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Take Me Out To The Ball Game…Take Me Out For The Schwag

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By Phil Hecken, joined by Brinke Guthrie

Today, I’m joined by Brinke Guthrie, who’s probably more familiar to you as “=bg=” and who’ll be assisting me with the first portion of today’s post. We’re going to look at some of the promotions that good old MLB will be doing this season. And so, I now turn the floor over to Brinke:

The MLB season is motoring right along, and some things never change. (Mets in first, poised for the September nosedive; Pirates in the cellar.) As the season rolls on, we see more and more great giveaways at the parks. Tomorrow afternoon is Lou Brock Statue Day in St. Louis, and tomorrow night is the sold-out Tim Lincecum Bobble Night over at AT&T Park. (I try to avoid night games there — it can get quite chilly.) Jon Miller Bobble night is in August, and I will be there for that. It will at least be above freezing. Maybe.

Around the league, get yourself an Adam Jones Bobble (featuring dynamic bubble gum action) June 17th at Camden Yards.

June 20th is the Civil Rights Game in Cincinnati and that gets you a “1964 Frank Robinson Mesh Jersey,” but it won’t be quite that authentic ’cause this one will come branded with a soft drink logo.

Oakland’s got a 1989 Mark McGwire World Series Replica Jersey for you on June 22; (and no, it’s not sponsored by a pharmaceutical firm);

Get yourself a Beanie Baby called “Rally Doodle Dandy” on July 2nd in Anaheim..and Mini-Flag Day on July 4th in D.C. (Will they put a sponsor logo on Old Glory? Stay tuned.)

July 30th in Arlington means Texas Rangers cap night (what, no two-tone helmet night?);

The New York Mets have a Citi Field Ballpark Replica day set for August 23rd, and be sure to say hi to the lone guy with the goatee picketing with the “I’m Calling It Shea” sign;

…and the poor Marlins promo staff will be on their knees by the All-Star Game as it appears they have something every night.

Thanks Brinke! He and I will be back next weekend for our look at the French Open. By the way, if you’re really into the bobble heads, I hope you’ll be ordering one from Robert Marshall — but even if you’re not — here’s the schedule for the bobble head days for all teams.

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preakness_stakes_2009 The Preakness Stakes takes place today at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD. Not nearly as famous as the Kentucky Derby, which always takes place two weeks prior, this one is nicknamed the “Race for the Black-Eyed Susans,” because, well, the winning horse receives a blanket of the State Flower of Maryland. Race-goers still wear funny hats, usually in the theme of the black-eyed susan, and the winner still strikes a pose. Most jockeys and bettors hope to see this pose, which while it could mean victory, usually means the rider has locked up the first two legs of the triple crown. This year, the beautiful gelding named “Mine That Bird” hopes to take the second leg. Post time is approximately 6:05 EDT, and the race will carried by the Peacock.

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candela Oh, those candelas: As you no doubt know by now, Paul & Kirsten’s exhibit, The Candela Structures: A New York City History Mystery, will open at the City Reliquary this Saturday (opening reception: 7pm) and will be on view at least until June 28th. If you’re somehow unfamiliar with this, be sure to check yesterday’s post for full details.

Although I won’t likely be at the opening, I will be sure to check it out at some point during the run. As most of you know, I’m both an avid Mets fan and a fan of tennis, so between my trips to Shea and the National Tennis Center, I’ve been in the general locale where the remaining candelas are located at least 100 times. And, while waiting for games to begin, tennis to start, or just near the World’s Fair site (I live less than 10 miles away), I’ve also had the occasion to spend a bunch of time in that area. In this nifty overhead shot you can get a sense of the proximity of the World’s Fair Site, Shea Stadium and the National Tennis Center. If you look north (top of the pic), you’ll see Flushing Bay, and that’s where the candelas are located. (Here’s a better perspective.) The candelas are located approximately where the red star on this map appears.

So, I’ve actually seen the structures Paul & Kirsten are “exhibiting.” And I’ve honestly been fascinated with them ever since I first saw them, so when Paul first said he and Kirsten were looking into a project detailing the candela structures, I was very excited, both for them and personally. Can’t wait to visit the exhibit, and I hope any of you in the NYC area can either pay them a visit tonight, or check out the exhibit if you’re in the area.

Good luck to you guys! I’m sure the exhibit will be awesome, the opening will be a blast, many of you UWers can get to see it. Or at least visit the website. Or something.

