This real money site caters to all players, with reviews on mobile games you can play, including slots, blackjack, and roulette.

It's My Wife and It's My Life

Opening Day first base.jpg

For reasons not worth explaining, I’m always forced to wait until late March or early April to do my taxes. By that time, my accountant’s schedule is tight, and I end up having to take whatever time slot he has available. As a result, there have been several years when I’ve had no choice but to meet with him on Opening Day.

When it comes to the pain/pleasure continuum, you’d be hard-pressed to find more powerfully charged polar opposites than the 1040 and the 6-4-3. But I really outdid myself in 2004, when circumstance forced me to have a root canal and have my annual tax session with the accountant before running home and watching the Mets open their season in Atlanta. That was the game when Kaz Matsui hit the first pitch of the season (and of his MLB career) for a home run — a potent palliative for the multiple forms of suffering I’d endured that day.

And so it was that I found myself driving to Queens yesterday afternoon to meet with Mr. Accountant. It was a beautiful day, and doing my taxes was about the last way I wanted to be spending it. Heavy Easter traffic made the trip that much more annoying. A few hours and one financial bloodbath later, I got back in my car and headed home. Traffic still sucked.

What I’m trying to get at is that I was in a rather foul mood by the time I sat down to watch the Yanks and Bosox. But it only took a few pitches for me to feel the familiar sensation of baseball coursing through my bloodstream like a narcotic. Goddamn that feels good. Quick, gimme another hit — and don’t cut it with baking soda this time. Yeah, good, that’s the stuff. [A little glassy-eyed now.] Mmmmm, baseballllll. Wait, what else happened today? I dunno. Who cares? Yo, cut me another line of baseball, wouldja?

And the Yankees lost! [Eyes roll back into head.]

Here, take a few hits yourself:

• First uni anomaly of the season: As several readers noted, CC Sabathia started last night’s game wearing gray spikes but quickly switched to black. (Screen shots courtesy of Don Schafer.)

• And here’s the first typo of the season. (As captured by James Wortham.)

• Neil Diamond chose an odd jacket to wear in Boston. Perhaps he was inspired by No Mas?

• The rest of last night’s Yanks/Bosox game was largely uni-uneventful. But as Jason Varitek and his captain’s “C” trotted out along with all the other Sox bench players during the pregame introductions, I wondered to myself if any other bench player has ever worn the “C.” At least two relievers have been “C”-clad (John Franco of the Mets and Rick Aguiliera of the Cubs), but I can’t think of any other second-stringers who’ve worn the designatory letter. Anyone..?

• I’ve already reported that the Astros will be wearing 1965 throwbacks on Saturday. But I’ve just learned that the best uniforms that day won’t necessarily be the ones worn by the players. Remember how the Astros’ grounds crew used to wear spacesuits back in the Astrodome’s early days? Reader James Poisso brings news that they’ll be doing that again for next week’s throwback game. The woman in that photo is wearing a “spacette” uni, modeled after the ones worn by the Astrodome’s original ushers (which I can’t find an old photo of — little help?). Is that awesome or what? Further info here.

• Alan Tompas attended yesterday’s Mets workout at Shea and took lots of photos. Among the highlights: The rotunda is now much more Mets-centric. … Mike Pelfrey was wearing a “Sweat It Out” logo on the back of his undershirt (apparently from this product line, which I’d never seen until now). … The new Mets Hall of Fame features some very cool artifacts, including handwritten notes from Casey Stengel and Tommie Agee’s glove from the ’69 Series. … It’s time for longtime beat writer Marty Noble to seriously consider salad. … And here’s Alan, posing with the 1969 championship trophy.

Today should be even better — I’m putting myself on a steady baseball IV drip that’s gonna run all day long. And this time there won’t be any traffic or accountants to worry about. Play ball, y’all.

Uni Watch News Ticker: The U. of Houston doesn’t wear road grays — more like road charcoals (with thanks to Dwight Ternes). … Neal Shaffer has posted a lengthy interview with Mitchell & Ness honcho Peter Capolino. Takes a while to read through it, but it’s worth it. It begins here and continues here. … Cricket note from Shaun Helsen, who reports that Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka has been wearing the cricket equivalent of the S100. Compare it to the more traditional helmets. … Oooh, check out the awesome jersey that Frosty recently made for Denver Gregg‘s fantasy team. “He was great to work with, even though I was a pain,” says Gregg. … Bengie Molina recently discussed how he chooses equipment in his blog (with thanks to Tremaine Eto). … Jonathon Binet notes that Justin Morneau has added a more formal-looking uni number to his arm sleeve, compared to the more crude-looking number he had last year. … The Oneonta Tigers have moved to Connecticut, which of course means new uniforms and logos (with thanks to Paul Barrett). … There’s a uni-related question in the middle of this Q&A session with Colorado football coach Dan Hawkins — just search on the word “uniforms” (with thanks to Matthew Robins). … According to the second item on this page, those new UVa football uniforms will be unveiled later this week (with thanks to Justin Eller). … Jeremy Brahm reports that some Japanese baseball teams are making special uniforms for women who throw out the first pitch. … It’s “Green Week” in the NBA, which means green headbands, green warm-up shirts, green padding, and green promotional basketballs, among other things. … No way to authenticate it, but it’d be pretty cool if this really is Fred Lynn’s game-used stirrup (nice find by Dave Shucosky). … Jonathan Cain was watching the Bulls/Bobcats game on Saturday and noticed Derrick Rose wearing a pair of red-trimmed black shorts under his game shorts. It’s tough to see in those photos, but Jonathan says they were definitely baggy shorts, not compression shorts. Rose attended Memphis, so those can’t be his college shorts. Anyone know more? … There are throwbacks, and then there are throwbacks. Love that ribbed texture! (Big thanks to JK Chaney.) Nope, it’s an April Fool’s gag. … A scoreboard is for showing the score, although you’d barely know that from the New England Lacrosse Classic, which was held on Saturday. “You kind of have to hunt for the score amidst all the advertising and logos,” says Tris Wykes. … Speaking of Tris, here’s a shot of him wearing Cooperalls in the early 1980s. … Yanks bullpen coach Mike Harkey nearly ran afoul of the team’s dress code the other day. … Here’s the logo for next season’s AHL all-star game. Yes, that’s a Hershey’s Kiss at upper-right, which would be cute if it weren’t so gratuitous. … Man, that’s a lot of tape Venus Williams was wearing on Saturday. … Interesting tassles — or maybe just gathered-up shoelaces? — on John Ruiz’s boots during his bout against David Haye on Saturday night. … Philip G.‘s nomination for the best team name ever: the Pensacola Dudes. … You know how baseball players used to put cabbage leaves under their caps to keep cool? The Belgian team in the 1935 Tour de France apparently did the same thing (great find by Sean Clancy). … Man, the Nats can’t do anything right. That shot is taken from this video clip of their scoreboard (good catch by David McGee). … Gerry Dincher has noticed a brand of sneakers called Gravity Defyer. with a logo that looks like a sperm cell. … The Japanese soccer team Nagoya Grampus will be giving a special jersey to their five-millionth fan (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Jeff Mayer has noticed some new NOB styles in the cycling world. Details here. … While looking for something else, I came across this KC Chiefs baseball jersey. … Here’s an weird find by Paul Wiederecht: Braves farmhand Ron Jackson wearing a rather unartfully repurposed Braves jersey. The “L” on the cap indicates that he was playing for the Louisville Colonels, but what’s up with the “W” on the jersey?

 

221 comments to It’s My Wife and It’s My Life

  • Ryan B | April 5, 2010 at 7:59 am |

    The Burnley throwback item was an April Fool’s gag.

  • Ryan B | April 5, 2010 at 8:02 am |

    This is the news item for the real 2010/11 home jersey.

    http://www.burnleyfo...,,10413~2012543,00.html

  • Paul Lukas | April 5, 2010 at 8:05 am |

    [quote comment=”384040″]The Burnley throwback item was an April Fool’s gag.[/quote]

    Ah, I see. I’ll remove it from the Ticker.

  • John Philips | April 5, 2010 at 8:17 am |

    I was looking at the photos of the new Mets Hall of Fame and Museum and found an error on one of the displays. In this link from Mets Police

    http://metspolice.co...

    the script says that in 1978 the Mets switched from flannel to double knit uniforms. Of course, the Mets switched to double knits in 1972 (as noted by Sandy Koufax on NBC’s coverage of Opening Day that year). What the museum script should have stated was that in 1978, the Mets switched from button down jerseys to pull overs with two buttons on top. Having gotten this off my chest, I can now begin my work week.

  • Aaron | April 5, 2010 at 8:19 am |

    Nice to see Jorge Posada and his disgusting helmet make it’s annual return.

  • Chris Mayberry | April 5, 2010 at 8:26 am |

    Pensacola Dudes is pretty good but nothing beats the Macon Whoopee (CHL & ECHL, 1996-2002)

  • John Zajac | April 5, 2010 at 8:29 am |

    [quote comment=”384044″]Nice to see Jorge Posada and his disgusting helmet make it’s annual return.[/quote]
    The only thing (aside from losing) that made me mad was that Jorge’s helmet and all the rest didn’t match the new navy/white/silver MLB logo. My worst nightmare from spring training came true, and now that will bother me all season long…

    http://farm3.static....

  • War Damn Eagle | April 5, 2010 at 8:30 am |

    I don’t think that charcoal college baseball jersey is for the University of Hawaii. Is it the University of Houston?

  • dkb | April 5, 2010 at 8:30 am |

    No, no, no…don’t remove it from the ticker. Just let folks know it was a gag.

    My first thought was, “That looks sweet, but I don’t know how comfortable it would actually be.” Then I came across the line that said: “However, cutting-edge shirt design technology has enabled Puma to mix the hand-dyed wool with the revolutionary patented ‘PROlifola’ water-resistant fabric, for maximum moisture management.”

    My next thought: “Will that really work?”

    I left that item thinking, “Have they really talked to the players about this? Especially with that neckline?”

  • Jon C | April 5, 2010 at 8:30 am |

    [quote comment=”384047″]I don’t think that charcoal college baseball jersey is for the University of Hawaii. Is it the University of Houston?[/quote]

    It is, you beat me by like 15 seconds.

  • Ham Sandwich | April 5, 2010 at 8:31 am |

    Is that a different U. of Hawaii?
    Red instead of green?

  • Paul Lukas | April 5, 2010 at 8:31 am |

    [quote comment=”384046″][quote comment=”384044″]Nice to see Jorge Posada and his disgusting helmet make it’s annual return.[/quote]
    The only thing (aside from losing) that made me mad was that Jorge’s helmet and all the rest didn’t match the new navy/white/silver MLB logo. My worst nightmare from spring training came true, and now that will bother me all season long…

    http://farm3.static....

    Excellent catch!

  • dkb | April 5, 2010 at 8:31 am |

    Of course I was talking about the Burnley jersey above.

  • War Damn Eagle | April 5, 2010 at 8:31 am |

    I think it’s the Houston Cougars:

    http://www.chron.com...

  • neal s | April 5, 2010 at 8:33 am |

    Just to clarify, it wasn’t actually me who conducted the Mitchell & Ness interview. I just passed it along because I figured it’d be of interest to the Uni Watch faithful.

  • dwight | April 5, 2010 at 8:33 am |

    [quote comment=”384047″]I don’t think that charcoal college baseball jersey is for the University of Hawaii. Is it the University of Houston?[/quote]

    Absolutely correct.

  • Ham Sandwich | April 5, 2010 at 8:33 am |

    [quote comment=”384050″]Is that a different U. of Hawaii?
    Red instead of green?[/quote]
    Maybe that’s the University of Hawaii Hilo.

  • Paul Lukas | April 5, 2010 at 8:33 am |

    [quote comment=”384055″][quote comment=”384047″]I don’t think that charcoal college baseball jersey is for the University of Hawaii. Is it the University of Houston?[/quote]

    Absolutely correct.[/quote]

    Now fixed.

  • Ham Sandwich | April 5, 2010 at 8:35 am |

    [quote comment=”384056″][quote comment=”384050″]Is that a different U. of Hawaii?
    Red instead of green?[/quote]
    Maybe that’s the University of Hawaii Hilo.[/quote]
    Holy shit! It says Houston!
    I am so sorry.

  • Ham Sandwich | April 5, 2010 at 8:36 am |

    [quote comment=”384058″][quote comment=”384056″][quote comment=”384050″]Is that a different U. of Hawaii?
    Red instead of green?[/quote]
    Maybe that’s the University of Hawaii Hilo.[/quote]
    Holy shit! It says Houston!
    I am so sorry.[/quote]
    Phew!

  • Geeman | April 5, 2010 at 8:49 am |

    So UVa. will be the Oregon of the east in terms of uniforms. Will a black top be next? Seems like UVa. could just look south to the beauty that Auburn creats year in and year out with the same navy and orange uniforms.

    Speaking of black tops, West Virginia lost in the Final Four on Saturday. Serves the right for wearing black in their first Final Four game in 50 years. And for letting their coach wear a track suit on the sidelines.

  • Geeman | April 5, 2010 at 8:50 am |

    So UVa. will be the Oregon of the east in terms of uniforms. Will a black top be next? Seems like UVa. could just look south to the beauty that Auburn creates year in and year out with the same navy and orange uniforms.

    Speaking of black tops, West Virginia lost in the Final Four on Saturday. Serves them right for wearing black in their first Final Four game in 50 years. And for letting their coach wear a track suit on the sidelines.

  • John Zajac | April 5, 2010 at 8:52 am |

    [quote]First uni anomaly of the season: As several readers noted, CC Sabathia started last night’s game wearing gray spikes but quickly switched to black. (Screen shots courtesy of Don Schafer.)[/quote]

    Not just gray to black spikes, but gray to black Old School Jordans gray to black spikes… I wish I was a pro.
    http://farm5.static....

  • LI Phil | April 5, 2010 at 8:53 am |

    a mainer to my vein leads to a center in my head

    now let’s play ball!

  • John Zajac | April 5, 2010 at 8:53 am |

    [quote comment=”384062″][quote]First uni anomaly of the season: As several readers noted, CC Sabathia started last night’s game wearing gray spikes but quickly switched to black. (Screen shots courtesy of Don Schafer.)[/quote]

    Not just gray to black spikes, but gray to black Old School Jordans gray to black spikes… I wish I was a pro.
    http://farm5.static....
    Oops, one extra gray to black there than I wanted. Sorry.

  • S. Bennett | April 5, 2010 at 9:00 am |

    Ruiz has had the bows on his laces taped. It’s a common practise for boxers. If someone were to step on your lace and untie your boot, it would suck ass.

