Here’s something that’s been going on for a couple of weeks, so I’m surprised nobody else has noticed (or at least nobody has spoken up about it): Diamondbacks outfielder Alex Romero has brought a new twist to the high-cuffed look. Instead of just wearing red socks, he appears to have short black socks over his red hose. The resulting effect is sort of like low whites in the NFL, only they’re low blacks.
But is Romero really wearing socks? Maybe it’s just black ankle tape, especially since he appears to wear the black tape (or socks, or whatever) even with the D-Backs’ black alt uniform. But why wear the tape over the socks, instead of under? Doesn’t that ruin the socks? And why not wear tape that matches the sock color? Is this all some sort of superstition, or what?
I called Diamondbacks equipment manager Roger Riley and left a message but haven’t heard back from him yet — will advise. While we’re waiting, I did some quick photo research, which suggests that Romero had gone pajama-pantsed until very recently, so it’s not clear if he’s always employed the tape-over-hose motif.
Meanwhile, this raises an interesting question: Does this look good? I think you could argue that it does — black is a D-Backs team color, after all (even though it probably shouldn’t be). At the very least, this presents some interesting possibilities for two-tone baseball socks, which used to be fairly common. Personally, I’m in favor of anything that gets more players to hike up their pants. And if it takes two-tone hose to get them to do it, that works for me.
ITEM! Celebration Planned for NYC’s Best Triple-A Team: On July 21st, I’m going to be participating in an evening of Mets-themed readings and presentations at the Two Boots on Grand Street in Manhattan. Other participants will include Jon Springer of Mets by the Numbers, Greg Prince of Faith and Fear in Flushing, and Mets historian/author Matt Silverman. First pitch at 7pm; not sure who’s reading first. Also not sure of the topic on which I’ll be holding forth, although I’m thinking of administering a Mets uniform quiz. One thing I am sure of: the T-shirt I’ll be wearing. See you there.
Quick Shout-Out: Yo, Joe Alvaro, please give me a shout. Thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Junior Griffey usually wears dark batting gloves, but last night he wore one white glove for his first plate appearance, as a tribute to Michael Jackson. And his walk-up music was “Billie Jean.” He went back to his usual glove protocal for the rest of the game (with thanks to Matt McBride). … A little birdie tells me all MLB teams will be using a new template for next season’s batting practice caps. No visuals yet. … Speaking of BP caps, here’s what they’ll look like for the All-Star Game. … I’ve run plenty of photos of Gary Roenicke’s faceguard. But here’s something new: According to the seventh-to-last graf in this article, mask was taken from Bert Jones’s football helmet. Only problem with that story is that Roenicke’s mask doesn’t seem to match any of the designs that Jones wore (with thanks to Bryan Duklewski). … The college football video game market is being hit by a very interesting lawsuit (with thanks to David Muir). … And speaking of lawsuits, do these two logos look similar to you? The Rays think they do. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Someone sees a connection between the South African national soccer jersey and a certain art supply package. … Doug Keklak notes that the Adam LaRoche’s NOB is solid on his home and road, but there’s a bit of a space on his black alt. As for brother Andy, he’s solid on the road and at home, with a very slight hint of a sliver of extra space on the Sunday alt. … Meanwhile, check out the varying amount of space between the insignia and the uni number on Adam LaR. And Joel Hanrahan. … MLS has unveiled its MLS Cup 2009 logo for this November’s match in Seattle (with thanks to Markus Kamp). … Bit of an armband controversy in the rugby world (with thanks to Caleb Borchers). … eBay finds: really nice soccer pins, a cool hoops jersey, and a great practice tee. … Remember that brief period when NFL officials wore the full name of their positions on their backs? … New football uniforms for Air Force and Wyoming (with thanks to Mike Althouse and Brendan Fitzgerald, respectively). … Speaking of college football, apparently there was a rumor floating around that Tennessee might wear black jerseys at some point this year, but that rumor has now been debunked (with thanks to Lee Wilds). … And in Division II news, new uniforms for Northern State. Lots of additional photos here. … “I recently changed my Twitter background to an SF Giants background from TwitterBackgrounds.com,” writes Evan Aczon. “I was checking it today and found that the player in the background was a college player, not a Giants player. Any idea what uniform that is?” Nope. Anyone? … Yesterday I said gumball maven Bill Jones would no doubt be creating a set of Tecmo Bowl helmets. Sure enough, he’s already designed the decal sheet, along with an additional sheet for a more recent video game called Blitz — The League. … “Saw this guy on my way to work Tuesday morning,” writes Jeff Meyers. “Not sure if its a DIY job or something he bought. Couldn’t get on the other side of him to see if there was a logo on both sides. You can insert your own Ben Roethlisberger joke wherever you like.” … Jason Varitek is auctioning off his Captain America gear (with thanks to Greg Beaulieu). … “Last weekend in my hometown of Michigan City, Indiana (birthplace of Don Larsen by the way), was the annual Drum and Bugle competition featuring the best bands from around the country,” writes Dylan Buell. “We have our 4th of July parade during the day, which all these bands march in, and then the competition takes place in the evening on our high school football field.” He took lots of pics of the band uniforms, many of which are very interesting, which you can see here. … Has anyone else noticed that Jayson Werth’s home jersey has really long sleeves? Like, really long (as spotted by James Allen). … Another Tecmo follow-up, this time from Gus Money, who writes: “Tecmo Super Bowl, which followed Tecmo Bowl, officially licensed teams and players were included. But the members of the Quarterback Club (a self-selected group of starting NFL QBs of the era) were not part of the NFLPA license and therefore did not appear in the game, sorta. These players were represented simply by the title ‘QB