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stirrup nation Stirrup Nation (TM) : With the relative plethora of stirrup-clad major leaguers, (including some not quite ready for the show), is it now possible to field an “All Stirrup Team? Just this past week, we welcomed two new members into Stirrup Nation (TM). With the new additions, combined with the old standbys, plus the younger members, there’s gotta be a full, stirrup-clad team out there, no? See if you guys can find a full team of position players and pitchers who rock the old school look, and we’ll put ’em in the UW Hosiery Hall of Fame, 2009 edition. List your nominees by position (1B, 2B, SS, etc.) and let’s see if we can’t cover the bases (pun firmly intended) for this most auspicious honor. If we can’t find a stirrup-rocking player whose primary position is included in the starting nine (plus relievers and bench players), let’s move one into that spot or see who’s down in the minors just waiting for the call up. Can we do it?

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This and That: As the “look at the AFL legacy uniform” series continues, we take a look at the 1960 Houston Oilers and the 1963 San Diego Chargers and the 1963 Boston Patriots and the 1961 New York Titans … For those of you fortunate to have been to the Baseball Hall of Fame, I salute you; for those of you (like myself) who have not yet been, the village of Cooperstown is getting hot … Although I’m not a fan of any alternate jersey, I gotta admit, the Texas Texases are growing on me … You might think that white frat boys in rebel uniforms and sorority chicks in hoop skirts would raise some eyebrows, prompting those organizing the event to discontinue it due to possible insensitivity — but you’d be wrong … The Yankees did find one taker for those $2,500 seats … wait — make it two … Hmmm — Deep-fried Twinkies, jars of moonshine and kegerators set up in the backs of recreational vehicles aren’t just the trappings of a modern-day NASCAR race weekend — they’re evidence of a hidden past — in fact, “It’s almost a direct carryover from the Middle Ages.” … Can we please get the visiting team to wear white on Friday nights in Skydome Rogers Centre? — and this is why throwbacks just don’t look good in 2009 — if you’re NOT going to rock them properly, just don’t wear ’em … In hockey-ish news, the price of putting an oversized jersey on the “Spirit of Detroit” just got a lot more reasonable … After all their miscues this season, Ryan Zimmerman tips his cap to the equipment manager for not screwing up his uniform … This is VERY interesting (and we may have discussed something like this before) — Check out these Wristbands. They’re all part of some newfangled signaling technique for college types — The full story is here … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments (from Teebz): The Abbotsford AHL franchise now has a name. And it’s closely related to the Flames. Your newest AHL relocation is now the Abbotsford Heat. Miami residents have no comment. … Also from yesterday’s comments (from Squiddie): There’s an article in the Times that Jack Kerouac used to play a fantasy baseball game of his own design and that he created his own teams named after makes of cars. There’s a slideshow with his team cards and other paraphernalia. … “Man that ball got outta here in a hurry. I mean anything travels that far oughta have a damn stewardess on it, don’tcha think?” … Not quite sports related, but interesting: a new uniform fitted with in-built tourniquets that could save lives and limbs is being tested by the British Army — apparently the US already has and uses this technology … “This is for last night, Kate” … Belle Fourche hopes to field a team in the Black Hills Youth Football League that would have 6- through 8-year-olds playing in NFL team uniforms — that’s right 6 & 8 YO’s in NFL unis … New PT uniform gets the go-ahead — No more MC Hammer jokes … Isn’t there some kind of rule that says you can’t wear blue sleeves if the rest of the team wears black? … Brinke checks in with this gem: just when you thought Nike’s couldn’t get any uglier — they did … I’ll be the first to admit I know next to nothing about NASCAR (although this is a truck) but this can’t be good … As a follow up to many of yesterday’s comments, here’s a Fighting Sioux timeline … From the UW gold “Natinals” episode, to miserable attendance and tv ratings, the Washingtn ball club can’t seem to do anything right … “Oh…you want a look?” — Obama meets Phillies and all he gets is this stupid t-shirt … NO! NO! NO! You’re doing it wrong! … Did Bret Favre already sign with the Vikes? Cuz if you read this article, it sounds like a done deal … And speaking of Minnesota sports, the Twins new ballpark will have rooftop seating … The Bird Gets It (TM)!