  • Ricko | April 5, 2010 at 9:02 am |

    re: Louisville Colonels “W”…

    Only thing I can think of is that it had something to do with the team moving.

    Prior to Giants leaving NY, Mpls. Millers had been a Giants farm club for about a decade. But Giants took over the market of the SF Seals, a Red Sox farm. So Giants yielded Mpls. to the Red Sox.

    Red Sox farm in American Association had been the Louisville Colonels, with Red Sox style unis (saw Luis Tiant pitched against the Millers). That left Louisville open, and the Braves moved their affiliate, turning the Wichita Braves into the Louisville Colonels, who wore Braves style unis (remember seeing Lee Maye play at Met Stadium).

    So…I wonder if that isn’t a Spring Training photo of the former Wichita club, with the new hat but getting some use out of last year’s jerseys. Although I sure can’t figure why they’d remove only “ichita” and not the “W”, too.

    Best answer I can come up with, anyway. It at least explains the combo of Wichita and Louisville in a “Braves” uniform.

    —Ricko

  • James Craven | April 5, 2010 at 9:03 am |

    CT Tigers redesign the laziest one ever!

  • Joe Barrie | April 5, 2010 at 9:08 am |

    I have yet to see a Mitchell & Ness product that is an “authentic reproduction” of any uniform part.

    Last night the Red Sox exhumed Johnny Pesky. As was the case last year, when asked to say those two words for which we’ve waited all winter, he replied, “Let’s play ball!”

    Oh, well.

  • Jeremy Brahm | April 5, 2010 at 9:10 am |

    Asahi.com one of the leading newspapers in Japan had this for the opening of the MLB season as their logo.

    http://www.asahi.com...

  • JamesP. | April 5, 2010 at 9:11 am |

    The Astros will also dust off their sheet music and organ for the in-game music, and they will be using the old 1965 scoreboard graphics. My only hope is for stirrups to be worn by both teams, and some high cuffs!

  • Ricko | April 5, 2010 at 9:12 am |

    One more thought on “Wichita”…

    Perhaps they left the “W” on some unis as a way of identifying players who’d been with the AAA club the previous season (’57).

    Okay, I’m out of ideas on that.

    —Ricko

  • The Jeff | April 5, 2010 at 9:12 am |

    [quote comment=”384069″]I have yet to see a Mitchell & Ness product that is an “authentic reproduction” of any uniform part.

    Last night the Red Sox exhumed Johnny Pesky. As was the case last year, when asked to say those two words for which we’ve waited all winter, he replied, “Let’s play ball!”

    Oh, well.[/quote]

    Playball is one word now, didn’t you get that memo?

  • Ricko | April 5, 2010 at 9:14 am |

    [quote comment=”384073″][quote comment=”384069″]I have yet to see a Mitchell & Ness product that is an “authentic reproduction” of any uniform part.

    Last night the Red Sox exhumed Johnny Pesky. As was the case last year, when asked to say those two words for which we’ve waited all winter, he replied, “Let’s play ball!”

    Oh, well.[/quote]

    Playball is one word now, didn’t you get that memo?[/quote]

    Like the time someone asked Cardinals pitcher Juaquin Andujar his favorite English word. He replied, “Juneverknow”

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | April 5, 2010 at 9:26 am |

    Would it be so hard to insitute a rule that batting helmets must be cleaned before every game, that pine tar not be allowed buildup.

    There are a lot of different things that bug us here, but those pine tar encrusted helmets bother me more than anything. Sweat-stained softcaps are a close second. We can debate different styles of wearing a uni, but it seems to me the first order of business ought to be that you at least start the game looking like your gear is clean, for god’s sake. I’m pretty, it IS the majors, isn’t it? White balls for BP and all?

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | April 5, 2010 at 9:27 am |

    “I’m pretty SURE, it IS the majors…”

  • LI Phil | April 5, 2010 at 9:29 am |

    [quote comment=”384075″]I’m pretty, it IS the majors, isn’t it? White balls for BP and all?[/quote]

    you are pretty

    and the girls all have long legs and brains

  • Paul Lukas | April 5, 2010 at 9:33 am |

    [quote comment=”384075″]Would it be so hard to insitute a rule that batting helmets must be cleaned before every game, that pine tar not be allowed buildup.[/quote]

    I had no idea so many people were worked up about the pine-smudged helmets. Personally, I like them. A helmet is at least as much a piece of equipment as it is part of the uniform, and equipment can be customized. And there’s a practical reason for it: Most of the helmet-smudgers, including Posada, put the tar up there so they can touch their helmet and get a bit of the sticky stuff, to give them a better grip (Posada, like several other helmet-smudgers, doesn’t wear batting gloves). Faster and easier than running back to the on-deck circle for the pine tar rag. A minor eccentricity that gives these players a unique look. I agree that the tar shouldn’t cover the team logo, but aside from that I’m fine with it.

  • Joe Hilseberg | April 5, 2010 at 9:37 am |

    it’s very sad to learn that the Oneonta Tigers have moved! I’ve been to the Hall of Fame about 10 times since 1990, and every time I would stay in Oneonta with my father and catch games at night and tour the Hall during the day. Although not technologically advanced, the stadium was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever watched baseball.

    When I was 12 or 13 I went one summer (they were the Oneonta Yankees) and I was able to meet 2 kids right out of the draft that were playing on the team. Super nice kids and they waited in line with you to get hot dogs! Their names were Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte. They turned out OK….I hope they get another team!

  • Johnny O | April 5, 2010 at 9:45 am |

    Rumors out of Milwaukee say that the roof will be open at Miller Park for the first time ever on Opening Day!

    Sadly, I will be behind the counter at the golf course. But I will have Uecker to guide me through my day. Play ball!
    ———————-

    On a different note, if you have DirecTV, you get a free trial of MLB Extra Innings through April 11th!

  • Ricko | April 5, 2010 at 9:47 am |

    [quote comment=”384078″][quote comment=”384075″]Would it be so hard to insitute a rule that batting helmets must be cleaned before every game, that pine tar not be allowed buildup.[/quote]

    I had no idea so many people were worked up about the pine-smudged helmets. Personally, I like them. A helmet is at least as much a piece of equipment as it is part of the uniform, and equipment can be customized. And there’s a practical reason for it: Most of the helmet-smudgers, including Posada, put the tar up there so they can touch their helmet and get a bit of the sticky stuff, to give them a better grip (Posada, like several other helmet-smudgers, doesn’t wear batting gloves). Faster and easier than running back to the on-deck circle for the pine tar rag. A minor eccentricity that gives these players a unique look. I agree that the tar shouldn’t cover the team logo, but aside from that I’m fine with it.[/quote]

    I’ve used pine tar, plenty. Doesn’t mean it has to build up for days, weeks, months to be effective. Quite the opposite, in fact. After awhile it gets as hard as a carp and is useless. They’re just putting new pine tar on top of crusted pine tar.

    Let those who want to do it take a couple minutes out of their lives to load up their helmet every game.

    —Ricko

  • FormerDirtDart | April 5, 2010 at 9:54 am |

    can’t find a pic, but I swear I saw Detroit wearing black and white MLB logo’s on their home jerseys a few days ago.

  • Bernard | April 5, 2010 at 10:01 am |

    [quote comment=”384060″]So UVa. will be the Oregon of the east in terms of uniforms. Will a black top be next? Seems like UVa. could just look south to the beauty that Auburn creats year in and year out with the same navy and orange uniforms.

    Speaking of black tops, West Virginia lost in the Final Four on Saturday. Serves the right for wearing black in their first Final Four game in 50 years. And for letting their coach wear a track suit on the sidelines.[/quote]

    Thanks for rubbing that one in Geeman.

  • Bernard | April 5, 2010 at 10:02 am |

    [quote comment=”384061″]So UVa. will be the Oregon of the east in terms of uniforms. Will a black top be next? Seems like UVa. could just look south to the beauty that Auburn creates year in and year out with the same navy and orange uniforms.

    Speaking of black tops, West Virginia lost in the Final Four on Saturday. Serves them right for wearing black in their first Final Four game in 50 years. And for letting their coach wear a track suit on the sidelines.[/quote]

    Thanks for rubbing that one in Geeman.

  • Mark in Shiga | April 5, 2010 at 10:02 am |

    If you liked Jeremy’s photo of the special giels’ uniform made by the Hiroshima Carp for throwing out the first ball, you might also like this one by the Seibu Lions (for Olympic figure skater Shizuka Arakawa; that’s a FNOB on her jersey; the number is usually blue, not pink); contrast this with the regular uniform issued to Olympic speed staker Tomomi Okazaki.

    The Orix Buffaloes managed to fit three digits across the back of skinny model Okeihan.

    For something more exotic, check out the Chunichi Dragons and what they gave the figure-skating Asada sisters.

    The Hanshin Tigers, though, take the cake with that they gave actress Akina Minami. I have no idea what that’s supopsed to be. A police officer’s hat, and… and… I give up. The fans must have liked it, though.

  • Kellan | April 5, 2010 at 10:05 am |

    I can’t get a screen shot, but did anyone else notice home plate ump Joe West’s chest protector (made by Wilson) had “West Vest” printed on it? Not sure if this is something new or not…

    Also, I just have to say it…the swooshes on the undershirt collars are the single most annoying thing in the universe…

  • JimWa | April 5, 2010 at 10:08 am |

    [quote comment=”384086″]I can’t get a screen shot, but did anyone else notice home plate ump Joe West’s chest protector (made by Wilson) had “West Vest” printed on it? Not sure if this is something new or not…

    Also, I just have to say it…the swooshes on the undershirt collars are the single most annoying thing in the universe…[/quote]

    Did you ever see David Arquette’s 1800ATT commercials?

  • JamesP. | April 5, 2010 at 10:11 am |

    great Strat-o-Matic Baseball article:

    http://www.chron.com...

  • Geeman | April 5, 2010 at 10:12 am |

    [quote comment=”384084″][quote comment=”384061″]So UVa. will be the Oregon of the east in terms of uniforms. Will a black top be next? Seems like UVa. could just look south to the beauty that Auburn creates year in and year out with the same navy and orange uniforms.

    Speaking of black tops, West Virginia lost in the Final Four on Saturday. Serves them right for wearing black in their first Final Four game in 50 years. And for letting their coach wear a track suit on the sidelines.[/quote]

    Thanks for rubbing that one in Geeman.[/quote]

    Sorry. I wasn’t rooting against them. It just seems to be bad karma to not show your school colors proudly in your first Final Four in 50 years.

    CBS showed an old clip of Bob Huggins playing for WVU in the 1970s and he was wearing gold. You rarely see those unis in basketball anymore.

  • FormerDirtDart | April 5, 2010 at 10:13 am |

    From Adam Rubin’s blog at the ESPN New York site”

    ” 9:42 a.m.: The clubhouse doors have opened to the media. Mets are wearing their new off-white pinstripes today. “

  • LI Phil | April 5, 2010 at 10:16 am |

    [quote comment=”384087″]
    Did you ever see David Arquette’s 1800ATT commercials?[/quote]

    ?

    they must not be available in this area

  • JimWa | April 5, 2010 at 10:19 am |

    [quote comment=”384090″]From Adam Rubin’s blog at the ESPN New York site”

    ” 9:42 a.m.: The clubhouse doors have opened to the media. Mets are wearing their new off-white pinstripes today. “[/quote]

    That seems odd. The Mets wearing their home uniforms? For an official game?

  • JimWa | April 5, 2010 at 10:21 am |

    [quote comment=”384091″][quote comment=”384087″]
    Did you ever see David Arquette’s 1800ATT commercials?[/quote]

    ?

    they must not be available in this area[/quote]

    You should write your congressman.

    And thank him.

    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Kurt | April 5, 2010 at 10:22 am |

    CC must have changed twice, because I didn’t start watching the game until the 5th inning and he was wearing gray cleats. That stands out to me because I thought they looked good with the gray pants. Sadly, I don’t have a picture…

  • FormerDirtDart | April 5, 2010 at 10:24 am |

    [quote comment=”384092″][quote comment=”384090″]From Adam Rubin’s blog at the ESPN New York site”

    ” 9:42 a.m.: The clubhouse doors have opened to the media. Mets are wearing their new off-white pinstripes today. “[/quote]

    That seems odd. The Mets wearing their home uniforms? For an official game?[/quote]
    Technically, the Mets home uniform is their all whites now.

  • The Jeff | April 5, 2010 at 10:25 am |

    [quote comment=”384093″][quote comment=”384091″][quote comment=”384087″]
    Did you ever see David Arquette’s 1800ATT commercials?[/quote]

    ?

    they must not be available in this area[/quote]

    You should write your congressman.

    And thank him.

    http://www.youtube.c...

    Wow.

  • JimWa | April 5, 2010 at 10:32 am |

    [quote comment=”384096″][quote comment=”384093″][quote comment=”384091″][quote comment=”384087″]
    Did you ever see David Arquette’s 1800ATT commercials?[/quote]

    ?

    they must not be available in this area[/quote]

    You should write your congressman.

    And thank him.

    http://www.youtube.c...

    Wow.[/quote]

    I have this horrible fear that someone from this site is going to be the one to admit – “I got the jersey after seeing that commmercial.”

  • Greg B. | April 5, 2010 at 10:38 am |

    [quote comment=”384086″]I can’t get a screen shot, but did anyone else notice home plate ump Joe West’s chest protector (made by Wilson) had “West Vest” printed on it? Not sure if this is something new or not…
    [/quote]

    Not… I remember seeing him with that last year, if not the year before. He has a deal with Wilson and was involved in the design of the thing — it is a patented hard-shell design.

  • dgm | April 5, 2010 at 10:40 am |

    [quote comment=”384060″]So UVa. will be the Oregon of the east in terms of uniforms. Will a black top be next? Seems like UVa. could just look south to the beauty that Auburn creats year in and year out with the same navy and orange uniforms.[/quote]
    I’m a UVA grad student, and my dad went here back in the 70s, so I’ve been following the hoos for a long time. The current uniforms are actually good, they just need to get rid of the ravens-esque half-stripe on their helmet…

    i will say that if they are adding an orange jersey it makes sense, since Al Doh! err, Groh made the fans wear orange to the stadium – he wanted a “sea of orange” but the team was in blue…

    Mike London has said he wants to improve recruiting in the state, specifically referencing what he calls the 7-5-7 (hampton roads area, home of athletes like David Wright, Ryan Zimmerman, the Vicks, Iverson, etc.) so maybe this is an effort to do that…

    i don’t care, as long as the aren’t soul-crushingly bad like they were last year.

