We all know there are several MLB teams that have inconsistent logo sets. The “D” on the Tigers’ cap is different from the one on their jersey, the Yankees have several different “NY” treatments, and so on.
But until a few days ago, I didn’t realize (or maybe had just forgotten) that the A’s also fall into this category. They have two different treatments of their stylized “A” (note the differences in the “feet” and the apostrophes, among other subtle distinctions). Oddly, both logo treatments show up on the team’s home page banner. Even odder, they use one version on their caps and the other on their helmets. So the A’s don’t just have an inconsistent logo program; they have an inconsistent headwear logo program.
I hadn’t thought about any of this until reader Mark Halling pointed out that Jason Giambi had recently been wearing the cap version of the logo on his helmet. “He’s been wearing it for at least the past two or three weeks,” Mark wrote to me. “And he’s clearly the only one on the team wearing it.”
So yesterday afternoon I forwarded Mark’s observation to A’s equipment manager Steve Vucinich. “You may have finally ‘gotten’ me,” he wrote back. “My entire staff was in my office when I read your e-mail. Nobody had any idea about this. A batboy retrieved Giambi’s helmet and then checked with everyone else’s. We just checked about 100 helmets. That’s the ONLY one!”
I asked Steve if he had any insights as to how this could have happened, but at that point he had to start preparing for last night’s game (I’ll fill you in if/when he follows up with me). And those preparations apparently included a quick decal switcheroo to Giambi’s lid, which suddenly had the helmet version of the logo for last night’s game (here’s a quick comparison). So once again, a Uni Watch reader’s observation has had a direct on-field effect.
Meanwhile, there was another notable aspect to last night’s A’s/Tigers game: With stirrup-meister Josh Outman having undergone surgery earlier in the day, Oakland’s other starting pitchers gave him a hosiery salute (although Trevor Cahill appears to have worn his stirrups backwards). And Adam Kennedy wore low-cut ’rups, although he also wore them the night before, so it might be more of a slump-buster thing than an Outman tribute. Big thanks to John Grow for those last two screen shots (and for pointing out that Adam Everett still has an orange-dotted i).
Uni Watch Stirrup Club, Round Two: Robert Marshall’s UW Stirrup Club experiment was such a success that he’s decided to do it again. This month’s offering: the classic Bosox design (which looks as good on deck as it does at the plate).
Robert will once again place the order for the whole club and then send out the individual stirrups to the club members (no small task, as you can see from last month’s shipment). But he’s changed the ordering procedures slightly this time around — for full details, look here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Happy Canada Day to all our Canuckadian readers. Looking forward to seeing the Jays in their annual holiday duds. … Ronald Covert is so outraged at the mere thought of Brett Favre signing with Minnesota that he held a jersey bonfire. … I had previously shown this illustration of the new New Mexico football uniforms. But the actual jerseys are slightly different. Look at the size of that wordmark! Unusual number font, too (with thanks to Rob Montoya). … More about the Forbes Field exhibit at the Heinz History Center here (with thanks to Doug Keklak). … Too Much Information Dept.: Jeff Francoeur of the Braves has a set of lucky underwear. … Hey look, there’s gonna be a new sneaker. … How do you know when you’ve really lost touch with reality? When you give out a bobblehead of yourself (with thanks to John Muir). … Interesting book of silhouette designs here (thanks, Kirsten). … “Jason Varitek started Tuesday night’s Red Sox/Orioles game wearing his pants like he normally does, with the high cuffs,” writes Hilary Watkins. “After a rain delay of a little over an hour, he came to bat in the top of the sixth with his cuffs pulled down to his shoetops. Without the high cuffs he looked like a totally different person!” … Really interesting photos of an Iranian women’s softball league here (with thanks to Andrew Bradley). … Never noticed this before: Bo Jackson with a “Bo #1” underbill inscription (with thanks to Mike Engle).