Reader Ronnie Poore recently sent me this photo of South Carolina outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Always odd to see “Jr.” or “Sr.” on an NOB — it’s not as though the “Jr.” is part of his family name, right? Similarly, I’ve never understood why announcers sometimes say things like, “Great play by Griffey Jr.!” or “That’s the third time Matthews Jr. has struck out tonight.” The guy’s surname isn’t Matthews Jr.; it’s just Matthews.
Anyway: New ESPN column today — look here.
Sock Giveaway Reminder: I’m currently giving away a pair of very cool soccer-inspired socks. Details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Yesterday I mentioned that three-way exhibition game between the Giants, Dodgers, and Yankees and said, “Now we need to find the box score.” Dan Cichalski promptly found it, along with a photo. … The French soccer team Olympique Lyonnais has quite the doozy of a new shirt (with thanks to Florian Michot). … Hey, check it out: a T-shirt with lots of jerseys on it (with thanks to Carlos Fenny). … Here’s the fan-designed uni that the Brooklyn Cyclones wore the other day. Not bad, except that the Cyclones don’t have pinstriped pants. D’oh! … Why are the NY Rangers using CCM jerseys for their rookie camp? (As noted by Alan Kreit.) … Marc Swanson notes that George Hendrick was in the odd habit of wearing an Indians visor for his mid-1970s Topps cards. … Our latest DIYer: Ricko, who made this mid-’50s Kansas City Blues cap by cutting out some white felt and cee-menting it onto a navy cap. Here’s the genuine article for comparison. … Soccer news from Adam Elkana-Hale, who writes: “FC St Pauli of Hamburg, newly promoted to the top tier of German soccer, will also be celebrating their 100th season in 2010-11. Recently they unveiled their home kit, which is unlike anything I have ever seen. It’s reversible; the montage side of the shirt is a collection of photographs depicting the team’s history; and the copper color is a bit of controversy, as the team usually wears (intentionally ugly) brown, red, and white. The away kit, which is inspired by the team’s original kit, is pretty plain save for the neckline.” …Todd Helton was wearing glasses in the dugout last night (as spotted by Alex Higley). … Jacob Kubuske reports that Baskin-Robbins is currently running an MLB helmet sundae promotion. … Nice panoramic team portrait of the 1908 St. Louis Browns wearing pea coats! (Great find by Scot Little.) … Okay, so we’ve all seen this Kurt Bevacqua bubble-blowing card. But did you know Bevacqua wasn’t wearing shoes for the occasion? That news comes from an amazing post on the Fleer Sticker Project, which has the full story on that bubble competition — including video! Not to be missed, people — check it out here.