Being an official scorer has it’s rewards — UW’s Larry Wiederecht (“Lwiedy”) posed this question to David Holtzman, of the Royals Media Relations: “This year’s guide has Royals’ steals of home listed on page 189. I believe on August 20, 1973 vs. New York , Cookie Rojas & Fred Patek executed a double steal with Patek scoring. I recalled seeing this game and did a little poking on Retrosheet to confirm. Perhaps there is a scoring issue with this play that would exclude it from consideration but I could not think of what it would be.” To which Mr. Holtzman replied: “I looked this up and it does appear we’ve missed that steal of home. We will add it to the guide for next season.” Pretty cool, Larry. Freddie owes you a coke.

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Have a wonderful Saturday everyone.

 

68 comments to Take Me Out To The Ball Game…Take Me Out For The Schwag

  • Scott Little | May 16, 2009 at 8:04 am |

    Phil,

    The link won’t let me see what the bird gets…

  • LI Phil | May 16, 2009 at 8:12 am |

    how about now?

  • Tris Wykes | May 16, 2009 at 8:40 am |

    I’ve ingested far too much candelas and I must go lie down.

  • Jeff | May 16, 2009 at 9:06 am |

    Fun fact: No winner of the Preakness has ever received a blanket of black eyed susans as BESs are not in season until 2 months later. Usually they are painted daisies every one pretends are BESs.

  • Flip | May 16, 2009 at 9:07 am |

    Everyday with a Freddie Patek reference is a good day.

  • JTH | May 16, 2009 at 9:17 am |

    Some of the more interesting bobbleheads shown on that schedule page:

    El Caballo (shouldn’t he be portrayed as some kind of anthropomorphic horse rather than holding a hobbyhorse?)

    The Wizard

    Big Puma (See the Carlos Lee comment.)

    Lou Seal

    Uh… Miguel Cabrera

    Also, I noticed that only 23 teams are listed. The bastards holdouts?

    Braves
    Sox (both)
    Rockies
    Royals
    Yanks
    Padres

  • Lose R | May 16, 2009 at 9:54 am |

    Can anyone tell me what the heck is going on here?

    http://i498.photobuc...

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | May 16, 2009 at 10:30 am |

    Hmmmm…I nominate Chicago Cubs CF/OF Reed Johnson for the “All Stirrup Team”. But he rocks them low…does he still qualify? He also wears his high cuffed pants a little baggy too giving it an old school look.

    Sorry I’m on my iPhone at the moment and no copy paste feature ARGH!!!!

  • JTH | May 16, 2009 at 10:40 am |

    OK, Stirrup Nation roster off the top of my head:
    P: Luke Hochevar, Josh Outman, Jeremy Sowers, Jamie Moyer. (Is Zito still going with the stirrups these days?)
    C: Corky Miller
    1B: ?
    2B: Brendan Ryan
    3B: David Wright
    SS: ?
    LF: Juan Pierre
    CF: Nyjer Morgan
    RF: Reed Johnson

  • JCFrank | May 16, 2009 at 10:43 am |

    Maybe the biggest uni part of the Preakness is the painting of the weather vane after the race http://baltimore.abo..., the guy gets up on the ladder as soon as its official to paint the winning colors.

  • =bg= | May 16, 2009 at 10:44 am |

    MEMO TO: LIPhil
    FR: ME
    DT: TODAY
    RE: GIANTS
    ——————
    WE SUCK.

    REGARDS,
    =bg=

  • JeffM | May 16, 2009 at 10:46 am |

    [quote comment=”329535″]OK, Stirrup Nation roster off the top of my head:
    P: Luke Hochevar, Josh Outman, Jeremy Sowers, Jamie Moyer. (Is Zito still going with the stirrups these days?)
    C: Corky Miller
    1B: ?
    2B: Brendan Ryan
    3B: David Wright
    SS: ?
    LF: Juan Pierre
    CF: Nyjer Morgan
    RF: Reed Johnson[/quote]

    even if Zito is going with the stirrups, i’m not sure you want him in your rotation

  • Mike Engle | May 16, 2009 at 10:50 am |

    Not to be nitpicky, but the scorer should owe LWiedy a Coke. Not a coke. Slightly different. Also, apostrophe catastrophe in “Being an official scorer…” IT IS not correct. It’s “its.”

  • Mike Engle | May 16, 2009 at 10:55 am |

    [quote comment=”329538″][quote comment=”329535″]OK, Stirrup Nation roster off the top of my head:
    P: Luke Hochevar, Josh Outman, Jeremy Sowers, Jamie Moyer. (Is Zito still going with the stirrups these days?)
    C: Corky Miller
    1B: ?
    2B: Brendan Ryan
    3B: David Wright
    SS: ?
    LF: Juan Pierre
    CF: Nyjer Morgan
    RF: Reed Johnson[/quote]

    even if Zito is going with the stirrups, i’m not sure you want him in your rotation[/quote]
    I’ll pencil Kevin Millar at first base, unless somebody can top that and relegate Millar to the bench.

