During last Tuesday’s Mets-themed shindig at Two Boots, Scott Turner (who’d been “accidentally” spilling beer and pizza on me all night in retaliation for my having declared him ineligible for the Mets uni quiz) sidled up to me and whispered, “I know what those Iraqi baseball uniforms are going to look like.”
“Oh,” I said, “Jerry showed you the design?”
“He didn’t show it to me — I worked on it myself.”
I raised an eyebrow, added a few more points to Scott’s column in the Coolest Guy on the Planet sweepstakes, and then got swept up in the rest of the evening’s frenzy (read: had several more beers). I’d forgotten all about our little exchange until Friday, when Jerry Cohen sent me this.
I sent Scott a quick note: “So you designed these?” Here’s his reponse:
Sort of. Jerry was given instructions — royal cap and jersey with new Iraq flag, gray pants, royal stirrups (check with Jerry on that, but yes, I think they asked for stirrups, or at least blue socks that would be visible). He passed that on to me with further instructions (general layout) and I put it all together. So I didn’t really design them, but what you see is me bringing instructions to fruition. I’m not the architect or developer here — I’m the contractor.
We both worked to make this as EFF Traditional as we could — the piping, the clean look, the lettering and numbers. We’d have preferred something in the national colors — red, black, green and white — and a shot at designing something timeless. But you work for your client. Ultimately, the only thing that matters is the Iraqi team feeling good about what they’re wearing. Jerry’s and my wishes don’t matter.
Not an earthshaking design from an aesthetic standpoint, natch, but it’s interesting to hear about the process, no?
Unfortunately, I then had to run upstate for the weekend (later on maybe I’ll tell you all how I had a chance to score free tickets to the induction ceremonies in Cooperstown and blew it because I forgot to bring my cell phone), so I didn’t get to ask Jerry about the socks, or follow up with Scott about the TNOB. I’ll try to get more info from them later. Meanwhile, look for a finished jersey to be unveiled shortly on The Rachel Maddow Show, which has been covering this story’s progression.
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Clevo Reminder: Remember, Uni Watch gathering in Cleveland this Thursday, 7pm, at the Prosperity Social Club. I believe one of our more prominent Pittsburgh-based readers may be in town for the proceedings, which should put the Rust Belt quotient into the red zone. Looking forward to it.
Uni Watch News Ticker: “Slight change” in store for Clemson’s football uniforms, according to a small item buried on this page — just search on the word “uniform” (with thanks to Benji Boyter). … Al Cummings attended a USA/Ireland rugby match way back in May. “One of the US players had his shorts ripped to shreds while pulling out of a tackle and needed to go to the bench for substitute shorts,” he says. … Back on Friday I mentioned that this softball helmet seemed to have a molded ponytail channel. I soon heard from Matt Savoie, who works for Schutt and informed me that the helmet in that photo was this Schutt model. The molded channel is called the Ponytail Port, a Schutt exclusive. … Vintage untucked-design hoops jersey here (thanks, Scott). … Nick Merklin notes that Joba Chamberlain didn’t have the Yankee Stadium cap patch on Friday night. … Did Brett Saberhagen always pitch with his sleeves rolled up, or just in that photo? … Those high-tech swimsuits that rewrote the record books have been banned. … Perfect gift for the Cowboys fan who has everything (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … Weird scene prior to Friday night’s Braves/Brewers game, as Ryan Church somehow ended up wearing Matt Diaz’s BP jersey (with thanks to Bo Brewer). … “I found an entire rack of baseball and softball jerseys at a vintage shop in Barcelona,” says Ed Westfield Jr. “I think they might be for Japanese corporate teams. Can anyone identify these further?” … Interesting report from Adam Chkautovich, who writes: “October 9-11, there will be a ‘world record’ baseball game. You know where this is going — they’re going to try to play 48-hour-long game here in St. Louis. Interesting thing about it is that they are going to re-create the 1944 World Series matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Browns, including retro jerseys.” … The Giants will wear a memorial patch for owner Sue Burns today. … The Longhorns will wear throwbacks on Thanksgiving night. “The jerseys say ‘We Are Texas,'” says Ryder Kouba, “but the school’s famous Cronkite-narrated motto is ‘We’re Texas.’ Fuck Nike.” … John Wagner put his Uni Watch Stirrup Club hosiery to good use over the weekend. “The other teams went nuts for them,” he says. … Meanwhile, Greg Riffenburgh wore his new stirrups to an Angels game. … Some very unusual umpire attire on display here. Must have been a case of the umps’ luggage being lost — a topic we’ve covered before (screen shot courtesy of Chris Creamer). … Stomach-turning note from Tris Wykes, who writes: “During my time as a football student equipment manager at Minnesota, we used to give offensive tackle Mike Giovinetti a hard time about his hairy back. One day, he had a teammate shave his number into it (he’s posing there with running back Chuck Rios). The hirsute numerals were a big hit throughout the program.” … More Pat Patriot info here (with thanks to Mike Cooperman). … Lots of rumors about the Browns wearing brown pants this season (with thanks to Alex Kinkopf). … Andy Lasiewicz lives in China and took some baseball pics in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province. Among the more notable details: a uni number on the thigh, an unusual catcher’s helmet, and some team names in English, others in Chinese. … Here’s an awesome shot of a very long NOB. Bonus shot here (big thanks to Mako Mameli). … Andy Rawlings sent along a bunch of really great MISL pocket schedules. … The Twins’ new stadium will include bronze statues of Rod Carew and Harmon Killebrew, both of whom recently donned period uniforms and posed for photos that will be used by the sculptor (with thanks to Karl Anderson). … Despite my steadfast opposition to logo creep, I’d never complain about seeing the old ABC helmet logo anywhere, anytime. That scan, taken from an unused ABC logo decal, comes our way courtesy of Christopher Lampling. … Just what the world needed: DNOB — domain name on back. That’s from Saturday’s Burnley/Portland Timbers match (with thanks to Michael Orr). … New football uniforms for North Dakota. Key quote, from UND coach Chris Mussman: “Nike has a uniform builder; we played around with it and presented the uniform to the staff. That’s how we came up with it. It didn’t take that much time.” … Speaking of stirrups, check out this gorgeous pair of Colt .45 hose (awesome find by Paul Hirsch). … A new ACC rule change may lead to color-on-color football games (with thanks to Benji Boyter). … Let’s please have a round of applause for the incredible job Phil is doing on the weekends. Dude packs as much info into two days as I do into five. Kudos, buddy.