated. LOL

  • bartusball | April 14, 2009 at 12:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”323400″][quote comment=”323320″][quote comment=”323315″]Hey Paul I was just wondering why you posted Ryan Howard smoking a cigarette without a) saying why he was doing it or b) even mentioning Harry Kalas at all.[/quote]

    I have no idea why Howard was smoking. Was it Kalas-related?[/quote]

    Yes, it sure was a tribute to the late Harry Kalas according to this article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Very cool idea!

    Players Light Up As Tribute[/quote]

    Players Light Up As A Tribute

  • bartusball | April 14, 2009 at 12:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”323403″][quote comment=”323400″][quote comment=”323320″][quote comment=”323315″]Hey Paul I was just wondering why you posted Ryan Howard smoking a cigarette without a) saying why he was doing it or b) even mentioning Harry Kalas at all.[/quote]

    I have no idea why Howard was smoking. Was it Kalas-related?[/quote]

    Yes, it sure was a tribute to the late Harry Kalas according to this article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Very cool idea!

    Players Light Up As Tribute[/quote]

    Players Light Up As A Tribute[/quote]

    Aw forget it, my HTML sucks.

    Copy and paste to see story.
    http://www.philly.co...

  • Beardface | April 14, 2009 at 12:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”323401″]ok, i’m not sure how blind “legally” blind is, but if its that bad what the hell is the point of going to a baseball game, governor or not. at least they had him behind the netting so he wouldn’t get hit by a ball if he couldn’t see it coming. kinda reminds me of the jeff dunham joke of when a bunch of deaf people went to see his show. he’s a ventriloquist.[/quote]
    Better yet, what the hell is a blind governor doing on the front row of opening night at Citi Field?

    Tax dollars well spent for a blind man to sit on the front row and not see the game. Could have had top row bleacher seats and the experience would have been the same for him

  • cisko | April 14, 2009 at 12:47 pm |

    Indianapolis has two active duckpin bowling centers, both in the same building. They’re in the Fountain Square building. Check out http://www.fountains... if you’re interested.

    There used to be another duckpin alley about a mile north of there, next to Iaria’s, but it’s been closed for probably 5 or 7 years.

    My dad also remembers duckpin bowling in Milwaukee back in the 50s, so it’s definitely not just a Baltimore/New England thing.

  • Beardface | April 14, 2009 at 12:54 pm |

    Anyone know if the Carolina Hurricanes have asked the NHL to let them wear black in the playoffs instead of their red home jerseys?

    I ask because every ad I have seen on their site and on TV for the playoffs are with a player in the black jersey. Now, I know they did this a lot throughout the year, but they also did them with the red jersey. Seems like they’re subtly advertising the blacks will be worn without actually saying the blacks will be worn.

    Anyone know for sure?

  • peter | April 14, 2009 at 12:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”323401″]ok, i’m not sure how blind “legally” blind is, but if its that bad what the hell is the point of going to a baseball game, governor or not. at least they had him behind the netting so he wouldn’t get hit by a ball if he couldn’t see it coming. kinda reminds me of the jeff dunham joke of when a bunch of deaf people went to see his show. he’s a ventriloquist.[/quote]

    Wants to “see” how wasting NY State’s money goes..and besides, if this goes well…he may cut antoher 7000 jobs just to fund some other tax-payer corporate thing!!

  • Johnny O | April 14, 2009 at 1:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”323398″][quote comment=”323397″]The Joan Jett picture could have come from Orioles Fantasy Camp – she is a big Orioles fan, and attended the camp in 1992.[/quote]
    Well, Joan Jett or not, I own the inside part of that plate.[/quote]

    Joe Pepitone deserved that chin music. Everyone knows Kramer owns the inside part of that plate.

    People should plunk down two-thousand dollars to live like him for a week. Do
    nothing, fall ass-backwards into money, mooch food off your neighbors and have
    sex without dating; that’s a fantasy camp.
    ————–

    Anyone know if a team has been part of three (or more) “home openers” in one season? For instance if a team started on the road for one series, were at home for one series, and then played the mets, or yanks (like this season cause of their new stadiums) or another team that had a late home opener?

  • George | April 14, 2009 at 1:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”323338″]Patch aside, ballpark name aside, that new Mets’ yard looks like a really incredible place to watch a game.

    Is it? Anyone there last night?[/quote]

    Beautiful park. The first thing we noticed when we got to our seats is how close every seat is to the field as opposed to Shea. Shea was a multi-purpose oval; Citifield is a dedicated ballpark and it feels like it. Concourse is about twice the width of Shea’s, so you can actually walk it with your arms sticking straight out and you won’t hit anyone.

    Words really can’t do it justice. After all, when you’ve been going to the same dump for 30+ years and you visit a brand-spanking new stadium with all the amenities that newer stadiums have and the old one didn’t have, you can’t help but feel in awe of the new place. And I call Shea a “dump” lovingly, BTW :-)

    My friend, who was at the game with me, has also visited Camden Yards and Pac Bell and says that Citifield is comparable to those two. His words, not mine.

  • Jason L | April 14, 2009 at 1:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”323404″][quote comment=”323403″][quote comment=”323400″][quote comment=”323320″][quote comment=”323315″]Hey Paul I was just wondering why you posted Ryan Howard smoking a cigarette without a) saying why he was doing it or b) even mentioning Harry Kalas at all.[/quote]

    I have no idea why Howard was smoking. Was it Kalas-related?[/quote]

    Yes, it sure was a tribute to the late Harry Kalas according to this article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Very cool idea!

    Players Light Up As Tribute[/quote]

    Players Light Up As A Tribute[/quote]

    Aw forget it, my HTML sucks.

    Copy and paste to see story.
    http://www.philly.co...

    Scott Eyre shared the same cigarette
    http://www.philly.co...

  • Mark in Shiga | April 14, 2009 at 1:13 pm |

    Johnny O, the Cubs are participating in three openers this year. Two on the road, then their own at home.

    And PFlava, ditch the stupid patch on the caps and then you’ve got a nice design!

  • George | April 14, 2009 at 1:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”323405″]Better yet, what the hell is a blind governor doing on the front row of opening night at Citi Field?

    Tax dollars well spent for a blind man to sit on the front row and not see the game. Could have had top row bleacher seats and the experience would have been the same for him[/quote]

    Actually, there were quite a few number of field level seats in and around home plate that were empty. It’s not like Paterson was taking seats from a fan.

    Political dignitaries have always sat in the front row of ballgames. So the guy is blind. Who cares? And booting him to the top of the ballpark? Yeah, how would THAT look? Every other politician from Rudy to Bloomberg to Pataki to Spitzer has sat in the front row, but because Paterson is blind, let’s kick him to the top of the park. I guess the uniform news is slow today to be bitching and moaning about a blind gov having a front row seat at a ballgame.

  • pflava | April 14, 2009 at 1:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”323412″]Johnny O, the Cubs are participating in three openers this year. Two on the road, then their own at home.

    And PFlava, ditch the stupid patch on the caps and then you’ve got a nice design![/quote]

    Agreed. I was just lazy and copy/pasted his blue one.

  • mike 2 | April 14, 2009 at 1:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”323409″][quote comment=”323398″][quote comment=”323397″]The Joan Jett picture could have come from Orioles Fantasy Camp – she is a big Orioles fan, and attended the camp in 1992.[/quote]
    Well, Joan Jett or not, I own the inside part of that plate.[/quote]

    Joe Pepitone deserved that chin music. Everyone knows Kramer owns the inside part of that plate.