  • jude | May 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |

    The Star has caught up with the two fake umps at the Rogers Centre.

    – jude

  • JF in DC | May 16, 2009 at 11:22 am |

    It always amazes me the number of baseball fans on the eastern seaboard, or within 8 hours by car, who have never been to Cooperstown. My wife is from nearby Oneonta, so I’ve been dozens of times…the point is, if you’re a seamhead, you MUST go.

    It’s a little bit more crowded there, than say 20 years ago, and by going into the gift shops, you’de think the Yanks and Sawx are the only teams on earth, but it’s well worth the trip.

    Try going in October…the leaves are turning and the playoffs are in the air, and the crowds are way down.

  • DenverGregg | May 16, 2009 at 11:22 am |

    Ubaldo Jimenez wears stirrups (correctly even!).

  • Teebz | May 16, 2009 at 11:30 am |

    Rimouski opened the (for Phil) Mastercard Memorial Cup last night wearing their one-time jerseys. The WHL’s Kelowna Rockets put a damper on the evening by winning 4-1, but the Oceanic still looked pretty good.

    As stated by team officials, “the opening game jerseys were designed by the Canadian Hockey League in conjunction with the Rimouski Oceanic in honour of the Canadian Forces. The design was derived from the HMCS Rimouski, a Royal Canadian Navy Flower-class corvette which took part in convoy escort duties during World War II.”

    Here’s an up-close-and-personal look.

  • whstbone09 | May 16, 2009 at 11:32 am |

    Has anybody else noticed that the 4th of July hats are going to be red this year for the MLB?

  • Squiddie | May 16, 2009 at 11:33 am |

    I keep thinking the fake umpires should have their own turn back the clock days. I wouldn’t mind seeing maroon jackets again.

  • Matt Brosseau | May 16, 2009 at 11:41 am |

    Hm. I always thought that this type of promotional giveaway was called “swag.” As in “swag bags” given away to celebrities or the backronym “Stuff We All Get.”

    “Schwag,” at least in my history, has a somewhat different connotation, i.e. low-quality weed.

  • The Ol Goaler | May 16, 2009 at 11:43 am |

    [quote comment=\”329530\”]Some of the more interesting bobbleheads shown on that schedule page:
    (edit)
    The Wizard
    Also, I noticed that only 23 teams are listed. The bastards holdouts?

    Braves
    Sox (both)
    Rockies
    Royals
    Yanks
    Padres[/quote]
    Nonononono…. This is “The Wizard”!

  • JTH | May 16, 2009 at 12:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”329548″]”Schwag,” at least in my history, has a somewhat different connotation, i.e. low-quality weed.[/quote]
    Yeah. As in “Dude, there ain’t no fucking way I’m giving you 20 bones for an eighth of that schwag.” (Clearly, I have no idea how much an eighth goes for nowadays.)

    I wasn’t sure if I was the only one who was familiar with this connotation.

  • JTH | May 16, 2009 at 12:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”329544″]Ubaldo Jimenez wears stirrups (correctly even!).[/quote]
    Correctly? Not always.

  • JeffM | May 16, 2009 at 12:59 pm |

    for the “All Stirrup” Team, i would like to nominate the entire Arizona State Roster

    http://mtimages.cstv...

  • Brian | May 16, 2009 at 1:29 pm |

    “I’ll be the first to admit I know next to nothing about NASCAR (although this is a truck) but this can’t be good”

    First of all (and I’ll excuse you as you stated that you know “next to nothing about NASCAR”), it is a truck, but NASCAR has a tiered system much like MLB in that there are “minor leagues.” The main two — the Nationwide Series (AAA, if you will) and the Camping World Truck Series (which is pictured aboved, and is generally considered a step lower than the Nationwide Series) are national series and do much of their tour with the main Sprint Cup Series. However, NASCAR allows drivers from any series to drive in any other series, which makes for some particularly unfair situations when someone like Kyle Busch, who is one of the stars of the Sprint Cup Series (and a major douchebag crybaby), comes down and dominates both the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series.

    Secondly, James Buescher, the driver of the #10 truck shown in your picture, simply spun out, and the smoke shown is just from his tires. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the picture. Buescher recovered to finish 12th out of 36 drivers last night.

