Happy Gringo de Mayo from St. Louis, where I got in last night. Didn’t get to see much of yesterday’s Dodgers/Cubs throwback game, but I got lots of e-mails telling me that Cubbie closer Sean Marshall was the only Chicago player to wear one of the long-sleeved undershirts that Bob Halfacre and his crew painstakingly stripe-ified. Turns out that’s not completely accurate, though: Marshall was the only one who wore the glorious stripes in the game, but reader Dave Hall got a shot of Ryan Dempster and someone else (Blake DeWitt..?) wearing them in the dugout.
Interesting that Marshall was permitted to wear the striped sleeves on the mound. Remember what happened a few years back when a different Cubs pitcher tried to pitch with Nike Pox sleeves? As you may recall, the umps nixed that one, and I was worried that we might see a similar scene unfold yesterday. Fortunately, nobody complained about Marshall’s stripes being distracting or anything like that.
You can see lots more photos from the game here.
New ESPN column today — here’s the link.
For those of you in the St. Looey area, I look forward to meeting you tonight at the Corner Bar in St. Charles. If you get there before 9:30pm, we’ll be milling around upstairs; after that, we’ll trying out cocked-hat bowling in the basement. See you there. — Paul
Raffle reminder: I’m currently raffling off a free ticket to that Pop-Up Magazine thing I’m participating in. Details here.
Stirrups Club reminder: Robert Marshall has a new slate of stirrups up for sale. Details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Pirates are holding something called “Armed Forces Day” on May 15. At first I thought this meant they’d be playing one of 1979’s best albums on the sound system. Alas, no such luck. … In a related item, similar shenanigans are on tap for Ole Miss baseball this weekend (with thanks to Zach Bonner). … New home kit for Aston Villa. “No word on whether the kit comes with a set of checkers,” quips Patrick Runge. … I’ve never been a big Disney fan (there’s a shocker), but it’s still hard not to like this Donald Duck family tree (thanks, Kirsten). … Ryne Jungling notes that Andre Ethier was using Matt Kemp’s bat the other day. … One of you DIYers ought to snap up this Bruins-style blank jersey. … I think we’ve mentioned this before, but just in case: The Wizards will unveil their new uniforms next Tuesday. … New soccer kits for Arsenal. “I’m thinking it’s a step back from last year,” says Joel Villamil. “One saving grace, though: the socks.” … Tons of old college football photos on display here (with thanks to Joseph Newman). … Key revelation lurking within this Big Ten blog post: “New Michigan coach Brady Hoke told ESPN.com that he never wore red, ‘Ohio’s color,’ when he coached at both Ball State, his alma mater, or at San Diego State. Cardinal is one of Ball State’s school colors, and red is one of San Diego State’s. ‘People understood,’ Hoke said. ‘They got the message, I guess. Right, wrong or different, that’s me'” (as noted by Dale Coley). … Spectacular work by Eric Rosenberg, who was watching last night’s Bosox/Angels game and noticed that Angels catcher Hank Conger still has last year’s logo decal — the one with the silver halo instead of this year’s gold halo — on his catcher’s helmet. … From that same game, Angels first base coach Alfredo Griffin was wearing a hoodie. … Really well-written piece about college football uniforms here (with thanks to Jerry Wolper). … A few readers mentioned that Brewers broadcasters Bill Schroeder and Brian Anderson had two lengthy stirrup discussiosn yesterday. The first one, prompted by the sight of Nyjer Morgan’s hosiery, was one of those basic, “Wow, look at that, stirrups, never see those anymore” deals, and then Schroeder apparently wondered aloud how stirrups got started in the first place. Later on, they revisited that topic, and Nicole Haase got us a transcript:
Bill Schroeder: I got the answer to the stirrup question. We’ll deal with it next inning.
Brian Anderson: No, go ahead, I’d love to hear what you have to say about the stirrups. Now what was the question?
BS: I didn’t understand why they needed the stirrups the way they were.
BA: Oh you’re talking about the genesis of the stirrups. You were wondering where it started.
BS: Why didn’t you just have a colored sock?
BA: I see. And you have some clarification.
BS: Yeah the dyes that they used to make those socks back in the old days were such that if you got cleated or cut yourself you’d get an infection.
BS: So what they decided to do was wear sanitary sock –- there’s why they call them sanitaries…
BS: Right. The problem is with the double sock, the shoes didn’t fit all that well. Okay…
BA: Wow. One problem after another…
BS: I’m trying to help here.
BA: No I can see. This is totally making sense.
BS: So that’s why they did it that way.