Lots of problems for Edinson Volquez last night. In addition to having his second button unfastened, he untucked, plus he had what reader David Sonny describes as “the biggest batting helmet ever, making him look like a sloppy life-sized bobblehead.”
New ESPN column today — look here. — Paul
Requiem for Ol’ Griz: Yesterday’s entry featuring Ned Paynter’s comics generated a ton of favorable response, including the following note from Ned’s nephew Bruce Jaynes:
Thank you so much for your treatment of my uncle’s illustrations. You did an amazing job of capturing the spirit of his work. … The best part of the day, and I don’t want to get all mushy here, has been the reaction within my family. My uncle, as talented as he was, could be a real motherfucker. A little would go a long way. His final year was spent in pain, anger, and a dementia that too frequently brought us to our boiling point. When he passed, it was certainly a relief for everyone involved, and we haven’t really had a proper mourning period for him. My family has been sending emails and messages all day celebrating the recognition of Ned’s work. So consider today’s post as the wake that the Ol’ Griz never had. Thanks again.
Wow. I don’t mind admitting that it makes a fella feel just a little bit proud to get a note like that. Thanks, Bruce, and doubleplusthanks for sharing Ned’s artwork, which is among the most special material ever to appear on this site.
Uni Watch News Ticker: What is this? It’s from this. “Too bad they’re not in the actual team colors,” says Tris Wykes. … Bizarre baseball/football crossover photo here (great find, Phil). … Lots of cool stuff on sale at Ebbets Field Flannels. … Is Syracuse getting new basketball uniforms? Shmaybe (with thanks to Sean Keeley and Jeff Landset). … What’s the point of wearing navy stirrups with navy sannies? Lots of additional pics of the same team here (with thanks to Charlie Shields). … The Falcons will be wearing 1966 throwbacks for one game this season (with thanks to Will Resinger). … Elena Elms pointed me toward this cool-looking new book. … NFL uni number news is trickling out for several teams, including the Vikings, Chargers, Cardinals, Dolphins, and Bucs (scroll down to “Number Five in Your Program”). … Bengie Molina has made a small modification to his cap and another to his jersey. To see what they are, scroll down to the boldface “When the season began” graf on this page (with thank to Brinke Guthrie). … Over on the Chris Creamer board, someone pointed out that Andruw Jones had worn a logo on his batting gloves that looked very much like the Brewers’ old ball-in-glove logo. Another contributor to that board explained: “It’s a logo he used exclusively on his batting gloves and cleats. Kind of a play on the Gold Glove awards he won, I think. The logo does look a lot like the Brewers logo but has the #25 stitched in the palm.” … Also from the Creamer board: QBs in the Colorado spring scrimmage had white stripes on their helmets. … Here’s an excellent shot of AJ Pierzynski’s unusual catching helmet (with thanks to Steve Johnston). … Former AFL player Ernie Barnes, who also painted some killer sports scenes (among other things), has died. There’s a great gallery of his work here (with thanks to Jeff Ash). … Haverhill Brewery, located in Massachusetts, is introducing a new baseball-themed beer. Unfortunately, nobody told them that “home run” is two words and that ballplayers don’t wear fingerless cycling gloves, although I do like their uni concept (with thanks to Ben Wideman). … Lots of cool gas station signs displayed here (with thanks to Alan Saunders). … We’ve now sold over 450 “I’m Calling It Shea” shirts, and donated over $1000 to a local food bank. I look forward to seeing both numbers rise in the weeks to come.