  • Josh | May 16, 2009 at 1:39 pm |

    Brendan Ryan just got recalled from Memphis. Yay for the best stirrups in baseball!

  • phathead | May 16, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  • rpm | May 16, 2009 at 1:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”329527″]I’ve ingested far too much candelas and I must go lie down.[/quote]

    not everybody reads every day, i think you can scroll past the stuff you have already been informed about without too much trouble. because let’s face it, it is paul’s site, and it is paul’s project, not your site, your controlled content. you can’t wrap your brain-pan around that?

    late for work phil, just wanted to say great post today, and it is about time we put together the stirrup team. i will be in touch later, more great news on the bob front.

    great post today phil, i am late for the

  • DenverGregg | May 16, 2009 at 1:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”329551″][quote comment=”329544″]Ubaldo Jimenez wears stirrups (correctly even!).[/quote]
    Correctly? Not always.[/quote]
    That was probably in ’07, when he tended to wear them backwards. This year he’s had them straight each time I’ve seen the game.

  • Brandon | May 16, 2009 at 2:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”329554″]Brendan Ryan just got recalled from Memphis. Yay for the best stirrups in baseball![/quote]

    Technically he is coming off the DL

  • James Craven | May 16, 2009 at 2:24 pm |

    the Phillies had Charlie Manual Bobble Figurine night last month against the Natinals, and there’s a Brad Lidge Bobble Figurine coming against Arizona August 19th. Went to the first, will go to the second.

    And as far as the all-stirrups team, few people realize Jim Thome wears solid color socks under huis stirrups, so he would be the DH.

  • JTH | May 16, 2009 at 2:41 pm |

    DAMMIT! The Jays/Sox game is on national TV and the “fake umps” are not at the game.

  • mako | May 16, 2009 at 2:43 pm |

    Re that Shutdown Corner link on AFL legacy uniforms: the Babe Parilli card shows him in pants with a blue-red-blue stripe, while the Football Uniforms Past and Present website (an image of which is on the same page) says the Pats always had red-blue-red stripes. Did they actually go blue-red-blue for a while?

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | May 16, 2009 at 3:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”329552″]for the “All Stirrup” Team, i would like to nominate the entire Arizona State Roster

    http://mtimages.cstv...

    Wooooooooooow!!! I second that!

  • jude | May 16, 2009 at 3:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”329562″]DAMMIT! The Jays/Sox game is on national TV and the “fake umps” are not at the game.[/quote]

    The Star story says the fake umps aren’t coming back until the June 2-3-4 series versus the L.A. Angels of Anaheim.

  • u2-horn | May 16, 2009 at 3:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”329531″]Can anyone tell me what the heck is going on here?

    http://i498.photobuc...
    http://buzz.playtalk...

  • Darbs | May 16, 2009 at 4:25 pm |

    David Wright wearing some high quality black stirrups today in SF!

  • Marc M. | May 16, 2009 at 4:36 pm |

    Talk about the bad use of an apostrophe, the ad for Ken Burns’ Baseball on MLB Network is written out Ken Burns’s Baseball in big letter. I don’t have a screen grab, I will try to get one. But what a major foul up, no pun intended.

  • u2-horn | May 16, 2009 at 4:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”329571″]Talk about the bad use of an apostrophe, the ad for Ken Burns’ Baseball on MLB Network is written out Ken Burns’s Baseball in big letter. I don’t have a screen grab, I will try to get one. But what a major foul up, no pun intended.[/quote]

    There’s no error in that.

  • Colin | May 16, 2009 at 4:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”329550″][quote comment=”329548″]”Schwag,” at least in my history, has a somewhat different connotation, i.e. low-quality weed.[/quote]
    Yeah. As in “Dude, there ain’t no fucking way I’m giving you 20 bones for an eighth of that schwag.” (Clearly, I have no idea how much an eighth goes for nowadays.)

    I wasn’t sure if I was the only one who was familiar with this connotation.[/quote]

    $35-40 Canadian here.

  • The Hemogoblin | May 16, 2009 at 5:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”329548″]Hm. I always thought that this type of promotional giveaway was called “swag.” As in “swag bags” given away to celebrities or the backronym “Stuff We All Get.”

    “Schwag,” at least in my history, has a somewhat different connotation, i.e. low-quality weed.[/quote]

    $40 here in Eugene… and it’s all good.