  • Bernard | April 5, 2010 at 10:43 am |

    [quote comment=”384089″][quote comment=”384084″][quote comment=”384061″]So UVa. will be the Oregon of the east in terms of uniforms. Will a black top be next? Seems like UVa. could just look south to the beauty that Auburn creates year in and year out with the same navy and orange uniforms.

    Speaking of black tops, West Virginia lost in the Final Four on Saturday. Serves them right for wearing black in their first Final Four game in 50 years. And for letting their coach wear a track suit on the sidelines.[/quote]

    Thanks for rubbing that one in Geeman.[/quote]

    Sorry. I wasn’t rooting against them. It just seems to be bad karma to not show your school colors proudly in your first Final Four in 50 years.

    CBS showed an old clip of Bob Huggins playing for WVU in the 1970s and he was wearing gold. You rarely see those unis in basketball anymore.[/quote]

    They have them, they just don’t break them out as much as they should.

    http://media.pennliv...

  • SJC | April 5, 2010 at 10:49 am |

    Spacesuit? Looks more like a skydiver-in-training.
    Or maybe an ATV racer.

    Nice try, Houston, but… Wait, no. Lousy try.

  • Ry Co 40 | April 5, 2010 at 10:51 am |

    wearing my 1998 team issued pirates road jersey to the gam… “stadium” today… to see the pir… “dodgers”

  • Greg V. | April 5, 2010 at 10:53 am |

    I got an email from a friend this morning telling me that the Red Sox untucked thier jerseys after the win last night like the Brewers do. This makes sense since the Sox have Mike Cameron now and he starting the untucking as a tribute to his dad. Did anyone see this?

  • Matt | April 5, 2010 at 11:04 am |

    Since no one has said it — the Pensacola Dudes abide!!

  • Jerry | April 5, 2010 at 11:04 am |

    Was the fat joke really necessary?? Its the last form of legal discrimination left in this country.

  • Bernard | April 5, 2010 at 11:05 am |

    [quote comment=”384102″]wearing my 1998 team issued pirates road jersey to the gam… “stadium” today… to see the pir… “dodgers”[/quote]

    *sigh*

    *shakes head*

  • Fight | April 5, 2010 at 11:09 am |

    [quote comment=”384078″][quote comment=”384075″]Would it be so hard to insitute a rule that batting helmets must be cleaned before every game, that pine tar not be allowed buildup.[/quote]

    I had no idea so many people were worked up about the pine-smudged helmets. Personally, I like them. A helmet is at least as much a piece of equipment as it is part of the uniform, and equipment can be customized. And there’s a practical reason for it: Most of the helmet-smudgers, including Posada, put the tar up there so they can touch their helmet and get a bit of the sticky stuff, to give them a better grip (Posada, like several other helmet-smudgers, doesn’t wear batting gloves). Faster and easier than running back to the on-deck circle for the pine tar rag. A minor eccentricity that gives these players a unique look. I agree that the tar shouldn’t cover the team logo, but aside from that I’m fine with it.[/quote]

    my issue with the pine tar is that it just looks nasty. at first there was a note of that “blue-collar mentality” of the players that partook in the pine tarring, but it is now just getting old. i understand that most of the players tarring the helmets don’t wear batting gloves, but (in my estimation) the best gloveless hitters didn’t have dirty/nasty helmets:
    http://www.chrisolea...
    http://i.cdn.turner....

    I guess my thought is that they are pros … look like it. Sorry for the diatribe …

  • Geeman | April 5, 2010 at 11:11 am |

    [quote comment=”384099″][quote comment=”384060″]So UVa. will be the Oregon of the east in terms of uniforms. Will a black top be next? Seems like UVa. could just look south to the beauty that Auburn creats year in and year out with the same navy and orange uniforms.[/quote]
    I’m a UVA grad student, and my dad went here back in the 70s, so I’ve been following the hoos for a long time. The current uniforms are actually good, they just need to get rid of the ravens-esque half-stripe on their helmet…

    i will say that if they are adding an orange jersey it makes sense, since Al Doh! err, Groh made the fans wear orange to the stadium – he wanted a “sea of orange” but the team was in blue…

    Mike London has said he wants to improve recruiting in the state, specifically referencing what he calls the 7-5-7 (hampton roads area, home of athletes like David Wright, Ryan Zimmerman, the Vicks, Iverson, etc.) so maybe this is an effort to do that…

    i don’t care, as long as the aren’t soul-crushingly bad like they were last year.[/quote]

    An orange alternate makes sense. They wore orange through the 1980s and into the 1990s. But let’s no go Oregon crazy.

    I’ll say it again, but teams with numerous and weird uniforms do not seem to do as well as teams with solid, consistent, traditional ones (Alabama, Penn State, USC, Auburn, LSU, Ohio State, et. al.). Sure they may make a splash every now and then. Even Oregon got to the Rose Bowl last year (though in their last two games they wore some pretty traditional unis) for a change. But, long-term, it’s best to have a consistent identity.

  • scott | April 5, 2010 at 11:11 am |

    [quote comment=”384079″]it’s very sad to learn that the Oneonta Tigers have moved! I’ve been to the Hall of Fame about 10 times since 1990, and every time I would stay in Oneonta with my father and catch games at night and tour the Hall during the day. Although not technologically advanced, the stadium was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever watched baseball.
    [/quote]

    The setting in Oneonta is great. Fortunately, Damaschke Field will continue to host baseball this year with a summer collegiate team taking up residence. Oneonta should also have a nice rivalry with a team in the same league that will be playing at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.

  • War Damn Eagle | April 5, 2010 at 11:14 am |

    [quote comment=”384061″]So UVa. will be the Oregon of the east in terms of uniforms. Will a black top be next? Seems like UVa. could just look south to the beauty that Auburn creates year in and year out with the same navy and orange uniforms.

    Speaking of black tops, West Virginia lost in the Final Four on Saturday. Serves them right for wearing black in their first Final Four game in 50 years. And for letting their coach wear a track suit on the sidelines.[/quote]

    UVa had already been copying Auburn in the pants department under Al Groh:

    Auburn:
    http://photos.upi.co...

    UVa:
    http://cache.daylife...

  • timmy b | April 5, 2010 at 11:14 am |

    I see Dressed to the Nines has the 2010 unis up. I remember one year they didn’t have the current year posted until like, July.

    Good job, guys. Just wish you’d include the alts.

  • Jet | April 5, 2010 at 11:16 am |

    that baseball Chiefs jersey might get more looks on Ebay if it wasn’t spelled “Cheifs” in the heading

    -Jet

  • Andy | April 5, 2010 at 11:18 am |

    [quote comment=”384101″]Spacesuit? Looks more like a skydiver-in-training.
    Or maybe an ATV racer.

    Nice try, Houston, but… Wait, no. Lousy try.[/quote]

    I’ve got to agree. The originals looked good, but these just look like baggy fighter pilot gear in orange instead of olive drab.

  • War Damn Eagle | April 5, 2010 at 11:21 am |

    Tiger’s bag is adorned with nothing but Tiger Woods logos:

    http://news.yahoo.co...

    I think it’s basically akin to this:

    http://plutoniumblon...

  • War Damn Eagle | April 5, 2010 at 11:26 am |

    UVA needs to get back to their roots with a uni redesign. Incorporate some of the things that made this a sweet uni:

    http://www.thesabre....

    http://hoosfootball....

    http://www.hoosfootb...

    – the orange/blue stripe

    – the block “V”

    – the plain helmet

    Not arguing for a straight throwback, but why not incorporate some of the modern stuff with the classic stuff. Use the seriphed “V” on the sleeve, but rock the 2-stripe pants and helmet again.

  • LI Phil | April 5, 2010 at 11:26 am |

    (self plug, sorta)…

    just in case anyone missed it, and is interested this season…

    uni tracking for 2010

    if you’re “in”, drop me a line

    the mets can’t top 12 different combos this year, can they?

  • War Damn Eagle | April 5, 2010 at 11:29 am |

    [quote comment=”384114″]Tiger’s bag is adorned with nothing but Tiger Woods logos:

    http://news.yahoo.co...

    I think it’s basically akin to this:

    http://plutoniumblon...

    Sorry, bad link:

    http://s.bebo.com/ap...

  • JimWa | April 5, 2010 at 11:33 am |

    [quote comment=”384118″][quote comment=”384114″]Tiger’s bag is adorned with nothing but Tiger Woods logos:

    http://news.yahoo.co...

    I think it’s basically akin to this:

    http://plutoniumblon...

    Sorry, bad link:

    http://s.bebo.com/ap...

    I think it’d be a nice move if he’d have a common man’s name like “John Stevenson” (or whoever his sponsor is through his rehab) on his golf bag.

  • War Damn Eagle | April 5, 2010 at 11:33 am |

    [quote comment=”384115″]UVA needs to get back to their roots with a uni redesign. Incorporate some of the things that made this a sweet uni:

    http://www.thesabre....

    http://hoosfootball....

    http://www.hoosfootb...

    – the orange/blue stripe

    – the block “V”

    – the plain helmet

    Not arguing for a straight throwback, but why not incorporate some of the modern stuff with the classic stuff. Use the seriphed “V” on the sleeve, but rock the 2-stripe pants and helmet again.[/quote]

    Maybe something like this:

    http://1.bp.blogspot...

    but with orange pants and the white helmet:

    http://www.athlonspo...

  • Ricko | April 5, 2010 at 11:45 am |

    [quote comment=”384120″][quote comment=”384115″]UVA needs to get back to their roots with a uni redesign. Incorporate some of the things that made this a sweet uni:

    http://www.thesabre....

    http://hoosfootball....

    http://www.hoosfootb...

    – the orange/blue stripe

    – the block “V”

    – the plain helmet

    Not arguing for a straight throwback, but why not incorporate some of the modern stuff with the classic stuff. Use the seriphed “V” on the sleeve, but rock the 2-stripe pants and helmet again.[/quote]

    Maybe something like this:

    http://1.bp.blogspot...

    but with orange pants and the white helmet:

    http://www.athlonspo...

    I’m sitting here contemplating orange high socks with orange pants, or with navy pants.

    And three helmets, of course.

    Oh, man, when was the last time (if ever) that UVA wore an orange helmet?

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | April 5, 2010 at 11:52 am |

    [quote comment=”384110″][quote comment=”384061″]So UVa. will be the Oregon of the east in terms of uniforms. Will a black top be next? Seems like UVa. could just look south to the beauty that Auburn creates year in and year out with the same navy and orange uniforms.

    Speaking of black tops, West Virginia lost in the Final Four on Saturday. Serves them right for wearing black in their first Final Four game in 50 years. And for letting their coach wear a track suit on the sidelines.[/quote]

    UVa had already been copying Auburn in the pants department under Al Groh:

    Auburn:
    http://photos.upi.co...

    UVa:
    http://cache.daylife...

    You sure they weren’t copying the Bears?

    Cuz, y’know, that general style of striping is pretty rare. ;)

    (In other words, don’t think “copying” is relevant in any sense, it’s just a common pattern )

    In truth, looks like UVA’s orange center stripe might be wider that the navy stripes, whereas Auburn’s are the typical configuration.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | April 5, 2010 at 11:54 am |

    “In truth, looks like UVA’s orange center stripe might be wider that the navy stripes, whereas Auburn’s are the typical configuration.”

    Nah, just an illusion. My bad.

    —Ricko

  • Geeman | April 5, 2010 at 11:55 am |

    [quote comment=”384110″][quote comment=”384061″]So UVa. will be the Oregon of the east in terms of uniforms. Will a black top be next? Seems like UVa. could just look south to the beauty that Auburn creates year in and year out with the same navy and orange uniforms.

    Speaking of black tops, West Virginia lost in the Final Four on Saturday. Serves them right for wearing black in their first Final Four game in 50 years. And for letting their coach wear a track suit on the sidelines.[/quote]

    UVa had already been copying Auburn in the pants department under Al Groh:

    Auburn:
    http://photos.upi.co...

    UVa:
    http://cache.daylife...

    This is a great uniform (helmet sashes excepted) and why they would mess with it, I don’t know. An orange alternate with blue trim would be fine.

  • JamesP. | April 5, 2010 at 11:58 am |

    [quote comment=”384101″]Spacesuit? Looks more like a skydiver-in-training.
    Or maybe an ATV racer.

    Nice try, Houston, but… Wait, no. Lousy try.[/quote]

    Geez! bitching just to bitch? The first suits were comical, and were literally off the rack costumes that Judge Hoffines made the grounds crew wear to go along with the “space” theme. Sure, the Astros should have went that even extra step and found fish-bowl helmets for them to wear and made sure the suits were also looks like something from Lost in Space…

    In all reality, they are reproductions of those early Astrodome uniforms. Hell, even the Space-ettes dress isn’t 100% reproduction, but that’s splitting hairs.

    Oh, and for everyones enjoyment, and Paul’s archive, I present a video on the designing of those “spacy” uniforms! http://www.youtube.c...

  • JimWa | April 5, 2010 at 12:11 pm |

    If you’ve ever wondered how bad your team’s logo would look rendered with black as an accent color, take a look at MLB.com’s scoreboard page …

    http://chicago.cubs....

    Question: The flying fish forever flopping flippantly – was that taken off the uniform, but still exists as an official logo? If it’s not, someone should tell MLB (kinda like telling dad he doesn’t know how to tighten a bolt, right?).

  • Greenie | April 5, 2010 at 12:11 pm |

    Yankee and Islander organ guy is playing on Sportcenter between breaks. Gotta love opening day.

    -Greenie

  • The Jeff | April 5, 2010 at 12:16 pm |

    I think this would be a much better “Space-ette” uniform: http://s3.hubimg.com...

    /or not

  • pflava | April 5, 2010 at 12:22 pm |

    UVa’s football uniforms are perfectly fine (except for the stupid tapered helmet stripes). In fact, they are damn nice. The new coach is a HUGE douchebag for making one of his top priorities screwing them up.

    Amidst all the Opening Day chatter, a little Final Four fact:

    Tonight’s Butler-Duke championship will be the first title game since 1986 (Louisville-Duke) that doesn’t involve a team with a state name.

  • kyle | April 5, 2010 at 12:36 pm |

    second section of this article talks about people changing uniform numbers, and it says that number 49 has become traditional for knuckleball pitchers. anyone know where this comes from?

    http://losangeles.do...

