Notice anything missing from Andre Ethier’s uniform? Looks like he did some very selective surgery to his undershirt collar, much like a doctor removing a malignant tumor. Outstanding work.
I think we’re gonna have to name this de-swooshification in Ethier’s honor. What shall we call it — Nothing Could Be Ethier? My Winner with Andre? I’m sure you can come up with something better than those, and there’s a free Uni Watch membership waiting for the reader who submits the best name. Meanwhile, let’s hope more big leaguers follow Ethier’s example. (Thanks to Parker Ferguson for the screen shot.)
New ESPN column today, and I think you’ll find it really interesting — look here
Uni Watch News Ticker: Today is Jackie Robinson Day, but there’s been remarkably little chatter about it this season — a big change from the past three years, when we were all talking about which players (or entire teams) would be wearing No. 42. Anyway, everyone will be 42ing. … In addition, the Braves and Padres will be wearing 1984 throwbacks today. Details at the bottom of this page (with thanks to Joel Mendelson). … Regarding the Orioles wearing BP jerseys on Tuesday night, a source with the team checks in with this update: “We did it because it was T-Shirt Tuesday and we gave fans orange Matt Wieters T-shirts. Fan reaction was VERY positive (96% to 4% in surveys), so the plan is to continue the idea on our future T-Shirt Tuesdays. Of course, it would make much more sense if we wore an actual orange alternate jersey instead of the MLB-templated BPs, but that’s another discussion.” … Several very well-conceived logos on display here (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … Nebraska broke out their northwestern-striped stirrups the other day (as noted approvingly by Dave Feit). … The Salem Red Sox will be wearing tuxedo jerseys this Saturday. … ESPN’s recent piece on Allen Iverson mentioned one of the high schools from his hometown, Hampton High, whose teams were called the Crabbers. Rick Friedel got good screen shots of Hampton’s Indiana-style striped basketball warm-up pants and their amazing football helmets. … A kid who’s worn a Pistons jesey to school every day for four years is finally going to wear something else (with thanks to Brett Crane). … Hey, DIYers, who wants to make a jersey out of gum wrappers? That’s what an Iowa teen-ager used to make her prom dress (with thanks to Brett Crane). … Check out this photo from Oregon’s recent football practice. What’s that hardware on top of the QB’s helmet? Turns out it’s for mounting a video camera. Further evidence beginning at the 1:10 mark of this video clip (good find by BJ Lanier). … The Blue Jays wore their primary cap on Monday night — except for Alex Gonzalez, who wore the alternate “T” cap for the first few innings of the game before switching (as spotted by Timothy Chiu). … The West Virginia football team will wear a memorial helmet decal for the Upper Big Branch miners. … As usual, Rob Ullman is marking the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs by doing pin-up illos for the Eastern and Western Conference match-ups. … A Detroit Tigers blogger has come up with something truly brilliant: a chart of the team’s lower-leg stylings. Genius (big thanks to Keith Friedman). … Good coverage of CC Sabathia’s footwear. … “Panic is a small software company that’s obsessed with design,” writes Ruan Cousineau. “As an art project, they once made fake boxes for their commercial software that were made up like original Atari 2600 boxes. Anyway, a friend of theirs coaches at PS 208 in NYC. He sent out a plea for some financial help for his elementary-school basketball team. Panic agreed to help under one condition: They got to design the uniforms.” … Yesterday’s Ticker noted that the new field surface at the Rogers Centre has “AstroTurf” printed on the field in foul territory. And here’s why. Key quote: “AstroTurf will pay MLB a royalty for each field it sells to baseball programs at the professional, college, high school and recreational level, said MLB Properties Senior VP/Licensing Howard Smith. Those fees range from $4,000-16,000 depending on the product, said AstroTurf Dir of Sales Troy Squires. Each surface will display MLB’s logo and the AstroTurf brand.” I’m sure you know what I think of all this (hint: rhymes with “douchebaggery”). … New home kit supposedly in the works for Chelsea (with thanks to Bryan Justman). … Speaking of soccer, Peter Ripberger stumbled upon a site that has posted proposed Arsenal kit designs all the way through 2026. “Granted, he’s assuming that Emirates Airlines will still be the shirt sponsor, but that’s a very minor detail,” says Peter. … Wojciech Gluszak found a new site devoted to A’s memorabilia. Lots of good stuff here, including this poster (note the differing stirrup treatments) and this amazing patch. … Jake Doyle just got back from a trip to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, where he made the following uni-notable observation: “There was a display featuring childhood drawings made by Jimi Hendrix, including some drawings of sports scenes. There were several drawings of football players in crayon with the words ‘Exact Colors!’ written on them.” Kinda puts “Purple Haze” in a whole new light, no? … I’ve said it before and I’ll keep on saying it: I love the undersleeve striping on those 1940s Cubs uniforms (thanks, Phil). … Also from Phil: “Who are these guys? The 60th Infantry Regiment Go-Devils of the 9th Infantry Division in the spring of 1946, that’s who.” … If you watch this video clip, you can see the 1990 Dolphins wearing the Joe Robbie memorial armband (as spotted by Andy McKillop). … DIY note from Marty Hick, who writes: “I can’t stand the black underbills on MLB caps. So I found some fitted caps for five dollars each, and the underbills match the bill tops. I sewed on my own patches, and now I have an array of hats suited for me. Three of them are military patches, one is derived from a movie/TV show, and the other is my Mammals merit badge (I am a big fan of squirrels). I think the colors work well on each of the hats, and I truly enjoy sporting something that no one else has.” … Brandon Marshall may need a new uni number (with thanks to Alan Borock). … Kinda digging this old Blackhawks warm-up suit (good find by Jeff Barak). … “My eight-year-old son asked me this year if he could wear stirrups,” writes Dan Winter. “Don’t where he came up with the idea but I sure am proud. He wasn’t happy however when he found out he had to wear purple and his team was the Huskies. He hates them both!” … Serious apostrophe catastrophe in St. Louis, where they made the same mistake 10 times on one sign — ugh (as reported by Nick Werner).