    *didn’t just say that*

  • Johnny O | May 16, 2009 at 5:34 pm |

    Now, I am VERY biased, but the coolest bobble head I have ever see was this year at the May 3rd Brewers game. It was Ryan Braun bobble head day (he didn’t even play), but the bobble head they gave out was him hitting a go-ahead home run the last day of the season last year to seal the NL Wild Card with the Mets losing later (Sorry Phil). The coolest thing though was that 1,000 bobbles had a huge base to it, and if you pressed a button by Braun’s foot, it played the home run call of Bob Uecker of that glorious home run. I have seen a bunch on eBay and most of them are selling for close to $300! Here is one on the bay right now:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    In case you are wondering, I only received the standard bobble, but it is still pretty sweet ’cause of the style.

    Other cool Brewer promotions from the past:

    Rickie Weeks sliding bobble:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Derrick Turnbow with “real” hair:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Prince Fielder with a crown:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Barrel Man (which I own):
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    And for the past few years or so, they have been giving away a bobble of the racing sausages:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Other than that, there will be a Trevor Hoffman bobble head, Jason Kendall, Bratwurst racing sausage bobble head, and Jeff Suppan bobble head later this year. You can view them here:
    http://milwaukee.bre...

  • LI Phil | May 16, 2009 at 5:37 pm |

    you need to get a robert marshall custom bob, johnny

  • phil pereira | May 16, 2009 at 5:52 pm |

    So FC Porto won their 4th consecutive league title in Portugal last week, and for this week’s game they had a special patch on their jerseys win “tetra campeao” on it. I’ll try and find a photo I can link to.

  • Marc M. | May 16, 2009 at 6:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”329572″][quote comment=”329571″]Talk about the bad use of an apostrophe, the ad for Ken Burns’ Baseball on MLB Network is written out Ken Burns’s Baseball in big letter. I don’t have a screen grab, I will try to get one. But what a major foul up, no pun intended.[/quote]

    There’s no error in that.[/quote]

    Sure there is. It should read Ken Burns’ Baseball, one “s” not two.

  • Craig | May 16, 2009 at 6:36 pm |

    Nats and Phillies are having Jackie Robinson Day tonight due to the rainout on the original date.

    I’m sure there will be some great pictures of everyone in 42, intentionally… without a natinals error… I hope…

  • Squiddie | May 16, 2009 at 6:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”329578″][quote comment=”329572″][quote comment=”329571″]Talk about the bad use of an apostrophe, the ad for Ken Burns’ Baseball on MLB Network is written out Ken Burns’s Baseball in big letter. I don’t have a screen grab, I will try to get one. But what a major foul up, no pun intended.[/quote]

    There’s no error in that.[/quote]

    Sure there is. It should read Ken Burns’ Baseball, one “s” not two.[/quote]

    it depends on who you ask. Strunk and White say you still add an apostrophe s after an s.

  • Marcus Hall from B-More | May 16, 2009 at 7:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”329543″]It always amazes me the number of baseball fans on the eastern seaboard, or within 8 hours by car, who have never been to Cooperstown. My wife is from nearby Oneonta, so I’ve been dozens of times…the point is, if you’re a seamhead, you MUST go.

    It’s a little bit more crowded there, than say 20 years ago, and by going into the gift shops, you’de think the Yanks and Sawx are the only teams on earth, but it’s well worth the trip.

    Try going in October…the leaves are turning and the playoffs are in the air, and the crowds are way down.[/quote]

    Yep, just took that ride up last month – had a wonderful time; not crowded at all. worth the 5 1/2 hour ride through PA and NY. (every trip out of town, we always look for Cracker Barrel. stopped at the first one going up I-83)

  • Marcus Hall from B-More | May 16, 2009 at 8:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”329540″][quote comment=”329538″][quote comment=”329535″]OK, Stirrup Nation roster off the top of my head:
    P: Luke Hochevar, Josh Outman, Jeremy Sowers, Jamie Moyer. (Is Zito still going with the stirrups these days?)
    C: Corky Miller
    1B: ?
    2B: Brendan Ryan
    3B: David Wright
    SS: ?
    LF: Juan Pierre
    CF: Nyjer Morgan
    RF: Reed Johnson[/quote]

    even if Zito is going with the stirrups, i’m not sure you want him in your rotation[/quote]
    I’ll pencil Kevin Millar at first base, unless somebody can top that and relegate Millar to the bench.[/quote]

    I nominate the Oriole Bird as the mascot of the All Stirrup Team

  • The Fonz | May 16, 2009 at 8:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”329575″]Now, I am VERY biased, but the coolest bobble head I have ever see was this year at the May 3rd Brewers game. It was Ryan Braun bobble head day (he didn’t even play), but the bobble head they gave out was him hitting a go-ahead home run the last day of the season last year to seal the NL Wild Card with the Mets losing later (Sorry Phil). The coolest thing though was that 1,000 bobbles had a huge base to it, and if you pressed a button by Braun’s foot, it played the home run call of Bob Uecker of that glorious home run. I have seen a bunch on eBay and most of them are selling for close to $300! Here is one on the bay right now:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    In case you are wondering, I only received the standard bobble, but it is still pretty sweet ’cause of the style.