    People should plunk down two-thousand dollars to live like him for a week. Do
    nothing, fall ass-backwards into money, mooch food off your neighbors and have
    sex without dating; that’s a fantasy camp.
    ————–

    Anyone know if a team has been part of three (or more) “home openers” in one season? For instance if a team started on the road for one series, were at home for one series, and then played the mets, or yanks (like this season cause of their new stadiums) or another team that had a late home opener?[/quote]

    The Blue Jays did this year – their own home opener, then Cleveland’s home opener, then Minnesota’s home opener. I don\’t think its very rare.

  • peter | April 14, 2009 at 1:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”323413″][quote comment=”323405″]Better yet, what the hell is a blind governor doing on the front row of opening night at Citi Field?

    Tax dollars well spent for a blind man to sit on the front row and not see the game. Could have had top row bleacher seats and the experience would have been the same for him[/quote]

    Actually, there were quite a few number of field level seats in and around home plate that were empty. It’s not like Paterson was taking seats from a fan.

    Political dignitaries have always sat in the front row of ballgames. So the guy is blind. Who cares? And booting him to the top of the ballpark? Yeah, how would THAT look? Every other politician from Rudy to Bloomberg to Pataki to Spitzer has sat in the front row, but because Paterson is blind, let’s kick him to the top of the park. I guess the uniform news is slow today to be bitching and moaning about a blind gov having a front row seat at a ballgame.[/quote]

    Well, he is the definition of “Blind leading the Blind” in Albany…so it does make sense…

    BTW to keep it uni-related…was Mayor Bloomberg wearing a Mets jacket last night? All I saw was him getting a wild pitch that came through the screen…

  • Teebz | April 14, 2009 at 1:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”323407″]Anyone know if the Carolina Hurricanes have asked the NHL to let them wear black in the playoffs instead of their red home jerseys?

    I ask because every ad I have seen on their site and on TV for the playoffs are with a player in the black jersey. Now, I know they did this a lot throughout the year, but they also did them with the red jersey. Seems like they’re subtly advertising the blacks will be worn without actually saying the blacks will be worn.

    Anyone know for sure?[/quote]

    You could always call them.

  • bill | April 14, 2009 at 1:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”323397″]The Joan Jett picture could have come from Orioles Fantasy Camp – she is a big Orioles fan, and attended the camp in 1992.[/quote]

    Sorry guys, but when Joan Jett and fantasy appear in the same sentence it should have nothing to do with baseball.

  • mike 2 | April 14, 2009 at 1:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”323413″][quote comment=”323405″]Better yet, what the hell is a blind governor doing on the front row of opening night at Citi Field?

    Tax dollars well spent for a blind man to sit on the front row and not see the game. Could have had top row bleacher seats and the experience would have been the same for him[/quote]

    Actually, there were quite a few number of field level seats in and around home plate that were empty. It’s not like Paterson was taking seats from a fan.

    Political dignitaries have always sat in the front row of ballgames. So the guy is blind. Who cares? And booting him to the top of the ballpark? Yeah, how would THAT look? Every other politician from Rudy to Bloomberg to Pataki to Spitzer has sat in the front row, but because Paterson is blind, let’s kick him to the top of the park. I guess the uniform news is slow today to be bitching and moaning about a blind gov having a front row seat at a ballgame.[/quote]

    I was assuming the original post was mock outrage.

  • Beardface | April 14, 2009 at 1:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”323413″][quote comment=”323405″]Better yet, what the hell is a blind governor doing on the front row of opening night at Citi Field?

    Tax dollars well spent for a blind man to sit on the front row and not see the game. Could have had top row bleacher seats and the experience would have been the same for him[/quote]

    Actually, there were quite a few number of field level seats in and around home plate that were empty. It’s not like Paterson was taking seats from a fan.

    Political dignitaries have always sat in the front row of ballgames. So the guy is blind. Who cares? And booting him to the top of the ballpark? Yeah, how would THAT look? Every other politician from Rudy to Bloomberg to Pataki to Spitzer has sat in the front row, but because Paterson is blind, let’s kick him to the top of the park. I guess the uniform news is slow today to be bitching and moaning about a blind gov having a front row seat at a ballgame.[/quote]
    The economy is in the shitter and the State of New York is spending money to put a blind man in the front row on Opening Night at Citi Field. I don’t care who has done it before, I don’t care what it would look like. To use taxpayer money to not only name the stadium (thanks, Citi) but to also ues taxpayer money to place a blind man on the front row is just pissing in the face of everyone everywhere.

    Who gives a shit if you’ve lost your job, you still have to pay taxes, and you know what, instead of using that money to help you out, we’ll use it to put our blind governor as close to home plate as possible so he can see the game better…

  • LI Phil | April 14, 2009 at 1:29 pm |

    [quote]Well, he is the definition of “Blind leading the Blind” in Albany[/quote]

    actually, it’s the blind leading the stupid

  • Kek | April 14, 2009 at 1:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”323417″][quote comment=”323407″]Anyone know if the Carolina Hurricanes have asked the NHL to let them wear black in the playoffs instead of their red home jerseys?

    I ask because every ad I have seen on their site and on TV for the playoffs are with a player in the black jersey. Now, I know they did this a lot throughout the year, but they also did them with the red jersey. Seems like they’re subtly advertising the blacks will be worn without actually saying the blacks will be worn.

    Anyone know for sure?[/quote]

    You could always call them.[/quote]
    Shit Teebz, I was going to suggest he ask YOU!!! j/k

  • Beardface | April 14, 2009 at 1:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”323422″][quote comment=”323417″][quote comment=”323407″]Anyone know if the Carolina Hurricanes have asked the NHL to let them wear black in the playoffs instead of their red home jerseys?

    I ask because every ad I have seen on their site and on TV for the playoffs are with a player in the black jersey. Now, I know they did this a lot throughout the year, but they also did them with the red jersey. Seems like they’re subtly advertising the blacks will be worn without actually saying the blacks will be worn.

    Anyone know for sure?[/quote]

    You could always call them.[/quote]
    Shit Teebz, I was going to suggest he ask YOU!!! j/k[/quote]
    lol… I actually was…

    figured Teebz would be on top of it, since he’s usually on the puck in regards to everything else hockey

  • dgc | April 14, 2009 at 1:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”323420″][quote comment=”323413″][quote comment=”323405″]Better yet, what the hell is a blind governor doing on the front row of opening night at Citi Field?

    Tax dollars well spent for a blind man to sit on the front row and not see the game. Could have had top row bleacher seats and the experience would have been the same for him[/quote]

    Actually, there were quite a few number of field level seats in and around home plate that were empty. It’s not like Paterson was taking seats from a fan.

    Political dignitaries have always sat in the front row of ballgames. So the guy is blind. Who cares? And booting him to the top of the ballpark? Yeah, how would THAT look? Every other politician from Rudy to Bloomberg to Pataki to Spitzer has sat in the front row, but because Paterson is blind, let’s kick him to the top of the park. I guess the uniform news is slow today to be bitching and moaning about a blind gov having a front row seat at a ballgame.[/quote]
    The economy is in the shitter and the State of New York is spending money to put a blind man in the front row on Opening Night at Citi Field. I don’t care who has done it before, I don’t care what it would look like. To use taxpayer money to not only name the stadium (thanks, Citi) but to also ues taxpayer money to place a blind man on the front row is just pissing in the face of everyone everywhere.