  • divino codino | April 5, 2010 at 12:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”384103″]I got an email from a friend this morning telling me that the Red Sox untucked thier jerseys after the win last night like the Brewers do. This makes sense since the Sox have Mike Cameron now and he starting the untucking as a tribute to his dad. Did anyone see this?[/quote]

    As far as I could tell from ESPN, Big Papi was the only other Red Sox to untuck.

  • Gretchen | April 5, 2010 at 12:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”384062″][quote]First uni anomaly of the season: As several readers noted, CC Sabathia started last night’s game wearing gray spikes but quickly switched to black. (Screen shots courtesy of Don Schafer.)[/quote]

    Not just gray to black spikes, but gray to black Old School Jordans gray to black spikes… I wish I was a pro.
    http://farm5.static....

    Changed spikes aside, seeing that extra 4″ of uniform pant slovenly pooled at the ankle is almost causing me to lose the lunch I just ate! Blech!

  • LI Phil | April 5, 2010 at 12:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”384126″]If you’ve ever wondered how bad your team’s logo would look rendered with black as an accent color…

    [/quote]

    nah…that would never happen

  • Ricko | April 5, 2010 at 12:49 pm |

    For any “ballparkphiles” our there…

    The Minneapolis StarTribune yesterday had a spectacular special 24-page section devoted to Target Field. Diagrams, details, a bit of local ballpark history…all kinds of amazing and interesting stuff.

    Things like one particular section of the seats having wooden backs, which hasn’t been seen in a new stadium anywhere since 1949 (or something like that).

    They bought the playing surface from the Mpls. Armory, so somewhere in Target Field folks walk on the court where George Mikan and Elgin Baylor played.

    The original Met Stadium flagpole is there. It had been outside the Bloomington American Legion post since the Twins went indoors.

    Just saying, don’t know how you’d score a copy, but if you can, you’ll love it.

    —Ricko

  • Marc from Brooklyn | April 5, 2010 at 1:02 pm |

    Channel 2 news here in New York (WCBS-TV) had an interview with a guy wearing an “I’m Calling It Shea” shirt in its opening day preview story on its noon newscast. They guy (whose name I did not catch) said that until they win something at the new ballpark, he’s calling it Shea. If they win the championship there, he’ll consider changing his mind.

  • Jeremy | April 5, 2010 at 1:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”384129″]
    Amidst all the Opening Day chatter, a little Final Four fact:

    Tonight’s Butler-Duke championship will be the first title game since 1986 (Louisville-Duke) that doesn’t involve a team with a state name.[/quote]

    Ironically, 1986 was the third straight year without a state name in the championship game-
    84 Georgetown-Houston
    85 Villanova-Georgetown

  • Paul Lukas | April 5, 2010 at 1:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”384130″]second section of this article talks about people changing uniform numbers, and it says that number 49 has become traditional for knuckleball pitchers. anyone know where this comes from?

    http://losangeles.do...

    That was the number worn by Charlie Hough and Tom Candiotti. Wakefield has worn it for the past generation as a nod toward them. Other knuckleballers now wear it in part because of him.

  • LI Phil | April 5, 2010 at 1:11 pm |

    play ball!

  • chance michaels | April 5, 2010 at 1:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”384125″]
    Oh, and for everyones enjoyment, and Paul’s archive, I present a video on the designing of those “spacy” uniforms! http://www.youtube.c...

    Very, very cool. The more I see of the early Astro stuff, the more I dislike the team’s current Olde Weste theme.

  • BuckeyeMark | April 5, 2010 at 1:16 pm |

    Brendan Ryan of the Cardinals rocking some sweet striped stirrups … awesome. didn’t help his AB at his struck out. and then Pujols just went yard.

  • FormerDirtDart | April 5, 2010 at 1:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”384139″]play ball![/quote]
    Let’s Go Mets

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 5, 2010 at 1:21 pm |

    Nice to see blue caps & pinstripes on OD. Still think the off-white is rather pointless but it doesn’t look bad.

  • JimWa | April 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”384135″]For any “ballparkphiles” our there…

    The Minneapolis StarTribune yesterday had a spectacular special 24-page section devoted to Target Field. Diagrams, details, a bit of local ballpark history…all kinds of amazing and interesting stuff.

    Things like one particular section of the seats having wooden backs, which hasn’t been seen in a new stadium anywhere since 1949 (or something like that).

    They bought the playing surface from the Mpls. Armory, so somewhere in Target Field folks walk on the court where George Mikan and Elgin Baylor played.

    The original Met Stadium flagpole is there. It had been outside the Bloomington American Legion post since the Twins went indoors.

    Just saying, don’t know how you’d score a copy, but if you can, you’ll love it.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I’m guessing there’s alot (if not complete) crossover between that section to which you refer and this …

    http://www.startribu...

  • LI Phil | April 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”384142″][quote comment=”384139″]play ball![/quote]
    Let’s Go Mets[/quote]

    and all is wright with the world again

  • Ricko | April 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm |

    Want a great look at that Astros uni?
    http://sportsillustr...

    Too bad doesn’t show the orange star high on the stirrups.

    —Ricko

  • chance michaels | April 5, 2010 at 1:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”384095″][quote comment=”384092″][quote comment=”384090″]From Adam Rubin’s blog at the ESPN New York site”

    ” 9:42 a.m.: The clubhouse doors have opened to the media. Mets are wearing their new off-white pinstripes today. “[/quote]

    That seems odd. The Mets wearing their home uniforms? For an official game?[/quote]
    Technically, the Mets home uniform is their all whites now.[/quote]
    You got a source on that? The Mets sure seemed to indicate that the retro pins were the primary home.

    The club announced on Tuesday that it will wear a new pinstriped home uniform in 2010 that will be inspired by the early years of the franchise. A news release said the design “combines new and old elements of Mets uniforms.”

    The Mets will also continue to wear their white uniforms at home, with the black jerseys as an alternate.

  • Ricko | April 5, 2010 at 1:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”384144″][quote comment=”384135″]For any “ballparkphiles” our there…

    The Minneapolis StarTribune yesterday had a spectacular special 24-page section devoted to Target Field. Diagrams, details, a bit of local ballpark history…all kinds of amazing and interesting stuff.

    Things like one particular section of the seats having wooden backs, which hasn’t been seen in a new stadium anywhere since 1949 (or something like that).

    They bought the playing surface from the Mpls. Armory, so somewhere in Target Field folks walk on the court where George Mikan and Elgin Baylor played.

    The original Met Stadium flagpole is there. It had been outside the Bloomington American Legion post since the Twins went indoors.

    Just saying, don’t know how you’d score a copy, but if you can, you’ll love it.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I’m guessing there’s alot (if not complete) crossover between that section to which you refer and this …

    http://www.startribu...

    Probably so.
    Just thought some might like a huge hard copy.

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | April 5, 2010 at 1:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”384147″]
    You got a source on that? [/quote]

    pretty sure it’s paul

  • Paul Lukas | April 5, 2010 at 1:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”384147″][quote comment=”384095″][quote comment=”384092″][quote comment=”384090″]From Adam Rubin’s blog at the ESPN New York site”

    ” 9:42 a.m.: The clubhouse doors have opened to the media. Mets are wearing their new off-white pinstripes today. “[/quote]

    That seems odd. The Mets wearing their home uniforms? For an official game?[/quote]
    Technically, the Mets home uniform is their all whites now.[/quote]
    You got a source on that? The Mets sure seemed to indicate that the retro pins were the primary home.

    The club announced on Tuesday that it will wear a new pinstriped home uniform in 2010 that will be inspired by the early years of the franchise. A news release said the design “combines new and old elements of Mets uniforms.”

    The Mets will also continue to wear their white uniforms at home, with the black jerseys as an alternate.[/quote]

    No, he’s right. The whites are now the officially designated home uni. The pins are now designated as alternates (which is how they’ve been treated for a decade-plus anyway). That’s new for this season, although it doesn’t make any practical difference.

  • johnny | April 5, 2010 at 1:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”384082″]can’t find a pic, but I swear I saw Detroit wearing black and white MLB logo’s on their home jerseys a few days ago.[/quote]

    It’s navy and white, has been as long as it’s been there, matches the logo on their home cap. Away logo is navy/orange.

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 5, 2010 at 1:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”384150″][quote comment=”384147″][quote comment=”384095″][quote comment=”384092″][quote comment=”384090″]From Adam Rubin’s blog at the ESPN New York site”

    ” 9:42 a.m.: The clubhouse doors have opened to the media. Mets are wearing their new off-white pinstripes today. “[/quote]

    That seems odd. The Mets wearing their home uniforms? For an official game?[/quote]
    Technically, the Mets home uniform is their all whites now.[/quote]
    You got a source on that? The Mets sure seemed to indicate that the retro pins were the primary home.

    The club announced on Tuesday that it will wear a new pinstriped home uniform in 2010 that will be inspired by the early years of the franchise. A news release said the design “combines new and old elements of Mets uniforms.”

    The Mets will also continue to wear their white uniforms at home, with the black jerseys as an alternate.[/quote]

    No, he’s right. The whites are now the officially designated home uni. The pins are now designated as alternates (which is how they’ve been treated for a decade-plus anyway). That’s new for this season, although it doesn’t make any practical difference.[/quote]

    OK; if the whites are now the designated home jersey, is the black/blue two-tone cap the designated home cap, in addition to being the designated road cap? Or is it now designated as alternate, or as “road primary/home alternate” or somesuch?

    I could deal with the whites being the primary home if they’d wear the blue cap with it.

  • Andy | April 5, 2010 at 1:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”384123″]”In truth, looks like UVA’s orange center stripe might be wider that the navy stripes, whereas Auburn’s are the typical configuration.”

    Nah, just an illusion. My bad.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Auburn and Virginia both wear pants that have a wide orange stripe flanked by thinner dark blue stripes.

    The Bears’ pants feature an orange stripe flanked by two dark blue stripes as well, but all three are the same width (0.875-inches according to the style guide).

    Interestingly, the ‘typical configuration’ that many teams appear to wear on their pants can vary slightly, both in size and in the ratio between the sizes of the stripes.

    For example: The Browns’ appear to wear the same pant as the Bears to most naked eyes, but the brown center stripe 0.125-inch wider (a full one inch), while the orange flanking stripes remain the same 0.875-inches as the stripes on the Bears’ pants.

    The Cowboys, as expected, do it a little differently, with a 1-inch center stripe and 0.75″ flanking stripes.

    The Colts’ center white stripe is a full inch as well, but the blue stripes that flank it are wider than the Bears’ and the Browns’ at a full one-inch. This configuration is also used by the Packers and Jets, except it’s white flanked by green, not blue.

    The Titans pant decoration is wider as well, but they go 1.25-inch on the center stripe, with the standard 0.875-inch flanking stripes.

    The Bills (on their white pants), going with a 1.5-inch center stripe and 0.75-inch flanking stripes. This looks to be in the neighborhood of what Auburn and Virginia wear.

    There are more teams that wear these stripes, and I haven’t included all of them in this little tidbit, but it just goes to show that there’s always more than meets the eye.

  • Squiddie | April 5, 2010 at 1:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”384045″]Pensacola Dudes is pretty good but nothing beats the Macon Whoopee (CHL & ECHL, 1996-2002)[/quote]

  • Bob Loblaw | April 5, 2010 at 1:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”384097″][quote comment=”384096″][quote comment=”384093″][quote comment=”384091″][quote comment=”384087″]
    Did you ever see David Arquette’s 1800ATT commercials?[/quote]

    ?

    they must not be available in this area[/quote]

    You should write your congressman.

    And thank him.

    http://www.youtube.c...

    Wow.[/quote]

    I have this horrible fear that someone from this site is going to be the one to admit – “I got the jersey after seeing that commmercial.”[/quote]
    Jim Vilk? :)

  • Squiddie | April 5, 2010 at 1:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”384154″][quote comment=”384045″]Pensacola Dudes is pretty good but nothing beats the Macon Whoopee (CHL & ECHL, 1996-2002)[/quote][/quote]
    Sorry. Not sure what happened there.

    I was going to say that it was a great travesty when the Whoopee changed their name to the Macon Trax. Not only was the new name not as well known, but they fell for that annoying shortlived habit of spelling it with an ‘X’.

    Now they would probably change their name to the Macon Bacon.

  • Bob Loblaw | April 5, 2010 at 2:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”384133″][quote comment=”384062″][quote]First uni anomaly of the season: As several readers noted, CC Sabathia started last night’s game wearing gray spikes but quickly switched to black. (Screen shots courtesy of Don Schafer.)[/quote]

    Not just gray to black spikes, but gray to black Old School Jordans gray to black spikes… I wish I was a pro.
    http://farm5.static....

    Changed spikes aside, seeing that extra 4″ of uniform pant slovenly pooled at the ankle is almost causing me to lose the lunch I just ate! Blech![/quote]
    Don’t worry Gretchen …. the baseball gods if so disposed will haunt one Mr. CC. You just wait & see.

  • Dane | April 5, 2010 at 2:02 pm |

    A good series of shots from Chris Osgood’s equipment failure during yesterday’s Red Wings-Flyers game:

    http://farm3.static....

    http://farm3.static....

    http://farm5.static....

  • chance michaels | April 5, 2010 at 2:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”384150″][quote comment=”384147″][quote comment=”384095″][quote comment=”384092″][quote comment=”384090″]From Adam Rubin’s blog at the ESPN New York site”

    ” 9:42 a.m.: The clubhouse doors have opened to the media. Mets are wearing their new off-white pinstripes today. “[/quote]

    That seems odd. The Mets wearing their home uniforms? For an official game?[/quote]
    Technically, the Mets home uniform is their all whites now.[/quote]
    You got a source on that? The Mets sure seemed to indicate that the retro pins were the primary home.

    The club announced on Tuesday that it will wear a new pinstriped home uniform in 2010 that will be inspired by the early years of the franchise. A news release said the design “combines new and old elements of Mets uniforms.”

    The Mets will also continue to wear their white uniforms at home, with the black jerseys as an alternate.[/quote]

    No, he’s right. The whites are now the officially designated home uni. The pins are now designated as alternates (which is how they’ve been treated for a decade-plus anyway). That’s new for this season, although it doesn’t make any practical difference.[/quote]
    Cool – thanks!

    I’ve long preferred actually calling the snow-whites the primary home uniform, kind of surprised that the Mets have finally come around.

  • War Damn Eagle | April 5, 2010 at 2:07 pm |

    obama wore a nats jacket – but his chisox hat – to throw out the first pitch at the nats-phils game in DC.

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Ricko | April 5, 2010 at 2:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”384153″][quote comment=”384123″]”In truth, looks like UVA’s orange center stripe might be wider that the navy stripes, whereas Auburn’s are the typical configuration.”