    Other cool Brewer promotions from the past:

    Rickie Weeks sliding bobble:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Derrick Turnbow with “real” hair:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Prince Fielder with a crown:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Barrel Man (which I own):
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    And for the past few years or so, they have been giving away a bobble of the racing sausages:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Other than that, there will be a Trevor Hoffman bobble head, Jason Kendall, Bratwurst racing sausage bobble head, and Jeff Suppan bobble head later this year. You can view them here:
    http://milwaukee.bre...

    WRONG!

    The BEST bobblehead giveaway was the Endy Chavez bobblehead by the mets in 2007. It was depicting his famous catch.

  • Bob Sullivan | May 16, 2009 at 8:43 pm |

    I don’t mean to be piling on, but I could have sworn that Nick Johnson’s jersey Friday Night had an upside down N in the middle. No screen grab, though.

    At least with today being Jackie Robinson day in DC, they don’t have to worry about any misspellings on the jerseys. :)

    Bob Sullivan

  • Glenn | May 16, 2009 at 8:50 pm |

    Pretty interesting comment at the end of the ticker about the Royals’ media guide being incorrect, and the error being acknowledged. I’ve been trying to get the Rockies to correct their media guide for several years now, as one of the sections has teams the Rockies have traded/not traded with. It continues (at least as of last year’s edition, haven’t seen this year’s yet to confirm) to state, incorrectly, that the Rockies have never traded with the Pittsburgh Pirates. I can kinda see how trading Michael Restovich to the Pirates for a player to be named later can kinda fly under the radar a little, but nevertheless, it did happen :)

  • Skycat | May 16, 2009 at 9:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”329580″][quote comment=”329578″][quote comment=”329572″][quote comment=”329571″]Talk about the bad use of an apostrophe, the ad for Ken Burns’ Baseball on MLB Network is written out Ken Burns’s Baseball in big letter. I don’t have a screen grab, I will try to get one. But what a major foul up, no pun intended.[/quote]

    There’s no error in that.[/quote]

    Sure there is. It should read Ken Burns’ Baseball, one “s” not two.[/quote]

    it depends on who you ask. Strunk and White say you still add an apostrophe s after an s.[/quote]
    The Chicago Manual of Style cites the general rule for possessives “covers proper names as well as common, including most names of any length ending in sibilants.” Coincidentally, the first example cited is “Burns’s poems.” In “Eats, Shoots & Leaves,” a popular book on punctuation, author Lynn Truss devotes an entire chapter to the apostrophe. Regarding the case in question, she concludes:
    “However, there are matters of style and preference that are definitely not set in stone, and it’s a good idea not to get fixated about them.”
    In short, each to his own (I guess).

  • Jim | May 16, 2009 at 9:40 pm |

    The Bills play the Titans in the Hall of Fame game, and both teams are wearing their AFL throwback uniforms. I looked at both teams web sites, and the only throwbacks I see for each are their blue jerseys. Does this mean that the first AFL tribute game is color -vs- color: Blue jersey Bills -vs- lighter blue jersey Oilers/Titans?? That just isn’t right!

  • LI Phil | May 16, 2009 at 9:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”329587″]The Bills play the Titans in the Hall of Fame game, and both teams are wearing their AFL throwback uniforms. I looked at both teams web sites, and the only throwbacks I see for each are their blue jerseys. Does this mean that the first AFL tribute game is color -vs- color: Blue jersey Bills -vs- lighter blue jersey Oilers/Titans?? That just isn’t right![/quote]

    while i cannot say this with absolute certainty, i’m pretty sure all of the afl teams (orig 8 anyway) are going to be playing either 4 or 5 games in throwbacks … so whomever is the “designated home team” for the HOF game will probably be wearing the color and the visitor will be wearing white … however, don’t quote me on that … not sure that a “powder” blue vs. a “dark” (or really royal) blue would fly anyway

    however, if you look at the head coach jersey pub photo from earlier this year, you’ll note jeff fisher is holding a white oilers jersey…so it does exist and that’s probably what they’ll wear (assuming the bills are the ‘home’ team)

  • u2-horn | May 16, 2009 at 10:55 pm |

    There’s also a white Raiders throwback.

    http://farm4.static....