    Who gives a shit if you’ve lost your job, you still have to pay taxes, and you know what, instead of using that money to help you out, we’ll use it to put our blind governor as close to home plate as possible so he can see the game better…[/quote]

    I’m sure part of the Mets’ stadium lease is some freebie tickets to local politicos. In fact, the Metro section of today’s Washington Post has this story.

  • Shane | April 14, 2009 at 1:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”323418″][quote comment=”323397″]The Joan Jett picture could have come from Orioles Fantasy Camp – she is a big Orioles fan, and attended the camp in 1992.[/quote]

    Sorry guys, but when Joan Jett and fantasy appear in the same sentence it should have nothing to do with baseball.[/quote]

    I saw her on Warped Tour in 2006..god damn, she’s still quite the looker.

  • Teebz | April 14, 2009 at 1:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”323422″][quote comment=”323417″][quote comment=”323407″]Anyone know if the Carolina Hurricanes have asked the NHL to let them wear black in the playoffs instead of their red home jerseys?

    I ask because every ad I have seen on their site and on TV for the playoffs are with a player in the black jersey. Now, I know they did this a lot throughout the year, but they also did them with the red jersey. Seems like they’re subtly advertising the blacks will be worn without actually saying the blacks will be worn.

    Anyone know for sure?[/quote]

    You could always call them.[/quote]
    Shit Teebz, I was going to suggest he ask YOU!!! j/k[/quote]

    My answer would be “there’s a bonfire of black jerseys being held at a local tire yard. Admission is free with donation of black Hurricanes jersey!”

    LOL

  • Teebz | April 14, 2009 at 1:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”323423″]
    figured Teebz would be on top of it, since he’s usually on the puck in regards to everything else hockey[/quote]

    There have been no announcements made, outside of Philly’s request, asking to use alternates in the playoffs. As you may know, teams are not to use their alternates in the playoffs without league approval.

    If they get a one-off, they may release that info on gameday.

  • Beardface | April 14, 2009 at 1:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”323427″][quote comment=”323423″]
    figured Teebz would be on top of it, since he’s usually on the puck in regards to everything else hockey[/quote]

    There have been no announcements made, outside of Philly’s request, asking to use alternates in the playoffs. As you may know, teams are not to use their alternates in the playoffs without league approval.

    If they get a one-off, they may release that info on gameday.[/quote]
    Thats what I was looking for. I was seeing if you knew about any teams other than Philly obtaining league permission to use alts in the playoffs.

    Thanks

  • mmwatkin | April 14, 2009 at 1:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”323385″][quote comment=”323375″][quote comment=”323369″][quote]If basketball is involved, they will definitely go SOD[/quote]

    isn’t that reserved for the *elite* schools?[/quote]
    low blow[/quote]

    Because Oakland is an “elite” school?[/quote]

    Hey…what did my school do to you?

    Anyways, NHL playoffs are starting up. I guess I have to check to see if I still have Versus…or TSN…or the Fishing Channel…or whatever channel they broadcast on these days.

  • Teebz | April 14, 2009 at 1:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”323428″][quote comment=”323427″][quote comment=”323423″]
    figured Teebz would be on top of it, since he’s usually on the puck in regards to everything else hockey[/quote]

    There have been no announcements made, outside of Philly’s request, asking to use alternates in the playoffs. As you may know, teams are not to use their alternates in the playoffs without league approval.

    If they get a one-off, they may release that info on gameday.[/quote]
    Thats what I was looking for. I was seeing if you knew about any teams other than Philly obtaining league permission to use alts in the playoffs.

    Thanks[/quote]

    No prob. The team would know if they have league approval for the playoffs, so I’d start with them. :o)

  • Teebz | April 14, 2009 at 1:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”323429″]
    Anyways, NHL playoffs are starting up. I guess I have to check to see if I still have Versus…or TSN…or the Fishing Channel…or whatever channel they broadcast on these days.[/quote]

    TSN is carrying the Flames-Hawks series, and Rangers-Capitals series.

    Only one entry into the Playoff Pool so far? C’mon kids… free entry for shwag! :o)

  • Beardface | April 14, 2009 at 1:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”323424″][quote comment=”323420″][quote comment=”323413″][quote comment=”323405″]Better yet, what the hell is a blind governor doing on the front row of opening night at Citi Field?

    Tax dollars well spent for a blind man to sit on the front row and not see the game. Could have had top row bleacher seats and the experience would have been the same for him[/quote]

    Actually, there were quite a few number of field level seats in and around home plate that were empty. It’s not like Paterson was taking seats from a fan.

    Political dignitaries have always sat in the front row of ballgames. So the guy is blind. Who cares? And booting him to the top of the ballpark? Yeah, how would THAT look? Every other politician from Rudy to Bloomberg to Pataki to Spitzer has sat in the front row, but because Paterson is blind, let’s kick him to the top of the park. I guess the uniform news is slow today to be bitching and moaning about a blind gov having a front row seat at a ballgame.[/quote]
    The economy is in the shitter and the State of New York is spending money to put a blind man in the front row on Opening Night at Citi Field. I don’t care who has done it before, I don’t care what it would look like. To use taxpayer money to not only name the stadium (thanks, Citi) but to also ues taxpayer money to place a blind man on the front row is just pissing in the face of everyone everywhere.

    Who gives a shit if you’ve lost your job, you still have to pay taxes, and you know what, instead of using that money to help you out, we’ll use it to put our blind governor as close to home plate as possible so he can see the game better…[/quote]

    I’m sure part of the Mets’ stadium lease is some freebie tickets to local politicos. In fact, the Metro section of today’s Washington Post has this story.[/quote]
    So wait… let me get this straight…

    Taxpayers give the money to the NY/US gov’t. The NY gov’t gives the Mets money to build the stadium, and the US gives $306 billion to Citi to bail them out of a potential bankruptcy. NY (State and City) subsidizes $450 million to build the stadium. Citi signs on for $400 million contract over 20 years to name the stadium. And in return? Tickets are more expensive than ever, yet the NY gov’t gets free front row passes to every game. Nice that the blind governor is able to catch a free game on the front row.

    So, $850 million of our tax money goes to funding this stadium and team, and the only kickback is that the politicians get free seats. A blind man sits in the front row because the taxpayers gave the team $850 million. Gotta love America.

  • Ry Co 40 | April 14, 2009 at 1:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”323426″][quote comment=”323422″][quote comment=”323417″][quote comment=”323407″]Anyone know if the Carolina Hurricanes have asked the NHL to let them wear black in the playoffs instead of their red home jerseys?

    I ask because every ad I have seen on their site and on TV for the playoffs are with a player in the black jersey. Now, I know they did this a lot throughout the year, but they also did them with the red jersey. Seems like they’re subtly advertising the blacks will be worn without actually saying the blacks will be worn.

    Anyone know for sure?[/quote]

    You could always call them.[/quote]
    Shit Teebz, I was going to suggest he ask YOU!!! j/k[/quote]

    My answer would be “there’s a bonfire of black jerseys being held at a local tire yard. Admission is free with donation of black Hurricanes jersey!”

    LOL[/quote]

    it’s official… carolina’s front office said “we WILL be wearing black for our ONLY 2 home games of this post season… and will be wearing their white polos on the golf course for the second round”… so don’t ask me what that means… hahaha! kidding. the team (not the jerseys), actually look pretty good right now.