    Nah, just an illusion. My bad.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Auburn and Virginia both wear pants that have a wide orange stripe flanked by thinner dark blue stripes.

    The Bears’ pants feature an orange stripe flanked by two dark blue stripes as well, but all three are the same width (0.875-inches according to the style guide).

    Interestingly, the ‘typical configuration’ that many teams appear to wear on their pants can vary slightly, both in size and in the ratio between the sizes of the stripes.

    For example: The Browns’ appear to wear the same pant as the Bears to most naked eyes, but the brown center stripe 0.125-inch wider (a full one inch), while the orange flanking stripes remain the same 0.875-inches as the stripes on the Bears’ pants.

    The Cowboys, as expected, do it a little differently, with a 1-inch center stripe and 0.75″ flanking stripes.

    The Colts’ center white stripe is a full inch as well, but the blue stripes that flank it are wider than the Bears’ and the Browns’ at a full one-inch. This configuration is also used by the Packers and Jets, except it’s white flanked by green, not blue.

    The Titans pant decoration is wider as well, but they go 1.25-inch on the center stripe, with the standard 0.875-inch flanking stripes.

    The Bills (on their white pants), going with a 1.5-inch center stripe and 0.75-inch flanking stripes. This looks to be in the neighborhood of what Auburn and Virginia wear.

    There are more teams that wear these stripes, and I haven’t included all of them in this little tidbit, but it just goes to show that there’s always more than meets the eye.[/quote]

    You’re absolutely right about the various versions, and the precise detailing you provided is great.

    My point was that wearing a lighter color stripe with adjacent darker stripes isn’t exactly “copying” anybody. The schools both just happen to both wear orange and navy. Inside the variations you mentioned, it still is a pretty common “take” on pant striping.

    —Ricko

  • War Damn Eagle | April 5, 2010 at 2:10 pm |

    looks like the Nats are sticking with the black belts; don’t look red to me:

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Ricko | April 5, 2010 at 2:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”384154″][quote comment=”384045″]Pensacola Dudes is pretty good but nothing beats the Macon Whoopee (CHL & ECHL, 1996-2002)[/quote][/quote]

    Kinda partial to the “Tampa Smokers”, for off-beatness and now political incorrectness that’s not an ethnic issue…
    http://www.ebbets.co...

    —Ricko

  • War Damn Eagle | April 5, 2010 at 2:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”384161″][quote comment=”384153″][quote comment=”384123″]”In truth, looks like UVA’s orange center stripe might be wider that the navy stripes, whereas Auburn’s are the typical configuration.”

    Nah, just an illusion. My bad.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Auburn and Virginia both wear pants that have a wide orange stripe flanked by thinner dark blue stripes.

    The Bears’ pants feature an orange stripe flanked by two dark blue stripes as well, but all three are the same width (0.875-inches according to the style guide).

    Interestingly, the ‘typical configuration’ that many teams appear to wear on their pants can vary slightly, both in size and in the ratio between the sizes of the stripes.

    For example: The Browns’ appear to wear the same pant as the Bears to most naked eyes, but the brown center stripe 0.125-inch wider (a full one inch), while the orange flanking stripes remain the same 0.875-inches as the stripes on the Bears’ pants.

    The Cowboys, as expected, do it a little differently, with a 1-inch center stripe and 0.75″ flanking stripes.

    The Colts’ center white stripe is a full inch as well, but the blue stripes that flank it are wider than the Bears’ and the Browns’ at a full one-inch. This configuration is also used by the Packers and Jets, except it’s white flanked by green, not blue.

    The Titans pant decoration is wider as well, but they go 1.25-inch on the center stripe, with the standard 0.875-inch flanking stripes.

    The Bills (on their white pants), going with a 1.5-inch center stripe and 0.75-inch flanking stripes. This looks to be in the neighborhood of what Auburn and Virginia wear.

    There are more teams that wear these stripes, and I haven’t included all of them in this little tidbit, but it just goes to show that there’s always more than meets the eye.[/quote]

    You’re absolutely right about the various versions, and the precise detailing you provided is great.

    My point was that wearing a lighter color stripe with adjacent darker stripes isn’t exactly “copying” anybody. The schools both just happen to both wear orange and navy. Inside the variations you mentioned, it still is a pretty common “take” on pant striping.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    It’s cool, Ricko. I know it’s not “copying,” but in my universe, all roads lead back to Auburn. So UVA’s adoption of pants that look similar to Auburn’s is “copying” in my vernacular. But I don’t actually hold any illusions that Auburn has sole proprietary rights to that stripe design.

  • Geeman | April 5, 2010 at 2:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”384150″][quote comment=”384147″][quote comment=”384095″][quote comment=”384092″][quote comment=”384090″]From Adam Rubin’s blog at the ESPN New York site”

    ” 9:42 a.m.: The clubhouse doors have opened to the media. Mets are wearing their new off-white pinstripes today. “[/quote]

    That seems odd. The Mets wearing their home uniforms? For an official game?[/quote]
    Technically, the Mets home uniform is their all whites now.[/quote]
    You got a source on that? The Mets sure seemed to indicate that the retro pins were the primary home.

    The club announced on Tuesday that it will wear a new pinstriped home uniform in 2010 that will be inspired by the early years of the franchise. A news release said the design “combines new and old elements of Mets uniforms.”

    The Mets will also continue to wear their white uniforms at home, with the black jerseys as an alternate.[/quote]

    No, he’s right. The whites are now the officially designated home uni. The pins are now designated as alternates (which is how they’ve been treated for a decade-plus anyway). That’s new for this season, although it doesn’t make any practical difference.[/quote]

    1. Any reason why the Mets relegated the pinstripes to secondary status so many years ago?

    2. Why don’t they have a matching helmet for the blue-and-black cap, as they have matching helmets for the blue and the black caps?

  • Ricko | April 5, 2010 at 2:19 pm |

    “It’s cool, Ricko. I know it’s not “copying,” but in my universe, all roads lead back to Auburn. So UVA’s adoption of pants that look similar to Auburn’s is “copying” in my vernacular. But I don’t actually hold any illusions that Auburn has sole proprietary rights to that stripe design.”

    Was gonna give you shit about having “Auburn-vision” but wasn’t sure what kind of mood y’all were in today.

    Pretty sure Kelloggs stole Tony from you guys, too, didn’t they, the Yankee bastards. ;)

    —Ricko

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 5, 2010 at 2:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”384165″][quote comment=”384150″][quote comment=”384147″][quote comment=”384095″][quote comment=”384092″][quote comment=”384090″]From Adam Rubin’s blog at the ESPN New York site”

    ” 9:42 a.m.: The clubhouse doors have opened to the media. Mets are wearing their new off-white pinstripes today. “[/quote]

    That seems odd. The Mets wearing their home uniforms? For an official game?[/quote]
    Technically, the Mets home uniform is their all whites now.[/quote]
    You got a source on that? The Mets sure seemed to indicate that the retro pins were the primary home.

    The club announced on Tuesday that it will wear a new pinstriped home uniform in 2010 that will be inspired by the early years of the franchise. A news release said the design “combines new and old elements of Mets uniforms.”

    The Mets will also continue to wear their white uniforms at home, with the black jerseys as an alternate.[/quote]

    No, he’s right. The whites are now the officially designated home uni. The pins are now designated as alternates (which is how they’ve been treated for a decade-plus anyway). That’s new for this season, although it doesn’t make any practical difference.[/quote]

    1. Any reason why the Mets relegated the pinstripes to secondary status so many years ago?

    2. Why don’t they have a matching helmet for the blue-and-black cap, as they have matching helmets for the blue and the black caps?[/quote]

    I seem to remember, when the plain whites were first used as an alternate in 1997 (sans black trim), someone saying that the fabric from which they were made was “lighter” than that of the pinstripes; the whites started to be worn more regularly late in the summer for that reason.

    The black alternates came along the next year, as the black/blue two-tone alternate cap replaced the white/blue two-tone alternate cap. The plain whites also got black drop-shadows but the pinstripes did not (that happened in ’99). I don’t remember exactly when, how, or why during the early part of the 1998 season that they started wearing the black/blue cap regularly with the plain whites, or whether the blue cap was worn with the road grays at all in early 1998 before essentially becoming the regular road cap. It wasn’t designated as the road cap, however, until 2001. The blue cap was the designated official cap for home and road from 1998-2000, although it was rarely worn at home and NEVER on the road.

    As for the matching helmet, they used to have one until they changed to the Cool-Flo helmets, which in my opinion look even worse than the two-tone caps. The Mets are, I think, the only team in MLB whose helmets don’t match their caps, and they’re certainly the only team with separate home and road caps that EVER wears the road cap at home, let alone that does so practically all the time.

  • Dane | April 5, 2010 at 2:22 pm |

    A rather unusual uniform advisory on this ad for Nets season tickets:

    http://www.fanintera...

  • Dane | April 5, 2010 at 2:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”384168″]A rather unusual uniform advisory on this ad for Nets season tickets:

    http://www.fanintera...

    That link didn’t work; let’s try this one:

    http://www.nba.com/n...

  • Paul Lukas | April 5, 2010 at 2:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”384152″][quote comment=”384150″][quote comment=”384147″][quote comment=”384095″][quote comment=”384092″][quote comment=”384090″]From Adam Rubin’s blog at the ESPN New York site”

    ” 9:42 a.m.: The clubhouse doors have opened to the media. Mets are wearing their new off-white pinstripes today. “[/quote]

    That seems odd. The Mets wearing their home uniforms? For an official game?[/quote]
    Technically, the Mets home uniform is their all whites now.[/quote]
    You got a source on that? The Mets sure seemed to indicate that the retro pins were the primary home.

    The club announced on Tuesday that it will wear a new pinstriped home uniform in 2010 that will be inspired by the early years of the franchise. A news release said the design “combines new and old elements of Mets uniforms.”

    The Mets will also continue to wear their white uniforms at home, with the black jerseys as an alternate.[/quote]

    No, he’s right. The whites are now the officially designated home uni. The pins are now designated as alternates (which is how they’ve been treated for a decade-plus anyway). That’s new for this season, although it doesn’t make any practical difference.[/quote]

    OK; if the whites are now the designated home jersey, is the black/blue two-tone cap the designated home cap, in addition to being the designated road cap? Or is it now designated as alternate, or as “road primary/home alternate” or somesuch?

    I could deal with the whites being the primary home if they’d wear the blue cap with it.[/quote]

    Blue cap is still official home headwear. Blue/black is still official road, although we all know they’ll wear it for most home games as well.

  • Ricko | April 5, 2010 at 2:28 pm |

    Anyone else finding that AOL seems to be down?

    —Rickok

  • Teebz | April 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm |

    Before condemning the Hershey Bears for using a Hershey Kiss in their logo, you need to know that it is part of their history.

    Chocolatier Milton S. Hershey sponsored the team in 1932, and the team joined the permanent Eastern Amateur Hockey League in 1933. The team name reflected the sponsorship of Mr. Hershey, and the team was called the “B’ars”.

    In 1936, after a complaint from NY sportswriters that the team name was too commercial (sounds familiar! ;OP), the apostrophe was swapped with an “E” to become the Hershey Bears.

    Because the Hershey Kiss is, by far, the most widely-recognized product in the Hershey chocolate roster, the Bears have included it as a way to honour their roots.

    Is it still too commercial? Perhaps. But at what point does tradition become too commercial if yout tradition IS commercial?

  • Geeman | April 5, 2010 at 2:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”384167″][quote comment=”384165″][quote comment=”384150″][quote comment=”384147″][quote comment=”384095″][quote comment=”384092″][quote comment=”384090″]From Adam Rubin’s blog at the ESPN New York site”

    ” 9:42 a.m.: The clubhouse doors have opened to the media. Mets are wearing their new off-white pinstripes today. “[/quote]

    That seems odd. The Mets wearing their home uniforms? For an official game?[/quote]
    Technically, the Mets home uniform is their all whites now.[/quote]
    You got a source on that? The Mets sure seemed to indicate that the retro pins were the primary home.

    The club announced on Tuesday that it will wear a new pinstriped home uniform in 2010 that will be inspired by the early years of the franchise. A news release said the design “combines new and old elements of Mets uniforms.”

    The Mets will also continue to wear their white uniforms at home, with the black jerseys as an alternate.[/quote]

    No, he’s right. The whites are now the officially designated home uni. The pins are now designated as alternates (which is how they’ve been treated for a decade-plus anyway). That’s new for this season, although it doesn’t make any practical difference.[/quote]

    1. Any reason why the Mets relegated the pinstripes to secondary status so many years ago?

    2. Why don’t they have a matching helmet for the blue-and-black cap, as they have matching helmets for the blue and the black caps?[/quote]

    I seem to remember, when the plain whites were first used as an alternate in 1997 (sans black trim), someone saying that the fabric from which they were made was “lighter” than that of the pinstripes; the whites started to be worn more regularly late in the summer for that reason.

    The black alternates came along the next year, as the black/blue two-tone alternate cap replaced the white/blue two-tone alternate cap. The plain whites also got black drop-shadows but the pinstripes did not (that happened in ’99). I don’t remember exactly when, how, or why during the early part of the 1998 season that they started wearing the black/blue cap regularly with the plain whites, or whether the blue cap was worn with the road grays at all in early 1998 before essentially becoming the regular road cap. It wasn’t designated as the road cap, however, until 2001. The blue cap was the designated official cap for home and road from 1998-2000, although it was rarely worn at home and NEVER on the road.

    As for the matching helmet, they used to have one until they changed to the Cool-Flo helmets, which in my opinion look even worse than the two-tone caps. The Mets are, I think, the only team in MLB whose helmets don’t match their caps, and they’re certainly the only team with separate home and road caps that EVER wears the road cap at home, let alone that does so practically all the time.[/quote]

    You can still have a Cool Flow helmet that matches your cap.

    As for “lighter” fabrics, I’ve always found that argument to be nonsense. If you want lighter, don’t wear black during the day, or any color except white. That goes for football too. Black uniforms even look hotter.

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 5, 2010 at 2:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”384170″][quote comment=”384152″][quote comment=”384150″][quote comment=”384147″][quote comment=”384095″][quote comment=”384092″][quote comment=”384090″]From Adam Rubin’s blog at the ESPN New York site”

    ” 9:42 a.m.: The clubhouse doors have opened to the media. Mets are wearing their new off-white pinstripes today. “[/quote]

    That seems odd. The Mets wearing their home uniforms? For an official game?[/quote]
    Technically, the Mets home uniform is their all whites now.[/quote]
    You got a source on that? The Mets sure seemed to indicate that the retro pins were the primary home.

