In yesterday morning’s Ticker, I noted that several MLB players were suddenly wearing stirrups. “There’s definitely a little trendlet at work here,” I added. “I think the hosiery pendulum may finally be ready to start swinging back the other way.” As if to underscore my point, a few hours later David Wright joined the bandwagon. Unprecedented! Wright usually goes high-cuffed for day games, but I’m fairly certain this is the first time he’s ever gone with stirrups instead of solid socks. I’m tellin’ ya, people, there’s a train a-comin’, and it’s pulling boxcars and boxcars full of stirrups.
I knew my man Ken Davidoff was covering the game for Newsday, so I shot him a quick note: “Ask Wright about the stirrups, please. And when he gives you some innocuous answer, like, ‘Just figured I’d go with an old-school look today’ or whatever, ask him whether the equipment staff already had stirrups in stock or if they had to special-order them.” Ken (who could easily have told me to do my own damn reporting) not only was nice enough to oblige, he even ran the following tidbit last night on his blog:
Paul Lukas of Uni Watch requested that I ask Wright what was up with wearing the full stirrups today. Wright’s response: “Yeah, why not? Change it up a little bit.”
Paul even fed me a follow-up question: Did the clubhouse attendants have the stirrups in supply, or was a special order made? Wright replied that they were on site but, “They had to get them from the top of the bin.”
Thanks, Ken. And thanks, for once, to Charlie Samuels — good to know he’s got the goods in stock.
New ESPN column today, and I think you’ll find it quite interesting — look here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Longtime Uni Watch pal Jared Wheeler has been working on an exhibit about the history of baseball in Philadelphia. The exhibit opens this Friday and will be up through mid-October. Details here. … Check out the second-to-last graf here (with thanks to Joshua Pester). … John Sheehan is in his first year working for the Red Sox front office. The other day he was checking out a garage on Yawkey Way — just exploring, getting familiar with the grounds, etc. — and look what he discovered. How cool is that?! A shame to see it gathering dust like that, though. … New Arsenal away kits have been leaked (with thanks to Stephen Wong). … Dig this cool meta-helmet! That’s one of many sports-oriented ads that Brinke Guthrie has scanned from a two books of classic vintage advertising (the books are here and here), plus he’s got a ton of other interesting NFL-related stuff on display here. … Check out these lacrosse gloves — Adidas three-stripe thing or Michigan winged helmet motif? Maybe both (good spot by Tom Wilcox). … Earlier this year, Lance Armstrong had a yellow Livestrong stripe on his left shorts cuff. Now his whole team has it. That news comes from Bryan, who also reports that Lance is wearing world champion rainbow sleeve stripes (for the first time since 2002) and a new helmet (which matches the pattern on his bike). … More cycling news from Bryan: Columbia-High Road had pink accents in their kit on Wednesday, since Thomas Lovkvist was in the maglia rosa (which is benefiting from the Dolce and Gabbana makeover — note the Italian-themed vertical striping), and Astana may have a new kit today. … Pat Sokolowski saw this posted on a Mizzou blog. “Where to start?” he says. “Classic looks. Love the boots on OSU, even as a Mizzou fan. But WTF, a cornhusker sombrero?” … Unique twist on the DIY phenomenon in Pittsburgh, where there’s a guy who modifies NHL jerseys to piss off fans of the Pens’ opponents. Amusing details here (with thanks to Hugh McBride). … Wow, what a concept. … Looks like Ronnie Lott had some sleeve modifications back in the day (with thanks to Ken Ritz). … He’s calling it Shea, I’d be willing to bet. … Martin Prado is wearing those annoying Phiten-branded socks, just like Miguel Cabrera was doing last season. And apparently someone on the Angels was wearing them on April 15th. Matt Powers posted that last photo in last night’s comments but didn’t say who the player was. Hey, Matt, fill us in. … Super-cool vintage football uniform ad here. … Major discovery by Kelly Phillips who found The Complete Historical and Statistical Reference to the World Hockey Association (1972-1979) on Google Books. Unfortunately, it’s a “book preview,” not the entire book, but there are still a ton of good material — click through it and see for yourself.
Small Request: There will be an entry tomorrow — it’s already written and ready to go — but I’m going to be waaaaaay too busy today to compile a Ticker. Same goes for tomorrow. So unless you’ve got some kind of breaking news of “Natinals”-like importance, please hold your Ticker contributions until next week. Trust me, I’ll be much better equipped to deal with them then. Thanks.