  • Teebz | April 14, 2009 at 1:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”323433″]
    it’s official… carolina’s front office said “we WILL be wearing black for our ONLY 2 home games of this post season… and will be wearing their white polos on the golf course for the second round”… so don’t ask me what that means… hahaha! kidding. the team (not the jerseys), actually look pretty good right now.[/quote]

    Erik Cole and Eric Staal have been the best reunion tour since The Eagles. Literally.

  • Beardface | April 14, 2009 at 1:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”323433″][quote comment=”323426″][quote comment=”323422″][quote comment=”323417″][quote comment=”323407″]Anyone know if the Carolina Hurricanes have asked the NHL to let them wear black in the playoffs instead of their red home jerseys?

    I ask because every ad I have seen on their site and on TV for the playoffs are with a player in the black jersey. Now, I know they did this a lot throughout the year, but they also did them with the red jersey. Seems like they’re subtly advertising the blacks will be worn without actually saying the blacks will be worn.

    Anyone know for sure?[/quote]

    You could always call them.[/quote]
    Shit Teebz, I was going to suggest he ask YOU!!! j/k[/quote]

    My answer would be “there’s a bonfire of black jerseys being held at a local tire yard. Admission is free with donation of black Hurricanes jersey!”

    LOL[/quote]

    it’s official… carolina’s front office said “we WILL be wearing black for our ONLY 2 home games of this post season… and will be wearing their white polos on the golf course for the second round”… so don’t ask me what that means… hahaha! kidding. the team (not the jerseys), actually look pretty good right now.[/quote]
    Lets just put it this way… whoever wins this series will go on to win the East, with a good chance at winning the Cup.

    The Carolina Hurricanes have played the New Jersey Devils 3 times in the postseason. In 2001, the Devils won in 6 games and went on to win the Cup. In 2002, the Canes won in 6 games and went on to lose the Finals 4-1 to Detroit. In 2006, the Canes won in 5 and went on to win the Cup.

    With the way Brodeur and Ward are playing right now, I’d say whoever wins has a great shot to win the East. Should be a fun one.

  • Teebz | April 14, 2009 at 2:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”323435″]
    The Carolina Hurricanes have played the New Jersey Devils 3 times in the postseason. In 2001, the Devils won in 6 games and went on to win the Cup. In 2002, the Canes won in 6 games and went on to lose the Finals 4-1 to Detroit. In 2006, the Canes won in 5 and went on to win the Cup.

    With the way Brodeur and Ward are playing right now, I’d say whoever wins has a great shot to win the East. Should be a fun one.[/quote]

    I’ll make it easier on you. Carolina has met the New Jersey Devils in 4 of the last 5 years. In each series, the higher seed won.

    There’s history between these two teams since Scott Stevens sent Shane Willis into another dimension.

  • Beardface | April 14, 2009 at 2:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”323436″][quote comment=”323435″]
    The Carolina Hurricanes have played the New Jersey Devils 3 times in the postseason. In 2001, the Devils won in 6 games and went on to win the Cup. In 2002, the Canes won in 6 games and went on to lose the Finals 4-1 to Detroit. In 2006, the Canes won in 5 and went on to win the Cup.

    With the way Brodeur and Ward are playing right now, I’d say whoever wins has a great shot to win the East. Should be a fun one.[/quote]

    I’ll make it easier on you. Carolina has met the New Jersey Devils in 4 of the last 5 years. In each series, the higher seed won.

    There’s history between these two teams since Scott Stevens sent Shane Willis into another dimension.[/quote]
    I only recall those 3, when was the 4th?

    And yea, that hit on Willis was brutal, but I’d say the bad blood really got going when he tried (somewhat successfully, not as bad, but still bad) the same against Ron Francis.

  • Kate | April 14, 2009 at 2:14 pm |

    I really wish the duckpin bowling picture was dated. Judging from the style of dress and Homestead location, I think one of the women in the photo is my grandmother.

  • Geeman | April 14, 2009 at 2:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”323378″][quote comment=”323377″][quote comment=”323367″]Being a fan of the Fightin’s, even I think the Mets look terrible in black hats and jerseys. Team colors are blue and orange. Live with it. Same goes for all teams who think adding a black alternate is a good look when that color is not part of their scheme.(Yeah, yeah I know its for the mighty dollar. Just so tired of looking at them.)[/quote]

    The Mets originally chose blue and orange because they were the colors of the Dodgers and Giants. Black is also a Giants color so it can be argued that it belongs there as much as the others.

    Blue and white from the Dodgers, orange and black from the Giants.

    I do agree though that the blue hats look much better.[/quote]
    Had they chosen black as a team color back in 1962, then I’d agree. But the inclusion, coming when it did, has the distinctive stink of a moneygrab.

    Then again, they just slapped black accents on top of a pretty good uniform design, completely wrecking it. Design is a delicate balance, like making a cake. You can’t just dump a load of baking powder on top of a finished cake and call it an improvement.[/quote]

    I don’t like the black, but in the pros if a team says it’s a team color, then it’s now a team color. It doesn’t matter what they’ve worn before. If they wear it now, it’s a team color. In college, the university has to change the school colors, which the teams happen to wear, for there to be an official change. Teams can still wear colors that are not official school colors (which isn’t always good — e.g., see Miami and Florida State in black — but could be good — e.g., see Notre Dame in green).

    I’d say the Mets’ colors are now blue, orange, and black since they wear those uniforms. Have the Mets changed their official colors to blue, orange, and black?

  • Roger Faso | April 14, 2009 at 2:16 pm |

    In the 2001 MLB Playoffs, the A’s hung Jermaine Dye’s jersey in the dugout after he shattered his kneecap.

    BTW. I don’t know who was pitching for the Rockies last night, but his hosiery was fantastic.

  • Kek | April 14, 2009 at 2:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”323438″]I really wish the duckpin bowling picture was dated. Judging from the style of dress and Homestead location, I think one of the women in the photo is my grandmother.[/quote]
    Kate, you should give the library a call. That photo is from their collection, maybe they could shed some light on it. The link I posted refers to the bowling alley not being there anymore, maybe if they could tell you when those lanes were closed, this would help you figure out of the timeframe is right.

    Best of luck!

  • Paul Lukas | April 14, 2009 at 2:26 pm |

    For those who are wondering:

    I spoke with the Phillies and Tigers today. The Tigers have no plans to wear a patch or armband for Mark Fidrych. Spokesguy said, “George Kell died last month and we’re not wearing anything for him, so I don’t expect we’ll do anything for Fidrych either.”

    The Phillies haven’t yet settled on what, if anything, they’ll wear to memorialize Harry the K. The team has an off-day today, so they have a day to get their ducks in a row. I expect we’ll know their plans by this time tomorrow.

  • Maks | April 14, 2009 at 2:26 pm |

    Look at Endy Chavez of Seattle Mariners trying to hide his “Elmer Fudd” hat: nice try.

  • anotherguy | April 14, 2009 at 2:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”323409″]Joe Pepitone [/quote]
    Totally weird and gross comment yesterday on the radio home of the Cubs. It was a rain delay so they had on their two regular daytime hosts: two women who I would say are both in their 60’s. They were talking about how they thought Joe Pepitone was a “big man in the locker room” if you know what I mean (and I think you do).

    I thought “how the hell would you two know?” before quickly changing the station; because I thought they just might start talking about how they found this out and I sure didn’t want to hear any more.

  • Teebz | April 14, 2009 at 2:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”323437″]
    I only recall those 3, when was the 4th?