    The club announced on Tuesday that it will wear a new pinstriped home uniform in 2010 that will be inspired by the early years of the franchise. A news release said the design “combines new and old elements of Mets uniforms.”

    The Mets will also continue to wear their white uniforms at home, with the black jerseys as an alternate.[/quote]

    No, he’s right. The whites are now the officially designated home uni. The pins are now designated as alternates (which is how they’ve been treated for a decade-plus anyway). That’s new for this season, although it doesn’t make any practical difference.[/quote]

    OK; if the whites are now the designated home jersey, is the black/blue two-tone cap the designated home cap, in addition to being the designated road cap? Or is it now designated as alternate, or as “road primary/home alternate” or somesuch?

    I could deal with the whites being the primary home if they’d wear the blue cap with it.[/quote]

    Blue cap is still official home headwear. Blue/black is still official road, although we all know they’ll wear it for most home games as well.[/quote]

    Boo.

    OK, here’s something else that’s been bothering me. I don’t remember where I read this (it was probably here), but I seem to recall that MLB gave the Mets a hard time about wearing their blue caps with the grays in that game at Yankee Stadium 2 years ago, IIRC, because the blue is designated “home” and thus is not supposed to be part of their road kit. Well, if that’s true, how is it that they can’t wear their “home” cap on the road, but they can get away with wearing their “road” cap at home in practically every game, and MLB doesn’t give a whit?

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 5, 2010 at 2:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”384173″][quote comment=”384167″][quote comment=”384165″][quote comment=”384150″][quote comment=”384147″][quote comment=”384095″][quote comment=”384092″][quote comment=”384090″]From Adam Rubin’s blog at the ESPN New York site”

    ” 9:42 a.m.: The clubhouse doors have opened to the media. Mets are wearing their new off-white pinstripes today. “[/quote]

    That seems odd. The Mets wearing their home uniforms? For an official game?[/quote]
    Technically, the Mets home uniform is their all whites now.[/quote]
    You got a source on that? The Mets sure seemed to indicate that the retro pins were the primary home.

    The club announced on Tuesday that it will wear a new pinstriped home uniform in 2010 that will be inspired by the early years of the franchise. A news release said the design “combines new and old elements of Mets uniforms.”

    The Mets will also continue to wear their white uniforms at home, with the black jerseys as an alternate.[/quote]

    No, he’s right. The whites are now the officially designated home uni. The pins are now designated as alternates (which is how they’ve been treated for a decade-plus anyway). That’s new for this season, although it doesn’t make any practical difference.[/quote]

    1. Any reason why the Mets relegated the pinstripes to secondary status so many years ago?

    2. Why don’t they have a matching helmet for the blue-and-black cap, as they have matching helmets for the blue and the black caps?[/quote]

    I seem to remember, when the plain whites were first used as an alternate in 1997 (sans black trim), someone saying that the fabric from which they were made was “lighter” than that of the pinstripes; the whites started to be worn more regularly late in the summer for that reason.

    The black alternates came along the next year, as the black/blue two-tone alternate cap replaced the white/blue two-tone alternate cap. The plain whites also got black drop-shadows but the pinstripes did not (that happened in ’99). I don’t remember exactly when, how, or why during the early part of the 1998 season that they started wearing the black/blue cap regularly with the plain whites, or whether the blue cap was worn with the road grays at all in early 1998 before essentially becoming the regular road cap. It wasn’t designated as the road cap, however, until 2001. The blue cap was the designated official cap for home and road from 1998-2000, although it was rarely worn at home and NEVER on the road.

    As for the matching helmet, they used to have one until they changed to the Cool-Flo helmets, which in my opinion look even worse than the two-tone caps. The Mets are, I think, the only team in MLB whose helmets don’t match their caps, and they’re certainly the only team with separate home and road caps that EVER wears the road cap at home, let alone that does so practically all the time.[/quote]

    You can still have a Cool Flow helmet that matches your cap.

    As for “lighter” fabrics, I’ve always found that argument to be nonsense. If you want lighter, don’t wear black during the day, or any color except white. That goes for football too. Black uniforms even look hotter.[/quote]

    “You” meaning any reasonable MLB team that tends to do the little things right. The Mets are not such an organization. If there’s a stupid way to do something, the Mets will find it.

    The fabric argument IS nonsense. So is the black-dugout-jacket excuse for not wearing the blue caps.

  • LI Phil | April 5, 2010 at 2:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”384165″]
    2. Why don’t they have a matching helmet for the blue-and-black cap, as they have matching helmets for the blue and the black caps?[/quote]

    the base coaches have one, but like jay already said above, their cool flo helmet approximates the black/blue cap

    this stupid effect is even worse on the gazoo, although i guess that model has been toned town (size-wise) this year

    still…while the gradient helmet looks horrid with any outfit, it’s especially grating when worn with the snow whites

    ~~~~~~

    on a completely unrelated note…an argument against the mets ever wearing “vests”

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 5, 2010 at 2:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”384176″][quote comment=”384165″]
    2. Why don’t they have a matching helmet for the blue-and-black cap, as they have matching helmets for the blue and the black caps?[/quote]

    the base coaches have one, but like jay already said above, their cool flo helmet approximates the black/blue cap

    this stupid effect is even worse on the gazoo, although i guess that model has been toned town (size-wise) this year

    still…while the gradient helmet looks horrid with any outfit, it’s especially grating when worn with the snow whites

    ~~~~~~

    on a completely unrelated note…an argument against the mets ever wearing “vests”[/quote]

    That’s about the only STUPID uni-related thing the Mets have NOT done.

    Yet.

    [shudder]

  • Tim | April 5, 2010 at 2:46 pm |

    Another important aspect of Jason Varitek being on the bench: with him out, ironically, not one member of the Red Sox exposes their red socks.

  • Tony | April 5, 2010 at 2:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”384105″]Was the fat joke really necessary?? Its the last form of legal discrimination left in this country.[/quote]

    I also felt the comment was unnecessary.

  • Geeman | April 5, 2010 at 2:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”384176″][quote comment=”384165″]
    2. Why don’t they have a matching helmet for the blue-and-black cap, as they have matching helmets for the blue and the black caps?[/quote]

    the base coaches have one, but like jay already said above, their cool flo helmet approximates the black/blue cap

    this stupid effect is even worse on the gazoo, although i guess that model has been toned town (size-wise) this year

    still…while the gradient helmet looks horrid with any outfit, it’s especially grating when worn with the snow whites

    ~~~~~~

    on a completely unrelated note…an argument against the mets ever wearing “vests”[/quote]

    It makes even less sense if the base coaches have one that matches. Unless, of course, they just want to sell more souveneir helmets.

  • Squiddie | April 5, 2010 at 2:58 pm |

    Someone has put uploaded an old Astrodome film to YouTube.

    The first part is mainly about its construction and the second part is on its opening and use. Unfortunately, the sound cuts in and out and it jumps.

    Worth it for the Astros unis, Spacettes, grounds crew and the scoreboard animations.

    Part 1

    Part 2

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 5, 2010 at 3:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”384180″][quote comment=”384176″][quote comment=”384165″]
    2. Why don’t they have a matching helmet for the blue-and-black cap, as they have matching helmets for the blue and the black caps?[/quote]

    the base coaches have one, but like jay already said above, their cool flo helmet approximates the black/blue cap

    this stupid effect is even worse on the gazoo, although i guess that model has been toned town (size-wise) this year

    still…while the gradient helmet looks horrid with any outfit, it’s especially grating when worn with the snow whites

    ~~~~~~

    on a completely unrelated note…an argument against the mets ever wearing “vests”[/quote]

    It makes even less sense if the base coaches have one that matches. Unless, of course, they just want to sell more souveneir helmets.[/quote]

    It makes no sense at all. It’s an ugly cap that looks terrible with the white jerseys, and makes the white jerseys look worse. The helmet is even uglier. The cap never matched anything else in the Mets’ uni ensemble, not even the black jersey it was originally meant to be paired with. That this has been the Mets’ primary cap for 12 years now is maddening, and certainly does not help keep me in the fold as a Mets fan.

  • Skycat | April 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”384182″][quote comment=”384180″][quote comment=”384176″][quote comment=”384165″]
    2. Why don’t they have a matching helmet for the blue-and-black cap, as they have matching helmets for the blue and the black caps?[/quote]

    the base coaches have one, but like jay already said above, their cool flo helmet approximates the black/blue cap

    this stupid effect is even worse on the gazoo, although i guess that model has been toned town (size-wise) this year

    still…while the gradient helmet looks horrid with any outfit, it’s especially grating when worn with the snow whites

    ~~~~~~

    on a completely unrelated note…an argument against the mets ever wearing “vests”[/quote]

    It makes even less sense if the base coaches have one that matches. Unless, of course, they just want to sell more souveneir helmets.[/quote]

    It makes no sense at all. It’s an ugly cap that looks terrible with the white jerseys, and makes the white jerseys look worse. The helmet is even uglier. The cap never matched anything else in the Mets’ uni ensemble, not even the black jersey it was originally meant to be paired with. That this has been the Mets’ primary cap for 12 years now is maddening, and certainly does not help keep me in the fold as a Mets fan.[/quote]
    The black drop shadow seems especially superfluous when such jerseys are combined with the basic blue hats. The hats simply don’t match the combination of colors in the jersey.
    Lately, I’ve acquainted myself with the thesis of “The Paradox of Choice.” If one subscribes to this thesis, the idea of having so many choices involving Mets’ uniforms is counterproductive at least as far as merchandizing is concerned.
    http://www.squeezedb...

  • paul | April 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm |

    Why is the court at the Women’s Final Four always so gaudy? Aren’t they trying to atract people to watch the games instead of driving them away?

  • JamesP. | April 5, 2010 at 3:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”384146″]Want a great look at that Astros uni?
    http://sportsillustr...

    Too bad doesn’t show the orange star high on the stirrups.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    We will get to see those unis back on the field Saturday night! No word on if the stirrups will have the orange star, but I have a feeling they will.

    I am still kicking myself for not pulling the trigger and buying a game worn shooting star jersey when I had the chance a few years ago. I am also mad that I was out bid on a pair of those stirrups too…

  • Squiddie | April 5, 2010 at 3:25 pm |

    Mental Floss has a quiz where you identify the team from a letter of their uni or logo.

    To The Letter – A Major League Logo Quiz

  • Geeman | April 5, 2010 at 3:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”384183″][quote comment=”384182″][quote comment=”384180″][quote comment=”384176″][quote comment=”384165″]
    2. Why don’t they have a matching helmet for the blue-and-black cap, as they have matching helmets for the blue and the black caps?[/quote]

    the base coaches have one, but like jay already said above, their cool flo helmet approximates the black/blue cap

    this stupid effect is even worse on the gazoo, although i guess that model has been toned town (size-wise) this year

    still…while the gradient helmet looks horrid with any outfit, it’s especially grating when worn with the snow whites

    ~~~~~~

    on a completely unrelated note…an argument against the mets ever wearing “vests”[/quote]

    It makes even less sense if the base coaches have one that matches. Unless, of course, they just want to sell more souveneir helmets.[/quote]

    It makes no sense at all. It’s an ugly cap that looks terrible with the white jerseys, and makes the white jerseys look worse. The helmet is even uglier. The cap never matched anything else in the Mets’ uni ensemble, not even the black jersey it was originally meant to be paired with. That this has been the Mets’ primary cap for 12 years now is maddening, and certainly does not help keep me in the fold as a Mets fan.[/quote]
    The black drop shadow seems especially superfluous when such jerseys are combined with the basic blue hats. The hats simply don’t match the combination of colors in the jersey.
    Lately, I’ve acquainted myself with the thesis of “The Paradox of Choice.” If one subscribes to this thesis, the idea of having so many choices involving Mets’ uniforms is counterproductive at least as far as merchandizing is concerned.
    http://www.squeezedb...

    And having so many uniforms hurts your team’s identity. Which team sells the most merch? The one with two uniforms and one cap for over 75 years now.

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 5, 2010 at 3:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”384187″][quote comment=”384183″][quote comment=”384182″][quote comment=”384180″][quote comment=”384176″][quote comment=”384165″]
    2. Why don’t they have a matching helmet for the blue-and-black cap, as they have matching helmets for the blue and the black caps?[/quote]

    the base coaches have one, but like jay already said above, their cool flo helmet approximates the black/blue cap

    this stupid effect is even worse on the gazoo, although i guess that model has been toned town (size-wise) this year

    still…while the gradient helmet looks horrid with any outfit, it’s especially grating when worn with the snow whites

    ~~~~~~

    on a completely unrelated note…an argument against the mets ever wearing “vests”[/quote]

    It makes even less sense if the base coaches have one that matches. Unless, of course, they just want to sell more souveneir helmets.[/quote]

    It makes no sense at all. It’s an ugly cap that looks terrible with the white jerseys, and makes the white jerseys look worse. The helmet is even uglier. The cap never matched anything else in the Mets’ uni ensemble, not even the black jersey it was originally meant to be paired with. That this has been the Mets’ primary cap for 12 years now is maddening, and certainly does not help keep me in the fold as a Mets fan.[/quote]
    The black drop shadow seems especially superfluous when such jerseys are combined with the basic blue hats. The hats simply don’t match the combination of colors in the jersey.
    Lately, I’ve acquainted myself with the thesis of “The Paradox of Choice.” If one subscribes to this thesis, the idea of having so many choices involving Mets’ uniforms is counterproductive at least as far as merchandizing is concerned.
    http://www.squeezedb...

    And having so many uniforms hurts your team’s identity. Which team sells the most merch? The one with two uniforms and one cap for over 75 years now.[/quote]

    Not to knock it, but I think that has more to do with success than aesthetics. If people weren’t buying the horrible black Mets merch, they would have dumped it years ago. We have to get people to stop buying it, and stop wearing it to the ballpark.

  • Nick | April 5, 2010 at 3:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”384060″]So UVa. will be the Oregon of the east in terms of uniforms. Will a black top be next? Seems like UVa. could just look south to the beauty that Auburn creats year in and year out with the same navy and orange uniforms.

    Speaking of black tops, West Virginia lost in the Final Four on Saturday. Serves the right for wearing black in their first Final Four game in 50 years. And for letting their coach wear a track suit on the sidelines.[/quote]

    I totally agree. I guess dark Navy Blue is just not tough enough or dark enough for those imbiciles that must have BFBS. While I usually pull for the Mountaineers and generally have hoped for them to win while I looked on from afar – New Orleans, when it involves BFBS ingrates like this years WV teams – I say
    Good Riddance.

