Check out all the little scribblings on Ramon Ramirez’s cap last night. They’re a little smudged, but they’re definitely handwritten inscriptions arranged in a symmetrical pattern, not just random bits of resin or something like that.
After reader Tom Hedrick tipped me off to this phenomenon, I went back and checked Ramirez’s previous appearance, which was on June 25th — sure enough. Has he been doing this all season? Anyone know what it’s about?
New ESPN column today — look here.
Raffle Results: The following lucky folks have each won a pair of tickets to see Wilco next month: For the Brooklyn show, Dan Grunfield and Max Meyer; for Wappingers Falls, Joel Keller and Matt Comeau; for Wilmington, Michael Princip and Brett Klopp; and for Lowell, Skylar Nipps and Bob Sughrue. I’ll be in touch with all of you shortly to go over the particulars.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Interesting article on PBA jerseys here (with thanks to Brian Russell). … Jeff Scott notes that the Cardinals are using different NOB type formats for Mark DeRosa, Tony LaRussa, and Kyle McClellan. … Brendon Yarian attended the World Junior Football Championships, being held in Canton, and provided a bunch of pics. … Magglio Ordonez is auctioning off some of hair for charity. And so reasonably priced (with thanks to James Huening). … Awesome sporting goods tag here. Comes from this jacket. … Spoke yesterday with Rangers equipment manager Zach Minasian, who said Josh Hamilton’s half-and-half jersey was a gift from a fan and that Hamilton, who’s on the DL, just wore it for kicks during pregame warm-ups. … Did you know there were special sneakers just for skateboarding? OK, so you probably did if your name is Matt Powers, but I didn’t, at leat not until Russ Havens pointed me toward this exhibit. … Absolutely killer Topps baseball card blog here (great find by Mike Hersh). … The Supreme Court has decided to hear that American Needle case. … Check this out: MLB has apparently created an old-timey version of the silhouetted batter logo. Adam Elkana-Hale spotted it on one of those decorative arches being used to promote the All-Star Game in St. Looey. … Surprising that Fernando Nieve gets away with wearing this glove (which he’s been wearing for a while), especially since, as Phil points out, section 1.15(a) of the rulebook stipulates that “[t]he pitcher’s glove may not be white or gray.” … Here’s Chuck Daly memorial patch that the Pistons will be wearing next season. … Nebraska will wear throwbacks on September 26th, to mark the team’s 300th consecutive sellout. … New soccer kit for Hull City (with thanks to Les Motherby). … I’d totally forgotten about this tiger-striped mask from 2003. … Brutal news buried in the middle of this article: “[I]t appears as if [Josh] Outman’s season is over. He was placed on the 60-day DL … and there is a strong chance he will need Tommy John surgery. … [H]e could be looking at missing the rest of this season and all of next season. … His entire locker has been packed up.” Get better soon, Josh — your arm may be sore, but your shins inspired an entire nation.
And new a quick word from Bryan: Last week, when Paul told you of my latest bike mishap, he also mentioned the rest of the stuff that’s gone awry for me this year. I know a lot of you out there have gone through similar or worse things (OK, maybe with fewer bike crashes), so it was especially heartening to receive such a generous gift.
More than the dollar amount, which was certainly nice, I’m thankful for your thoughtfulness and care. My wife and I have been the beneficiaries of such compassion time and again this year (pretty much all my fault), and we’re no less grateful now. Thank you.