    And yea, that hit on Willis was brutal, but I’d say the bad blood really got going when he tried (somewhat successfully, not as bad, but still bad) the same against Ron Francis.[/quote]

    Sorry, should have been “out of the 5 times Carolina’s attended the post-season dance, they had to go through NJD four times”.

    2009 – vs. New Jersey in the quarterfinals

    2006 – defeated New Jersey 4-1 in the semifinals

    2002 – defeated New Jersey 4-2 in the quarterfinals

    2001 – lost to New Jersey 4-2 in the quarterfinals

    1999 – lost to Boston 4-2 in the quarterfinals

    And if they defeat NJ while NYR and MTL lose, they’ll meet up with Boston again.

  • mmwatkin | April 14, 2009 at 2:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”323442″]For those who are wondering:

    I spoke with the Phillies and Tigers today. The Tigers have no plans to wear a patch or armband for Mark Fidrych. Spokesguy said, “George Kell died last month and we’re not wearing anything for him, so I don’t expect we’ll do anything for Fidrych either.”

    The Phillies haven’t yet settled on what, if anything, they’ll wear to memorialize Harry the K. The team has an off-day today, so they have a day to get their ducks in a row. I expect we’ll know their plans by this time tomorrow.[/quote]

    I am actually happy that the Tigers are not going to junk up their uniform with a bunch of black patches. the Tigers are currently flying a flag at Comerica Park with the initials “GK”. I would think it would be appropriate to fly an additional flag for Fidrych.

  • Joe D | April 14, 2009 at 2:41 pm |

    If Leo Sayer is a Buffalo Sabres fan, does this image make Phil Collins a L.A. Kings fan ?

    http://www.concertph...

  • Ricko | April 14, 2009 at 2:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”323442″]For those who are wondering:

    I spoke with the Phillies and Tigers today. The Tigers have no plans to wear a patch or armband for Mark Fidrych. Spokesguy said, “George Kell died last month and we’re not wearing anything for him, so I don’t expect we’ll do anything for Fidrych either.”

    The Phillies haven’t yet settled on what, if anything, they’ll wear to memorialize Harry the K. The team has an off-day today, so they have a day to get their ducks in a row. I expect we’ll know their plans by this time tomorrow.[/quote]

    I have to give the Tigers credit for not “wearing their emotions on the sleeves.” And, while that saying goes more directly to the wearing of black mourning bands, I believe, its present day equivalent certain has been demonstrated already this season. Over and over.

    That’s both a comment on the trend AND the seemingly unusual number of unfortunate losses the game has suffered.

    Just a sad time.

    —Ricko

  • peter | April 14, 2009 at 2:51 pm |

    Hey Islanders fans!! Your SoundTigers (aka: Better than the real Islanders) are in the playoffs!! Maybe the should switch next yeAar!!

    (and for the record, I knw the NYI have ben ravaged this year with injuries)

  • Dan King | April 14, 2009 at 2:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”323419″][quote comment=”323413″][quote comment=”323405″]Better yet, what the hell is a blind governor doing on the front row of opening night at Citi Field?

    Tax dollars well spent for a blind man to sit on the front row and not see the game. Could have had top row bleacher seats and the experience would have been the same for him[/quote]

    Actually, there were quite a few number of field level seats in and around home plate that were empty. It’s not like Paterson was taking seats from a fan.

    Political dignitaries have always sat in the front row of ballgames. So the guy is blind. Who cares? And booting him to the top of the ballpark? Yeah, how would THAT look? Every other politician from Rudy to Bloomberg to Pataki to Spitzer has sat in the front row, but because Paterson is blind, let’s kick him to the top of the park. I guess the uniform news is slow today to be bitching and moaning about a blind gov having a front row seat at a ballgame.[/quote]

    I was assuming the original post was mock outrage.[/quote]

    mike 2 yeah, it was meant to be mock outrage, or more of pointing something out that obviously wasn’t thought all the way through. sorry to stir everyone up. my bad

  • JTH | April 14, 2009 at 3:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”323440″]BTW. I don’t know who was pitching for the Rockies last night, but his hosiery was fantastic.[/quote]
    Ubaldo Jiminez. And it looks like he was
    actually wearing his stirrups the right way yesterday.

  • dwight | April 14, 2009 at 3:10 pm |

    ok my fellow uni-watchers, i need to design a baseball jersey, and need recos on sites. Thanks in advance

  • JTH | April 14, 2009 at 3:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”323412″]Johnny O, the Cubs are participating in three openers this year. Two on the road, then their own at home.[/quote]
    Yep. In Houston on 4/6, in Milwaukee on 4/10 and then yesterday at home against the Rockies.

  • BuckeyeMark | April 14, 2009 at 3:16 pm |

    watching UEFA soccer (I know, I know – but there is no day baseball today). Chelsea’s goal keeper is wearing a very weird and strange headgear/bonnet. he looks like Snoopy when he fights the Red Baron. anybody know what is up with this?

  • James Craven | April 14, 2009 at 3:21 pm |

    And the Twins opened their season last week with the Mariners, not the Blue Jays.

  • James Craven | April 14, 2009 at 3:23 pm |

    Re #148: Pete Cech of Chelsea wears that soft helmet after suffering a bad head in jury a season or two ago. Rugby players wear that helemet a lot…

  • LarryB | April 14, 2009 at 3:28 pm |

    Nice column about the Western Pa book. Being that I live right by the Ohio and Pa line. I have followed sports in both states. From high school on.

    One thing about the pinned on numbers was that I never knew they were pinned on. I have seen those in many football pictures but baseball no.

  • Geeman | April 14, 2009 at 4:03 pm |

    Has anyone noticed that the Phillies’ alternate caps (and now helmets) have been well received on this site, yet the Cubs have been praised here for ditching their road caps and helmets? Both rae blue with red brims.

    http://dsp.imageg.ne...

    http://mlb.imageg.ne...

    I’d bring the Cubs’ red-brim hats back to wear with their blue jersys, home or away.

  • Johnny O | April 14, 2009 at 4:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”323455″][quote comment=”323412″]Johnny O, the Cubs are participating in three openers this year. Two on the road, then their own at home.[/quote]
    Yep. In Houston on 4/6, in Milwaukee on 4/10 and then yesterday at home against the Rockies.[/quote]

    Wow, I guess I thought it was more rare than that. Guess not. I guess I will take it one step further and ask if a team has participated in four, or even five openers at the start of a season. For some reason this intrigues me that a team could go through the bells and whistles of “opening day” about four or more times.

  • pflava | April 14, 2009 at 4:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”323456″]watching UEFA soccer (I know, I know – but there is no day baseball today). Chelsea’s goal keeper is wearing a very weird and strange headgear/bonnet. he looks like Snoopy when he fights the Red Baron. anybody know what is up with this?[/quote]

    http://www.irankicks...

  • BuckeyeMark | April 14, 2009 at 4:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”323462″][quote comment=”323456″]watching UEFA soccer (I know, I know – but there is no day baseball today). Chelsea’s goal keeper is wearing a very weird and strange headgear/bonnet. he looks like Snoopy when he fights the Red Baron. anybody know what is up with this?[/quote]

    http://www.irankicks...

    he is tending goal with a fractured skull? well hats off to him… er, good job!

  • chance | April 14, 2009 at 4:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”323456″]watching UEFA soccer (I know, I know – but there is no day baseball today). Chelsea’s goal keeper is wearing a very weird and strange headgear/bonnet. he looks like Snoopy when he fights the Red Baron. anybody know what is up with this?[/quote]
    The keeper, Petr Cech, was nearly killed in a collision with an opposing player a couple years aho. That thing is to prevent further head injury.

