Has Vicente Padilla joined Alcoholics Anonymous? Nope — the “AA” on his cap last night was a salute to boxing great and fellow Nicaraguan Alexis Arguello, who committed suicide last week. Special thanks to reader Chris Mycoskie for letting me know about this rare cross-sport memorial tribute.
New ESPN column today — look here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Junior Griffey wasn’t the only one wearing a white glove as a Jacko tribute on Tuesday night. Look at the Polish sausage at Miller Park (great catch by Kristopher Hunt). … And in other Jacko news, Ron Artest will reportedly wear No. 37 with the Lakers, because Thriller spent 37 weeks at the top of the album charts (with thanks to Stu Taylor). … Interesting logo news from Matthew Algeo, who writes: “The G8 Summit is being held in Italy this week. Originally it was scheduled to be held in La Maddalena, a town on an island off the west coast of Italy. But after the April earthquake in L’Aquila, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi decided to move the summit to L’Aquila, but it was decided to keep the summit logo unchanged. Hence there are sea turtles in the logo for a summit taking place in the mountains.” … New football uniforms for Miami University (additional views here and here), plus they’ll be wearing the university’s 200th-anniversary logo as a helmet decal (with thanks to Adam Hainsfurther). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Yaz’s grandson had an NOB typo in the Fenway Summer Classic. … Ironic T-shirt of the year (as spotted at the mall by Joey Greenstein). … Also from yesterday: LSU is adding an “LSU” chest mark. … Kayce Harris got a blue ski helmet and decided to give it a DIY Broncos treatment. “It’s a great conversation starter on the chairlifts,” he says. … Latest evidence of why the Jays need to reduce the size of their NOB lettering (with thanks to Craig Salinger). … In a vaguely related item, Daren Landers notes that first base coach Dwayne Murphy’s NOB has a space between the R and the P. … Daren took that photo at a recent Jays/Reds game, where he wore a Joey Votto jersey. The woman posing with him is Votto’s mom, who approached him during at a hot dog stand when she saw him wearing her son’s jersey. … Maybe it’s a Washington thing, not a Nats thing (with thanks to Marc Swanson). … Hey look, there’s a chess league, with some cool team logos (as spotted by Trevor Williams). … No photo, but Kurt Esposito reports that the Phillies’ ball girls have been wearing Hawaiian shirts to encourage people to vote for Shane Victorino, who is from Hawaii, as the final NL All-Star. … Now I finally understand why Lenny Dykstra never signed up for a Uni Watch membership. … Here’s a Brazilian blog about logos. … Looks like the Pistons will be wearing a Chuck Daly memorial patch this fall (with thanks to Jeff Cohen). … Check this out: Someone’s making replicas of New Era caps — out of paper (great find by Stu Taylor). … A’s and Rays will be wearing throwbacks on Saturday. … Latest member of Stirrup Nation: Orlando Cabrera (as spotted by Andy Chalifour).