Three games into the baseball season and we already have our first jersey typo. It happened yesterday afternoon in Houston, where Giants reserve outfielder Eugenio Velez had his city name misspelled. This was his first appearance of the season, so it’s not clear if he’d also been wearing the typo on Monday and Tuesday, but it seems likely. After all, it’s not like he needed to switch to a new jersey after sitting on the bench for two days. (Special shout-out to all you people at Majestic who I know are reading this: Congrats on setting what must be the record for the earliest typo in a season. Well done!)
The Giants’ announcers didn’t notice the glitch — not when Velez entered the game as part of a double-switch in the 7th inning, and not during either of his plate appearances. The Houston broadcast team didn’t notice it either. But the Associated Press did, as you can see in this photo caption. Later on, the AP’s Giants beat reporter even went the extra mile by calling Velez (who by that time was headed to the airport on the Giants’ team bus) to ask him about the typo. I’m gonna have to find out who that reporter was — very nice work.
Other notes from around the diamond:
• Speaking of the Giants, yesterday I reported that they’d switched from nameplates to direct-sewn NOBs. Must be a Bay Area thing, because the A’s have done it too. Wish other teams would make this same move — looks so much better.
• For over two decades now, several teams have based their batboys’ uni numbers on the calendar year: 86 in 1986, 05 in 2005, 06 in 2006, and so on. For the past few years I’ve been wondering what these teams would do in 2010, because you can’t have a batboy wearing No. 10. I figured these teams would have the batboys wear BB (which several teams have been doing all along), or else just have them go numberless (ditto). In the Mets’ case, it turns out they have the batboys wearing double-zero, which makes no sense at all — especially since that’s already been Mr. Met’s number for years now. I’m very curious about the batboys for other teams who’d been using calendar-based uni numbers, so please keep me posted regarding any observations you make on this topic.
• The Pirates wore their alternate jerseys and caps yesterday — except for bench coach Gary Varsho, who wore the primary cap (screen shot courtesy of Doug Keklak). Of course, the two cap designs are so ridiculously similar that we can cut Varsho some slack on this one.
• Mike Galloway reports that Royals first baseman Billy Butler was wearing a Fudd cap last night. The box score says the game conditions were 45 degs. and rainy, so I guess he’s entitled.
• It’s tough to see, but I’m told that the smudge to the right of the MLB logo on the back of Andy Pettitte’s cap last night was a handwritten “Geno” inscription — a shout-out to ailing Yanks trainer Gene Monahan.
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Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s a nice photo of Terence Kearns, me, and Ed Westfield Jr., taken at my Brooklyn Beefsteak birthday bash last month. … The Yomiuri Giants wore small black sleeve ribbons yesterday in memory of coach Takuya Kimura, who died of a brain hemorrhage. Ditto for their minor league team. Interesting to see an actual strip of ribbon, instead of a patch depicting a ribbon — simple, subtle, effective (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … What’s that running along the length of the Fenway Park foul pole? Apparently it’s neon lighting! Never heard of anything like this. New for this season, I assume? (Great spot by Jeff Spry.) … You may have known that there are two giant caps outside the Angels’ stadium. But did you know they include the MLB logo on the back and New Era tagging (size 649-1/2) inside? (Pics courtesy of Kyle Cattermole.) … Dan Cichalski put together a collage of this week’s Opening Day logos. Answer key here. “Curiously, the White Sox did not have one on the field,” says Dan. … Paul Wiederecht found some interesting Giants shots from 1958 — the year they moved to San Francisco. First, check out the welcome wagon the city laid out for them. Next, dig these great usherette uniforms with awesome sleeve patches. … Kenn Tomasch was in Boulder last weekend and took pics of some interesting U. of Colorado memorabilia, including a 1938 Cotton Bowl jacket, an amazing old football uni of uncertain vintage (love the silver helmet at the traction panels on the jersey), and — wait for it — a sensational boxing robe! … Disturbing news from Maria Skolnick, who reports that MLB 2K8 showed Juan Pierre wearing his stirrups backwards. … Yesterday’s mention of this supermarket hockey coupon/card prompted Bill Schaefer to send a mother lode from his collection. “A number of them were harmed in the great bizzard of 1974-75, when they blew all over a snow-filled driveway and some were never retrieved,” he says. “That’s the only reason this isn’t a complete set.” … Katie Moorhead noted that all the recent curling coverage here on the site has failed to include any mention of curling pins, which typically get handed out at bonspiels. “I’m at least a fourth-generation curler and have a pretty extensive collection of pins from my great-grandmother, grandmother, and mom,” she writes. “Unfortunately I am at college five hours away from home, so I can’t send any pictures of them. But I found this link that shows lots of different pins.” Man, you could spend a whole day clicking around from that page — tons of good stuff. Naturally, I’m partial to this one. … John Goodrich was poking around in the Indiana Historical Society archives and came up with sheet music for some old-time baseball songs, including “My Old Man Is Baseball Mad” and “The Baseball Glide.” Someone who can read music should play these and make audio files to share with the rest of us, yes? Yes. … Paul Wiederecht managed to talk to some of the San Jose Giants equipment staffers and learned that the striped socks being worn throughout the Giants organization do not come from Twin City Knitting, as I had assumed, but rather from a local operation called Valley Images. Paul also noted that the team has some bats with some wild paint and tape designs. … Also from Paul: this page of old Giants farm team photos. Among the highlights: Salty Parker, who managed the Mets for 11 games in 1967, as a Dallas Eagle (love that sleeve patch) and Chris Brown posing for one of history’s more unfortunate publicity shots.