  • JTH | April 14, 2009 at 4:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”323460″]Has anyone noticed that the Phillies’ alternate caps (and now helmets) have been well received on this site, yet the Cubs have been praised here for ditching their road caps and helmets? Both rae blue with red brims.

    http://dsp.imageg.ne...

    http://mlb.imageg.ne...

    I’d bring the Cubs’ red-brim hats back to wear with their blue jersys, home or away.[/quote]
    Yeah, I did actually notice that. It’s just one of those things like why cheese is delicious on Italian food but on Chinese food, it’s disgusting.

    And while I’m not in favor of the Cubs bringing it back as a game cap under any circumstances, I’ll agree that it looks OK when paired with the t-ball jersey.

  • Jeff P | April 14, 2009 at 4:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”323460″]Has anyone noticed that the Phillies’ alternate caps (and now helmets) have been well received on this site, yet the Cubs have been praised here for ditching their road caps and helmets? Both rae blue with red brims.

    http://dsp.imageg.ne...

    http://mlb.imageg.ne...

    I’d bring the Cubs’ red-brim hats back to wear with their blue jersys, home or away.[/quote]
    They can speak for themselves. I loved the Cubs red brimmed hats.

  • JTH | April 14, 2009 at 4:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”323371″]IIRC, the Cubs did something with a Ron Santo jersey: it was either in the dugout or perhaps up in the booth. Sort of a good luck gesture as the HOF vote was upcoming.[/quote]
    Are you thinking of the 2003 playoffs where he wasn’t able to work the games because he was at home convalescing?

    It’s mentioned near the bottom of this blog post.

  • Squiddie | April 14, 2009 at 4:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”323463″][quote comment=”323462″][quote comment=”323456″]watching UEFA soccer (I know, I know – but there is no day baseball today). Chelsea’s goal keeper is wearing a very weird and strange headgear/bonnet. he looks like Snoopy when he fights the Red Baron. anybody know what is up with this?[/quote]

    http://www.irankicks...

    It was two and a half years ago, but you don’t want to take chances of it happening again. He did suffer a training injury last year while wearing the head gear that required 30 stitches.

    Speaking of logo creep. He started wearing a Canterbury rugby headgear, but sponsor Adidas wanted him to wear their stuff.

    he is tending goal with a fractured skull? well hats off to him… er, good job![/quote]

  • LarryB | April 14, 2009 at 4:38 pm |

    http://www.shorpy.co...

    Shorpy

    Rootstown, Ohio football squad 1930

  • LarryB | April 14, 2009 at 4:43 pm |

    Rootstown is maybe 45 minutes away from me. I looked up their colors. They are navy blue and white.

    Note the different socks on kids in front row

    http://www.shorpy.co...

  • scott | April 14, 2009 at 5:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”323328″]Does anyone else feel that everyone wearing no. 42 sort of detracts from the meaning of Jackie Robinson Day?[/quote]

    I think Rob Neyer put it well when he said MLB is trying to turn Robinson into a god. When Robinson was inducted into Cooperstown, he wanted his on-field accomplishments to be the focus of his plaque. Now the powers that be have gone and changed his plaque to cite his pioneering status. I think Jackie in some way would be upset with all of this attention.

  • George | April 14, 2009 at 5:11 pm |

    Interestingly enough (getting back to the Citifield opening last night), Mr. Met came out for the pre-game FanFest activities dressed in pinstripes and blue cap (and some nifty oversize Puma shoes), leaving the Citi faithful with hope that the Mets would wear the proper uniform to open up the ballpark. Alas, he switched to the snow whites and blue/black cap for the game…

  • scott | April 14, 2009 at 5:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”323466″][quote comment=”323460″]Has anyone noticed that the Phillies’ alternate caps (and now helmets) have been well received on this site, yet the Cubs have been praised here for ditching their road caps and helmets? Both rae blue with red brims.

    http://dsp.imageg.ne...

    http://mlb.imageg.ne...

    I’d bring the Cubs’ red-brim hats back to wear with their blue jersys, home or away.[/quote]
    They can speak for themselves. I loved the Cubs red brimmed hats.[/quote]

    The Cubs have enough red in their road uniforms that the red brim cap made a lot of sense. Not sure why they ditched it; I sort of liked it.

    The Phillies almost surely will be doing something on their uniforms for Kalas, right? I believe they wore a patch during the ’07 season in memory of John Vukovich.

  • LI Phil | April 14, 2009 at 5:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”323465″][quote comment=”323460″]Has anyone noticed that the Phillies’ alternate caps (and now helmets) have been well received on this site, yet the Cubs have been praised here for ditching their road caps and helmets? Both rae blue with red brims.

    http://dsp.imageg.ne...

    http://mlb.imageg.ne...

    I’d bring the Cubs’ red-brim hats back to wear with their blue jersys, home or away.[/quote]
    Yeah, I did actually notice that. It’s just one of those things like why cheese is delicious on Italian food but on Chinese food, it’s disgusting.

    And while I’m not in favor of the Cubs bringing it back as a game cap under any circumstances, I’ll agree that it looks OK when paired with the t-ball jersey.[/quote]

    excellent analogy james

    some caps (and by extension, helmets) look better with alternate uniforms (for example, the two toned cubs cap looks better with the alternate — doesn’t mean they should wear the alternate softball jersey tho)…

    others do not…example phillies standard uni with blue helmet — you can see why that experiment lasted, what, 2 days?

    one could argue the red lid might look better with the alternate uniform (which, it must be noted, is an actual, you know, UNIFORM, not a softball jersey), but they chose to go with the two tone (which i believe is a throwbackish look to begin with)

    had the phillies chosen to wear softball tops, you can see how bad the red cap looks

    their decision to make the helmets match caps was just that…

    personally i like the solid helmet and solid cap versus the two tone, but if you’re going to have one type of cap (two-tone), you should at least have the helmet match

    just be grateful they didn’t try to make their helmet look like this

  • Dan King | April 14, 2009 at 5:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”323464″][quote comment=”323456″]watching UEFA soccer (I know, I know – but there is no day baseball today). Chelsea’s goal keeper is wearing a very weird and strange headgear/bonnet. he looks like Snoopy when he fights the Red Baron. anybody know what is up with this?[/quote]
    The keeper, Petr Cech, was nearly killed in a collision with an opposing player a couple years aho. That thing is to prevent further head injury.[/quote]

    its a rugby scrum cap. and the pictures of the mri they took are freaky

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 14, 2009 at 5:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”323399″][quote comment=”323393″][quote comment=”323317″]How’s this for a t-shirt?[/quote]

    Fixed[/quote]

    nice![/quote]

    Yea, I like that one even better. But one step at a time. I say we all print these up as flyers (either one, but the home/road one first) and mail one to the Mets every day until they Get It™.

  • JTH | April 14, 2009 at 5:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”323474″]
    excellent analogy james[/quote]
    To give credit where credit’s due, I stole that one from Jason Jones on The Daily Show.

  • JTH | April 14, 2009 at 5:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”323473″]The Cubs have enough red in their road uniforms that the red brim cap made a lot of sense.[/quote]
    There’s a red C on their current road cap. That works for me.

    And in my opinion, there’s too much red on the road unis. I’m hoping the ditching of the red brims is a gradual phase-out of red as a featured color. I’d love to see them change everything to blue with red trim in place of the white-trimmed blue letters/red numbers.