  • concealed78 | April 5, 2010 at 3:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”384181″]Someone has put uploaded an old Astrodome film to YouTube.

    The first part is mainly about its construction and the second part is on its opening and use. Unfortunately, the sound cuts in and out and it jumps.

    Worth it for the Astros unis, Spacettes, grounds crew and the scoreboard animations.

    Part 1

    Part 2[/quote]

    Very interesting. So the Astrodome was the first “mallpark” with luxury suites? The dome’s cafeteria idea was probably the strangest part.

  • LI Phil | April 5, 2010 at 3:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”384187″]Which team sells the most merch? The one with two uniforms and one cap for over 75 years now.[/quote]

    27 rings doesn’t hurt either

  • kyle | April 5, 2010 at 3:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”384186″]Mental Floss has a quiz where you identify the team from a letter of their uni or logo.

    To The Letter – A Major League Logo Quiz[/quote]

    anyone do this and get the bonus logo right? i can’t figure out what it is and it doesnt tell you the right answer, just says “access denies”

  • Nick | April 5, 2010 at 4:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”384181″]Someone has put uploaded an old Astrodome film to YouTube.

    The first part is mainly about its construction and the second part is on its opening and use. Unfortunately, the sound cuts in and out and it jumps.

    Worth it for the Astros unis, Spacettes, grounds crew and the scoreboard animations.

    Part 1

    Part 2[/quote]

    WOW!

    It has been decades since I thought about the Houston Astros’ “Spacemen” groundscrew. Wow!

    I have to say, while I did not personally make the trip from New Orleans to Houston in the late 1960’s-early1970’s to see the Astros and the Astrodome, it seemed like almost all of the State of Louisiana did!

    Everywhere that you looked in those days you saw window stickers and bumperstickers on cars in New Orleans with the Atsrodome logo and it being proclaimed the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. I also believe that there was an Eight Flags Amusement Park near the Astrodome that attracted families and the like. The Astrodome stickers and signs and ashtrays were everyewhere – about as omnipresent as your “SEE ROCK CITY” & “SEE RUBY FALLS” fluorescent bumper posters that half of the families in the South had on their family cars after the summer car trip.

  • Johnny O | April 5, 2010 at 4:06 pm |

    Manager of the Brewers, Ken Macha, has taken some interest in the new XProTex batting gloves. Not too sure if any Brewers are wearing them. (Work is kind of busy today) Busy or not, I was able to get some screen grabs:

    http://s147.photobuc...

    http://s147.photobuc...

    http://s147.photobuc...

  • mmwatkin | April 5, 2010 at 4:13 pm |

    MLB Extra Innings is free this week. Do yourself a favor and flip to the Tigers-Royals game.

    Early candidate for ugliest uniforms of the year.

  • Geeman | April 5, 2010 at 4:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”384191″][quote comment=”384187″]Which team sells the most merch? The one with two uniforms and one cap for over 75 years now.[/quote]

    27 rings doesn’t hurt either[/quote]

    True, but if more uniforms and caps meant more money, you know the Yanks would wear ’em.

  • Geeman | April 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”384196″][quote comment=”384191″][quote comment=”384187″]Which team sells the most merch? The one with two uniforms and one cap for over 75 years now.[/quote]

    27 rings doesn’t hurt either[/quote]

    True, but if more uniforms and caps meant more money, you know the Yanks would wear ’em.[/quote]

    And the 27 rings may have something to do with the pride of wearing a consistently good uniform without giving in to modern frills and choices.

  • LI Phil | April 5, 2010 at 4:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”384192″][quote comment=”384186″]Mental Floss has a quiz where you identify the team from a letter of their uni or logo.

    To The Letter – A Major League Logo Quiz[/quote]

    anyone do this and get the bonus logo right? i can’t figure out what it is and it doesnt tell you the right answer, just says “access denies”[/quote]

    yeah…it’s kind of a trick question

    since they’re not actually playing in that city anymore

  • chance michaels | April 5, 2010 at 4:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”384197″][quote comment=”384196″][quote comment=”384191″][quote comment=”384187″]Which team sells the most merch? The one with two uniforms and one cap for over 75 years now.[/quote]

    27 rings doesn’t hurt either[/quote]

    True, but if more uniforms and caps meant more money, you know the Yanks would wear ’em.[/quote]

    And the 27 rings may have something to do with the pride of wearing a consistently good uniform without giving in to modern frills and choices.[/quote]

  • chance michaels | April 5, 2010 at 4:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”384197″][quote comment=”384196″][quote comment=”384191″][quote comment=”384187″]Which team sells the most merch? The one with two uniforms and one cap for over 75 years now.[/quote]

    27 rings doesn’t hurt either[/quote]

    True, but if more uniforms and caps meant more money, you know the Yanks would wear ’em.[/quote]

    And the 27 rings may have something to do with the pride of wearing a consistently good uniform without giving in to modern frills and choices.[/quote]

    “You know why the Yankees always win, Frank?”

    “‘Cause they have Mickey Mantle?”

    “No, it’s ’cause the other teams can’t stop staring at those damn pinstripes.”

  • Ric Jensen | April 5, 2010 at 5:04 pm |

    I am trying to find out the extent to which the old NFL Europe and the World League of American Football featured advertisements or shirt sponsorships on the uniforms of their teams. Ideally, I would like to develop a list of the shirt sponsors who were associated with the various teams and I would like to see any images of the uniforms with the ads on them. Finally, I was wondering if anyone has come across any articles in the mass media about this topic.
    If any of you could help me out that would be great! I am a professor at the University of South Dakota and am researching the commercialism creep into the uniforms of professional sports teams.

    Thanks!
    Ric Jensen
    ric.jensen@usd.edu
    979-574-5187

  • scott | April 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”384195″]MLB Extra Innings is free this week. Do yourself a favor and flip to the Tigers-Royals game.

    Early candidate for ugliest uniforms of the year.[/quote]

    Someone on MLB Network just said that the Royals looks awful and should be wearing their bright whites on Opening Day. I agree. Too many teams in their softball jerseys today: Rangers, Cubs, Royals, White Sox, Rockies…

  • Mark K | April 5, 2010 at 5:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”384198″][quote comment=”384192″][quote comment=”384186″]Mental Floss has a quiz where you identify the team from a letter of their uni or logo.

    To The Letter – A Major League Logo Quiz[/quote]

    anyone do this and get the bonus logo right? i can’t figure out what it is and it doesnt tell you the right answer, just says “access denies”[/quote]

    yeah…it’s kind of a trick question

    since they’re not actually playing in that city anymore[/quote]

    Oui oui!

  • Ham Sandwich #2 | April 5, 2010 at 5:26 pm |

    Opening Day is not my favorite day (like so many). However, The Velvet Underground is one of my favorite bands. I don’t condone the use of heroin, or loving baseball so much, but I sure enjoyed the references in the today’s entry.

  • LI Phil | April 5, 2010 at 5:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”384200″]

    “You know why the Yankees always win, Frank?”

    “‘Cause they have Mickey Mantle?”

    “No, it’s ’cause the other teams can’t stop staring at those damn pinstripes.”[/quote]

    i thought it was they struggled so hard they eventually churned cream into butter

  • Christopher | April 5, 2010 at 5:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”384202″][quote comment=”384195″]MLB Extra Innings is free this week. Do yourself a favor and flip to the Tigers-Royals game.

    Early candidate for ugliest uniforms of the year.[/quote]

    Someone on MLB Network just said that the Royals looks awful and should be wearing their bright whites on Opening Day. I agree. Too many teams in their softball jerseys today: Rangers, Cubs, Royals, White Sox, Rockies…[/quote]

    Yeah, I think its inappropriate too. You should wear standard unis only for special games- opening day, playoffs, etc.

    I’m getting sick of the White Sox wearing black so much. Its no longer special, and their standard unis are so great. Oh well.

  • Andrew | April 5, 2010 at 5:51 pm |

    Did anyone else see the White caps with the Braves American-Flaganized logo after Heyward hit his blast?

  • Ryan B | April 5, 2010 at 5:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”384192″][quote comment=”384186″]Mental Floss has a quiz where you identify the team from a letter of their uni or logo.

    To The Letter – A Major League Logo Quiz[/quote]

    anyone do this and get the bonus logo right? i can’t figure out what it is and it doesnt tell you the right answer, just says “access denies”[/quote]
    Nailed ’em all, including the bonus. Youppi!

  • LI Phil | April 5, 2010 at 6:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”384202″][quote comment=”384195″]MLB Extra Innings is free this week. Do yourself a favor and flip to the Tigers-Royals game.

    Early candidate for ugliest uniforms of the year.[/quote]

    Someone on MLB Network just said that the Royals looks awful and should be wearing their bright whites on Opening Day. I agree. Too many teams in their softball jerseys today: Rangers, Cubs, Royals, White Sox, Rockies…[/quote]

    finally getting to watch some ball on the tube and i’ve got the royals/tiggers on now

    this is awful…looks like two road teams

    someone needs to track the unis from today — see how many of the softball top-wearing teams lose

  • DenverGregg | April 5, 2010 at 6:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”384209″][quote comment=”384202″][quote comment=”384195″]MLB Extra Innings is free this week. Do yourself a favor and flip to the Tigers-Royals game.

    Early candidate for ugliest uniforms of the year.[/quote]

    Someone on MLB Network just said that the Royals looks awful and should be wearing their bright whites on Opening Day. I agree. Too many teams in their softball jerseys today: Rangers, Cubs, Royals, White Sox, Rockies…[/quote]

    finally getting to watch some ball on the tube and i’ve got the royals/tiggers on now

    this is awful…looks like two road teams

    someone needs to track the unis from today — see how many of the softball top-wearing teams lose[/quote]
    I’m happy the Rox won, but the fact that they did so while wearing ridiculous black vests diminishes the pleasure.

  • pflava | April 5, 2010 at 6:41 pm |

    To the softball teams in today’s openers – BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

    Let’s see the home whites and road grays on Opening Day. There will be 161 more chances to look like amateurs.

  • kyle | April 5, 2010 at 6:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”384203″][quote comment=”384198″][quote comment=”384192″][quote comment=”384186″]Mental Floss has a quiz where you identify the team from a letter of their uni or logo.

    To The Letter – A Major League Logo Quiz[/quote]

    anyone do this and get the bonus logo right? i can’t figure out what it is and it doesnt tell you the right answer, just says “access denies”[/quote]

    yeah…it’s kind of a trick question

    since they’re not actually playing in that city anymore[/quote]

    Oui oui![/quote]

    awesome. came back from class and got it with your hint.

  • Richard Stover | April 5, 2010 at 7:40 pm |

    Astrodome (not Astros’) unis:

    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Kurt Allen | April 5, 2010 at 7:54 pm |

    Donovan – you are going to look great in Heath Shuler’s jersey!!! http://kacsports.com...

  • Kurt Allen | April 5, 2010 at 7:55 pm |

    Forget the last post – Donovan u are going to look gr8 in Heath Shuler’s jersey!! http://kacsports.com...

  • James Craven | April 5, 2010 at 7:59 pm |

    The Phillies will also wear their replicas of their 1965 uniforms as well this Saturday.

  • JuMowbray | April 5, 2010 at 8:02 pm |

    Hi everyone,

    I was wondering where I could find a shirt with 4 names on them.

    I remember seeing a shirt that said something along the lines of:

    Rose&
    Morgan&
    Bench&
    Perez

    Something along those lines. It’s my Dad’s birthday coming up, and I was wondering where I could find that exact shirt or shirts like that, with the 4 vertical names.

    Thanks,
    Justin

  • rpm | April 5, 2010 at 8:04 pm |

    midnight bull durham screening, and then an afternoon of frankfurters, miller, and a strat~o~matic tourney win. best of three finals see the 70 orioles take the 70 cubs…
    balto 7 chitown 1
    wp-palmer lp-hotzman hr-blair
    chitown 2 balto 1 in 12
    wp-colburn lp-drabowski hr-f. robinson
    bato 8 chitown 5
    wp-mcnally lp-hands hr-hickman, callison, powell

    i love opening day

  • interlockingtc | April 5, 2010 at 8:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”384181″]Someone has put uploaded an old Astrodome film to YouTube.

    The first part is mainly about its construction and the second part is on its opening and use. Unfortunately, the sound cuts in and out and it jumps.

    Worth it for the Astros unis, Spacettes, grounds crew and the scoreboard animations.

    Part 1

    Part 2[/quote]

    As we know, indoor baseball (and football, for that matter) is just plain wrong. But that video is spectacular.

    And if Houston had their wits about them, they would return to that first uniform, asap. They would sell a million hats.

  • GoTerriers | April 5, 2010 at 8:34 pm |

    So I just turned on “Antiques Roadshow” (not intentionally, I sat on the remote) and a gentleman brought in an absolutely beautiful game-worn 1966 Don Drysdale road jersey. Grey wool, “Los Angeles” across the chest, red #53 on the left side. Gorgeous, simply fabulous. Appraised at $20-$30,000. Wow!

  • Michael Kramer | April 5, 2010 at 8:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”384040″]The Burnley throwback item was an April Fool’s gag.[/quote]

    FootballShirtCulture.com had a pretty good rundown of soccer uni-related April Fool’s Day gags from Thursday.

  • Paul Lukas | April 5, 2010 at 9:11 pm |

    As great a play as you will ever see:
    http://www.huffingto...

  • interlockingtc | April 5, 2010 at 9:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”384222″]As great a play as you will ever see:
    http://www.huffingto...

    Incredible.

  • mike 2 | April 5, 2010 at 9:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”384222″]As great a play as you will ever see:
    http://www.huffingto...

    Is that 1-3 or 1-1-3?

    (not being sarcastic – I’m genuinely interested)

  • Mike Engle | April 5, 2010 at 9:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”384224″][quote comment=”384222″]As great a play as you will ever see:
    http://www.huffingto...

    Is that 1-3 or 1-1-3?

    (not being sarcastic – I’m genuinely interested)[/quote]
    That’s a 1-3. Can’t assist on your own goal in hockey either.

  • LI Phil | April 5, 2010 at 9:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”384222″]As great a play as you will ever see:
    http://www.huffingto...

    that konerko’s pretty damn good

  • DJ | April 5, 2010 at 10:01 pm |

    Got a perfect score on the quiz. And got the bonus question (Expos).

  • Paul Lukas | April 5, 2010 at 10:09 pm |

    Minnesota’s new road grays look *really* good.

  • Mike Engle | April 5, 2010 at 10:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”384228″]Minnesota’s new road grays look *really* good.[/quote]
    Are the helmets two-tone to match the caps?

