As I think you all know by now, yesterday was a very important day — a day marked by stirring tributes around the nation, as people paused to reflect upon an important moment in our history and shared a sense of renewed purpose and commitment to the things that make our country great.
New ESPN column today — here. — Paul
Uni Watch News Ticker: No Mas prexy Chris Isenberg says the “I’m Calling It Shea” T-shirt is “the fastest-selling product in No Mas history.” Very cool — thanks for making me proud, people (and remember, you can get a 10% discount by using the checkout code “uniwatch”). … And in the interests of equal time, No Mas has also produced a great little video about Fred Schuman (aka Freddie Sez, a fixture at Yankee Stadium). It’s totally aces — check it out here. … Last night’s Phillies/Nats game was rained out, so the Phillies’ Harry Kalas memorial patch will make its debut tonight. … “On Sunday the Islanders held their ‘jerseys off our backs’ fan appreciation event,” writes John Muir. “When Thomas Pock’s name was called, he peeled off his jersey to reveal .. Andy Sutton’s shoulder pads.” … Also from John: Here’s a different kind of DIY uniform. … Scott Turner notes that one of Larry Bodnovich‘s old football screen shots from last week featured what appears to be a reverse-field Chiefs helmet. “Not sure what the story is there,” says Larry. “The DVD audio didn’t mention it, but I figured that was unusual so I did a grab of it.” … “The new Frank Howard statue [outside Nationals Park] has the wrong number for the uniform he is wearing,” says William Yurasko. “The Senators had pinstripes through 1967, but Howard wore #9 through 1968. He gave up the number when Ted Williams was hired to manager the Senators. He started wearing #33 in 1969. Also: The bands playing outside the park on Opening Day were all wearing surplus jerseys of former players.” … It’s hard to see, but Jason Clark says that the Vanderbilt baseball uniforms in these photos are not white. “They are a very light vegas gold, and at first appeared to be satin, as they were somewhat pearlescent in the sun,” he says. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: The Chicago Bulls’ logo has more than meets the eye. … Also from yesterday: This comment links to a series of great softball uniform photos. … New football uniforms for Mississippi State (with thanks to Rob Hammond). … Andrew Wagner recently acquired a game-used Richmond Braves cap, whose underbrim includes two inscriptions: ” “Living the Dream” and “No Mercy.” … Wow, what a gorgeous jacket (big thanks to Roger Faso). … Hmmm, does the Wisconsin spring football game logo remind you of anything? More importantly, why does a spring scrimmage need a logo to begin with? (With thanks to Dustin Pomprowitz). … Good spot by Joe DeAngelis, who writes: “The Maple Leafs decided to used a photo of Tie Domi for the box of a video that they produced — but it’s a Photoshopped version of a photo from when Domi was with the Rangers. Small hint: The Rangers’ on-ice logo in part is still present in the VHS cover.” … The Oklahoma City RedHawks are retiring No. 1 for Bobby Murcer. The thing is, as Paul Deaver explains, “Murcer is from Oklahoma but never played professional baseball for any Oklahoma City franchise.” … Awesome Chicago sports summit meeting captured here (thanks, Phil). … Rob Ullman‘s annual NHL playoff preview predictions, complete with illos of jersey-clad cuties, can be found here and here (plus he’s taken out a Uni Watch Classified ad, whoop-whoop). … Pardon me while I go off on a small rant: SNY has unveiled this completely annoying new replay feature in which they use some rudimentary graphics to compare the catcher’s target to where the pitch actually ends up. So whenever there’s a base hit, the announcers are all tsk-tsk and second-guessy, pointing out that the pitch wasn’t where it was supposed to be, so OF COURSE it resulted in a hit. This gimmick, which of course is sponsored (as in “Let’s check the Douchebag ‘Where’s That Pitch?’ Replay,” or whatever the fuck they’re calling it), is irksome on several levels: (1) It assumes that the catcher’s target is the correct place for the pitch and that a pitch right at the catcher’s glove would have produced a better result. (2) It plays into the fallacy that every base hit is the result of a pitcher’s mistake, which is utter bullshit. (3) Naturally, they never compare the pitch’s location vs. its target for pitches that result in outs (or foul balls, or other unsexy plays), even though plenty of those pitches miss the target as well. (4) There’s absolutely zero acknowledgment that it’s really fucking hard to put a pitch right in the catcher’s glove. If a pitcher could do that every time he wanted, batting averages would hover around .100 and Selig would be making plans to turn the mound into a trench. The single best thing about listening to baseball on the radio instead of TV is that the radio guys can’t employ stupid-ass “technology” features like this. OK, end of rant, go back to your tax protests.