  • Tony | April 14, 2009 at 7:48 pm |

    “If Leo Sayer is a Buffalo Sabres fan, does this image make Phil Collins a L.A. Kings fan ?

    http://www.concertph… ”

    I don’t know, I’m thinking he might be a NorthStars Fan:

    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Jack Bauer | April 14, 2009 at 8:20 pm |

    Does anyone know the substance that is used by euqipment managers to shine helmets in the NFL or college on gamedays?

  • Justin | April 14, 2009 at 8:21 pm |

    The Phillies will wear a black, circular “HK” patch this season on the front of their jerseys, near the heart, the team announced.

    http://sports.espn.g...

  • DjBabiuk | April 14, 2009 at 8:34 pm |

    NY Islanders win the NHL Draft Lottery. Will be kind of neat seeing Jon Tavares wearing a Scouts jersey next season.

  • Marcus Hall - Lets play 162!! | April 14, 2009 at 8:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”323474″][quote comment=”323465″][quote comment=”323460″]Has anyone noticed that the Phillies’ alternate caps (and now helmets) have been well received on this site, yet the Cubs have been praised here for ditching their road caps and helmets? Both rae blue with red brims.

    http://dsp.imageg.ne...

    http://mlb.imageg.ne...

    I’d bring the Cubs’ red-brim hats back to wear with their blue jersys, home or away.[/quote]
    Yeah, I did actually notice that. It’s just one of those things like why cheese is delicious on Italian food but on Chinese food, it’s disgusting.

    And while I’m not in favor of the Cubs bringing it back as a game cap under any circumstances, I’ll agree that it looks OK when paired with the t-ball jersey.[/quote]

    excellent analogy james

    some caps (and by extension, helmets) look better with alternate uniforms (for example, the two toned cubs cap looks better with the alternate — doesn’t mean they should wear the alternate softball jersey tho)…

    others do not…example phillies standard uni with blue helmet — you can see why that experiment lasted, what, 2 days?

    one could argue the red lid might look better with the alternate uniform (which, it must be noted, is an actual, you know, UNIFORM, not a softball jersey), but they chose to go with the two tone (which i believe is a throwbackish look to begin with)

    had the phillies chosen to wear softball tops, you can see how bad the red cap looks

    their decision to make the helmets match caps was just that…

    personally i like the solid helmet and solid cap versus the two tone, but if you’re going to have one type of cap (two-tone), you should at least have the helmet match

    just be grateful they didn’t try to make their helmet look like this[/quote]

    can someone PLEASE talk to the Texas Texases. They are sporting the red caps with the away whites again

  • Marcus Hall - Lets play 162!! | April 14, 2009 at 8:50 pm |
  • Eric B in KC | April 14, 2009 at 9:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”323364″]So hanging his jersey is a show of unity and concern over the seriousness of his bleeding ulcer. Pic:

    http://www.daylife.c

    Gee, I don’t remember the Royals doing anything like that when George Brett had bad hemorrhoid trouble. Probably just as well, I suppose.

    (Although I did hear there was talk of a Designated Sitter).

    —Ricko[/quote]

    they hung a pair of his pants in the dugout

  • Beardface | April 14, 2009 at 9:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”323484″]NY Islanders win the NHL Draft Lottery. Will be kind of neat seeing Jon Tavares wearing a Scouts jersey next season.[/quote]
    So who is NYI getting from NJ for the 1st overall pick?

  • JTH | April 14, 2009 at 10:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”323487″]they hung a pair of his pants in the dugout[/quote]
    click me.

  • Chuck | April 14, 2009 at 10:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”323442″]For those who are wondering:

    I spoke with the Phillies and Tigers today. The Tigers have no plans to wear a patch or armband for Mark Fidrych. Spokesguy said, “George Kell died last month and we’re not wearing anything for him, so I don’t expect we’ll do anything for Fidrych either.”

    The Phillies haven’t yet settled on what, if anything, they’ll wear to memorialize Harry the K. The team has an off-day today, so they have a day to get their ducks in a row. I expect we’ll know their plans by this time tomorrow.[/quote]

    Wow, who is running the show in Detroit? Heartless!

  • Ontario, CAN | April 14, 2009 at 10:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”323482″]The Phillies will wear a black, circular “HK” patch this season on the front of their jerseys, near the heart, the team announced.

    http://sports.espn.g...
    that’s pretty cool, the canadian maple leaf on the Blue Jays road jersey also, looks cool

  • Mike Engle | April 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”323440″]In the 2001 MLB Playoffs, the A’s hung Jermaine Dye’s jersey in the dugout after he shattered his kneecap.

    BTW. I don’t know who was pitching for the Rockies last night, but his hosiery was fantastic.[/quote]
    When Larry Dierker managed the Houston Astros, he once had to take an extended absence, and I remember his jersey got the hanging-in-the-dugout treatment. (Forget the details though.)

  • Teebz | April 14, 2009 at 11:09 pm |

    Well, if no one else enters the hockey pool as stated in the ticker, I’m shutting it down.

    You have until 6pm ET tomorrow. To the one entrant, I might just send you the prizes as a sign of thanks. :o)

  • Jake Kubuske | April 14, 2009 at 11:29 pm |

    anyone notice this? possible new San Francisco 49ers secondary logo leaked?!
    http://mvn.com/minin...

  • JTH | April 14, 2009 at 11:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”323493″]Well, if no one else enters the hockey pool as stated in the ticker, I’m shutting it down.

    You have until 6pm ET tomorrow. To the one entrant, I might just send you the prizes as a sign of thanks. :o)[/quote]
    Teebz,

    I have every intention of entering the pool, but it’s a lot of work, so I don’t have a lot of confidence in myself to get everything done. It ain’t like an NCAA bracket where you just go with your gut instinct and let ’er rip.

    It’ll probably be totally half-assed and look something like this:

    Red Wings sweep – Game winners in all four: Zetterberg
    Blackhawks win games 1, 3, 5 and 7. Game winners in all four: Toews
    Flames win games 2,4 and 6 – Iginla with the game winners in all three

    and so on…

  • JTH | April 14, 2009 at 11:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”323494″]anyone notice this? possible new San Francisco 49ers secondary logo leaked?!
    http://mvn.com/minin...
    Wow. That’s only slightly better than this.

  • Stuby | April 14, 2009 at 11:44 pm |

    Has it really been almost 10 years since Junior donned a Mariners uniform? Wow.

  • MPowers1634 | April 15, 2009 at 12:06 am |

    Went to the No Mas/Nike David Wright Interview…very cool…Chris Isenberg is a very cool cat.

    I got to ask Wright about his cuffs and he put it bluntly…days he goes high, nights he wears ’em, low.

    By the way, I only got picked tp ask a question because of this:

    http://i256.photobuc...

    http://i256.photobuc...

    http://i256.photobuc...

    http://i256.photobuc...

    http://i256.photobuc...

    This guy was GREAT by the way…he blessed the new stadia, played the keyboard and led us in a rousing version of “Meet the Mets” as well as an amazing gospel tune that had something to do with Moses at the plate.

    http://i256.photobuc...

    http://i256.photobuc...

  • JTH | April 15, 2009 at 12:09 am |

    By the way, I’m not bitching about the NHL playoff pool. I’m just saying that it’s more of a thinking man’s contest than your average pick-a-square or fill-in-the-bracket type of a pool.