  • Ben Fortney | April 5, 2010 at 10:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”384228″]Minnesota’s new road grays look *really* good.[/quote]

    Beat me to it. Not usually a fan of the multicolor caps but those work too.

    BTW: MLB already pulled the Chi Sox video

  • Michael Lewis | April 5, 2010 at 10:27 pm |

    Anyone else notice as of the bottom of the first that Orlando Hudson’s missing his front uni number. Can see it clearly on the pickoff attempt at second.

  • mmwatkin | April 5, 2010 at 10:27 pm |

    [quote comment=\”384228\”]Minnesota\’s new road grays look *really* good.[/quote]

    I feel like the uniform is missing something, but I can\’t quite put my finger on it…

  • LI Phil | April 5, 2010 at 10:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”384232″][quote comment=\”384228\”]Minnesota\’s new road grays look *really* good.[/quote]

    I feel like the uniform is missing something, but I can\’t quite put my finger on it…[/quote]

    damn…i just came on here to say how AWESOME these unis look…and i see im not alone

    they’re *missing* those goddam pinstrips which so don’t belong on a road uni

  • Ben Fortney | April 5, 2010 at 10:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”384232″][quote comment=\”384228\”]Minnesota\’s new road grays look *really* good.[/quote]

    I feel like the uniform is missing something, but I can\’t quite put my finger on it…[/quote]

    The flourish isn’t in the traditional script style, like the Nats, but I dig it.

  • mmwatkin | April 5, 2010 at 10:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”384234″][quote comment=”384232″][quote comment=\”384228\”]Minnesota\’s new road grays look *really* good.[/quote]

    I feel like the uniform is missing something, but I can\’t quite put my finger on it…[/quote]

    The flourish isn’t in the traditional script style, like the Nats, but I dig it.[/quote]

    I actually like it better than the Nationals script because they kept it to two colors.

    Not primary color/secondary color/white outline.

    (bitter Tigers fan who wants the white outline removed on road script & numbers)

  • Ben Fortney | April 5, 2010 at 10:47 pm |

    For comparison’s sake, similar away jerseys:

    Twins
    Nats
    Cards
    Indians
    Braves

    Birds on bat wins, I’ll go with Nats at #2.

  • mmwatkin | April 5, 2010 at 11:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”384229″][quote comment=”384228″]Minnesota’s new road grays look *really* good.[/quote]
    Are the helmets two-tone to match the caps?[/quote]

    It appears not. Most of the time I am not a fan of that. Seems cheap to me.

    I will give the Twins a pass because is spares us a red-to-blue cool flo helmet. We all know how that ends up…

  • JuMowbray | April 5, 2010 at 11:01 pm |

    It would be amazing if you guys could help me find a shirt with this design, with different monikers/names/teams:

    http://www.birdland....

    Thanks!

  • Kurt Allen | April 5, 2010 at 11:03 pm |

    No Rory Markas patch for the Angels??? (even though they may have had enough of memorial patches after last year)

  • mmwatkin | April 5, 2010 at 11:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”384233″][quote comment=”384232″][quote comment=\”384228\”]Minnesota\’s new road grays look *really* good.[/quote]

    I feel like the uniform is missing something, but I can\’t quite put my finger on it…[/quote]

    damn…i just came on here to say how AWESOME these unis look…and i see im not alone

    they’re *missing* those goddam pinstrips which so don’t belong on a road uni[/quote]

    LOL

    Do you know what it was? The first player I saw with the uniform on was Cabrera. For some reason he doesn’t have a front uni number on his jersey.

    I was thinking, “damn…those jerseys are pretty dull on the front”

  • scott | April 5, 2010 at 11:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”384233″]
    they’re *missing* those goddam pinstrips which so don’t belong on a road uni[/quote]

    I miss the stripes. They’ve defined the Twins’ road jerseys for so many years – and were a classic look, too.

  • Sean | April 5, 2010 at 11:05 pm |

    I’m a huge Royals fan and those uni’s they wore today were puke-in-my-fucking-mouth disgusting. That light blue isn’t even close to the 1973-91 light blue uni’s they wore. I really like their home and away uni’s, esp their away set with the blue script ‘Kansas City’ on grey. F for FAIL Royals Front Office.

  • mmwatkin | April 5, 2010 at 11:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”384240″]
    LOL

    Do you know what it was? The first player I saw with the uniform on was Cabrera. For some reason he doesn’t have a front uni number on his jersey.

    I was thinking, “damn…those jerseys are pretty dull on the front”[/quote]

    My bad, that should be Orlando Hudson, not Cabrera

  • LI Phil | April 5, 2010 at 11:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”384236″]For comparison’s sake, similar away jerseys:

    Twins
    Nats
    Cards
    Indians
    Braves

    Birds on bat wins, I’ll go with Nats at #2.[/quote]

    mmm…tough call…guess i gotta say cards, but then it’s twins (LOVE that dark blue outlined in red), natinals (ditch the white, period), then the braves a distant 4th (the thick placket piping, which is gorgeous, just clashes with ‘atlanta’ too much), and finally the tribe in last…because that font is just so bad

  • Mike Engle | April 5, 2010 at 11:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”384237″][quote comment=”384229″][quote comment=”384228″]Minnesota’s new road grays look *really* good.[/quote]
    Are the helmets two-tone to match the caps?[/quote]

    It appears not. Most of the time I am not a fan of that. Seems cheap to me.

    I will give the Twins a pass because is spares us a red-to-blue cool flo helmet. We all know how that ends up…[/quote]
    Well then, they don’t need the two-tone cap. I’m a firm believer that helmets need to match caps. Period. Slightly different decals necessary, like the thick Braves’ A? Fine. But no excuse to have wrong colors. There’s no such thing as a helmet design, really. It’s supposed to be the cap, just rendered in hard padded plastic.
    (So no kidding, the two-toned Cool-Flos stink something awful.)

  • Ben Fortney | April 5, 2010 at 11:25 pm |

    Steve Levy just commented that the new roadie is “kickin’ it old school”. Someone needs to clue him on the univernacular.

  • Patrick in MI | April 5, 2010 at 11:34 pm |

    OK, not uni-related but…does anyone else have AT&T u-verse for TV? I don’t think they even carry MLB Network…still new to the channels so I’ll keep looking.

  • Joe Raskin | April 5, 2010 at 11:36 pm |

    I was almost five years old when the Dodgers moved. Having grown up in Brooklyn (and within walking distance of Ebbets Field), I know that I would have been a huge fan had I been older.

    Having said all of that, I want to say this: ENOUGH!!!! Neil Diamond’s jacket was the last straw. I want the ownership of the team that I have lived and died with for the last 48 years to remember that their first championship team was in 1969, not 1955. The Dodgers have now played more games in Los Angeles than they did in Brooklyn. ENOUGH!!!! They’re gone!!!

    I am second to none in my admiration for the old Dodgers. But now that the Mets are (deservedly) honoring Doc, Darryl, and Davey, I want them to take other steps like retiring 8, 16, 17, 18, 36, and 45. If Mr. Wilpon wants an explanation of who wore those numbers, I’ll be happy to explain.

  • Thomas Clark | April 5, 2010 at 11:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”384247″]OK, not uni-related but…does anyone else have AT&T u-verse for TV? I don’t think they even carry MLB Network…still new to the channels so I’ll keep looking.[/quote]

    I have it, and they do not carry it.

  • Nick | April 5, 2010 at 11:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”384214″]Donovan – you are going to look great in Heath Shuler’s jersey!!! http://kacsports.com...

    Just consider ….

    Somewhere, about 10 years ago, some guy purchased 2-3 dozen Heath Shuler #5 Redskins authentic jerseys at a warehouse sale for $10.00 apiece, kept then in his garage for 12 years while his wife crabbed about it 3 times a year, usually at the same three points in every year, and now he is poised to pull off the nameplates and sell them for a handsome profit – perhaps earning enough to afford an extra week’s vacation and a trip to Ruby Falls and Rock City!

  • Johnny O | April 5, 2010 at 11:59 pm |

    Well, I knew it was going to happen sooner or later. I thought the end of the world would come in 2012, but it showed up a few years earlier. MLB is tracking Twitter volume of all MLB teams this year. Look here for an example:

    http://milwaukee.bre...

  • Johnny O | April 6, 2010 at 12:03 am |

    [quote comment=”384251″]Well, I knew it was going to happen sooner or later. I thought the end of the world would come in 2012, but it showed up a few years earlier. MLB is tracking Twitter volume of all MLB teams this year. Look here for an example:

    http://milwaukee.bre...

    Edit: I have to admit, the technology is awesome. The tracking of tweets in relation to highlights of the game is kind of cool. But why do people care what CareBear21 thinks after Carlos Gomez hit his first home run of the year?

  • Ricko | April 6, 2010 at 12:15 am |

    [quote comment=”384233″][quote comment=”384232″][quote comment=\”384228\”]Minnesota\’s new road grays look *really* good.[/quote]

    I feel like the uniform is missing something, but I can\’t quite put my finger on it…[/quote]

    damn…i just came on here to say how AWESOME these unis look…and i see im not alone

    they’re *missing* those goddam pinstrips which so don’t belong on a road uni[/quote]

    Twins looking like the Nationals is a real positive, alright. You betcha.

    Can you spell o-r-d-i-n-a-r-y?

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | April 6, 2010 at 12:27 am |

    [quote comment=”384253″]
    Twins looking like the Nationals is a real positive, alright. You betcha.

    Can you spell o-r-d-i-n-a-r-y?[/quote]

    i never said they look like the nats, and i think the nats road grays is a pretty good lookin’ uni…if they just lose the white outline

    i know all you twin city fellers like the pins, and that’s fine…that’s your opinion and you’re entitled to it

    i happen to think pins don’t belong on roadies…bout the only thing(s) i don’t like about the new unis are the patches on the right shoulder and the cap, but they’ll lose them next season

  • Kurt Allen | April 6, 2010 at 12:31 am |

    O. Hudson doesn’t have a number on the front of his jersey like his teammates?? That’s VERY Nationals-like…

  • Ricko | April 6, 2010 at 12:40 am |

    “We’ve never worn a softcap with a red visor, y’know.”
    “Oh, okay, let’s do that then.”

    That about the extent of the Twins thought processes, I think.

    —Ricko

  • mmwatkin | April 6, 2010 at 1:19 am |

    [quote comment=”384256″]”We’ve never worn a softcap with a red visor, y’know.”
    “Oh, okay, let’s do that then.”

    That about the extent of the Twins thought processes, I think.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Just because they have never worn it, doesn’t mean they should never wear it

    I usually hate two toned caps. The only exception I can think of is the Orioles. I am leaning towards adding the Twins away cap to the list. I think if they wore the solid navy cap with the road grays, it would be too bland. The red visor makes it pop, IMO

  • David Gratt | April 6, 2010 at 1:20 am |

    [quote comment=”384085″]
    The Hanshin Tigers, though, take the cake with that they gave actress Akina Minami. I have no idea what that’s supopsed to be. A police officer’s hat, and… and… I give up. The fans must have liked it, though.[/quote]
    It looks like she really fired in a high hard one. You don’t see a leg that high on the follow through unless there’s a lot of mustard on the ball.

    and the cap…looks like it’s about to fall off…just like John Pacella.

  • Bryan Moore | April 6, 2010 at 1:41 am |

    Did anyone else feel the Twins aways looked far too similar to the Braves unis? Multiple times I had to remind myself I wasn’t watching Atlanta.

  • Mike Engle | April 6, 2010 at 1:50 am |

    [quote comment=”384259″]Did anyone else feel the Twins aways looked far too similar to the Braves unis? Multiple times I had to remind myself I wasn’t watching Atlanta.[/quote]
    No way, the Braves wear their blue on top of blue with more blue and a side of blue getup on the road now. Sigh.

  • Bryan Moore | April 6, 2010 at 2:51 am |

    [quote comment=”384260″][quote comment=”384259″]Did anyone else feel the Twins aways looked far too similar to the Braves unis? Multiple times I had to remind myself I wasn’t watching Atlanta.[/quote]
    No way, the Braves wear their blue on top of blue with more blue and a side of blue getup on the road now. Sigh.[/quote]

    Indeed. I should have clarified pre-2008 Braves unis.

  • Hoker | April 6, 2010 at 3:42 am |

    [quote comment=”384249″][quote comment=”384247″]OK, not uni-related but…does anyone else have AT&T u-verse for TV? I don’t think they even carry MLB Network…still new to the channels so I’ll keep looking.[/quote]

    I have it, and they do not carry it.[/quote]

    This fact has KILLED me since I got U-Verse. I DO NOT NEED 7 SOCCER CHANNELS (I am not a Communist), find a freaking way to get MLB Network. Seriously. No excuse.

    I love the pinstripes the Twins had on their grays before. I miss seeing the M logo as well. I actually think they had some of the best unis in the league, even if I still think that about their new ones.

    The Astros should go back to either the unis they will sport as throwbacks, or the Navy/Gold ones from the early Bagwell days. Those were great unis. The crap they wear now is disgusting. Hate the brick red, and yes, I think the D-Bags (sorry, D-Backs) look HORRIBLE as well.

    ON a side note, HUGE Cards fan, and I’ve gotta tell ya, seeing the red hats with the grays in Spring Training was great. I wish they’d do that on occasion. Say, for away games during the day. I’m not saying I don’t like the Navy with the red bill, and it’s classic, but those reds just make me smile.

    and i don’t like Duke, but I like them better when I remember (maybe wrongly) when they DID NOT have black trim or black shooting shirts, and the only black was on the shoes and Coach K’s suit.

  • chance michaels | April 6, 2010 at 11:53 am |

    [quote comment=”384248″]I was almost five years old when the Dodgers moved. Having grown up in Brooklyn (and within walking distance of Ebbets Field), I know that I would have been a huge fan had I been older.

    Having said all of that, I want to say this: ENOUGH!!!! Neil Diamond’s jacket was the last straw. I want the ownership of the team that I have lived and died with for the last 48 years to remember that their first championship team was in 1969, not 1955. The Dodgers have now played more games in Los Angeles than they did in Brooklyn. ENOUGH!!!! They’re gone!!!

    I am second to none in my admiration for the old Dodgers. But now that the Mets are (deservedly) honoring Doc, Darryl, and Davey, I want them to take other steps like retiring 8, 16, 17, 18, 36, and 45. If Mr. Wilpon wants an explanation of who wore those numbers, I’ll be happy to explain.[/quote]

    Isn’t this rant about twelve months too late?