Weird scene at Shea the other day, as Dodgers reliever Ramon Troncoso entered the first game of Tuesday’s twin bill with a piece of tape on his uni number — a development that did not escape the notice of the L.A. broadcast team:
Eric Collins: Not sure exactly why, but Ramon Francoso’s having a bit of a uniform issue. You can see the back of his jersey, No. 38, there’s a piece of tape bisecting the 8, the middle part of the 8.
Steve Lyons: I think that’s probably six innings of messin’ around down in the bullpen. Somebody probably just messin’ with him and stuck a piece of tape on his jersey.
Collins: From a distance it looks like he’s wearing No. 30.
A few batters later, Rafael Furcal approached the mound and removed the tape, prompting the following from Collins: “Rafael Furcal just got tired of looking at the tape on the back of Troncoso’s jersey. He takes it off. That’s a good teammate for ya.” (Thanks to Keith Owen for tipping me off to this one.)
New ESPN column today — look here.
Stirrup Club Reminder: Remember, Robert Marshall is currently taking orders for the latest round of Uni Watch Stirrup Club finery. Details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Several Orioles fans have alerted me to the NOB permutations of Luis Montañez, who’s had several tours of duty with the team over the past few seasons. At first his NOB was tilde-free, but late last year he finally achieved tilde status. Two nights ago, however, his tilde was positioned over the wrong letter. Last night it was back where it belonged. … Can you spot the errors in this recent New Yorker cartoon? At least one person did, and he wrote this incisive letter to the editor (with thanks to Seth Horowitz). … More pitchers wearing specs on the mound: Kevin Gregg and Luis Atilano (as noted by Andy Chalifour). … Oh man, how awesome are these early-’50s MLB team emblems. Naturally, I especially like the Dodgers version, but they’re all pretty great (tremendous find by Ben Traxel). … Here’s an interesting Colt .45s jersey. Note the upside-down numeral and the explanation of same near the top of the auction listing (with thanks to Mike Hersh). … Can’t recall a home plate ump wearing such a royal blue chest protector like the one Ted Barrett has been wearing lately. … I love that Ilya Bryzgalov’s mask has artwork done by his young children. There’s a little more info about it here (with thanks to Dave Leiphart.) … Throwbacks apparently on tap for the L.A. Kings (with thanks to Chris Ashworth). … Also from Chris: FNOB alert. That’s Joe Watson (duh) of the Flyers, 1976. … Peter Amrhein recently went to a Lids outlet on Long Island and had the following experience: “While I was there, I overheard the manager saying how New Era had sent them Pittsburgh Pirates hats with the wrong color outline [it’s the one on the left]. She said only 300 were made and there were only two left, so I grabbed one to add to my collection.” … I noticed yesterday that Dodgers third base coach Larry Bowa is wearing a very unusual helmet. That is not a flapless S100; I think it’s a flapless version of this Wilson helmet (which is also what A.J. Pierzynski wears). Whatever it is, it sure looks weird out there. The irony, of course, is that Bowa is the guy who went ballistic when helmets became mandatory for base coaches. … Tuesday night’s benefit dinner for the City Reliquary was a financial success, and also featured some seriously massive sirloins. Pretty damn tasty, I’m happy to report. … New cycling kits for Lance Armstrong’s Radio Shack team (with thanks to Sean Clancy). … Wanna see the new World Cup rings? Sure you do (with thanks to Damian Diaz). … What do Joe Maddon and Bill Belichick have in common? Hint: rhymes with “woodie.” … Skip Schumaker went high-cuffed last night. And those are real stirrups, not those bogus two-in-ones. According to a mention in the middle of this article, he did it “to change his look and his luck,” and it worked — he reached base four times. Also, the article refers to the Cards’ hosiery design as “ringtail socks” — I like that (with thanks to Micah Sage). … Good query from Ryan Perkins, who asks: “What are these rubber rings on this facemask? It’s from a Jackson State helmet shown in an NFL Network piece on Walter Payton. Never seen those before, and I can’t figure out how they’d have any utility.” Anyone? … New 2010-11 kit for FC Barcelona (with thanks to Joe Schmidt). … Not uni-related, but I’m highly amused by the news of MLB trying to control the Twitter-verse. Bud Selig probably doesn’t even know what Twitter is, so this is presumably the work of some mid-level functionary with control-freak issues. Which basically narrows it down to, oh, everyone who works in the MLB offices.