  • u2-horn | April 15, 2009 at 12:10 am |

    A funny scene from the Rangers-Orioles game tonight.

    The Rangers used to have a old-timey manual scoreboard in left field.

    http://farm1.static....

    This year they switched to one of those LED scoreboards

    http://i33.photobuck...

    Tonight there was a deep fly ball to the wall and David Murphy went up and grabbed it.

    http://i33.photobuck...

    Well, the LED board actually sits a foot or so behind a net.

    http://i33.photobuck...

    Here’s what the catch looked like from a different angle:

    http://i33.photobuck...

  • u2-horn | April 15, 2009 at 12:15 am |

    better view of the “catch”

    http://i33.photobuck...

  • Loren J. | April 15, 2009 at 12:17 am |

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia was brim foward tonight

    with blue catching gear and red helmet.

  • Shawn | April 15, 2009 at 12:19 am |

    [quote comment=”323439″][quote comment=”323378″][quote comment=”323377″][quote comment=”323367″]Being a fan of the Fightin’s, even I think the Mets look terrible in black hats and jerseys. Team colors are blue and orange. Live with it. Same goes for all teams who think adding a black alternate is a good look when that color is not part of their scheme.(Yeah, yeah I know its for the mighty dollar. Just so tired of looking at them.)[/quote]

    The Mets originally chose blue and orange because they were the colors of the Dodgers and Giants. Black is also a Giants color so it can be argued that it belongs there as much as the others.

    Blue and white from the Dodgers, orange and black from the Giants.

    I do agree though that the blue hats look much better.[/quote]
    Had they chosen black as a team color back in 1962, then I’d agree. But the inclusion, coming when it did, has the distinctive stink of a moneygrab.

    Then again, they just slapped black accents on top of a pretty good uniform design, completely wrecking it. Design is a delicate balance, like making a cake. You can’t just dump a load of baking powder on top of a finished cake and call it an improvement.[/quote]

    I don’t like the black, but in the pros if a team says it’s a team color, then it’s now a team color. It doesn’t matter what they’ve worn before. If they wear it now, it’s a team color. In college, the university has to change the school colors, which the teams happen to wear, for there to be an official change. Teams can still wear colors that are not official school colors (which isn’t always good — e.g., see Miami and Florida State in black — but could be good — e.g., see Notre Dame in green).

    I’d say the Mets’ colors are now blue, orange, and black since they wear those uniforms. Have the Mets changed their official colors to blue, orange, and black?[/quote]

    That’s really a semantic argument. Personally, I think the dearth of black as a trim and alt-uni color is simply a replacement of white as an neutral base and accent color. The Mets’/As’/Royals’ black alts are pretty much just their everyday jerseys on a black base instead of white.

    Most every team in every sport on every level has a white jersey, but that doesn’t make white a “team color.” Notre Dame’s colors aren’t blue, gold, and white. The San Francisco Giants’ colors aren’t black, orange and white. Unless the team only has one other primary color (the blue-and-white University of Kentucky and NY Yankees, for instance), the white is assumed as a neutral base or trim and not a “team color.” Unless the people in charge make it a point otherwise–which can be argued in the Mets’ case since they did, in fact, create an alternate logo in which black replaced the team color blue and not the benign white–black should be treated in the same manner.

    Again, my beef with the Mets isn’t the use of black, but decade-long insistence that a uni they rarely actually wear is the official home outfit. Heck, I’d even be OK with the blue-brimmed black cap being worn full-time at home–even with the pinstripes–if they’d just wear blue sleeves/belts/socks along with it. That cap itself is fine as far as I’m concerned (the dark dome with a lighter brim combo actually has kind of a retro, this-is-what-we-would’ve-worn-in-the-’30s-if-the-team-existed-back-then feel to it), but there is no way around the fact that wearing black sleeves and socks with blue pinstripes is just plain FUG.

  • Shawn | April 15, 2009 at 12:25 am |

    [quote comment=”323494″]anyone notice this? possible new San Francisco 49ers secondary logo leaked?!
    http://mvn.com/minin...

    Warner Brothers should sue.

  • Chuck | April 15, 2009 at 12:32 am |

    [quote comment=”323504″][quote comment=”323494″]anyone notice this? possible new San Francisco 49ers secondary logo leaked?!
    http://mvn.com/minin...

    Warner Brothers should sue.[/quote]

    Thats all folks! LOL!

  • Johnny O | April 15, 2009 at 12:41 am |

    [quote comment=”323498″]Went to the No Mas/Nike David Wright Interview…very cool…Chris Isenberg is a very cool cat.

    I got to ask Wright about his cuffs and he put it bluntly…days he goes high, nights he wears ’em, low.

    By the way, I only got picked tp ask a question because of this:

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    This guy was GREAT by the way…he blessed the new stadia, played the keyboard and led us in a rousing version of “Meet the Mets” as well as an amazing gospel tune that had something to do with Moses at the plate.

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    You already did a DIY of the “I’m calling it shea” shirt? Amazing. I would honestly purchase that shirt if they came like that. Hell, I might even buy one anyways. My closet is very brewers blue, gold, and throw in some retro yellow and blue. I may need a change. Mets and Crew this weekend! Anyone want to place some friendly wagers on the games or series?

  • Nathan | April 15, 2009 at 12:56 am |

    sorry if this has been said before, but i think the rangers are doing what they did back in 2000 – wearing the red caps and helmets at home and blue on the road. i must say that i like the red at home look, especially when paired with the blue jersey (i dont know if they have done that this year, but i know i liked it back in 2000)

  • Loren J. | April 15, 2009 at 1:40 am |

    I wisht the Rangers would go to Red at Home and Blue on the Road

    Red letters/piping, Red caps, Red undershirt, Red socks/stirrups, Red belts, Red Fleece Pullovers, Red jackets at home

    and vice versa with the Blue on the Road

  • Loren J. | April 15, 2009 at 1:45 am |

    and put RANGERS back on any and all home jerseys!

    with

    TEXAS on any Road jerseys!

  • dwight | April 15, 2009 at 8:13 am |

    [quote comment=”323492″][quote comment=”323440″]In the 2001 MLB Playoffs, the A’s hung Jermaine Dye’s jersey in the dugout after he shattered his kneecap.

    BTW. I don’t know who was pitching for the Rockies last night, but his hosiery was fantastic.[/quote]
    When Larry Dierker managed the Houston Astros, he once had to take an extended absence, and I remember his jersey got the hanging-in-the-dugout treatment. (Forget the details though.)[/quote]

    He had brain surgery after a siezure in the dugout in 1999.

  • Stephen | April 15, 2009 at 5:02 pm |

    I still say the Jays should all wear #9 instead of #42, if they’re not going to go all-out and wear Montreal Royals uniforms. It’d be a nice touch, since while Jackie didn’t have the societal impact he would in Brooklyn (for many reasons), his time with the Royals is still, IMHO, an important part of Canadian history.

  • Kyle | April 16, 2009 at 7:05 am |

    Adding to comment #18, I played Boys Baseball for the Maennerchor Club in Erie, and at the end of every season, we would have our team party there. Our fathers would all get wasted and we would eat pizza and play duckpins. I believe the Maennerchor had six duck lanes and six standard bowling lanes (It could be 8). Randy Brewer, a body-builder turned radio personality and politico, was one of our coaches and he would roll the 16 lb. bowling ball with the same ferocity that we 12 year-olds could toss our 2 pound duck balls. Fond memories of that basement.