  • u2-horn | May 16, 2009 at 10:57 pm |

    not to mention both red and white Patriots throwbacks. Seems like they probably made both versions of each.

  • JTH | May 16, 2009 at 11:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”329559″]the Phillies had Charlie Manual Bobble Figurine night last month against the Natinals, and there’s a Brad Lidge Bobble Figurine coming against Arizona August 19th. Went to the first, will go to the second.

    And as far as the all-stirrups team, few people realize Jim Thome wears solid color socks under huis stirrups, so he would be the DH.[/quote]
    Well, I’ll be damned. It looks like you’re right. It’s a lot more difficult to tell with more recent photos to see if this is something he still does, but in those Phillies shots, you can see the lil’ Liberty Bell logos on the stirrups. And on this shot of him wearing a mid-80s White Sox throwback, it appears that the color of the sock underneath the stirrup is a slightly darker red.

    Now why in God’s name would he wear the matching socks underneath?

    Apparently it was a more traditional look when he played in Cleveland.

  • JTH | May 16, 2009 at 11:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”329575″]
    Other cool Brewer promotions from the past:

    Rickie Weeks sliding bobble:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...
    [/quote]
    I’ve got one of those. See? Here ’tis.

    But you neglected to mention the cool thing about that giveaway. Something like 1 in 5 of them was a variant version with Weeks wearing the Friday uni rather than the standard home uni.

    I went to that game with a group of 8 people. None of us got the variant.

  • Scott Davis | May 16, 2009 at 11:14 pm |

    anyone know where I could find individual MLB logo patches from the back of team jerseys in the different team colors?

    I want to make something like this but with actual patches.

    http://farm1.static....

  • u2-horn | May 16, 2009 at 11:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”329593″]anyone know where I could find individual MLB logo patches from the back of team jerseys in the different team colors?

    I want to make something like this but with actual patches.

    http://farm1.static....

    ebay?

    http://shop.ebay.com...

  • Scott Davis | May 16, 2009 at 11:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”329594″][quote comment=”329593″]anyone know where I could find individual MLB logo patches from the back of team jerseys in the different team colors?

    I want to make something like this but with actual patches.

    http://farm1.static....

    ebay?

    http://shop.ebay.com...

    thanks. i didn’t know what to call it. i was searching mlb logo patch, but kept getting sleeve patches.

  • u2-horn | May 16, 2009 at 11:25 pm |

    here, this seller seems to have all of them available

    http://tinyurl.com/r...

  • Johnny O | May 17, 2009 at 12:08 am |

    [quote comment=”329592″][quote comment=”329575″]
    Other cool Brewer promotions from the past:

    Rickie Weeks sliding bobble:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...
    [/quote]
    I’ve got one of those. See? Here ’tis.

    But you neglected to mention the cool thing about that giveaway. Something like 1 in 5 of them was a variant version with Weeks wearing the Friday uni rather than the standard home uni.

    I went to that game with a group of 8 people. None of us got the variant.[/quote]

    Yes, I believe that during many of those promotions (except the racing sausages bobbles) they make 5,000 of the bobbles in the retro pinstripe. I have a retro Prince Fielder from a few years ago, and special edition Cecil Cooper in Powder Blue (the standard ones were the pinstripe and special editions were powder blue) The Cecil Cooper one was from ’07 when the Crew celebrated their 25th anniversary of the AL Pennant, and all the bobbles were of retro players.

  • flip | May 17, 2009 at 12:36 am |

    [quote comment=”329541″]The Star has caught up with the two fake umps at the Rogers Centre.

    – jude[/quote]
    It blows my mind that MLB can have the YouTube video removed citing copyright infringement. They’re freaking fans, for crying out loud.

  • James Craven | May 17, 2009 at 3:56 am |

    PINK JERSEY NOTE: The Lehigh Valey iron Pige wore pink vests with blue sleeves this evening (5/16) against the Gwinett Braves.

  • Lose R | May 17, 2009 at 12:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”329567″][quote comment=”329531″]Can anyone tell me what the heck is going on here?

    http://i498.photobuc...
    http://buzz.playtalk...
    Ah, that explains it. Thanks!